Happy 16 weeks to us today! I’m feeling pretty good apart from my emergency chiropractor appointments this week. Apparently pregnancy lets all of your past joint problems surface. Two nights ago hip and back pain woke me up in the middle of the night. I did eventually fall back asleep however I was pretty grumpy and in pain for the rest of the day. I managed to get a last-minute chiro appointment that day and it helped tremendously! I’m pretty much pain-free at the moment and my chiropractor is taking an aggressive approach to this to make sure that as the pregnancy progresses that I am all sorted out 🙂
I was supposed to have another blood test today (the second part of the screening test), however I was foiled by the Canadian health care system. I was going to have it done this morning however we had about 3 other things that had to get done in the 15 minute window of free time between getting ready and leaving for work and taking out the garbage was actually more important. Luckily I can go next week for this test, however I wanted to just get it done with and out of the way. So, I went at lunch instead – really bad move, especially on a Friday 2 hours before they close. I really should have known better!
Anyways, I get there and give them my form and carecard and am told to sit and wait. This is not unusual. The Canadian health care system is based on patience – err I mean health care for everyone 😉 I should have asked how long the wait was because 10 minutes later about 8 more people showed up and then they told them that the wait was an hour unless you had an appointment. About half of those new people had appointments so yay for them, not for the people waiting. I text my supervisor what was going on and he says not to worry and take my time. Fine, I can wait an hour.
Another ten minutes go by. My name is called! Wrong, just another person with the same name (which is odd because Deborah is not a popular name). Another 20 minutes go by and even more people show up. My name is called yet again. I stand up but quickly notice another lady going up to the front. Another Deborah?! THAT is very crazy because I can count on one hand the number of other Deborah’s I’ve met in my life. Fun and Ironic Fact: My sister has the opposite problem – her name is Jennifer!
So after about 15 more minutes of waiting, I wander up to the front and ask if they have entered my information yet. Nope. It was burried under 7 other names to be entered. So I get my form and card back and leave! I’m sure I would have been there for at least another hour! I find out just before I leave that the lady who had been sitting in the corner when I walked in had been there for almost 2 hours. I don’t blame the nurses, they can only do as much as they can with what they are given. Definitely overworked and understaffed. I’ll just go next week, which is kind of too bad because I was really curious to see how many other Deborahs there were in that room 😉
Oh! My friend “T” who has been a big part of my support system finally had her baby this week! She went through 6 rounds of IUI and 4 cycles of IVF to become pregnant. This all happened after suffering a very heart-wrenching loss of their son nearly 5 years ago. I can’t begin to imagine how hard it is to lose a child, thinking about it just breaks my heart. She writes a blog for bereaved parents (which is cathartic for herself too), and reading about all of the emotions she has gone through with grieving and also going through a pregnancy after a loss was overwhelming. I am so very happy for her and her husband to have gone through a healthy pregnancy and birth of their daughter. It definitely was not an easy journey for them, but this is definitely a positive time for them!