Shot to the Heart, er– Stomach!   1 comment

Stab, stab, stab.

A few years ago (some of you family and friends may remember), Julie was hospitalized for the treatment of a MASSIVE blood clot in her left leg and 3 in her lungs. After recovering, she learned that she has a blood disorder that causes her to hypercoagulate. The risk of clotting is increased by certain triggers such as prolonged inactivity (like on a long plane trip), the use of birth control pills, and— here’s where this gets interesting— pregnancy. Shortly after the home pregnancy test revealed that our family would be expanding, Julie’s doctor prescribed an injectable blood thinner to help prevent the occurrence of a dreaded clot. So, for the entirety of the pregnancy and the first six weeks following the delivery of Lil Person, Julie gets to give herself shots in the stomach. She was nervous about the injections at first, but it turns out they’re not too bad. We’re all just hoping that these shots will be sufficient to prevent a blood clot that could be dangerous to both Julie and the baby (and it sure would be nice if they had some additional benefit— like ensuring that Lil Person is born already sleeping through the night!). In general, the pregnancy is going well (and finally, now that Julie is 14 weeks and 5 days along, the nausea is starting to let up) and Lil Person is healthy and growing. We hope things continue to go well and look forward to giving you all more updates along the way. Stay tuned!


Posted October 30, 2010 by Nate and Julie in Julie, L'il Person, Medical

One response to “Shot to the Heart, er– Stomach!

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  1. I don’t care what Julie says, that needle looks awful! But I am so glad that she’s starting to feel better. Maybe she’s seen the last of the morning sickness!

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