A blog about babies: the babies I lost, the babies I never had, the baby who made me a Mama.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Updates; or Odds and Ends

A huge and hearty THANK YOU to everyone who commented on yesterday's post or e-mailed with advice. You have made me feel less alone, less like one half of the freakish couple with sex problems. Taking some of your suggestions to heart, I had a calm, difficult, but loving and productive chat with Lawyer Guy last night before bed, and we have made some decisions about what to do to make this process less stressful on both of us.

Rereading my post, I'm struck by the anger in my tone. Truthfully, I do not usually feel that way about my husband, not even around this issue. I suppose that's why the feeling shocks me so much when it springs up in the aftermath of a difficult moment--I am pretty much the least anger-prone person alive. I'm in a much better headspace today (probably as a result of our good conversation last night) and am back to my usual loving self.

Also, out of respect to my husband, I won't be discussing this issue again. He knows of my blog and has agreed not to read it, but I still feel some guilt about sharing a concern of his that he would NOT like the world to hear about (that was a pretty constant refrain as we talked about our husbands, wasn't it? If only they could all get together and have this chat). So know that I appreciate your advice and support and that he and I are working on this as we move forward.

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I've been through the wringer the last few months with trying to get the tissue test results back on the m&m following our d&c. Unreturned phone calls, misleading information, multiple calls to multiple doctors offices. I thought the situation was FINALLY resolved yesterday when I called my office to get the results (12 weeks after the procedure). And yet another road block has been put in my way: I never signed a release form for the office that performed the d&c to send the results to my regular doctor's office. And I never signed a form because they never told me to or gave me a form to sign! And it took a month and a half for them to let me know this (the results were in after 6 weeks)!

Now I need to fax a letter giving them permission to release the forms, wait for them to send the forms to my doctor, and I'm sure hurdle over another carpenter's horse before I learn what made us lose our baby. At this point, it's not even about the results, which I doubt will be all that informative, surprising, or helpful. It's the principal of the thing--don't make a grieving non-mother wait a FULL TRIMESTER to put her dead baby to rest.

Finally, today it has been three months since we learned we lost the m&m. I had a little breakdown yesterday, brought on partly because of the stressful marital situation but mostly because I just miss my baby.

Days get easier and the world seems brighter all the time. I'm committed to my schoolwork, loving my marriage, and finding a peace through yoga that feels enriching and well earned. I'm truly hopeful that I'll be pregnant again sooner rather than later and will have a baby at the end of those nine months.

But I will never have my m&m. I can accept what life has given me and still mourn what might have been.


  1. For what it's worth . . . I asked my own husband last night his opinion on "the matter," and he said from a medical standpoint, it's almost always psychological with a man, when "That" happens - which is actually good news, and can be resolved. He also said that a man has the responsibility to resolve it, be it with counseling, an Rx, or visit to the urologist, and both people need to do their part.

    I am glad you are feeling better today, and were able to have a conversation about it, nonetheless. If you need to chat privately, let me know and I'd be happy to listen via email.

  2. So happy to hear that you're feeling better and that you and DH were able to talk through things. Hopeful for you!!

  3. Glad that you and the hubby had a great conversation about the issue and you have a plan in place to help things.

    I can't believe that the results have been so difficult to get - I hope that the paperwork gets straightened out and you get the results very soon.

  4. I'm so glad you and hubby had a good talk, sometimes you just need to get it off your chest and then everything feels so much better!

    And that is infuriating what you've had to deal with to get the results back, especially these type of results. Hoping its gets resolved quickly and you can get some closure there!

  5. I am so glad you are feeling better today. I am also sorry for the three month wait on getting the d&c results back. Those were a big deal for me, though we didn't end up with any answers, at least I felt some sort of closure once I had them. I hope it does that for you, too.