Lower. No, Lower.

Yesterday I had a OB appointment.

I’m 27 weeks pregnant and it was time for the dreaded glucose screening. And then they were going to give me a shot of some antibodies because I have Rh negative blood and my blood might fight with my baby’s blood? SCIENCE. And while I was there, they were going to recheck my blood pressure (which ALWAYS goes up right before my appointment because I have white coat syndrome and am terrified of doctors). So it makes sense they would be rechecking my blood pressure when I have all those other things to worry about. (And by “makes sense”, I mean “makes not once tiny lick of sense”.)

The glucose screening wasn’t as bad as people wanted me to think. It tasted a lot like fruit punch. But you guys, they are NOT kidding around about the test times. I was to take the medicine an hour before my appointment, EXACTLY, and then let them know when I got there what time I took the medicine so they could test me IMMEDIATELY. I got to my appointment about 20 minutes early because I was so terrified of it messing up.

Everything went fine, blood pressure was normal (after taking it 3 times), but then it was time for the shot. I don’t do shots. I have been known to pass out when I LOOK at a needle. This isn’t just for medicine, either. When I got my ears pierced at 8 or 9 I passed out. So after 30 years, I know the drill. The nurse told me the injection went into my hip, so I laid on my side and pulled my jeans down a little. She said, “actually, just a little lower.” I pulled them lower. “Actually, looowweer….” I pulled lower. “Actually, this goes right into your buttcheek,” she said. So there I am, laying there trying not to have an anxiety attack over this needle. My buttcheek is just hanging out saying “Oh hello! Wow, I didn’t expect to be out of my underpants today, this is a lovely surprise, OH WAIT WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME???”

And when it was over, I got a Tweety bird band-aid. It was like my badge of honor.

When was the last time you had to get a shot at the doctor’s office? Was it in your cheek? Do you get panic-y around needles?  Want to read more about my baby, cause it’s here on my baby blog.

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26 comments to Lower. No, Lower.

  • Unknown Mami

    I am 15 weeks pregnant and this time around I have to do the glucose screening earlier because I am heavier than I was the first time I got pregnant. I'm not looking forward to it. Not because the first one is so bad, but because if you fail it you have to go and do a longer one and that one SUCKS!

    Glad you got a cool band-aid out of the ordeal.

  • JMJE

    I hate needles with a passion. I passed out when I got my cartilage pierced. One time I was at the DR. and they were going to prick my finger and I told them I pass out easily. They said I would be fine. Just sit in this chair. I passed out into my own lap and they had to wake me up with that ammonia stuff. Now they let me lie down. Now I'm gonna check out your baby blog.

  • Lucia

    I pass out at the site of my own blood, not so much someone else's and needles well only if they are needles that take blood from you then I pass I feel queazy and wanna pass out. Other then that I can take a shot in the arm or butt anytime.

  • Sada

    A few years ago, I was supposed to give myself shots in the thigh of vitamin B and I was all, "Okay, I have a sliiiiight shot phobia, but I also have a will of steel, so whatever. Let's do this." That is, until I had the syringe filled and the ONE-INCH NEEDLE poised above my bare leg, at which point I began shaking violently and broke down into hysterical sobbing.

    Then my boyfriend at the time had to give them to me in the butt cheek. Romantic.

  • seriouslytake2

    I'm weird, I hate having my finger pricked with a passion, I would much rather get a shot or blood taken from my arm.

  • jessalyn

    gah. i dislike shots. a lot. i also am confused by your blood fighting with your babies blood. that sounds like some vampire type stuff if you ask me….

  • The Random Blogette

    I remember all of that like it was yesterday! My medicine stuff was like thick orange pop so I didn't mind it at all. I was also RH negative so I got the butt shots too. My last shot was right before I had my heart surgery. I had the cumadin (sp) shot in my belly and that hurt like a bitch! I am super excited to go read your baby blog now!!

  • Miranda

    Oh goodness.. poor booty! LoL!!

    I had to give myself injections when I was pregnant with Tristan .. I'm right there with ya on the dislike of needles! I would get so freaked out everytime!

  • foxy

    Man, what is UP with that Rh blood stuff? That is WEIRD. Fight with your baby's blood… WTF??

  • foxy

    And, yes, I freaking HATE shots.

  • Melissa

    I've got a good one for my last shot. So, it starts out with I pay WAY too much for health insurance. I know everyone's is expensive, but come on, $4000/year with a high deductible high co-pay for just me. No one else, just me. Oh, and its through the hospital, but I have a hard time getting insurace to pay that same hospital. Anyway, since I hate my insurance I decided that I am going to get my money's worth this year and when I was offered the Gaurdisil (sp?) shot, I got it. Lets start off with needles don't bother me. I usually watch myself get a shot. First shot in the series was by a nurse that was a few years older than me, no biggie, barely felt it. Second shot, by a very new nurse, but hey, we all have to learn sometime. It wasn't too bad. She recapped the needle after use (big no-no) but it didn't harm me, I don't care. Final shot. It was by the same as nurse #2 only this time, she had 2 older nurses with her watching her. Oh, great, here we go I am thinking. BUT again, we all have to learn somewhere. First off, she asks which arm I got my shot in 4 months ago. Do I remember? No, thats why YOU have my chart. Someone goes and looks for her. She goes to wipe my arm with the alcohol pad. Then, can't figure out where to put the wrapper. I tell her to put in my hand. Then, she does the same with the used alcohol pad. I tell her again that I can hold it. Finally, she goes to stick me and shes shaking like a leaf. Not just a little, like needle is bobbing side to side. Lets just say that one hurt a lot! Of course, she had to ask how it was so I lied for her poor little sake. Thankfully, no more shots for awhile!

