My Prenancy Journey: Week 26

26 weeks

Baby News:

So far, I’ve been having a lot of drama with my two OB offices. I am trying to get the previous ultrasound over to my new office and they won’t send it without a signature. The other office can’t request my ultrasound without a signature as well and my other office won’t fax it unless I come in. I have to physically go to Balboa, pick up my ultrasound, drive down to West Coast OBGYN and hand them the paperwork. Needless to say, it is a pain in the butt. I also have to squeeze in a glucose test somewhere in between. Joy.

Insurance Dilemma:

So, I finally switched back to Tricare Prime (military insurance) after being on Standard with Austin so I could deliver at Mary Birch (Hospital for Women). I had a really great experience there and wanted my next baby to be born there as well. As far as I knew, at the time, I couldn’t switch back to Tricare Prime unless I waited a year because you could only switch back and forth twice in one year. I finally came to terms with delivering at Balboa and scheduled my appointments with a very nice doctor there (Dr. Strickland). She was very personable and easy to talk to. I had been going there and seeing her up until my 22nd week appointment. At 22 weeks I saw a Dr. Know-It-All. Unfortunately, she changed my WHOLE outlook on navy healthcare. I have ALWAYS had bad experiences at Balboa (rude people, scheduling conflicts, lack of hospitality) and she did NOT help change my negative outlook.

I went in to see her and immediately felt a little on edge after meeting her. She wasn’t very nice from the get-go. She was straight forward and a little condescending. I also had Austin with me at the appointment because I thought it would go by fast. All she had to do was measure my dang belly and check for a heartbeat. Anyways, she ended up asking me about my asthma and I said it had gotten worse. I told her I had to take a puff every night because I got a LITTLE wheezy when I lied down. She immediately sat me up and said “WHOA, we need to get this squared away. Did you know this and blah, blah, blah. I am a doctor and know everything. Blah, blah, blah.” Everything else she said after that made me feel stupid. It’s not that I didn’t care about treating my asthma (I have Albuterol inhalers and Advair as a preventative). It was the mere fact that she was blowing things out of proportion and making me feel like I couldn’t be trusted with treating my asthma on my own. She explained to me I was being foolish with my health and acted like I was going to die any day now unless she “saved” me. There were some other things said that are too personal to share, but she made me feel utterly ignorant and foolish. She escorted me and Austin to her office and abruptly motioned for me to sit down. I complied and Austin got fidgety and bored.

She threw TONS of prescriptions at me. She even commented that I sounded a little congested and prescribed me Claritan D for it. She informed me that I was no longer allowed to see my other doctor exclusively and that SHE would be taking me on as well. I told her that I liked my doctor and wanted to remain in her care. She then went on to tell me that SHE was Dr. Strickland’s supervisor and that she was more qualified.

EXCUSE me, I have a right to CHOOSE! And I don’t like you! —- is what I said in my head…

Needless to say, I walked out of there crying and feeling belittled. I called my husband and he was furious. He filed a complaint for me and we waited for action on their end, but nothing ever came of it. Figures.

I decided that I wanted to try to switch back to Tricare Standard at any cost after that. I ended up finding out that you can switch back and forth as many times as you want now. I also found out that I have no copays until I deliver. I only had to pay for the hospital fee (~$30). I am back with my old OB team and love them. If only I could get all of my paperwork transferred.

BELLY UPDATE!

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How far along? 26 Weeks

Total weight gain: 18 lbs

Maternity clothes? At this point, I don’t have any other option, HA.

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Not very consistent :/

Best moment this week: Getting to sleep in with my lil man.

Miss Anything? My body. Pregnancy doesn’t look good on me. Yes, I still “look” thin, but I don’t feel thin. I feel… jiggly. :/ My asthma is annoying so I can barely carry Austin from room to room and I’m obviously not working out. I don’t feel confident in my own skin. I feel like a lot of women can relate.

Movement: Here and there. He gets in awkward positions that DON’T feel good!

Food cravings: Nothing new.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Threw up while brushing my teeth the other day. A little counter-productive.

Gender: Boy– Luke Alexander

Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: Round ligament pain

Belly Button in or out? In between.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Generally happy, but I’ve been getting into “funks” lately with Austin’s sleep habits and nap.

Looking forward to: Spending as much quality time with Austin as possible.

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