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Good doctor's visit

November 20th, 2008 at 08:42 am

I finally had my annual exam yesterday, which I've been trying to get done for awhile now but kept having to reschedule due to various issues.

The reason I was so anxious to see my doctor this year was to discuss what I'd felt was a bad health year, and to see what she thought about my trying to get pregnant soon.

I rattled off my various health woes of 2008 (chronic heartburn, infected gums, dental surgery, three UTIs in four months). She basically said she understood how it could feel like a big deal coming all in one year like that, but that overall I was really healthy and shouldn't worry about a series of fluky mishaps. She recommended preventive heartburn medication rather than Tums, and told me that UTIs can sometimes happen in clusters because the body's defenses are weakened by the first one, causing a chain reaction. She said we wouldn't worry about it unless I had more in quick succession.

Then I asked about pregnancy; how did she feel about my being 34 or 35 when I got pregnant for the first time? Would the surgery scar running the length of my belly affect anything? What would I do if I got UTIs while pregnant? Should I stop drinking completely when I started trying? She wasn't concerned about my age or my scar, which she said might get sore but would stretch. And she advised me to be very moderate with my drinking, but told me what time periods I might want to cut it out completely. And she said antibiotics for UTIs were fine during pregnancy if needed.

I got some other pieces of good news too: My doctor said she was no longer worried about my bone density because since my last visit, she'd learned that women who lose bone density while on Depo tend to bounce back quickly once they're off it. So other than taking calcium supplements, I no longer have to worry about my bones, basically until menopause! No more expensive tests. Also, the cysts in my breast had not returned since I got them drained out in January, so no worries there.

I felt such a sense of relief! And earlier that day I'd finally turned in a story I was trying to write at work, and the person I was writing it for said it was perfect, and she didn't mind it was a little late. The two burdens off my mind made me positively giddy yesterday. Today I got confirmation that my office is closed Wednesday before Thanksgiving, making me realize the holidays are upon us. I'm glad I get to go into them feeling youthful and healthy once again!

7 Responses to “Good doctor's visit”

  1. momcents Says:


    Well, sounds like all systems "GO" for Mission Baby! Congratulations! You might have a really neat little Christmas gift by 09! We brought my DD1 home the day before Thanksgiving. My mother and MIL snickered when I said that I'd have another baby by Christmas the next year. Well, guess what I brought home on December 22 the next year? My daughter M. Noelle!

  2. kdmoffett25 Says:

    I had my bundle 9 Thanksgivings ago! They were going to induce the day after Thanksgiving, but he was not going to wait for them! Hee hee. Me and my mom said he would be born on the 25th from the start... and we were RIGHT!

  3. lartiga Says:

    That's good new about your health. Wishing you all the best with the baby plans.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Nosing in here, but have you been tested for diabetes? "Chronic heartburn, infected gums, dental surgery, three UTIs in four months" makes me think of this. If you get pregnant, you will almost certainly be tested fro gestational diabetes, anyway. I think that is routine. Good luck and good health!

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Oof, that brought me down to earth a bit! No, the doctor didn't bring that up, but I will ask next time I see her.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Sounds like good news from the doctor. Smile

  7. whitestripe Says:

    wow good news! i was wondering how all that went at the doctor for you. Smile i too have a cyst in my breast but they never recommended to get it drained - was there a reason for that? did it hurt a lot?

    also good news on being all ready for a baby. i too have been thinking about the drinking/baby making thing. BF and I decided that while it's probably not necesary, we would like to do a couple of months of 'clean' living before and while trying for a baby (in the future) to just make sure. it's probably good for us anyway, right?!

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