Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dreaded Questions

I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to the doctor and anxiously awaited that dreaded question…“Are you pregnant?”  No, I don’t mean my fertility doctor.  I’m talking about all the other doctors that you see on a regular basis, like the optometrist, dermatologist, dentist or your regular primary care provider.  I know that if you are a female it’s routine to be asked this question.  The problem is it’s a reminder that you are not pregnant or that you had a miscarriage. 

OK you have made it past the initial question and you are hit with another dreaded question…“Are you on any medications?”  I know it sounds like a completely harmless question but you would be wrong.  I dread this question because it results in the follow-up question, “Are you sure you are not pregnant.”  Let me explain.  At any point I am on a myriad of medications for pregnancy or infertility: prenatal vitamins, estrogen, progesterone, and FSH and HCG injections.  Then you have to further explain either you’re not pregnant but going through fertility treatments or you just had a miscarriage.  As your journey continues it gets more and more difficult when you see the same doctors every few months and are forced to have the same conversation again and again!

I had the worst experience just a few weeks after my last miscarriage.  I had gotten bit by a cat and ended up having to go to the emergency room because my hand had become severely infected.  At which point I had to relive the recent loss and explain my medications and the reason that I had not had a period in 8 weeks to the triage nurse, the ER nurse, the Doctor and the X-Ray technician.

I can’t wait for the day that I can say to each and every one of them, “YES I AM!”

1 comment:

  1. I have had a similar situation after a miscarriage and having to explain why I haven't had a period and NO I DO NOT WANT TO TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST!!!


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