When I realized that I was late for my period I told my boyfriend David and we decided that I should take a home pregnancy test. So I took one. At this point I was yet to be worried. It wasn't until after the test came back positive that I started to panic. David was totally extremely supportive and said that whatever we decided to do that we would decide togather. Here he was being so wonderful and I was in shock. I didn't know what to think. After discussing it we decided to have an abortion. We weren't ready to be parents yet. If it were two years down the road it would have been a different story.
I made an appointment at a abortion clinic. The appointmnet that I made was for what they call "Pre-op education" which is basically like a consulation. The morning of the appointmnet I was a little nervous. I didn't really even know why. David went to the clinic with me. Upon arriving there, the lady at the front desk had my go pee in a cup and then gave my lots of papers to fill out. Eventually they moved me upstairs to get an ultrasound. David had to wait downstairs in the lobby. The ultrasound was the part I was the most nervous about because I really had no idea how far along I was. This particular clinic performs abprtions until 16 weeks. The ultrasound estimated gestation at 15 weeks and 2 days! That was a shocker I wasn't even showing. That meant I had five days to get the procedure done. I also got some blood taken so they could see what kind of blood you have and to test for anemia. After that you go into a room with a counsler and she explains how the procedure will go based on how far along you are. Since I was 15 weeks along I was going to have to have a laminaria inserted the day before the procedure. Its made of japanese seaweed and it is about the size of a q-tip and works like a tampon. It dialates your cervix very slowly. This was a Tuesday and I set up a time to come back to get the laminaria inserted on a Friday with the abortion scheduled for the follwing day (Saturday). I went home feeling fine. I wasn't nervous anymore, everyone there seemed really nice and I was relieved to have an appointment for the procedure.
On Friday I went to the clinic with no nervous feelings at all. I figured this part would be a breeze. They were basically just inserting a tampon. When I got back to the room I met the doctor he was really nice and it was the same nurse who did my uktrasound. First he gave me a pelvic exam. Which actually kind of hurt a little bit. Then he used somthing to measure the inside of me and he said I might feel some cramping when he was doing that. Some cramping!? I has worse cramps than any menstral cramps I had ever expirianced. In all fairness...I never really have cramps with my period so I was probably a little bit of a sissy. He iserted the laminaria and it was done. The whole thing only took about five minutes. I felt like I was going to pee my pants! I started questioning how this would compare to the pain that I would feel tomarrow. Maybe I wasn't as tough as I thought.They told my that I might have some slight cramping that evening while my cervix dialated. Which I did, but nothing painful at all.
I had to be at the clinic at seven-thiry in the morning. We woke up super early. It wa still drak out. They told me to eat a good breakfast because I was going to be given a valuim to help relax me and it could be a long day. All I could eat that morning was part of a pop tart. I just wasn't that hungry. And I wasn't really nervous at all....just anxious as to how bad the pain and cramps would be. When we got there there where protesters outfront so there were security guards directing you in the back way. There were probably about fifteen girls there. I was hoping I would have to be last. Soon after I got there they called me upstairs. I was the first name called. David had to wait downstairs again because they only let someone accompany you if you are under twelve weeks. I was excited to go first. Still feeling pretty calm and relaxed. The nurse took my blood pressure and temperature. I asked the nurse if the cramps that I felt the day before when they inserted the laminaria would be comparable to what I would feel today. And she said I did good yesterday but no that these would be the worst cramps that I had ever felt in my life! At least she was honest. I had to wait for a little bit after that. I started to get very hungry and wish that I had ate more. Finally she asked me to take 800 mg of Ibprofen and a valium. About 10 minutes later they called me back. They asked me if I was feeling the affects of the Valium yet and I hadn't noticed it until I got up to walk to the procedure room but I was feeling it a little bit. I felt very relaxed. She said they would be in to start the procedure in about 10 more minutes. The nurse and the doctor came in. I told the nurse that I wasn't good with cramps and asked her to talk to me during the procedure. First the doctor used this cold metal vice type thing to open me up to get the lanimaria out. Then he said he was going to give me a shot to numb me. Which I didn't even feel. I had to ask him if he had alreday given it to me. Then he said that he was going to begin suction. The nurse talked to me during the whole thing. I was relieved to realize that it didnt hurt at all. No cramps,no pain, nothing. The only the I felt was the suction tube moving around inside of me, which didnt hurt. They completed the procedure in about seven minutes. I was then taken to the recovery room with lots of recliners in it. I had to sit there for about fifteen or twenty minutes so that the burses could make sure that you weren't bleeding too much. I had to shcedule a follow-up appointment for three weeks later and I got a prescription for two kinds of medicine. One helps your ueterus contract to control the bleeding and the other is just an antibiotic to help prevent infection. After that I go to come home. I felt like so much weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I never had any cramping. The first day I bled pretty heavily, but after that it slowed down a lot. The next day I felt pretty much back to normal. I just didn't feel like doing anything to strenous. Everyones experiance is different. I am glad everything went as well as it did for me.