Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Comfortably Numb

We got to the doctors appointment this afternoon to discover that our super wonderful gp has not just taken emergency extended leave, she's moved back to Melbourne and isnt working here anymore. What the????? A word of warning when we say her a week ago might have been nice.

Turns out though, that the guy we saw was also Rather Nice and I give him the thumbs up at first glance. Dr Nice agreed an ultrasound and hcg were in order given my history and my present state of mental discombobulation. Receptionist Chickie was also kind enough to phone through to one of the U/S clinics to find me a quick appointment. "4:30 today okay with you?"

Yeh, think I can fit that into my hectic schedule of panicking.

Of course, my bladder was nowhere near full enough by the time I got there, so out came Dildo Cam again. I was shaking. My legs were trembling. I felt sick. And it wasnt just the chips n gravy I had for lunch.

I couldnt even see the screen from where I was lying. All I could do was look at the Wand Monkey's face for any clues. I was pretty sure I saw a poorly disguised smile.

Then she asked Monkey Boy if he could see the movement.

He cried. I cried. I was having such a hard time keeping myself together Wand Monkey had to ask me to stop breathing so she could get good shots of the HEARTBEAT.

Yes, folks, we have a heartbeat. A beautiful, strong heartbeat of 143 beats per minute, in a being that is only 2mm long.

The Report says: "Viable intrauterine gestation of approximately 5 weeks and 4 days."

Dr Google says the scans are accurate to within 3-5 days, which puts it right on the money with when we know I ovulated, at 6 weeks and 2days.

The pain in my right side - a corpus luteum cyst of 2cm. No wonder it hurts.

No ectopic. No molar pregnancy.

Normal. Healthy. Heartbeat.

Wanna see the Guinea Pig?
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Click to embiggen...

The outer grey mass is the uterus. The large dark area is the gestational sac. The small ring is the yolk sac and the tiny little nodule coming out the top right of that ring is the baby.

Holy shit.

This definately qualifies as the Best Birthday Present Ever.

Later, I will tell you why this is meant to work out, but should you feel inclined to beg/pray/bargain with the devil/etc for this one to stick like stink on a monkey, please go right ahead.

17 comments:

  1. Wow. Is it okay if I have a little cry now? "heartbeat", "viable" - WOW.

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  2. Yah that's really wonderful news Panda. May the guinea pig grow and grow and grow. The best birthday present ever!

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  3. What a wonderful birthday gift. I'm so happy for you Panda. I hope the next 8 months go by uneventfully.

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  4. ~crying~ OMG - how wonderful for you! I'm so happy for you I could burst!

    Thanks for posting the ultrasound. I think the baby looks just like you (hehehe)

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  5. Woo hoo! Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

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  6. I too am noticing a slight resemblance. Maybe its those cute Panda ears. Congrats!

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  7. I'm crying too. So happy for you.

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  8. Wonderful news and what a beautiful birthday present. Many happy returns and keep growin'!

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  9. Awesome. Just awesome.

    (By the way, is it your birthday yet in Australia?)

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  10. ps A motif for the nursery, perhaps?

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/08/02/zoo.panda.reut/index.html

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  11. Oh, dahling! Thank you for sharing and letting us see the little one bouncing healthy and happy inside of you. Here is to Healthy & Happy 8 months! Very very happy for you and Monkey Boy.

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  12. interesting


    www.funkysmell.com

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  13. Cherice2:44 pm

    Awesome!

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  14. I missed your birthday, I'm so sorry, I slept through it. Happy over the hill-ness!

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  15. Wow...

    Girl... I am so incredibly happy for you. This made my eyes well up with so many emotions... not only do I feel such a deep satisfaction in the recesses of my soul as I think of the much-deserved joy this is bringing to you both... and... simultaneously... I sit here profoundly envious... desperately trying to lap up any vicarious fertility vibes that I can...

    One day I so hope to share this experience with you... and reading this post today... has strengthened my resolve to make it happen.

    Love and big kisses to all THREE of you! You beat the odds, Panda... and I'm not letting myself forget it!

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  16. Oh, dahling! Thank you for sharing and letting us see the little one bouncing healthy and happy inside of you. Here is to Healthy & Happy 8 months! Very very happy for you and Monkey Boy.

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  17. Yah that's really wonderful news Panda. May the guinea pig grow and grow and grow. The best birthday present ever!

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