The Seed of Hardship - Chapter 17
Kristel was lying on the leather examination table in the Ob/Gyn examination room. Her feet were in metal stirrups and a sheet was draped over her knees. The friendly, grey-haired nurse, Dinah stood at Kristel’s feet and Dr. Boas took his seat on a stool between the stirrups. “I heard you haven’t been feeling well,” he said.
“I can’t be pregnant,” Kristel told him. “It’s impossible. My husband and I haven’t even been even getting along for… a while now. I promise, you nothing has happened.”
“Your hCG levels say otherwise,” said Dr. Boas.
“Those must not be my test results. The lab made a mistake.”
“Perhaps,” said Dr. Boas, “But to be sure, we need to do an internal.” As he began putting his gloves on, he asked Kristel whether or not she was comfortable. Kristel just gave him a cross look but refused to open her mouth to respond.
Dr. Boas began the examination and Dinah commenced her casual small talk, trying to loosen Kristel, who had become tense again. Kristel wasn’t as open to conversation as she had been before but she still talked to the nurse. Dinah’s goal was to keep Kristel as relaxed as possible and she was doing a good job.
At last, Dr. Boas called Kristel’s name. Not liking the earnest tone in Dr. Boas’ voice, Kristel tightly closed her eyes. “I would like for you to come back for a—”
“Don’t say it,” Kristel said, immediately sounding very tearful.
“Kristel,” Dr. Boas called. “Listen. I want to get you started on prenatal vitamins right away but you have to cooperate.” Kristel shook her head as a tear ran down her cheek. “I’ll contact Dr. Mitchell and let him know that we need to take you off your ACE inhibitor prescription A-SAP. It’s safe for breastfeeding but…. We’ll see.”
“This is not happening,” Kristel muttered to herself. “Dr. Boas, I don’t know what you see down there but I am not pregnant. I can’t be.”
“Alright, Kristel. I would like for you to stay for a sonogram. Or you can go to lunch and return within a few hours.”
Kristel put her arm across her eyes and took in a shuddering breath. “Drink lots of water. I’ll put the appointment in now. I’m almost sure there is an available slot.”
Dr. Boas began walking away, preparing to take his gloves off. “I’ll be right back,” he said, discarding the glove in the garbage near the door.
As soon as he left the room, Dinah took over again. “At least your mind will be at ease once you find out for sure,” she said, gently placing her hand on Kristel’s knee. Kristel slowly sat up, looking extremely burdened. Her eyes were wrought with worry and apprehension, her lips pursed together.
“You’ll be okay, honey.”
Kristel shook her head. She was too afraid to open her mouth; she knew the waterworks would be released. She slid off the recliner and began walking towards the curtain. Without saying a word to Dinah, she went behind the curtain and began getting dressed again.
“My second pregnancy was a total surprise. I remember that well,” Dinah continued. She stripped the disposable lining off the recliner and began walking to the door to discard it. “My husband and I were only planning to have one. But then, along came little Timmy. I was so upset but as the pregnancy proceeded, I fell in love with him. You will too.”
“I am not pregnant!” Kristel loudly insisted.
“You may not have had any symptoms but your clinical results are pretty obvious, honey.”
Kristel sat down on the gurney behind the curtain and covered her eyes. “I’m not prepared for this,” she tearfully said.
“You will be,” Dinah positively said.
Hours later, Kristel was sitting on one of the comfortable leather couches in a patients’ lounge. Tori sat beside her, sipping hot coffee from a Styrofoam cup. Kristel had already consumed large amounts of water and was tapping her foot rapidly against the tiled floor in an attempt to distract herself from the pressure now weighing on her bladder. “You okay?” Tori ask her.
“I really need to go to the bathroom,” Kristel replied. She stood up from the couch and began pacing back and forth across the small room.
Nurse Dinah entered the room as cheerfully as she was during Kristel’s earlier examination. She looked at Kristel pacing back and forth and asked, “Ready?”
Kristel felt her pulse quicken but she nodded her head. She looked to Tori but she didn’t even need to ask her friend to come with her. Tori stood right away and followed Dinah and Kristel out of the room. They walked down the hallway to a sonogram room. Kristel thoughts were racing as she entered the dimly lit room.
“You can hop up onto the recliner. I’ll get Dr. Boas,” Dinah told her.
Kristel nodded and began slowly walking towards the recliner. She climbed up onto the recliner, covered with a white sheet, and lay down. She closed her eyes and tried to do some deep breathing exercises to calm her nerves. Tori remained silently comforting at her side.
After a few minutes, Dinah re-entered the room with Dr. Boas in her wake. “Ready?” Dr. Boas cheerfully asked. “Let’s see the final piece of evidence.”
Kristel felt her heart skip a beat. Dinah approached the sonogram machine as Kristel grabbed Tori’s hand. She kept her eyes closed as Dinah instructed her to lift her shirt. Kristel obeyed. As Dinah squeezed the clear transmission fluid onto Kristel’s bare stomach, Kristel kept her eyes shut while Tori kept her eyes glued on the sonogram monitor. Dinah pressed the sonogram probe against Kristel’s abdomen, searching for signs of an embryo or foetus.
Dr. Boas looked at the monitor with Dinah then he said, “… interesting…”