Thursday, 8 January 2009

Grrrrrrr!! Doctors!!!!

Bad news! I'm still on Nifedipine (my blood pressure medication)!!!

I went to the hospital today & even though my bp has been dropping for the last few weeks my Dr is making me continue on the medication. Why? Who knows!! I'm not at all impressed, in fact I'm pretty frustrated too. For the last few weeks I've been seeing a different Dr (also a consultant but not the big chief) and I was pretty sure that she'd let me stop it. Especially in the light of my recent bp readings & the fact I had to come off it last time too.  No such luck. In walked the big chief as he wanted to catch up with how I was doing. When I explained things & showed him my readings his response was "that's great". WHAT??? Last time it was a big deal that my bp was that low & I had to stop taking Nifedipine. I asked him if I should stop taking it but he said he didn't think it was a good idea because... I obviously need it, I'm on the lowest dose anyway, my bp's too unstable without it & finally, I'll have to re-start it at some point anyway. I reminded him that I came off it for 10wks in my last pregnancy but he was having none of it. 

If you've read my previous posts on this topic, you may remember that last time this same Dr was rather confused when my bp started dropping from being 20wks pregnant instead of going up (as would be expected). To try to explain matters, I told him people were praying, but he just ignored that statement like I hadn't spoken... Hee hee!  Anyway, he's not accepting it for a 2nd time so, for now, I'll keep going with the Nifedipine. He did say I could miss a day if I was feeling ill (from my bp being too low) but I usually feel fine 'til I take it! Oh well.

I have a lot of questions about why I still need it & why they won't let me come off it so I'm hoping I get to see the other Dr next time (and the specialist midwife).  It's not that I don't like him. He's very nice & one of the best specialists in the country, I just find the other Dr more approachable & less scary. I think she'll explain things better too rather than just dismiss the idea. We'll see. If you pray... Please keep praying for this pregnancy, my health, Bub's growth & health & that he/she won't be affected negatively by this situation.

Sorry this has been a bit of a rant (and now rather long). On a positive note... What do you think of my 'blog makeover'? I love it & I think Danielle did a great job! Thank you Danielle!


Blogs by Danielle said...

You're welcome! Sorry you're still on the medication. Hope you get off of it soon!

Enjoy the new look!

Blessings for a very healthy pregnancy and baby!


Libby said...

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