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About Oklahoma and anti-abortion April 29, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 7:46 pm
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With all the talk of the new Bill we just passed I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put in my 2 cents…as if anyone cares. So, here’s what I think:
I know we voted our representatives into office, trusting them to do what’s best for us, but a part of me still doesn’t like reading an article that opens with “Oklahomans decided” when really I (or anyone else) didn’t have a vote or an opinion in this matter. The Governor doesn’t even like the Bill.

I believe that if you know and trust your dr, then you will get the 100% full truth at all times. If you don’t trust your dr with the health of you and your unborn baby, then you shouldn’t be seeing them in the first place. There are plenty of OB’s in the state of Oklahoma. I’ve met some shady ones, but I’ve also found a great one that I trust. I know, 1 bad apple spoils the whole batch…but just because someone CAN without information doesn’t mean they will.

I believe that women deserve to know everything there is to know about their unborn baby.

But, here’s the big BUT,
I am PRO-LIFE. I have been for many many years, and it’s something I feel very strongly about. My husband and I have had several arguments on the subject because he is pro-choice. I didn’t have any of the Down’s Syndrome testing done when I was pregnant. I had my regular ultrasounds and dr’s visits that’s all. I didn’t want to know. It wouldn’t have changed the fact that I was going to have a baby. I wouldn’t have decided to abort if I knew there was something wrong.

Oklahoma is smack dab in the middle of the Bible Belt. So, of course abortion is always going to be a huge argument here.

Part of my reasoning is that everything happens for a reason. With my 3 miscarriages I told myself that something had to have been wrong. It wasn’t in God’s perfect plan. I still believe that to be true. Without those 3 miscarriages I wouldn’t have my sweet Lexi who lights up my life every single day.

I don’t want to start a whole pro-life/pro-choice debate. I just wanted to state my opinion. Thanks for reading!

 

April 26, 2009 April 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 9:53 am
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A year ago today I didn’t know that I would be admitted to labor and delivery the very next day. It’s crazy to think about that time. A year ago I was just lazily bed-resting. My oh my how my life has changed since then!

 

April 24, 2009 April 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 10:40 pm
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Here’s my blog post from a year ago today:

I had my dr’s appt. today. We were there forever! My dr. seems to constantly be running behind. My BP has been high all day and I’ve had a headache since I got up this morning. Still no protein in my urine though. But, she sent me over to labor and delivery for monitoring since it’s the weekend. Before I left she said “I’ll see you on Tuesday if you don’t have the baby before then.” WTF! She had me kinda scared, because she was talking like they were going to induce! We went over to labor and delivery and got hooked up. Stayed about 2 hours. My BP was high the entire time I was there. They did more bloodwork and it all came back good so they sent me home. The dr. on call from my office said that if my headache got worse to come back. She also told me if I just got scared or worried I could come back in, or I could call labor and delivery directly and talk to them. Also, while I was hooked up she said I was having some contractions, but nothing regular. I guess I’ll finish packing my bag! And give someone in my family a key to my house, because I was so worried about how they were going to get in to get the rest of my stuff for me!

I can’t believe that so soon I won’t be able to say, “this time last year I was pregnant.”  I can’t believe Lexi is going to turn 1 already!  We are having her birthday party next Saturday.  We’re doing a Backyardigans theme because she loves that show so much.  I’m can’t wait to see how she reacts to all the decorations!

 

How has PCOS changed me? January 29, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 7:30 pm
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Since I posted about what PCOS is I thought I would post about how it has changed my life. Prior to finding out about PCOS I knew something wasn’t right. But, I never envisioned that it would be something like this. When I first visited an ob/gyn because of my "period problems" I was told to go on birth control and when I was ready to try to get pregnant to come back. The ob/gyn at the time did no tests, ultrasounds or anything. Didn’t try to diagnose the problem, just tried to mask the symptoms.
I went on birth control for 2 years and then Jacob and I got married. We got married in October and in December I had a miscarriage. I had no idea I was even pregnant, but I knew the bleeding I was experiencing was not normal. After that I was determined to have a baby. When I went back to the ob/gyn I was told to "try naturally" for a few months and then he would do tests. Of course I knew it wouldn’t work….because my "period problem" was that I never knew when it was going to start or end. I would have months and months of spotting and then months of nothing, where I would get BFN after BFN. I finally went back and had bloodwork done. The bloodwork showed that I had PCOS. When the dr. called and gave me that news I immediately went to the internet to find out everything I could about it. My first feeling was anger. I had practically every symptom on the list, yet he had not tested me 3 years earlier. I was prescribed Clomid 50mg for my next cycle and immediately got pregnant! Only that by the time I got a positive pregnancy test I was already spotting. Called the dr. at 6:30 in the morning and was told not to call back "unless you feel like you’re bleeding to death." Thank God for Jacob’s Aunt Nancy who is a nurse and has had several miscarriages herself. She knew about this dr. and told me I needed to get out of there. She gave me the name Tracey Lakin. I immediately called and scheduled an appt. with her, but it was several weeks out. In the meatime I proceeded to miscarry. By the time I had my appt. with Dr. Lakin I had to explain over and over about the miscarriage. Dr. Lakin did lots more testing to confirm the PCOS. We did several more cycles of Clomid. Some worked and some didn’t. I ended up having another miscarriage under Dr. Lakin’s care. I have to say she was much more caring that my previous dr. She called me herself after hours to tell me what she thought was happening. (My numbers weren’t going up like they should. And while she was concerned about the pregnancy failing she was more concerned about my feelings.)
After several failed cycles we (Jacob and I) decided it would be best to take a break from trying to get pregnant. I was still taking Metformin (for blood sugar) and was told to "be careful" because sometimes Metformin can regulate your body enough for you to ovulate on your own. I honestly didn’t think that would happen because I had been taking it for a while and never thought I was ovulating on my own. I was going through some major depression issues and insomnia. I got medication for both of those. One day I told a friend that I felt like I needed to test. We laughed it off as having withdrawls from not testing in so long. I found some leftover pregnancy tests one night while Jacob was out. I found that to be the perfect time to secretly test and hide my evidence. To my surprise I tested and saw the quickest darkest line ever! I immediately headed over to CO to ask if old tests would give a false positive. They assured me that no it wouldn’t, but that I should test again. I had 1 test left and got the same result. I called Dr. Lakin the next day. The rest is history!
Wow, that turned into a fertility journey!
After having Lexi I’ve felt a whole new side of PCOS. Now that I’m not worried about infertility, I’m noticing all the other symptoms more. My weight is out of control. l have migraines that I can’t control. Insomnia is starting to come back. My thyroid is elevated. My blood pressure is elevated.
Apparently my latest fasting glucose/fasting insulin level was good because Dr. Lakin decided not to put me back on Metformin for now. I wish there was a "Women’s Dr." that’s not necessarily an ob/gyn. Someone who understands PCOS and will treat the "non infertility" side of it. I’ve been doing tons of research hoping to find the answers.