Surprise! We are expecting another child!
Our journey to having a 5th child has been one that is completely different from any of our other decisions to have a child. There was major, major contemplation (I’m talking years worth), expenses and trials that we had not been through before. I plan to share more our experience at a later date but suffice it to say that we are so excited to have another child joining our family.
I am due the third week in August and at this point, we have decided not to find out the child’s sex ahead of time.
We decided to surprise our children with the news on Christmas Eve. Each year our children get a new pair of pj’s to open and this year we added an extra package that had a tiny pair of green pj’s. It was hilarious as the kids tried to guess what it all meant. Finally, Tyler figured it out!
Just as our journey to this pregnancy has been different from the others so too has the pregnancy. I’ve been nauseous and throwing up since I was 4 weeks along. Thankfully, it has not been as bad as it was with my daughter (hyperemesis gravidarum) and I have only lost about 5lbs in the first month.
However, A few days after Christmas I developed a pain in my calf. After a day and a half of increasing pain and swelling, it got to the point where I was unable to stand or even sit up. I booted it to the ER to try and get an answer. Having Factor V Leiden and having had a previous DVT I knew that immediate medical attention was needed.
After a miserable 12 hours I was left with few answers. The ultrasound of my leg was negative and despite an increased white blood cell count, pain and swelling I was told to take tylenol and apply heat. I was already on a prophylactic dose of Fragmin (anti-coagulant).
2 Days later speaking with my doctor she diagnosed it as Thrombophlebitis. She noted that the ultrasound report had only focused on the thigh and not the calf which was odd. She told me to continue wearing my knee high compression stockings and ice it and wait it out.
And so I did.
But, it got worse and moved up my leg. Last Monday, I went for another ultrasound and was diagnosed with an extensive DVT reaching from my calf to my groin. I have been prescribed Tinzaparin, some other medications and stronger compression stockings that will now be thigh high.
I am still in pain but hopefully that now with a definite answer and change in the course of treatment I hope that this will resolve in the near future.