Today I was looking up information in regards to what I should do after having amniocentesis – if elected. I am to go home and rest. I also happened to see right above that information was a section of things to do beforehand. I think this is so strange that I never came across this site before. Well, it listed to drink plenty of water – “check” doing it constantly. It also mentioned not to take any aspirin products 5 days of the procedure and heparin within 24 hours. Hmm…problem, I am on both of those. How was I not notified? Why? I already know who to blame. I called over to the hospital and the receptionist said she would connect me to a genetics counselor. I prayed as fast I could that it wouldn’t be “her” and then the voice – her voice came on the line. It was Ashley.
Me: “Hi, I am having an anatomy scan and amniocentesis tomorrow and I ran across an article that said I should not take any aspirin products within 5 days and heparin within 24 hours and I am on both and I needed to know what to do.”
Ashley: “Sweetie (in a belittling ton) why are you having this procedure?”
Me: (the niceness went away because of her ton) “Well, sweetie, because I was told I needed to.”
Ashley: “How far along are you?”
Me: “18 weeks – and the only reason I am asking is because I am on both medicines and I have not been contacted with this information and I wanted to check if it was true or if it was just one of those things you find on the internet that has no truth.”
Ashley: “You should not take the heparin, but I have not heard that about the aspirin.”
Me: (blood boiling) “Well, then why was I not informed about the heparin? I have not been given any information of what to do or not to do before and after this procedure.”
Ashley: “What is your name?”
Me: “Kimberly Henninger“
Ashley: “Well, from what I recall you were on the border of decision for the amnio.”
Me: (blood boiling even more now) “Right, and that was the purpose of this anatomy scan to decide if I would be having it. Wouldn’t it make sense to give me the information I would need in order to prepare my body in the event that I have the procedure?”
Ashley: “Well, I guess I dropped the ball.”
Me: “Um, yeah, ya did.”
At the end she told me she would call me back on the aspirin. Another lady called me back; apparently Ashley did not want to speak to me. – I am sure.