Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Anxious...

We are now only a few days out from our appointment at the UT High Risk Pregnancy Center.  We are seeing Dr. Owen Phillips this coming Monday at 8am.  I met a girl at our LAMBS Touch Support Group Meeting (see the CrossHeart Ministries link to the right for more info!) on Thursday night (we are studying the book Grieving the Child I Never Knew by Kathe Wunnenberg by the way, excellent book!) who had seen Dr. Phillips after the loss of her first child to Potter's Syndrome.  She said she and her husband LOVED Dr. Phillips and she was sure Owen and I would too.  She DID recommend that I call them about the paperwork because she said she spent a long time filling it out at the office.

I am SOOOOOO glad she told me that!!!  I called them on Friday and asked about getting the paperwork before hand.  The nice lady told me that I could come get it; it could not be mailed, emailed, faxed, etc., because there was so much of it.  Well, I went over there yesterday before work to get it, and MAN, she wasn't lying!  Look at all this!

(and yes, that IS a Starbucks cup in the background, my SWEET co-worker brought me a nonfat vanilla latte today!)

Granted, a lot of this is your standard new patient paperwork:  address, phone, insurance info, HIPAA disclosure, blah, blah, blah...but the most important is the one pictured on the bottom:  The Prenatal Diagnosis sheet.  THIS is the one that asks me for, like, our entire family history.  In addition to mine, Owen's, and Samantha's information, I had to provide the following:  names, DOB, and place of birth of both sets of parents; names, DOB, and health status of ALL siblings (including step- and half-siblings); and a list of any children born on either side of the family with a special condition or birth defect (including those that had passed away), PLUS a brief explanation of each.  Holy crap!  Thankfully, I am almost done filling it out.  It seems that up until Owen and I no one on either side of the family had had any reproductive troubles.  Perhaps that should be encouraging...

I am very thankful that we didn't have to wait very long to get this appointment, yet with each day as we get closer to Monday I am getting more and more anxious and nervous about our visit.  I guess I am just not sure what to expect.  My friend at support group told me to expect to be there for awhile...I guess she will probably talk a lot with us and go over history and then order some tests.  Hopefully, we won't have to wait as long on test results this time because I'll be honest...that wait was absolute torture!

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we begin our journey down the road to *hopefully* bring another healthy baby into the Smith family!!!