Lauren's Story - Diagnosed Too Soon, Turned Down D&C - MISDIAGNOSED

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Lauren's Story - Diagnosed Too Soon, Turned Down D&C - MISDIAGNOSED

Postby Kay » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:20 pm

Lauren asked me to share her story:

"When we found out we were pregnant, it was a huge shock. We hadn't been planning the pregnancy, under a lot of stress, and we had just put down a deposit for a wedding venue around the time this baby would arrive. Upon the positive came some fear: I had been awake 2 nights before with severe period cramps that I was sure was a sign of an impending heavy period. At one day late and no bleeding, I decided a trip to my local hospital would be best for my peace of mind.
The hospital trip was anything but peaceful. A pelvic exam showed a closed cervix and hCg measured great at 3103; however, a transvaginal ultrasound found the gestational sac and a SCH near the sac. Immediately, the radiologist made the determination that I had a BO; the doctor shared the upsetting news and advised I could "try again" and that there are options for a D and C. At that point, I wanted to go home and just take it all in. In the space of 2 hours I had gone from experiencing period cramps to positive pregnancy test, to miscarriage via BO. Knowing that, something didn't sit right. I was on CD 31, and even I- with my limited medical background- knew that not much would be seen on a scan at barely pregnant. Before coming to any final conclusions, I decided to drive to see a specialist 2 days later who I had seen in my first pregnancy.
The doctor was shocked when I shared the results of my scan and story: there were inconsistencies in the medical report and he felt we were much too soon to diagnose anything other than a pregnancy. He repeated my blood work (which showed an impressive jump from 3103-8600 in just under 48 hours), and told me to go home and wait for a follow up sono in 10 days. Undoubetedly this was the longest 10 days of my life: I took prenatals and found myself constantly wondering what was going on in my body. Every toilet visit, I anticipated blood and held my breath tighter when no blood came. My mother and husband were much more optimistic and believed it would all be ok.
The day of the sono came and I remember waking up to having had a vivid dream that it was indeed a BO. The hours before the scan were the longest of my life- simply the unknown was torturous. I remember feeling a sense of dread when I walked back into the room with my husband, and then a sense of awe. As the tech did the scan, the sound of our babys heartbeat filled the room: she turned the screen and there was our munchkin measuring 4 days ahead of my EDD. I cried with relief and shock. A subsequent scan at 9 weeks showed continued growth, a strong heart rate and the presence of the SCH still there.
I have complained to the hospital that gave me the misdiagnosed MMC. The radiologist stands by the diagnosis, even with multiple pictures of my unborn child to conflict it. I am contemplating fighting the bill we've been sent. I encourage all women to listen to their bodies, and always get a second, third opinion. This site was so helpful to me in those torturous weeks. I have my fingers crossed tight that in 6.5 months we will be staring into the beautiful face of our misdiagnosed MMC."
To read my own Misdiagnosed Miscarriage stories:
my blighted ovum scare
Told I was miscarrying at 12 weeks

Blogging on Misdiagnosed Miscarriages
If you are being diagnosed with a blighted ovum after IVF, please take a look at this article I put together: Misdiagnosed Miscarriage After IVF
and why I just believe a blighted ovum should NOT be diagnosed before nine weeks at the earliest and the UK's new guidelines support this

This post is for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace information given by your physician but rather intended to supplement that information.
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