The Honest Truth

I promised a follow-up from my last blog, as I prepared to have a D&C procedure. I went into UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh this morning at 8:30 and was back home by 3:30 p.m. The pain is GONE!

I like to be completely honest and reveal everything I can about my experience. I'd love to answer any personal questions you might have.

So here I was, in the pre-operation room. Just laying in a bed with my gown and a thin blanket. The nursing staff made sure I was comfortable and was very kind and sympathetic to my loss-- even though this is routine for them (one nurse said she sees at least ONE D&C procedure a day due to miscarriage. very sad).

Oh-- a heads up. If your appointment is in the morning, do NOT drink ANY fluids-- even water-- and do not eat any food after midnight. I learned you can aspirate your food into your lungs during the surgery.

Anyhow, the nurse came in to check my vitals and my medical history. I think the hardest part was when she ran through the checklist and asked "when was your last period?" Gathering up strength, and clearing the huge ball in my throat, I answered "September 15th." She looked at me with confusion in her eyes, thinking I was pregnant. I had to say "no, I WAS pregnant, but I had a missed miscarriage. I was 10 weeks along, but the baby stopped growing at 8 weeks." She sincerely apologized for my loss, and then we moved on to talk about my asthma and allergies to pets. It was a decent subject change, I guess.

My husband came back to sit with me. We talked about how I was nervous, and he calmed my fears. He snapped a couple photos (I looked AWFUL) and we tried to keep our spirits up.

The doctor came into the room around 10:45 a.m. If you ever have a chance to deliver or be examined by the OB/GYN group of UPMC Mercy, I highly recommend it. I've had nothing but pleasant experiences with 5 of the physicians I met.

Anyway, the doctor described the procedure. Scrape away the pregnancy tissue and then use a tiny tube to suck it out. Harsh, I know. But it's the truth.
He told me I would be asleep the whole time, thanks to anesthetics. And he was right. I fell right to sleep with no worries. I knew I was in good hands.

When I woke up, I only felt very minor, tiny cramping and there was some blood. Like Day 4 of a menstrual period. I'm typing this at 8:30p.m. and there's really no blood now. That's a good sign. If you are bleeding a lot or if you have a fever, call your doctor! It could mean infection!

Overall, the D&C was a helpful procedure. I'm no longer in gut-wrenching pain, no heavy bleeding, and I feel like I can finally move forward. I will never forget our little angel, but I know God is watching over him/her and especially my husband and I. We will grow our family when the time is right.
Ajrussell84 Ajrussell84
1 Response Dec 3, 2012

Looks like your husband is a very good support team! My experience wasn't so great, but reading this story has touched me. Thank u for Sharing it (: