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There are times when “fake it till you make it” is the operative thought process. There are some things in life about which I admit total ignorance. Occasionally, these are the same thing.

A very long time (so it seems) ago, Sarah had heard from friends that getting a fetal doppler was reassuring, and our experience was that the ultrasound at clinics had been able to detect the heartbeat at 5 1/2 weeks. So we purchased one at 8 weeks, and this thing caused no end of trouble. The how-to videos on YouTube were no help whatsoever – apparently people only post videos when it works.

After hearing a whole lot of nothing with it, I was convinced that the unit we had was a piece of junk. At 9 weeks, our RE tried using it, and also couldn’t hear anything, seconding my opinion (although he said he had never had any luck with any of those). The trouble was that it had, when we used it at home, worked me up into quite a lather, while I was trying to reassure Sarah that, yes, everything is okay(tm), but it introduced a gnawing fear into my night until our next visit.

So it went into the drawer, until our 14-week appointment with the regular OB, who used one which looked remarkably like the one we had purchased – he found the heartbeat in all of about 12 milliseconds. He then showed us that our unit worked fine (!)

And so finally this week we’ve figured out how to use this thing ourselves, and can hear it fine (and it turns out that, according to real doctors, 13-15 weeks is around the time that one can actually hear a heartbeat.

My lesson is that things only work in the right time, and doing something at the wrong time leads to trouble.


About thegameiam
I'm a network engineer, musician, and Orthodox Jew who opines on things which cross my path.

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