Member No.: 58
Joined: 26-May 10
Recently, Emily has been tired and suffering bouts of nausea. The other night, Sam finally insisted on taking her to the clinic. Here's what happened, as copied from an AIM RP log:
Sam: Sam had ignored Emily's objections, getting Tala into her carseat before carrying his wife to the vehicle. Now, he drove just below the speed-limit, calmly deflecting every argument she gave him. for days now, all she'd done between taking care of Tala was sleep. One day, Sam had only seen his wife touch their daughter once in twenty-four hours. Coming in to see her head resting on the kitchen table had been the last straw. She was going to the doctor's whether she wanted to or not. Parking outside the clinic, he looked to his wife, kissing her cheek. "Go inside. I'll get Tala."
Emily: Emily fumed on the drive to the clinic. Sam was overreacting, as usual. She was simply exhausted, nothing more. The baby might be sleeping longer at night, but Emily's body was still on the newborn schedule. Waking up to feed a baby who was sound asleep was reeking havoc on her body. Most nights she was awake more than asleep. Of course she was tired, who wouldn't be? Today had been especially rough though. A stomach bug had plagued her all day, making her naseated and miserable. Emily was sure it was a 24 hour bug that would pass. "Fine," she said, slamming the truck door. "But, this is ridiculous. I'll be okay." She walked into the clinic and asked to see Aurora.
Aurora: When the nurse called Ari downstairs, she was in her office, attempting to rejuvenate with a cup of coffee. She hadn't been sleeping well at all; who had time to sleep when there was a honeymoon and wedding to plan, and a business to run and maintain? Every inch of her was exhausted and reliant on the horde of evergy drinks that she was consuming on a daily basis. She followed the nurse downstairs, listening. She quickened her pace as she heard the name of the patient waiting to see her. She hadn't received any calls, or any warning that Emily and Sam were coming, and her heart raced with worry for Baby Tala. "Emily?" She asked, coming down the stairs, pulling her long hair to the top of her head and fastening it with a pencil. "Are you okay? What's going on? Where are Sam and Tala?"
Sam: Sam walked in, Tala's car seat on one arm, smiling some as he spotted Aurora. "Hey, Ari. Sorry for not calling ahead before we came. Emily won't admit it, but I'm worried she might be sick." He looked to his wife, waiting for the love of his life to argue with him yet again, knowing a denial was coming. He tried his best to stop it before she could find her argument. "Could we possibly let the trained professional decide, please? If she says your fine, I promise I'll get off your back about it," he bargained in his usual patient tone.
Emily: Emily rolled her eyes, too tired to argue with her fiercely determined husband. "Ari, I have been feeling a little off today. Since this stubborn man hauled me up here, I guess you might as well check me out." Nausea overtook her again, causing her to clamp a hand over he mouth. "You win," she glared at Sam. "I feel awful."
Aurora: Ari's eyes narrowed in concern. She stepped back behind the reception desk and pulled Emily's chart out of the filing shelves."Come on back, let's take a look." She walked down the hall motioning to Sam and Emily. She led them into an exam room and patted the bed twice, leaning back against the counter and opening the chart. "It could be nothing, but isn't it better to be sure?" She smiled warmly. "Especially with a little one around that you could pass a bug to without meaning to?" She clicked her pen. "Why don't you tell me what's been going on, Emily? Sam, feel free to chime in with any details that may be slipping your wife's mind." She smirked, glancing between them.
Emily: "That's a good point. I'd hate to make Tala sick." Emily hopped up on the bed, biting her bottom lip. "I really don't think it's anything big Ari. I'm just a little tired lately. The past few days I've felt a little queasy. That's it." She stared at the floor, hoping what she'd just said was true. She didn't really feel ill, just a bit off. Emily really thought it was simply her body adjusting to motherhood.
Sam: "The other day, she only touched Tala once and this evening I found Emily sitting with her cheek pressed against the kitchen table, like she was trying to cool down," Sam added. As if he would know if she was running a fever; everything felt cool to him. 'Trained professional,' he reminded himself silently. If something was wrong, even if it was just exhaustion, Aurora would figure it out. "Lately, she's spent more time sleeping in my arms than Tala's spent sleeping in hers." He briefly put one arm around Emily's shoulders, the contact acting as a silent apology. Maybe he had over-reacted today.
Aurora: Ari smiled, watching Emily and Sam together. She knew how protective he was of Emily; like Brennan was over her. Even a cough would send Brennan into panic fits, so it didn't surprise her in the slightest to see the worry on Sam's face, or the protective way that he was draping his arm around her shoulders. "It's normal to go through some changes post-partum." She reassured them both. "Your sleep schedule is probably non-existant, I'm sure that you're not eating like you should, plus you've got all kinds of hormones running through you. I'm less worried about the exhaustion than I am about the nausea that goes along with it, honestly. Why don't we start with the basics, just run a few tests, and see if we can eliminate a few things, okay?" She turned around and set the chart on the counter, reaching into a box of gloves and pulling a pair on. We'll start simple, blood pressure." Ari reached for the cuff where it hung on the wall and slipped it over Emily's arm, putting on her stethoscope. "Ok, just do your best to relax a bit."
