I got to see Dr. Hope this afternoon. He came in and took one look at my bulbous, tight belly and said “yep, you are hyper stimulating alright.” But, he continued, it is only a moderate case and can still get much worse from here. Then he warned me about what signs indicate that the OHSS is leaving moderate and moving into severe. Chest pain, extreme shortness of breath, vomiting, you get the point.
“Oh, and don’t be surprised if your labia swells.” he tossed in at the end of his list of problems.
“Excuse me?” I said, eyes wide.
“Your labia. Fluid is going to collect everywhere and your labia is not exempt. Have you noticed this yet?”
“Well, I honestly have not spent a lot of time down there …” I said.
He laughed and said that he just wanted me to be prepared.
He then wrote me prescriptions for a pain-killer, potassium (mine is low right now) and another drug to help with the fierce constipation this is causing. He assured me we will keep super close tabs on this and bring me in for additional fluid IV’s over the next few weeks and to drain my chest cavity if things get too swimmy.
Then the water works started. “Dr. Hope, is there any chance of a baby coming out of this disaster?” I cried. He smiled and assured me that there is still a plenty good chance that a baby will happen despite all this. This, he said, is not a big deal when it comes to a fetus. Relieved I graciously accepted his discharge papers and then waddled myself out to the car.
Once home I took my first shower in two days and inspected my swelling. Super swollen belly, swollen chest at the base of the lungs, swollen boobies, swollen lower back and my God, swollen lady parts! Our baby better be freaking adorable after all of this!