I could seriously injure someone at the lab of my OB's office for not getting me the results of my blood work by the end of Friday. That's why I'm up worrying at 4AM on a Sunday when I could be sleeping in.
So here's the latest. My platelet count appears to be low, which is called Gestational Thrombocytopenia. (I'm aware that this now makes me sound like a gestational hypochondriac, but whatever.) So a normal platelet count would be 150,000 to 400,000. Last Wednesday, the 8th, when they drew blood my platelet count was 82,000. He said that it's just caused from pregnancy and will go back up after the baby is born, and it doesn't affect the baby at all.
So the only reason this really matters is because it affects my C-section. I'll most likely have to be put under for the surgery instead of getting a spinal or epidural. According to that article I linked to, the reason is because if your platelets are low, then your blood doesn't clot well, so there's a risk of an "epidural hematoma" which can lead to neurological complications (that's probably worst case scenario, though). My OB wants to see how much my platelet count dropped in one week (9 days actually). If it dropped significantly (which it most likely didn't), then they'd take the baby early.
Although it really sucks, I'm okay with being put under for the surgery if that means I'll be safest. I'm totally not into risk when it involves my life like that. I'm just really bummed that 1) I'll be the last person there to see my little Isaac when he's born; 2) I'll be all groggy and weird from waking up out of anesthesia to see him for the first time, and I probably won't even remember it; 3) making plentiful amounts of milk is not my strong suit, so not being able to nurse in the first hour after birth will set me back a bit.
I guess I'll just have to come up with a good game-plan for Michael to follow while he's waiting for me to come out of anesthesia. I know skin-to-skin contact is something I want for Isaac, which Michael will facilitate. He did it with Levi, and I believe it helped get us off to a good start. Beyond that, I don't really know what to plan for. I just know what I don't want them to do (i.e. feed the baby without me or give him a pacifier).
Is there anything I'm not thinking of?
P.S. As I'm aware that having a newborn has a stress load of it's own, I'm looking forward to ending the chapter of my life containing the pregnancy stress load. It feels more out-of-control and helpless than the newborn stress load.