You all remember the hematologist I saw last week, the one who endeared himself to me by suggesting that I ought to abort any further children who might inherit my clotting disorder? Well, after some thought we asked for a follow up appointment with another hematologist from that practice, wondering if perhaps the first guy just overreacts as a general rule, and maybe we should get a second opinion about the whole Lovenox thing before we dive back into baby making.
The other hematologist had been out of town, but his nurse called back yesterday and said that according to him, I should first be seen by an obstetrical hematologist, someone who works specifically with blood disorders in the framework of pregnancy, and not just blood disorders as a general diagnosis. They referred me to a practice at a university hospital about an hour from here, and I have an appointment to see them the week after next.
The woman on the phone at the Reproductive Specialists office (ah, that name and all it implies!) said the appointment will take at least an hour, that the doctor would be going over all my obstetric history: miscarriages, preterm labor, low progesterone, my possible luteal phase defect and/or delayed ovulation process, all of it, and that there would be an exam and all that, as well. Which... Blech. Another stranger to whom we must recite all the clinical details of some of the most stressful, painful parts of our lives.
But on the other hand, I think I will find it quite refreshing to have someone actually taking into account ALL parts of my medical history and giving us advise accordingly, rather than someone taking into account the one AREA of my medical history which concerns them and giving advise accordingly. You know?
I'd be interested to hear from any of you out there who have had occasion to meet with a reproductive endocrinologist or even an obstetrical hematologist. Did the experience leave you with information and a game plan, or just a lot of percentages and odds and a further feeling of confusion?