Compassion

Friday was an eventful day for us. I was up and about more than I have been in weeks. Our day started off with an appointment with my peri and an ultrasound. Before she started the ultrasound, she asked how I was feeling, and I said physically, I’m fine, but mentally I’m completely freaked out. She usually gives me some tough love when this comes up, but this time, she immediately offered weekly ultrasounds for the next few weeks. She said I don’t actually need to have them that often, but if it will give me some peace of mind, we’ll do it. I was going to ask for that anyway, so we obviously took her up on the offer. She told me that I can come in whenever I want, even if it’s just to listen to his heartbeat or have someone hold my hand.

Once she started the ultrasound, right off the bat, she said, “look at that long, closed, beautiful cervix.” I swear, the woman may be a mind reader. Dave and I had discussed how we need whoever is doing the ultrasound to say things are good or bad immediately because we both start panicking during silence, and that’s exactly what she did. We then took a look at the little dude, who was calmly sucking away on his thumb. As we were watching, he took out his thumb, stuck his tongue out, and swallowed. I gasped, “he looks just like Jillian.” My peri looked at my heartbroken husband and said, “that’s hard to see, isn’t it?” She gets it. Even though there’s nothing more wonderful than seeing our little guy, it’s also heart wrenching, and she understands. I don’t think we could find a better doctor.

Later that day, we stopped in a maternity store so I could find some warm clothes that actually fit (my normal clothes days are over and my maternity clothes from Jilly are too big). I HATE going in there because it still hurts to see pregnant strangers (I’m not sure I’ll ever get over this), plus the people working there ask too many questions. I would just buy clothes online, but I don’t want to give my info out because one of the most difficult tasks after Jillian died was getting my name off all the pregnancy/baby mailing lists.

Anyway, I found a few things, and we went to pay. When the woman was asking for my name, phone number, address, etc., I declined to give her any info, and thankfully she didn’t push it. Even though she handled it the way I hoped she would, it still made me sad, just because I wish I had that innocence of not caring about getting 30 baby-related things in the mail. Then she asked if we’d like to make a donation to the March of Dimes to help save premature babies. I couldn’t even speak. I shook my head, and then I had to leave before the tears started. Dave stayed to pay, and the poor woman was horrified and apologetic. Dave assured her that she didn’t do anything wrong and said something about how we’re very familiar with the March of Dimes. I feel terrible about it, because I knew something like that would happen, but I didn’t prepare myself enough.

Friday ended with a birthday party for a friend. After we got there, I realized how uncomfortable I was surrounded by people who don’t know us while I’m visibly pregnant. The question “is this your first” becomes automatic in these situations. I always answer honestly, and it tends to be a mood killer, but I feel like I don’t really have a choice. It’s either be honest and depressing or pretend the most important person in my life never existed.

A woman started talking to us and asked if I was going to bowl. I said no, and she said, “come on, I bowled the night before I gave birth. I was 40 weeks!” Dave said, “no, she’s not bowling.” She went to bowl, and then came back and asked if this is our first. Dave and I both said no, and then she asked how old our first is. I said that she passed away when she was four days old, and she said she was so sorry. She turned around to look at whoever was currently bowling, and we figured that was the end of that conversation, which is pretty typical. However, she turned back around and started asking us when it happened, if she was a preemie, etc. She explained that she’s an OB, and that she knows that what we have gone through is the most difficult thing in the world. She asked who my doctor is, where I’m delivering, whether or not I’m on bed rest (as if I’d be at a bowling alley), etc. She approved of my doctor, which is always nice, and then told me that I could go bowling once I make it to 40 weeks. It couldn’t have been more perfect. It made my night, just because every experience like that makes it so much easier to face the next one. I have to remind myself that for every person who says something stupid or rude, there are even more people who say all the right things, even if they’re total strangers.

5 thoughts on “Compassion

  1. I am so glad these ladies had the right things to say. The part about your cervix is my favorite 🙂

  2. It sounds like Friday was a pretty good day, clothes shopping aside. And some of it may be too big, but you are welcome to check out my maternity clothes if you need anything else! ::hugs::

  3. I’m so glad the bowling encounter ended well…I was holding my breath until I got to the end. Phew! Hopefully you continue to have good experiences like that. 🙂

  4. i LOVE when the ultrasound tech does that! i’m lucky that i didn’t sign up for all those mailing lists while i was pregnant with Lillian. that would have added a lot to the pain. I find that even when people say the right things, it still hurts. you’re doing great!

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