Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Good Report

I shared the good report from my sonogram with Dr. Albert yesterday morning with Dr. McIntire when she came in for her rounds. She was happy to hear the good news but agreed that we should get past the 30 week milestone with no changes before making a final decision on whether or not I can be released home on bed rest with twice weekly checkups.

I have come to understand and appreciate the importance of having a good relationship with your doctor and in finding a doctor that is knowledgeable in their area of expertise and listens to your needs and concerns. There is nothing scarier than putting yours and your unborn child’s health and sometimes both your lives in the hands of someone that doesn’t take the time to get to know you, your body, and your baby. My last OB was very nice but she would come in and ask how was I doing, did I have any questions, feel around on my belly and then she was out the door in five minutes and on to the her next patient. That was my first pregnancy so of course I had ton of questions but they all seemed to slip my mind the moment she walked in the door. Luckily my pregnancy with Jonah was flawless and so was his delivery. For that, I am very thankful!

When Josh and I found out we were going to have a second baby, my friend Shannon suggested I visit her OB practice that had just helped her through her pregnancy with her now 3 month old son Colin and I'm so glad I took her advice. All four of the ladies are compassionate, caring and cautious which is so comforting when you are pregnant and even more so when you have a condition like mine that carries with it some high risks. They take the pregnancy and my condition seriously and are dedicated to using any advances in medical technology to make sure in the end I deliver a healthy baby! I chose Dr. McIntire (whose name is also Meredith so she's very excited about delivering a baby with her name sake!) as my primary OB and have been so happy with my decision. I can honestly say that she is someone I would be really good friends with even if she wasn’t my doctor. Every time I talk to her I feel like I’m talking to one of my good girlfriends. She listens to all of my concerns, my questions, and even my many stories and I always have stories because if you know me, I’m a Chatty Cathy! I can talk forever but she never acts like I’m taking up too much of her time and how many of us have had that experience with a doctor in the past?? I know I have. But with Dr. McIntire, we talk about our dogs, college, shopping, and even her dating life. She is my age so I think that probably has a lot to do with it but she is honestly a sweet and caring person and that makes me trust her and her medical opinion even more. I firmly believe that a doctor should take all the precautionary steps necessary because the human body is not a predictable machine and I would rather rule something out than not even take the time to find out if it’s a possibility. Dr. McIntire seems to share that same philosophy which is why I think I haven’t been as worried about my condition or about Miss Meredith.

I know we are both in good hands!


Kim said...

It sounds like you have an excellent doctor! Adam and I know just how important that can be for sure! Sounds like you may get out of there soon. Keep us posted and make sure you are getting plenty o' rest. Use those lovely pills ;)

Katie said...

So glad that yo have such a wonderful doctor!! I know that having a great doctor can make all the difference in the world! Keep up the great progress and get lots of rest! :)

OHmommy said...

Having a good doctor you can talk to is so incredibly important. It is nice to feel that you are being cared for. I am so happy you have that! ;)

The Clark Family said...

So glad to hear you and little Meredith are doing well. As for the doc, I wish more would practice good bed size manner. As you note, it makes all the difference! Hugs to you both!

The DLG's said...

It's so nice to hear you all are in good hands. Having a great doctor is such a blessing!

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