Sunday, May 31, 2009

ER Visit

What an adventure this weekend has been! Late Friday night 15 hours after the cerclage, I developed a fever of 100.7 which lasted through the night. I took Tylenol which helped, but the fever came back again late Saturday afternoon. I called the on-call doctor because I was concerned that something had gone wrong with the cerclage. The doctor told me to go to the ER to be evaluated since she didn't know what was going on over the phone. We arrived at the ER and got admitted fairly quickly, but like most ER's we had to wait awhile to be seen by the doctor. I was feeling so miserable as my fever got up to 101.1 and the gurney I was laying in was so uncomfortable. They tested me for the flu and a urinary tract infection which both came back negative. Also had blood tests which didn't show any thing alarming. The doctor finally came in to talk to us who suspected I had just a simple cold or a virus. I was prescribed an antibiotic just in case there is some kind of bacterial infection going on. Of course, I wanted to know if the babies were OK with all this going on. They agreed to an ultrasound. The ultrasound went well and the sonographer was so nice and helpful. She got great pictures of the babies. We were so happy to see them all doing good. It's amazing to see the babies on the ultrasounds. They were moving around so much. They are looking more like little human babies. They also looked at my cervix and the cerclage and they both looked great! So no problems there. We left the ER 4 hours later with a prescription for an antibiotic, $150 out of our pocket for the ER visit, awesome ultrasound pictures and peace of mind that the babies and I are OK.

A little note about the doctor. He was an older gentleman and very grandfather like. He has delivered a lot of babies. He was shocked when he heard I am pregnant with 6. He was also shocked to find out how I got pregnant with 6 as it's rare to get pregnant with 6 by doing ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination. He stayed in the the exam room for a while and just talked to us about it. He was fascinated with the pregnancy, simply because he had never seen any women before with sextuplets. He was so enthralled, he followed us into the ultrasound exam room and watched as the ultrasound was performed. This MD was unlike any other I have seen in an ER room because of the amount of time he spent with us. It was nice to be treated like a person rather than a patient by a doctor.

We are so glad we made it through this weekend and hope there will not be any more ER visits any time soon. We are also glad that all is OK with me and the babies.


  1. i'm glad that everything went well at the ER.

  2. I am SO happy you started this blog. I was shocked when I heard the great news. We wish you the very best. My kids think it's the coolest thing ever that you are "growing 6 babies in your belly". They think I'm pretty lame for doing only one at a time (little ingrates!)

  3. You are amazing Amanda! so glad to hear so far all is well! And that you are doing good. You look so good to have 6 in you! As always we are praying for you!

  4. Girl I don't know how you do it! I am so happy to hear it wasn't anything serious. Kenny and I are now living in please let me know if you need any help with anything.

  5. I know that this is a really old post, but I couldn't help responding. IUIs and ovulation induction is the biggest reason for higher order multiples. You cannot control how many eggs get fertilized, and if you go through with the IUI, all eggs that are mature will fertilize and ALL have the possibility of attaching to the uterine wall, thus becoming pregnant. I read your statement about higher order multiples being rare for IUI, and that is completely false. IVF is much more controlled, and they only put 1-2 embyros in at a time, eliminating the risk of higher order multiples. I didn't know if your doctor had misinformed you of this, but I wanted to clarify it. This is the reason we CAN'T do IUIs, too many mature eggs, which would result in 3, 4, 5, 6, ect. babies.


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