Birth story haikus!

Baby #6, ready for football season.

I still haven’t found the hundreds of hours I’d need to chronicle the entire saga of the pregnancy, birth, and NICU stay of baby #6, and I have no idea when I will, so that means it’s time to do some more birth story haikus! It’s been over two years since the last round, so I’m sure there will be plenty of new stories to share. I’ll go ahead and make my post a theme of “pregnancies gone horribly awry,” and include my second pregnancy, when I got a deep vein thrombosis. (A quick recap for new readers:... Read More

Empowered birth

My male readers saw this title and thought, “Oh, no, chick talk!” Sorry, guys. To make it up to you, here’s a link to pictures of the 10 greatest moments in the NFL. Anyway, quite a few friends who are pregnant with their first children have been asking me about childbirth, so I thought I’d do a post about it to collect all my thoughts in one place. Here we go! Discovering “Empowered” Birth I used to be horrified by the idea of childbirth. In movies and TV shows I’d seen all these depictions of women in... Read More

Answering your questions: Part I

Here are the answers to the first few of the questions to this post: Q: “How in the world do you have time to blog with all your kids?” – Kimberly A: This is the #1 most frequent question I get. Heck, sometimes I look at my archives and ask myself that question. Here’s the answer: – Naptime. My one-year-old and three-year-old usually take nice, long afternoon naps (and on the rare days they don’t I expect them to have quiet time in their rooms), so every day I have a block of time in the afternoon where it’s... Read More

Coumadin, clotting disorders and contraception — oh my!

I saw my hematologist last week and he reminded me of something that I can’t believe I’d forgotten about: that the whole Coumadin issue is going to be on the table again as soon as the baby’s born. For those of you who missed the fun last time (some highlights here and here), just a few weeks after I came to agree with Catholic teaching on birth control I developed a blood clot whose treatment requires a medicine that is completely incompatible with getting pregnant — if you conceive while you’re on it it is very likely... Read More

Coming out – Part II

Though the final decision about my faith may not have fully been made in my head (though it’s close), it’s been made in my heart for quite some time now. As I’ve said before, when I try to picture myself going any route other than becoming Catholic I get stuck. I literally can’t imagine it. In some ways it feels like it’s not even my choice: my doubts are still there, but that indescribable, intense pull is stronger than ever. I feel like I have no choice but to resolve my doubts since I’m obviously going to end... Read More

Coming out – Part I

What I can’t figure out is why that has to be found out on a blog instead of from the hemotologist? Um…still not getting why heparin and/or lovenox is not an option here? I think you should be able to find a hematologist who will work with your using NFP. These excerpts from the comments to my last post were swirling around in my head today as I drove back and forth to yet another doctor appointment. I realized that there really aren’t a whole bunch of complicated, intertwined issues going on here as it seemed when I typed out... Read More

Calling all Catholic hematologists

An update on the Coumadin/contraception issue… I had the big visit with the hematologist this morning (if you don’t know the story behind that, I first wrote about it here and here). It’s the follow-up visit I was waiting on to decide whether or not to switch doctors. And we have a verdict on that one. He was in a big hurry, as usual, and as he was walking out the door I asked him how serious the whole Coumadin/pregnancy issue is in the case of an unexpected pregnancy. He nonchalantly replied as he took another step out the door,... Read More

Two steps back

First of all, thanks for all the comments to the last post. And don’t worry about leaving comments with your opinions about medical issues, picturing me being rushed into the ER on a gurney screaming, “But my blog readers told me to stop taking my medicine!” Any decisions I make will be based on my opinion, my doctors’ opinions and prayer only. I’m just interested to hear what others thing as a thought exercise. — So anyway, interesting how much the current situation — the Coumadin/NFP dilemma, constant... Read More

NFP and Coumadin: A dilemma

I have an interesting dilemma on my hands and I want to hear your thoughts… Since I’ve been diagnosed with the crazy clotting gene, that in the unlikeliest of events I inherited from both of my parents, I am going to be treated intensely with blood thinners. I’m currently taking two different kinds. The hematologist may recommend putting me on one of them, a pretty hard core drug called Coumadin, for life; at the very least I’ll be on it for quite a few months. So Coumadin is really incompatible with pregnancy. If you get... Read More

So many blessings

So I went back to the hematologist today for a quick follow-up visit to make sure we’re all on the same page for the birth, confirm that all the blood tests he did were negative for anything weird, check my blood thinner dosage, etc. But things didn’t go according to plan when he said that he did find something in the blood work (to which I was thinking, he just took too much blood — you test eight vials of blood and you’re bound to find something!) Turns out the clot was not just a freak event of pregnancy. I have prothrombin... Read More

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