  • Melissa

    I've got a good one for my last shot. So, it starts out with I pay WAY too much for health insurance. I know everyone's is expensive, but come on, $4000/year with a high deductible high co-pay for just me. No one else, just me. Oh, and its through the hospital, but I have a hard time getting insurace to pay that same hospital. Anyway, since I hate my insurance I decided that I am going to get my money's worth this year and when I was offered the Gaurdisil (sp?) shot, I got it. Lets start off with needles don't bother me. I usually watch myself get a shot. First shot in the series was by a nurse that was a few years older than me, no biggie, barely felt it. Second shot, by a very new nurse, but hey, we all have to learn sometime. It wasn't too bad. She recapped the needle after use (big no-no) but it didn't harm me, I don't care. Final shot. It was by the same as nurse #2 only this time, she had 2 older nurses with her watching her. Oh, great, here we go I am thinking. BUT again, we all have to learn somewhere. First off, she asks which arm I got my shot in 4 months ago. Do I remember? No, thats why YOU have my chart. Someone goes and looks for her. She goes to wipe my arm with the alcohol pad. Then, can't figure out where to put the wrapper. I tell her to put in my hand. Then, she does the same with the used alcohol pad. I tell her again that I can hold it. Finally, she goes to stick me and shes shaking like a leaf. Not just a little, like needle is bobbing side to side. Lets just say that one hurt a lot! Of course, she had to ask how it was so I lied for her poor little sake. Thankfully, no more shots for awhile!

  • Hutch

    I was the screaming crying child who wouldn't sit still for shots as a kid and even in to my teen years. Then the universe decided to play a joke on me with my thyroids. For the past 6 years I've had to get my blood drawn every 3-6 months to check my levels. I still don't look at the needle.

    You're very brave for getting it so "low" thats like skin breaking any everything. Gah I'm have nausea over here in sympathy! Go get your blizzard, you deserve it :)

  • SS

    I do not like shots… and I just had to get three of them (in my arms)yesterday! Got scolded for never having a tetanus booster. *oopsie*

  • Crazy Shenanigans

    Shots don't bother me but I never like lowering my pants for one in the cheeks!

  • Stephanie in Suburbia

    Count your blessings that it went okay! I had to do a fasting glucose test when my first one came back high. You get to not eat for 8 hours…when you're pregnant…and then drink that drink AGAIN…and get your blood drawn every hour. I wrote about it here:

    http://stephanieinsuburbia.blogspot.com/2010/05/sticking-it-to-pregnant-chick.html

  • Liz

    did you really get a tweety bird shot? for real? i think it's awesome your OB's office even carries them.

  • Jackie

    Hate shots, needles of any sort. I want to give blood but between the needle, my cruddy veins that make IV's/drawing blood *so much fun*, and not being able to handle seeing all that blood come out of my body, I can't. I don't even like when they get a little tiny tube of blood from me for tests. Freaks me out a little bit.

    At the doctor visits here, there is a lovely blood pressure machine of sorts that takes your bp *7* times. Yes, 7. Then it takes those 7 times, discards the 1st and last numbers, and averages the rest…ostensibly because of people being stressed about being at the dr. For me though, getting that cuff to squeeze my arm so tight that I think my arm will pop like a balloon is what actually stresses me out. That machine does it way tighter than people do!

    Glad everything turned out okay! :)

  • My Husband's Watching TV...

    Glad everything went well! LOL @ the needle thing, I won't even tell you what's about to go on with me and needles-you might pass out just HEARING about it!

  • Logical Libby

    At least your blood isn't half unicorn. Imagine the shots you would have to get then…

  • mariahsmile

    Glad your appt went well, minus the butt shot! Yay, another blog! Checking it out now :)

  • Lisa

    I am freaking *terrified* of shots. Doctors had to take my blood once, when I had to get lithotripsy for a kidney stone about 8 years ago, and it took my mom and a nurse to hold me still. My last shot was a tetanus shot (2 years late, I might add) because I refused to get lockjaw from a stupid tiny work injury!

  • SmartBear

    Oh how fun…the glucose test! Glad you got your tweety bird bandaid!
    Best,
    Tina

  • Chicken

    HOLD THE F*&K UP! I'm going to have to get shots? In my butt? I did not sign up for that part of pregnancy! My baby better be extra cute for all the stuff I have to do for it.

  • The Only Girl

    ha! I don't mind needles – much – but last summer I had to get 10 weekly iron shots in my arse that hurt like hell! And permanently stained my skin so that it looks like a big hideous bruise there. Forever. You think that doctor would have mentioned that side effect.

  • V

    I had to hold back from laughing out REAL loud from the butt cheek dialogue. It's 5:30 am in south Africa now so you can imagine my G wouldn't be happy but MAN, did i love this.

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