Here's what's been going on. My son and I went up to Ohio last week for vacation. We stayed up there for a week and visited friends and family. We definitely had fun, but it'll be a couple years before we go back up, probably. There is a fun event at Cedar Point called "Coasting for Kids" that I would love to take part in, though. It raises money for Give Kids The World, which is like Make a Wish, but is based in Central Florida. Working for Disney, Universal, and Sea World means that I've encountered families who use their services quite a bit and it's always made an impact on me.
On May 3rd, I volunteered at the Expedition Everest 5k Challenge at Disney World. It's a night race that's run through Animal Kingdom. You run a 5k, then you have to solve various clues while running back through the park. It was a lot of fun. I got to see a lot of my friends who were running it. Here's a picture of my friend Rebecca and I. It was her first 5k and she had a blast!
|I volunteered doing Runner Direction, so I made sure no one came into my corral that wasn't supposed to.|
Now for the more serious stuff. From the beginning, I've wanted to have a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) with this baby. The parents knew that and were okay with it, as long as it was a feasible option. I was never given any indication that it wasn't. Right before vacation, I found out that my doctor told the mom that it was medically necessary for me to have a repeat c-section (RCS). Because of this, they now want me to have a RCS. Unfortunately, I was unable to speak with him before we left for vacation. However, I did have an appointment yesterday with him. The good news? Baby has a great heartbeat and is growing normally. The not so good news? My doctor doesn't do VBACs because there is a minute chance (0.5%-1%) of a uterine rupture. I was crushed.
I told the parents that I'm going to get my medical records regarding the c-section and get a second, and possibly third, opinion. If I talk to the doctors and they tell me that, for some reason pertaining to me specifically, I'm not a good candidate for VBAC, then I'll stay with my doctor and get the RCS. The parents aren't happy that I'm going to be talking to other doctors because they feel like me switching doctors at this point means my new doctor won't know me or my medical history well enough. They also don't want anything to happen to the baby (neither do I, obviously) and believe, after having informed discussions with other medical professionals, that a RCS is the best option for me.
I've been doing my research on the pros and cons of VBAC vs. RCS and have passed that information on to the parents. At this point, it's just a waiting game to talk to other doctors. I already have one in mind. He was my friend's doctor for her pregnancy and she highly recommends him. He delivers at the hospital I'll deliver at, so I don't have to worry about switching hospitals. She says he's straight-forward and honest, which is what I'll need. Once I've spoken to the doctors, the parents and I will discuss what has been found out. Ultimately, it's my decision, though of course they want me to take their feelings into account, which I'm trying to. It's not an easy decision to make, by any means. Just keep your fingers crossed that we get all of this figured out quickly. I'm really hoping that, if the doctors tell me I'm a good candidate for VBAC, I can ease the parents' minds about it.