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I had a quick visit to the perinatologist yesterday. Nothing major, just a cervix measurement and a quick look at the fetal heart rates. Also weight and BP for me. My weight has held steady and my BP was fine. Cervix was great. Still over 4 cm. The doctor was shocked, it seemed. He said we really couldn’t ask for any better and he was thrilled.

What he wasn’t thrilled about was the fact that I’m still working full-time.
“Do you think it’s time to start considering how long you’re going to keep this up?”
“Well… I’m really tired. It’s just…”
“What are you doing when you’re at work?”
“Sitting at a desk in a chair.”
“You need to be getting up occasionally.”
“I’m doing that too.”
He kind of started squirming. He obviously didn’t want to tell me I can’t work, when things are clearly going well, but he clearly wasn’t comfortable with my cavalier attitude about working either.
“Most of my triplet patients don’t have any problem with working specifically, unless they’re having to move heavy things around a lot or walk long distances or whatnot. It’s getting to and from work and the stresses involved with that.”
“Well, the hardest part for me is for sure getting there and back and especially just walking from my car to my office which is really getting painful. But I’m mostly okay, just really, really tired.”
“So don’t you think it’s time to consider cutting your hours back at least? I certainly do.”

Essentially the conversation went on like that for a bit. He has essentially advised that I start coming in a bit later, leaving a bit earlier, working from home if I can, and most importantly, getting a temporary handicap parking permit so that I’m not walking so far. But, essentially, I’ve probably got another three weeks or so in me of being able to get into the office routinely. “The last thing we want,” he cautioned with his serious-doctor-face on, “is for you to start contracting and to have your cervix suddenly shorten. We don’t want to see that happen at all. Your job is to take care of yourself and the babies right now.”

And I suppose there’s no real arguing with that.

I should mention that this is the doctor who was willing to admit that we can, if possible, have the discussion of a vaginal delivery when the time comes if everything lines up just right. So I’d really rather not piss him off. 😉 And I can’t pretend like I didn’t hear what he said about cutting down my work hours, because my husband was actually present at this appointment so there’s a witness.

In other news, he didn’t have any issue with increasing my Topamax dosage per the neurologist’s recommendation. Also, I keep forgetting to mention that pregnancy rocks because my fingernails are totally rockin’ right now. Normally they are brittle and icky and break off before they get any length at all to them. Now they won’t stop growing and they’re strong, and I don’t know what to do with them because never in my life have I had to take care of nails. I’ve never had to consider cutting down or filing nails, and now, well, now a whole world has opened up. 🙂

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I had a quick visit to the perinatologist yesterday. Nothing major, just a cervix measurement and a quick look at the fetal heart rates. Also weight and BP for me. My weight has held steady and my BP was fine. Cervix was great. Still over 4 cm. The doctor was shocked, it seemed. He said we really couldn't ask for any better and he was thrilled.

What he wasn't thrilled about was the fact that I'm still working full-time.
"Do you think it's time to start considering how long you're going to keep this up?"
"Well… I'm really tired. It's just…"
"What are you doing when you're at work?"
"Sitting at a desk in a chair."
"You need to be getting up occasionally."
"I'm doing that too."
He kind of started squirming. He obviously didn't want to tell me I can't work, when things are clearly going well, but he clearly wasn't comfortable with my cavalier attitude about working either.
"Most of my triplet patients don't have any problem with working specifically, unless they're having to move heavy things around a lot or walk long distances or whatnot. It's getting to and from work and the stresses involved with that."
"Well, the hardest part for me is for sure getting there and back and especially just walking from my car to my office which is really getting painful. But I'm mostly okay, just really, really tired."
"So don't you think it's time to consider cutting your hours back at least? I certainly do."

Essentially the conversation went on like that for a bit. He has essentially advised that I start coming in a bit later, leaving a bit earlier, working from home if I can, and most importantly, getting a temporary handicap parking permit so that I'm not walking so far. But, essentially, I've probably got another three weeks or so in me of being able to get into the office routinely. "The last thing we want," he cautioned with his serious-doctor-face on, "is for you to start contracting and to have your cervix suddenly shorten. We don't want to see that happen at all. Your job is to take care of yourself and the babies right now."

And I suppose there's no real arguing with that.

I should mention that this is the doctor who was willing to admit that we can, if possible, have the discussion of a vaginal delivery when the time comes if everything lines up just right. So I'd really rather not piss him off. 😉 And I can't pretend like I didn't hear what he said about cutting down my work hours, because my husband was actually present at this appointment so there's a witness.

In other news, he didn't have any issue with increasing my Topamax dosage per the neurologist's recommendation. Also, I keep forgetting to mention that pregnancy rocks because my fingernails are totally rockin' right now. Normally they are brittle and icky and break off before they get any length at all to them. Now they won't stop growing and they're strong, and I don't know what to do with them because never in my life have I had to take care of nails. I've never had to consider cutting down or filing nails, and now, well, now a whole world has opened up. 🙂

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