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OB appt and Christmas tree

I had my last OB appointment this morning. It was uneventful – all is checking out well. Today I measured 39″, which is up an inch from last week. Oy! I got my paperwork for the hospital and am just biding my time. S continues to be very active. I believe he has run out of room and is possibly as uncomfortable in there as I am out here!

I can’t believe Jen has probably already had her baby! So exciting!
Here are a couple of pics of our tree, followed by one of Casper enjoying his evening cuddle session before the baby comes and disrupts his routine 🙂
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36 weeks

I had my second appointment with my new OB today and it went well. Nothing new to report – just weekly visits until baby arrives. We did end up keeping our same date and time for the delivery (12/21 at noon). I can’t believe it’s less than 3 weeks away. I’m both excited (to meet my baby) and anxious (about the surgery, recovery, breast feeding, etc.).

I continue to be extremely uncomfortable most of the time. My back has started hurting again and I can’t be on my back for more than a couple of minutes before I start feeling light-headed. I have been taking lots of baths, which really helps with the discomfort. Too bad they are only warm and not hot, but still, it feels pretty great. It’s been nice with our new tub, too! It’s huge compared to our old one and has arm rests for reading. Luxurious!
So far, the kittens are doing pretty well with the Christmas tree. Looks like we can keep it up this year! We’ll decorate it this weekend. Let’s hope that doesn’t spur them on in their tree shenanigans. We moved the glider into the bedroom to make room for the tree and my youngest kitty, Casper, has taken to getting in my lap to rock. It is really adorable. He is going to be most displeased when S arrives and gets that honor.

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OB resolution

My OB appt. got moved to Tuesday (yesterday) at 4PM. We had a very positive experience with everyone in the office and are happily switching OBs permanently. I have to talk to my old OB’s office one more time this morning to get the rest of my file transferred as well as hopefully take over my same C-section timeslot. Then I see my new doctor 3 more times and then S is here! Unbelievable!

The new OB felt all around my stomach and agreed with our high-risk doctor that S is a big boy – he estimated his weight at 6.5 lbs at 35 weeks. We can’t wait to meet our big guy! I’m getting excited!

We are still working on getting our place in order. The plan is to work on the house Friday and Saturday so that we can put up our Christmas tree on Sunday. Last year, we had to take our tree down because our two young kitties insisted on playing and fighting in the tree. We are planning on keeping it up for a week undecorated this year and see if they get sick of it. Wish us luck!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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finally some good OB news

Two good things happened on this front today:

  1. I found a doctor who will see me! I go in on Wednesday afternoon. He has good ratings from patients and is located right next door to my current OB, so convenient, too.
  2. Aetna called this afternoon and said they are going to consider my current crappy OB in network effective now through May of 2010 to get me through the birth and recovery. So if we are not impressed with new OB, I can continue with her and it will be covered.
I’m very relieved and hopeful that I will like my new OB. But it does feel good to know that I’m covered if I have to remain with my OB. Too bad we had to have a week of ridiculous stress about it!

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OB still up in the air

This week has just been terrible. The OB awfulness continues. I showed up for my new OB appointment yesterday morning and found out that she doesn’t have privileges at my hospital (even though she is listed as being affiliated with them on my insurance’s website). Cue the tears! So we went over to my original OBs office and demanded that they honor the in-network rate. Nope, won’t do it. How much are we looking at out of network? Can’t tell you that either. They were totally unapologetic and are telling the crying pregnant woman how they are the wronged party – it’s not their fault the doctor left the practice. So, it’s my fault? Spoke with the doctor and she was also playing the “wronged party” card. So furious.

I am working with my insurance co. to get them to consider her in network for my delivery due to the circumstances, and still calling other OBs hoping someone will take pity on me. I’d love to get away from my current OB. I’m having a problem thinking about someone with so little empathy cutting me open and delivering my child. It’s so upsetting.

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OB shenanigans at 34 weeks

Remember how I was considering changing OBs a few weeks ago? I so should have! At Friday’s appt. they told me that my insurance was contracted through the doctor that left (several months ago) and the remaining doctor is now out of network. They tell me this 5 WEEKS BEFORE MY SCHEDULED C-SECTION! So we were left scrambling trying to figure out what the hell to do. A surgery and several nights hospital stay could break us if we did this out of network. Oh, and I saw that they haven’t billed anything since 6/15, meaning that all of my appointments since then are going to be paid at 70%, not 90% as I thought. How is this even legal? How can they not inform patients of this news? Had I known, I would have switched OBs immediately to someone in network.

I called the office this morning and they told me to find out if the hospital is considered in network. They don’t know this information? I called DW in tears and she took over. I am just so angry. My parents just bought their plane tickets based on a 12/21 delivery date. Who the hell knows what it will be now.

DW also spoke with our current OB’s office and the asshole there wasn’t even apologetic, even when DW told her how upset we both are. I can’t even believe the incompetence. DW also told her that we are not paying at 70% as they never informed us of this change. Office woman claimed Dr. would “probably” make an adjustment so we’d pay at 90%. Dr. is getting an angry letter – one of many, I’d assume.

So then DW called our pediatrician, who we loved, and he gave her a rec for an OB who is affiliated with our hospital and set up an appt. with her for Wednesday morning. I called my insurance co. to ensure that new OB is in network and they tell me, no, she is not. OB’s office insists they are. Sorry, not taking any chances after what I just got out of. So I had to call my high-risk OB for references and now have an appt. with yet another OB on Thursday morning. I am so stressed out. This is so ridiculous. Worst. Monday. Ever.

I just can’t believe our “luck.” It seems like this kind of shit happens all the time with us. Here’s hoping the new OB is good.

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