good thing akmal was due for his immunization. if not i'd put this off for probably another one or two months.
a check up after exactly six years. back at dr maziah's clinic at dsh. monthly visit for the next 7 months coming up. would be very difficult now with the boys' school schedule and me being at home and no more daycares to leave the boys at while i do this.
i'd probably bring all four with me during one of the visits, when its big enough to be clearly seen, probably around the 6th or 7th month. it'd be good for them to see since they were too young to know what was going on in mummy's tummy the last (three) times.
dr maziah now sees her patients between 10am - 3pm so its a bit difficult to juggle my time. that is probably when i'm at my busiest. post-sra, early lunch for asyraf & ariff, lunchtime shower, then its the bi-sk-sra round from 12.30pm - 2.30pm. this time i went early, around 10am as i had 2 doctors to see. the boys would need to depend on tiza during this first check up. they also got the day off, which they were not too happy with. next time i think i'd probably go after i pick up amir and only give him the afternoon off. a day a month for 7 months would not be too bad, i think.
when we got to the hospital we went to drop off both appointment cards to see where we were in the queue. seeing that we're no 3 for akmal compared to no 5 for me, plus dr maziah had a surgery that morning, we went off to dr azizi's clinic first to get akmal his double antigen jab. he was not an easy patient argh!! we left his clinic and went back to dr maziah and waited there, after a quick detour to the convenient shop as i was already shivering from hunger.
when dr maziah saw me she was surprised, not surprised and shocked, not shocked. she looked at my records and started smiling then she went, nahhhh its ok, you just follow me, i had my fifth after a long break. then we started chatting, basically about how it happened (i stopped taking contraceptive pills because it gave me a migraine), how i knew i should have seen her but felt too over-confident, how she felt its meant to happen, so it'll happen.
she asked me to lie down on the bed to be scanned. and yes, there it was and exactly as i calculated, 8 weeks, november baby, 2 days off the edd. she said all seem to look good, no cyst or fibroid or anything alarming.
we went back to her desk and she became a bit serious. do we want to talk about risks now, she asked. yes, i answered quickly. yes i know of the risk of being pregnant at 40. she was very thorough and very detailed. we need to do tests and we'll get them done at the next check up. she was different from the other 4 pregnancies, as i had very low-key, no trouble pregnancies and normal, but not too easy, deliveries. this time she was very attentive. she gave lengthy explanations, very detailed in her examples and welcomed queries.
akmal and i had a late lunch while waiting for the medication and bills but managed to get home before the evening rush hour began.
so there, the start of my monthly visits. it feels heavier now because i need to put the boys and their schooling on par with my check up. it won't be easy but i'm pretty sure we can manage this, insyaAllah.
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