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Katie Patient Expert

My name is Katie. I am a SAHM to a wonderful little boy, who is our dream-come-true after several miscarriages and several ART cycles.
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Razor Day by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Today isn't such a great day.  Drew took another long stretch of sleep, but he did it from 7:30 PM - 12:30 AM and then was up pretty much every hour to two hours after that. ... Read on »
Naps All Around by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Will is doing better today.  He still is very hoarse and has a low grade fever, but he spent the morning out of bed and ate a little bit and is not nearly as ill.  Thank goo ... Read on »
Frequent Flyers by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Now I feel all sorts of guilty for considering Will's illness any sort of blessing.  Not long after hitting Publish on yesterday's post, Will went from sort-of-kind-of sick ... Read on »
Family Bed by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Today was a pretty decent day, hormone-wise.  I think it was due in large part to the fact that it was our first day without any sort of appointment to get to, test to have, ... Read on »
Getting There by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility We took Drew into the pediatrician's yesterday. Everyone agreed that he is looking much less yellow. His bilirubin level was 13.2. Anything under 15 is just fine, so he i ... Read on »
Jaundice: Round Three by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility   Update:  We are home!  I took the most incredible nap of my LIFE. Seriously, it was only an hour, but it was a deep sleep that left a circle of drool on on my pillow ... Read on »
The Things We Don't See Coming by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Andrew was born at 9:24 AM on 10-11-12.  I went down to the wire on whether I would be able to be awake for the surgery or not.  My platelet count came in at the exact level ... Read on »
The Day Before by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility The day before Emma was born was a bit hectic.  We had to get Will to my MIL and my pre-surgical bloodwork caught my previously undiscovered platelet issues, so I had to go ... Read on »
Two Sides by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I am on emotional and hormonal overdrive right now.  Everything seems so RAW. I had my pre-op appointment today and all of my routine pre-surgical bloodwork.  The very st ... Read on »
The Nursery by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Well, there were definitely times when I didn't think it would get done before his arrival.  But now, three days before my scheduled c-section, I have to say. . . Andrew's n ... Read on »
No, I Didn't Pick It by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Update:  Everything is fine.  My platelets are in the 80k range now, but that is still okay.  I am supposed to take it easy this weekend and we are leaving everything as sch ... Read on »
The Most by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I am offically the most pregnant I have ever been. Will made his appearance at 38 weeks, 3 days, after my 38 week appointment where the midwife swept my membranes. . . wi ... Read on »
Getting To Okay by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I am fully 38 weeks pregnant.  That is full term, for those of you keeping score at home.  Yay! I had another platelet draw today.  It has dropped again, but is still abo ... Read on »
Nothing To See Here by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Well, the contractions continue to drive me a wee bit batty. These contractions are the type that take my breath away and make me start to do the pant-pant-pant breathing ... Read on »
Progress by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I had my 37 week appointment today.  My platelets were the highest they have been in several weeks at 99k.  No rhyme or reason to this, other than with thrombocytopenia of p ... Read on »
Full. Term by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Well, we made it.  I am 37 weeks pregnant as of today. Any day past this is gravy. I am very pleased that my body (platelets) have held out this long. People, I am HU ... Read on »
Wrap It Up by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I had my 36th week OB appointment yesterday.  Andrew sounds great!  His heartrate was a lovely 140 and he kicked soundly at the doppler several times while we laughed at him ... Read on »
Chugging Along by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility My platelet count continues to hover in the acceptable range.  I go in every Monday and Thursday for my draw and then keep a watchful eye on my phone until Dr. S's nurse cal ... Read on »
Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility My platelets did not go back up, they basically stayed the same at 90,000.  This was enough to make my OB comfortable with the fact that this is a true diagnosis of pregnanc ... Read on »
Good Thing by Katie Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I did not get discharged as I was hoping.  My OB was not at the hospital today and the rounding OB was clearly did not want to be the one to discharge me.  Honestly, I don't ... Read on »