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not again...

I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry when I saw the positive pregnancy kit..But no, don't congratulate me yet. What the test meant was..the D&C op I did 3 weeks ago wasn't necessary in the first place. I actually had an ectopic pregnancy.

On Saturday morning, I woke up with some lower abdominal cramps..The pain was manageable and I didn't think much of it, hoping that it will go away after popping some painkillers. But by night time, the sharp and stabbing pain had intensified so much that I couldn't walk properly and hub promptly took me to the hospital.

I was given a pregnancy test, a blood test and went through several scans and it was then discovered that i had an ectopic pregnancy - which meant that fertilised egg has developed outside my uterus, and in my left fallopian tube instead. The tube wasn't able to accommodate the growing egg and thus had ruptured causing internal bleeding. So I had a laparoscopic operation done where parts of my left fallopian tube was removed in order to clear the 'mess'.

i was in so much pain after the operation..much worse than the cramps that I was getting. The doctor explained that they had to clear up a lot of blood in my womb. The oral medication they gave me didn't make me feel any better so they injected me with a stronger dose of painkillers. Thankfully it worked and I managed to get a lot of zzz which explains why I'm up and much awake at this hour!

Initially, I was very mad..didn't understand why the ectopic pregnancy wasn't discovered by my gynae at Raffles Hospital earlier! But the doctor at KK explained that some cases of etcopic pregnancy was hard to determine due to the size of the sac and a scan may not detect it. Also, the test that had confirmed my 'pregnancy' was the blood test which was to check the hormones level. Surprisingly at Raffles, I was only a '730.8' whereas my test came out as '17000' at KK. The levels actually rose so high in a mere 3 weeks.

I'm okay now..just feeling a li' numb. Hub brought the laptop to the hospital so that I could blog or play poker on facebook when i'm bored. I have tons of work to be done at work and I feel so guilty to have to be away especially since I was already on a week's medical leave the previous time. I hope to be discharged soon.

The chances of a repeat ectopic pregnancy is apparently quite high and to be honest, I'll rather not take the risk of having another child. I know I'm quite lucky 'coz there were cases where the rupture of the organ in an ectopic pregnancy had led to much loss of blood and endangering the lives of the patients. In my case, it was strange because i didn't show any signs of bleeding externally. in fact, my bleeding after the D&C op just stopped a mere 2 days ago.

Still can't believe I had to undergo two ops for the same pregnancy! Arghhh!


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Nov. 18th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
ouch... oh my gosh! poor you! hope you're much better now. *hugs*

ectopic pregnancy is really scary, and chances seem to be higher the older the person gets. haiz... now i scared to get pregnant liao. :(
Nov. 18th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
yes, apparently the risk of an ectopic pregnancy is high if one is older (30+ and above). But don't let that make u be fearful of pregnancy ok? It happens but not to everyone lah :P i'm just super suay hehe..
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Nov. 18th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about that and please take care ya? *hugs
Nov. 18th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
thanks dear..im okay. just bored in the hospital hehe..

u take care too. u've been getting sick quite often.
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Nov. 18th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)

I hope everything is fine! Lots of rest and good errr soupy things? My mom's solution to everything. Double boiled soup with lots of sleep time.

Take care.
Nov. 18th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
please take care!

Nov. 18th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
OMG no wonder you were so tired on Friday. Thank goodness YC was home when you were in so much pain.
Nov. 18th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
yeah lor...was almost the same symptons as last time..being so tired and sleepy. should have guessed that something wasn't right. Yes, thankfully yc is around..but he has to be fly off next week and aidan's op is on friday. *headache*
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Nov. 18th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what a horrible ordeal! And to go through hospital visits twice too!

Glad you're better now. Rest well, big gentle hugs xx
Nov. 18th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
hugs. Be strong! Now just rest and relax!!!! need to 'bu bu' your body. Hubs turn to take care of Aidan and everything else.. :)
Nov. 18th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that you have to go for two ops, hope that everything is ok now.

Please don't let this incident affect your mood (and future family planning that is if you guys have decided to go for another one).

Take care of your health.
Nov. 18th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
please take care... get well soon!
Nov. 18th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
Nov. 18th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
hope u're feeling better alr! *HUGS*
Nov. 18th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
aiyohhhhh, wat luck! Nevermind, things can only get better from here! *HUGZ* Need Mahjong kakis, give me a ring!!! :p
Nov. 18th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry that you have to go through this. Get more rest yah.
Nov. 18th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
OMG!!! i am so sorry to read this!!! this is terrible!!! will sms you on the ward will drop by tomorrow evening if that is ok. take care and rest! it is no joke, my ex boss's wife in australia nearly died from ectopic pregnancy... *hugz*
Nov. 18th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
hope you're feeling better. hugs. take care.
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