Friday, March 25, 2005

Waiting for Results, Again.

I hate waiting. I called my doctor's office and the receptionist tried telling me that it takes a week to get back ultrasound results. I don't think so honey. Not with this one.

My dog is feeling much better. She was able to pass the obstruction and she's on antibiotics for a UTI. Today she was back to playing with the cat.

My family has started their pool on my baby and my brother's baby who will be born about 3 weeks later. For his baby they all guess around 8 lbs and that she will have fuzzy blond or red hair. For mine, the guesses are around 9 lbs and stark bald. I think he'll be even bigger. But the damn doctor's office hasn't called me back yet......

Today Matt will be doing some paint touch ups and I should be working on my work project. Tomorrow is for cleaning house and decorating easter eggs. Sunday will be lunch and egg hunt with Matt's family. Monday is my little sister's PhD dissertation speech, which I'll go to but not understand a single word after her name. I wish I had something else to wear besides my dark black and blue skirt and sweater, but I'm not investing in maternity clothes at this point. It will be what it is.

Last night I had some weird dreams. I dreamt that Matt and I went away to this new school so that I could finish my education. We moved into this tiny apartment the size of a hotel room. I was to babysit for our neighbor but she kept coming up with excuses for not letting me hold her baby. I didn't look pregnant, but for some reason I knew that I was and that it was important for me to watch her baby so that later she would watch mine.

In my dream there was also this beautiful community of about 6 huge houses set in some rolling hills. These houses and this neighborhood has recurred in many of my dreams over the years. Sometimes I go into one, sometimes I find that there's ocean nearby, and sometimes I get in trouble for venturing through their streets. This time I noticed that three houses were behind a locked gate and three were not. I decided that I liked the ones that were not in the gated community the best. But all we were doing was driving up to do a U-turn. While we were doing it, someone, possibly Matt, dropped a ball out our truck window. I got out to pick it up and just looked up at the houses for awhile.

Then at about 2 I got up to pee, and about 4 Janie woke up crying. I went and climbed into bed with her. It's a little cramped between her, I and my belly, but we fit and I slept until 6. I don't think I've slept through the night in years. Between Janie waking up or Matt snoring, and now my middle of the night eliminations, I just can't sleep solidly.

So here I am, just waiting for the phone to ring. And I know that somewhere in their office are the results. Isn't it amazing that some people have so much control to make or break our days? All it takes is for someone to make my papers their priority for just a few minutes and I will be relieved of this wait. Yet, they are so used to having people's results and probably don't see the urgency in any of it. Why worry about these ones when there are new ones about to come in for someone else? I think that a waitress would put getting me a cold lemonade at a higher priority than a nurse or doctor getting me test results. It's all so backwards. What I really need is knowledge. Tell me what it says. It will only take a minute and it will relieve my anxiety. Sure I would like to know his weight, but what I'm really interested in is knowing he's okay.

Oh, and I plan to tell them that the u/s office had terrible equipment. Thinking back, I bet it was level I equipment and not level II because when we had an u/s with Janie a few days before she was born, we could make out all sorts of features.

Phone rang again and it wasn't them again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still no news??? Ack...let us know asap!

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And please let us know as soon as you get news, OK?

10:43 AM  
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