Dr appointment

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Dr appointment
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Thu, 07-24-2003 - 11:39pm
I went to the dr today because I've been getting attacks of vertigo and dizziness for the past week and a half. The dr couldn't find anything wrong with me and thinks that it's the after effects of the cold I had 3-4 weeks ago. Sometimes the middle ear, which controls balance, can be affected temporarily after a bacterial infection, causing vertigo or dizziness. So I've got some anti-dizziness meds to take until it goes away on its own.

I also mentioned that I want to start TTC in December, so it was like a mini-preconception checkup as well. She said it will take a month for my birth control to wear off, so I'll probably get the implant removed from my arm in October, 2 months before TTC. She said I'm up to date with pap smears, etc. so I don't need to worry about that. She said the only thing I need to do is take folic acid, but I don't need to start taking it yet. She did say that spina bifida is more common in first children, and that this would be my second so it shouldn't as much of a concern (but to still take the folic acid, of course). She didn't think that multi-vitamins were necessary (Australian drs here are more relaxed about those things, I've noticed) but I told her I was taking Centrum, anyway. She told me to take vitamin D because I had vitamin D deficiency during my last pregnancy. I've been taking that for the past 2 months already so I'm right on top of things there, too. Now if the next 4.5 months could go as quickly as possible....;)

Aisha WTT #2 12/03

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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 9:33am
Sounds like you're right on track! I hope time flies! I do have one question--does it hurt to have that implant removed? Yikes!

Sarah, Wtt #4 5/05

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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 7:27pm
LOL, Sarah! Well, I'd imagine it would hurt less to get it out than to put it in. It's the size of a matchstick and it goes in just under your skin, like with norplant. When they put it in, they use local anaesthetic (injection) so you don't feel a thing, then they inject the implanon (the contraceptive implant) under your skin. There's supposed to be some discomfort in that area for 48 hours, after the anaesthetic wears off, but mine hurt for 10 days so the dr thinks that the implanon must have hit more nerves as it was going in. My sister has one, too, and said it was only uncomfortable for 48 hours which is the norm. Getting it out is less complicated, and involves getting a local anaesthetic again, getting a teeny-tiny incision (the size of a freckle) and getting it removed. The dr said there shouldn't be any discomfort afterwards like there was with getting it put in. It might sound gross but it's really no big deal! Implanon is pretty popular here in Australia, but they don't have it in the US yet.

Aisha

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Mon, 07-28-2003 - 8:38am
Just my teeny tiny opinion, but YEOW! LOL!

Sarah

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