Emily: Emily tried to relax, but it was difficult. Although she trusted Ari completely, she hated going to the doctor. She could handle most medical procedures, but Emily was completely terrified of needles. At least no injections or blood test had been mentioned. Taking a deep breath, she reminded herself that Ari was not only her doctor, but also her friend. She knew she was in good hands, yet she squeezed her eyes shut and found comfort in Sam's embrace.
Sam: Sam moved easily, silently, trying to make sure Emily would have to pull away from him to see anything Ari was doing. He knew she wouldn't, of course. Moving his hand out of the way of the bp cuff, his fingers began to run up and down her back as Emily's eyes closed. "Relax, Emily," he whispered gently, willing to give whatever comfort she needed during the examination. He risked a glance at Tala long enough to see she was still sleeping before re-focusing on his wife. "At least somebody in this room is sleeping well," he said, rolling his eyes slightly. It was hard to remember what a full night's sleep was supposed to feel like.
Aurora: Ari slipped the cuff off of Emily's arm and hung it back up before leaning over to make a note in the chart. She reached into the cabinet and pulled out a sealed sterilizer tray, peeling it open carefully and prepping the tools for a blood draw. "Your blood pressure is slightly elevated, but I'm willing to chalk that up to the fact that no one likes to come see me in my professional capacity." She smiled, reaching to take Emily's arm, carefully opening a sterile swab. "Okay, I know that this is your least favorite part of any appointment. It's pointless for me to tell you to relax, but I'll make it fast, okay?" She reached over to the counter for the tourniquet.
Emily: "I know you will, Ari. As long as I don't see it, I'll be fine." Emily locked her eyes on Sam's and took a shaky breath. Being this afraid of needles was ridiculous, but it was a fear she just couldn't shake. She praised herself mentally for not bursting into tears or fainting. "What are you testing me for? African sleeping sickness?" she joked, forcing a half hearted smile.
Sam: "If you've got African sleeping sickness, then I'm the king of Siam," Sam replied, not looking away from Emily. At least he wasn't having to hold her up or hand her tissues. "How long will it take to run your tests," he asked Ari. How long would it take until they knew how serious this might be?
Aurora: "Not long at all." Ari reassured Sam, gently sliding the needle under Emily's skin and attaching the vial. "I'm going to test for a variety of things, just run across the board. It could be something like anemia, just due to your diet, I wouldn't be too quick to jump to the serious problems just yet." She loosened the tourniquet, waited for the vial to finish before pulling it away and carefully sliding the needle out. "Okay, let me run this to the back and start a few tests and I'll be right back, okay?" Aurora grabbed her chart and slipped out the door, heading into the lab. She dropped the used needle into the haz container, tossed one set of gloves into the trash and changed into a fresh pair before starting to run tests on the blood.
Emily: Emily relaxed some now that the blood draw was done. "You need to stop worrying, Mr. Uley," she grinned. "I'm perfectly fine. I just know." She kissed him gently, not worrying about getting him sick. If only she had Sam's immune system, they wouldn't be here right now. She was glad they'd came though. If Ari could just give her something to stop the queasiness, she would feel so much better.
Sam: "Mm-hm." Sam returned the kiss. "Because nausea always means you're perfectly fine." He smiled, gently hugging Emily as she reassured him. If she was fine, if everything turned out okay, he'd find some way to make this clinic trip up to her. She hated things like this, even without the blood draw.
Aurora: Ari jumped slightly as the timer beeped and she pulled the printout out of the machine. She blinked, looking down at the paper and taking a deep breath. "Oh..." she sighed, biting her lip. "That's...." (Damn...) she put the chart down and rested her hands on the counter, letting her mind wrap around the news for a moment before standing up and taking a deep breath in and out. She grabbed the chart and walked back towards the exam room and pulled open the door.
Emily: Emily smiled as Aurora walked back into the room. The tests hadn't taken long, her stomach was calm at the moment, and she was in Sam's arms. Ari's quick return meant they would be headed home soon, which she was grateful for. Ari would give her some pills or something and she'd be good as new. At least that's what she was telling herself. "That was quick, Ari. So, is it sleeping sickness?"
Aurora: Ari took a breath. "No, no it's not sleeping sickness." She smiled. "Though I highly reccommend you take some time and get some sleep, because you're going to need it." She picked up the chart and held it to her chest, folding her hands over it like it was a security blanket. She looked from Sam to Emily, unsure of how both of them would reat to the news she was about to reveal. "I'm going to reccomend a few things, a few changes to your eating habits and some additional vitamins. I think it'll help you quite a bit because, Emily?" Ari smiled. "Baby Tala is not going to be the baby of the family much longer. You and Sam are going to give her a little brother or sister. You're pregnant."
Following this new revelation, Aurora performed a sonogram, finding Emily to be about a month pregnant. The Uleys were then told they would be having twins. Because of the multiple births and the problems Emily had while pregnant with Tala, the Uleys will be referred to a doctor in Port Angeles who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.