You need a better bedside manner lady

I get a call at 8:47 this morning from the nurse I don’t like at the OBGyn office.

  • Me: Hello
  • Nurse: “Season, we got your blood work back.” (long pause & a sigh) “She’s gonna put you on progesterone.”
  • Me: “So, does that mean my levels are low?”
  • Nurse: …
  • Me: “This is something I need to know. Are my levels low?”
  • Nurse: (another long pause) “Your level is 18.9 and she wants you a little higher. You’ll need to come back in for blood work in one to two weeks.”

I get off the phone freaking out a little because I have no idea what 18.9 means. Is that low? What should it be at? Is the progesterone going to be enough? Gah!

I do a little search on progesterone levels in early pregnancy I found a wonderful page that calmed my nerves. During the first trimester, the progesterone levels can range from 9-47. The normal level for 5-6 weeks pregnant is between 12 & 20. At 18.9, I’m actually doing fine. I’m thinking she should have said that my levels are good, but the doctor wants to see them a little bit higher just to be cautious.

I start on the progesterone gel tomorrow. Lena has it on order because we didn’t have it in stock. Here comes the real nausea! Guess I better have a good meal tonight in case I don’t feel like eating much for the next month. It’s okay though. It’s worth it to me even if it turns out to be an unnecessary precaution.

About SP

Recovering pharmacy technician, History BA, wife to a workaholic, mommy to one pup and two boys, epileptic, vegetarian. I've got a mouth like a sailor & find myself becoming more cynical & more liberal all the time.
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