Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Factor VII = BIG PAIN

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If you don't know, I have Factor VII blood disorder. It's ridiculously rare and I've had to tell a few doctors what it is, which is funny because sometimes I am not even sure what it is! I didn't know I had it until I was diagnosed with it last fall. But now that I do know I have it, it makes complete and total sense with a lot of things that have happened in my life. Basically, I bleed faster and at a greater quantity than the average person.

All of this pregnancy I have had issues with bleeding. It has caused a lot of stress and a lot of tears, especially at the beginning when miscarriage is such a big possibility. In the beginning I had partial placenta previa, which is where the placenta covers your cervix and that can cause bleeding (and a host of other issues). Normally where others would maybe spot, or bleed a little, I bleed a lot. A scary amount. I ended up in the ER about 6 times before I ever hit 20 weeks. It was insane. Luckily, at 18 weeks the placenta previa fixed itself. But I have continued to have bleeding episodes regardless, usually every three weeks there is some type of bleeding.

Because of the risks associated with bleeding during pregnancy and because I have Factor VII, I always have to go into Labor & Delivery no matter what -- even if I'm not worried.

This past Sunday was just such a day. As you read from this weeks bumpdate I have been having pretty crazy contractions since Friday and just generally being in pain and having discomfort. Sunday I made the decision to go to church. Baaaaad idea. I totally wore myself out and was having crazy contractions that really friggin' hurt! Then I got up to go to the bathroom and there was blood.

I could NOT catch a break this weekend!

Into labor and delivery we went. I wasn't crazy worried because this had happened before: unexplained bleeding due to Factor VII disorder. It gets a little annoying but I'd rather it be nothing really than something serious. Plus, I get to hear his beautiful heartbeat for a few hours and I get to see him on the ultrasound, so it all evens out. (Except for I ALWAYS have to have a cervical exam when I come in for bleeding and that part I could do without...)
Yeah, little dude has dropped if ya can't tell! ha!
But this stuff does scare me, especially when it comes to delivery. As soon as Little Dude is born, and they take the placenta out (and I do mean literally as soon as that placenta comes out) I have to get a shot of engineered Factor VII. It's scary because it could not work enough, or work too much and there is just a lot of "if's" hanging in the balance. It's a scary situation and one of the factors of whether or not we have more children depends on this delivery. I am hoping & praying everything goes smoothly. After all, I had a good (all-be-it LONG) delivery with Grace, so that gives us all good feelings about it.

It's just another obstacle that Factor VII brings into this pregnancy.

But I am SO insanely blessed that my diagnosis isn't severe. It's bad, but it's manageable and I don't have to have shots every few weeks and I can still be active without worrying about severe bleeding. When I think about how bad it could be I am grateful for my little nook of semi-safety as far as this disorder goes.

Still a big pain though :)

xo-
Tanika

3 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you are okay! What a pain. I have a blood disorder too, but luckily they told me I didn't have to shoot blood thinners into myself my entire pregnancy!

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  2. Oh my goodness...I had no idea. I can't imagine the stress that would cause. I'll definitely be keeping you in my prayers for a safe birthing experience for you!

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  3. Such a scary thing!! I'm glad you have people taking care of you who know what they're doing :) And you look gorgeous!!

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