Friday, June 20, 2008

Timing couldn't of been any better.

So last night I just started freaking out over having no symptoms.

And who knocks on the door this morning? FedEx with the doppler I rented at the beginning of the week.

It took about 12 minutes, but I found the glorious little heartbeat beating at about 160bpm. ~Whew~. Everything is okay and I get to avoid looking crazy and showing up at my RE's office that just released me ~or~ my OBs office whom I just called yesterday.

The doppler rental has already been worth it's price to me! I rented one during the entire time with Allison, helping me to circumvent who knows how many freak outs! Most people who rent dopplers do so until they can feel the baby move. But not me! I pay for the rental until after the birth. I can't tell you how many times I sat on the couch poking and prodding my belly to get a very still baby to wake up and move. With a doppler, one quick check and all fears abated.

When I was quite large with Allison, I was carrying Ella (only 12 months old) into the garage. I stumbled on the steps and came crashing down the remaining stairs to land on the concrete floor. I turned and landed on my side/back, to protect both babies, but it was quite a fall. Of course, the baby wasn't moving and my own heart started to race. I simply got out the doppler and confirmed normal heart rhythm.

When I went to rent one this time, I noticed the internet has been flooded with doppler rental companies! Wow! I chose this one from BabyFM.com. It's the kind my doctor uses and the type I rented last time, so I knew it's a good one. This is also the ~cheap~ model, as there are no extras like HR display or recorder. Why get a recorder when it digitally records on the unit itself? There is no external audio device to keep the recording. Also, the display is just not necessary. All you have to do look at a clock and count the beats for 6 seconds then add a zero on the end (multiply by ten) and there is the HR. The model with the display is $1.65/day, while the model I'm renting is 85 cents per day!

Thank you for all the comments to get me to chill. I know symptoms come and go, but with the losses out there in the internet, it's hard not to internalize them.

14 comments:

JamieD said...

Woo-hoo!! God bless modern science and FedEx!!

MrsSpock said...

Perfect timing!

Io said...

Phew! Glad to see that everything is dandy. Good timing FedEx!

Shea said...

Great news! I should be embarrassed to say that I had no idea you could rent these! Awesome :)

Morgan said...

That's great Nancy!! I'm glad your worries were put to ease...stress is no good either! I'm definately going to look into those. How long do they take to arrive after you place an order?

A said...

Yay for the perfect arrival of the doppler. And HOLY COW! I think you've found a hearbeat earlier than anyone else I read. Wow. I'm impressed.

Thanks for the link to the company, too. Mr. W keeps saying he wants to get an u/s machine (he's a dreamer what can I say, ha!) so I think I can talk him into a doppler. :-)

Jewels said...

Your last comment said it all for me, I think that's the majority of where my fear is coming from.

Did you buy extra u/s gel?

nancy said...

Jewels - No. Lotion works just fine.

Sara said...

Yay! Thank God for dopplers! I am sure that I will take advantage of one my next pregnancy. Anyway, congrats on a strong heartbeat!

~Carrie said...

Great news! Thanks also for providing the information on the doppler - I just rented the same model.

Our family is complete said...

That is so great Nancy.

Amy

Sarah R said...

I wanted one of those SO bad but I know DH would think I was crazy and blah, blah, blah.

My doctor never let me listen to the HB long enough. He was one of those 'always busy' docs. He was nice, just not very thorough.

Yay for you!

WISHING...HOPING...and PRAYING said...

wish i could have known you could rent those things. would have saved me a lot of worrying! the heartbeat is the best sound in the world!

Lee said...

Yea for doppler!! Yea for minimizing stress!