lunedì, aprile 09, 2012

Doctors, midwives, nerves and judgements

I'm cued up now with a doctor and a midwife. Good news, all in all. The midwife comes recommended from a good friend here who had her better pregnancy with her . . . the doctor is an unknown quality, so we'll see how that goes.

I expect to be a reasonably demanding patient. For example, when I was in Canada, I got to spend lots of quality time with Lexie, my cat, who has taken to my parents like a duck to water. Which was lovely. And she spent the winter being an indoor cat, in a place without mice, which means she wasn't likely to be tracking around any toxoplasmosis - but then Mum let her out a few times the last days I was there.

It's fairly ridiculous for me to be worried about toxoplasmosis. I spent years in France and Belgium eating raw-ish meat, and I spent years living in close quarters with Lexie while she was running around outside assaulting things and chomping down rodents in my Cabbagetown dive like a boss. The odds of me not having contracted toxoplasmosis years ago (when it would have been perfectly safe as far as Fetus is concerned) and then contracting it during the two days out of the three weeks I spent with my sweet Lex when she would have been tracking around toxoplasmosis she picked up in a couple of ten-minute walk-rounds the garden, or the one time I changed her litter box in that time whilst holding my breath and washing myself down afterward, are really quite negligible.

Nevertheless I'm concerned enough to ask for a test. My guess is the test will show I have antibodies, because I have not let a toxoplasmosis-free sort of lifestyle (see years of raw meat in France and Belgium) and then there will be another test to figure out how recent my infection was and then Fetus will need to get a blood test once it's born, just to reassure me, and all this fucking shit will be on my mind for, like, a fucking year.

The good thing about me as a patient is that if Fetus is really just Fetus, Singular, and not Multiple Fetii (which would explain why I've been eating my own weight in meat every day), and all things being equal, I'm going to spend most of the second trimester elsewhere, away from my midwife and family doctor, so their most pressing job in the next few weeks besides the introductory appointments is going to be writing down what they reccommend I pay medical people in China, the UK, Belgium etc. to do. I don't know if I mentioned but I have quite a travel schedual in the second trimester. DV, Fetus will have visited 10 countries whilst still in utero.

He or she might as well get used to it. I don't think it's possible to be my kid, or the F-word's kid, without understanding that the world is awfully, painfully big but not as big as it seems, and the tricks behind straddling continents. Which I suspect is a very unAustralian outlook, BTW. Yesterday Squidsy told us his grandmother in Adelaide had died. Adelaide's a two hour plane ride away. He didn't go, not to see her when she was dying and not for her funeral, despite her appeals and his mother's appeals. No time - despite being functionally unemployed - and no money - despite having the cash to sink a bottle of quality wine a night. I guess I have to stop thinking of Squidsy as representative of Australians. It doesn't do them favours.

5 commenti:

e.f. bartlam ha detto...

The Sister had this issue.

She had to have c-sections and now jokes that she'd rather have a baby than wash the dishes.

Who wouldn't...she spend a week being pampered in a Woman's Hospital (the room was like a hotel suite)...doped out of her mind.

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Well, it looks like my fate will not be natural childbirth in all its bloody glory, since midwives usually won't lead births with people who's blood pressure is as high as mine.

And you know what? Part of me is relieved. Since I'm going to nurse if I possibly can, this is my last chance to get high out of my mind for years.

Chris ha detto...

That sucks (about the blood pressure) .. also, I don't think epidurals give you a high, sorry to say :) That does sound rather appealing (the high, not the epidural). Even if you're not giving birth with a midwife you don't have to take the drugs at the hospital unless you chose to. Don't let them push crap drugs on you .. I've heard nothing but bad things about pitocin used to "augument" labor when it wasn't necessary. Those bastards and their expected progress of 1 cm/hr. Like all drugs it makes sense to use in certain situations but not when that hospital bed isn't freed fast enough for the next customer. Ok, off the soap box..

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Mostly I just want the nitrous. Lots of it, on demand, for years.

Chris ha detto...

That would be pretty sweet.. should be part of post-natal care.