I was on my way to the gym this morning (mission: make my kids' boundless energy/inability to play nicely together someone else's problem!) when my phone rang. It was my ob's office, which of course made my heart skip a beat as I wasn't EXPECTING a call from them. It was about some blood work the doctor had asked me to have done when I was there two weeks ago. You remember, when I was having my giant cyst discovered! She had been scanning through my file and made a little tsk-tsk noise, then handed me some papers to take to the pathology lab. No big deal, she said, just a screening they generally do after subsequent miscarriages to make sure there isn't some blood disorder which causes blood clots in the placenta and could be an explanation for repeated miscarriages. She said I should have had it done months ago but it must have slipped through the cracks. She also said she really doubted that was my problem, though, given all my other hormonal issues, but thought I should go ahead and have it done to "dot our i's and cross our t's."
I got it done last week (seven vials of blood!) and then forgot about it, as they told me it took several weeks to get the results, generally. But they called today and said, surprise! You actually have TWO clotting factor disorders. One makes you more prone to getting blood clots yourself, and the other is the one that makes you high risk for miscarrying. But that was really all the nurse on the phone could tell me. She set up an appointment for me to talk to my doctor first thing Monday morning, and that was it.
I don't even know what to think. I mean, I carried half of my pregnancies to term, so obviously this clotting thing isn't inevitably fatal. Nor have I ever had a blood clot myself, despite having been on bedrest twice, which supposedly puts you at risk for clots even if you don't have a problem with them ordinarily. And... And I thought it was a HORMONAL problem that caused my miscarriages. I mean, hasn't that pretty much been determined? So what does this mean- I now have two problems stacking the odds against a successful pregnancy?
I don't even know what to think. I guess I shouldn't think much of anything until I talk to the doctor on Monday. But feelings are another story, and I'm feeling pretty discouraged.