On Oct 21, I was peeing and found that I was slightly bleeding bright red. Vic and I went to the emergency room to see if the baby was ok – the doctor did a quick ultrasound and saw the baby moving around with a steady heartbeat so sent me home. Bleeding stopped a day or so later. Doctor told me to take it easy so after work, I went home and just took it easy. He scheduled me in for a formal ultrasound the next day (Oct 22) and when they did, they saw the baby and it was still ok. They also believe that they saw the reason for the bleed;
Apparently, I have a subchorionic hematoma, which, according to Wikipedia, is the:
the pooling of blood (hematoma) between the chorion, a membrane surrounding the embryo, and the uterine wall. With an incidence of 3.1% of all pregnancies, it is the most common sonographic abnormality and the most common cause of first trimester bleeding.
Fast forward two days; on Friday Oct 24, I finished up a meeting at work and stood up and felt a gush of blood come out. I quickly went to the washroom to check and I was heavily bleeding (about a pad a half’s worth, I would estimate) within a 10 minute span. I called Vic and told him I would go to the emergency room by myself as it would take him a while to come (hospital is across the street from my work). I went to the hospital and saw the same doctor; he essentially said the same thing. I have SCH, so I will bleed. If I bleed a pad every half hour and have cramps, I was told to go back to the hospital but otherwise, was told to just take it easy.
Vic and I went to the OBGyn this morning to get what we thought was an ultrasound; turns out, it was just a consult with one of the doctors in the gynecology clinic I go to. Because of this diagnosis, I spent all weekend on 'bedrest', which was essentially me either on the bed or on the couch, trying to get comfortable without freaking out too much. Chloe kept me company for most of the time since Vic had to work on Saturday and took over my church duties Sunday.
I was spotting all the way through the weekend, very lightly, and the bleeding went from bright red to a dark red/brown-ish colour. When I told the doctor this, she told me that they don't consider the brown-ish blood anything to worry about as it's just old blood in my body trying to get rid of itself.
I haven't experienced any cramping (I can feel some slight stretching in my stomach area though) so I hope that is a good sign.
We ended up telling the rest of the immediate family about the news earlier than we had initially planned because we wanted more prayers and we were sick of seeing this whole thing in a negative light. We also told our friends on the worship team because we wanted their prayers too. We're blessed to be surrounded by positivity and people of prayer.
This whole ordeal has really taken a toll on Vic's spirit - I am praying for him just to stay strong and stay connected to God.
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise--
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
- Psalm 56:3-4 (NIV)