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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Now a family of 4

Sydney was born on Thursday August 19th, 2010 at 8:34pm. She is very healthy and a great baby. We are all happy to be home and enjoying our time as a family of 4. Labour was intense and now I am in the process of healing and have an appointement today to receive my Sandostatin injection (yipee). I am anxious to get the benefits and start feeling better. As I mentioned in my last post, I was experiencing Acro symptoms -snoring, sore jaw, bizarre sensations in my head and trouble sleeping just to mention a few. However, with pregnancy, my symptoms were 10x worse. As a result, I am bottle feeding and cannot breastfeed. Mom needs to be at her best to care for her children!
I have asked my family doctor to administer my injection as I am still in the process of seeking a private nurse. My Insurance Company has sent me the paper work for my Endo to fill-out. After speaking to a representative from my Insurance Company, my chances of being accepted are good. In the meantime, I hope to have my family doctor keep administering until this is all sorted out. Kinda sad when the patient is the one who has to be her best advocate.
All the best,

Friday, August 6, 2010

38 weeks pregnant

Been experiencing contractions but not often enough to head down to the hospital. I am still vomiting and am now feeling more Acro symptoms ie. swollen eye lids, bizarre sensation in my head just to name a few as other symptoms are also related to the pregnancy ie. swollen lips, hands, feet...just lovely hehe.
Results of IGF-1 during pregnancy:
Mar 3rd/2010- 251 ug/l & GH results 1.66
Apr 19th/2010- 210 ug/l
Jul 5th/2010- 307 ug/l
Augt 5th/2010- pending
As a result of my IGF-1 going up it was decided that I will resume my Sandostatin treatment every 3weeks starting mid-september and not wait for the August 5th bloodtest as it takes 1 month for results. I will at least have a few weeks to breastfeed. My husband and I are really ok with the decision as I do not want to fall sick again because I need all my strength to care of our newborn.
I also was told that I am no longer able to use our local clinic to receive my injections. It is no longer in their mandate to offer clients with intramuscular injections that service (I am very very disappointed with that news). They want a family member/friend to inject me (totally out of the question!) or that I pay for a private nurse in that case I can use the clinic. I am in the midst of trying to find the best possible option for me and hopefully the service will be covered by my insurance company. I will keep you posted both with the birth of our daughter and my search for a nurse.
All the best,