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So... "perigestational hemorage", or "subchorionic hemorrhage", is just some crazy crap mother nature throws in to make pregnancy more exciting and rack up your ER bill, I guess. Blood clots can form in between the layers of the placenta, and it all just comes out at once. Like, at your office.

Today my bleeding is down to light spotting, and I got in to talk with my OB early. She said that based on the fact that it all passed, and we heard a heartbeat again today, there's about a 90% chance this was all just a fluke and everyone is going to be fine. It's not supposed to come with cramping, but since my cramping was mild and some cramping is normal in pregnancy anyway she's not terribly concerned. Just call if it starts back up again, or if I'm light headed.

I got to thinking about "when the ER is necessary" and almost decided that if you're near a blood pressure machine and can get a reading and you're okay, it might mean you're not bleeding to death. Not that I'd try it... the ER got a doctor to see me very quickly last night, which tells me they do take bleeding in early pregnancy kinda seriously. And those initial conversations did seem to confirm my suspicions, that this was a miscarriage, in fact the doctor started offering serious pain meds right off the bat but I said I wanted to wait until we left. Then we saw that ultrasound and she downgraded her offer to tylenol.

Another question on my mind... when you tell an ER nurse you've lost "a lot of blood" what does that mean? I mean my definition and hers are probably quite different... they see people get shot! So just soaking through a few layers of clothes suddenly, I wonder if that doesn't phase them?

I called a friend at work about the chair I bled all over yesterday, and I'm staying home to take it easy today, and see the doctor again a week from monday. I guess my odds are good, again.


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Oct. 26th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
I think that medical people are trained to be calm and hopeful in the worst of situations. My husband has been to the hospital many many times, and we have always been greeted by positive upbeat people. Good luck
Oct. 26th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
almost decided that if you're near a blood pressure machine and can get a reading and you're okay, it might mean you're not bleeding to death


This comment brought to you by an ER doctor I know.

I was getting worried we hadn't seen an update in a while. I hope that's the last worry you ever see with this pregnancy.
Oct. 26th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Well, you know, just looking for ways to save healthcare costs ;)

Isn't blood pressure kinda important though? That's why it's the first thing they check?

I was actually asking the doctor this last night too, you know, the "we can't do much so why am I here?" question and they implied that anytime lots of blood is coming out of you, it's good to be around medical professionals.
Oct. 27th, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
Oh blood pressure is important but you'll waste time checking it with the machine and getting to the professionals is pretty important. Also, it would only give you one reading, whereas the professionals will continue to monitor you. I mean it might not have "just" been a miscarriage, right? It might have been a whole lot worse. And on the flip side, it wasn't a miscarriage so being there gave you a whole lot of different perspective in the end, which you wouldn't have had if you'd stayed home.

But mostly I'm against my friends bleeding to death because they thought they'd be ok.
Oct. 27th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
I'd have had you come in. Spotting? Keep an eye on it. Bleeding through your clothes? That's worth a visit. You're right, there's nothing we can do to stop a miscarriage, but we can make sure you're not losing too much blood.

Of course, we have our own women's unit, so we don't have to send people to the regular ER, which is really lovely.
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