Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Positive!

2 1/2 years

1 1/2 years of Creighton Model/NaPro Technology
2 surgeries
65 HCG injections
Countless vitamins, antibiotics, and doses of T3
1 dose of letrozole

And 1 positive result!

It feels very surreal. I got the phone call from the doctor's office this morning while I was in the shower, so I heard the news with shampoo still in my hair. Because of the HCG injections, they wanted a level of at least 50 in the HCG test to consider the test positive--and mine was 624 at peak + 18!

I ended up telling Mr. X by text message. I called his cell, but he was in a meeting, so he texted me, and I replied--then he snuck out and called me!

I went directly to the doctor's office for my first progesterone injections. I heard they were painful, and that's no lie. Mr. X is going to come with me later this week for the next one, so he'll be giving me the shots from now on. I hate needles, but I've gritted my teeth and given myself 65 injections of HCG. I love that now Mr. X will be giving the injections instead of me--and in the behind, so I won't have to see them going in! The progesterone injections are part of a NaproTechnology protocol intended to reduce the chances of miscarriage as well as a lot of other risks. Mr. X and I were joking the other day that we should save all of the syringes in a sharps container and take them out for key moments of parental discipline/guilt induction ("I stuck myself this many times for you!"). I'll have progesterone injections twice a week, at least for the first trimester. And they'll do an ultrasound at 6.5 to 8 weeks to make sure things are looking OK. So, if anyone knows any novenas to St. Gianna or St. Gerard, please pass them along!

We were listening to the classical channel the other day, and a beautiful setting of the Magnificat (can't remember which) came on. Mr. X and I were talking about it, so I pulled out my bible to read the full text. The Magnificat was the Blessed Virgin Mary's song of praise during her visitation to Elizabeth, and this verse has been in my head ever since I read it again the other day:

"He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name" (Luke 1:49)

7 comments:

Maygy said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news - He does do great things!

LifeHopes said...

My eyes filled with tears as I read your great news. I am rejoicing with you!!!

Praise be to God.

I am just so happy for you!!!

maggie said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations! I am THRILLED for you!!!

I am reading a book about the Magnificat right now. I love that verse too.

mightymaggie.com

Radical Catholic Mom said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Nessa said...

Found you through Maggie- Congrats!! And yes, isn't He mighty?!

Elizabeth said...

Congrats on your NaproTechnology miracle! Prayers for a successful pregnancy. Hang in there with those shots...they will be worth it!

Arwen said...

Wow, what wonderful news!

I said a novena to St. Gerard when we were trying to get pregnant. It's the first one on this page: http://www.catholictradition.org/Life/majella5.htm
There's also one on that page for expectant parents like you. (Bet you're not used to hearing that, huh?)

Here's another novena to St. Gerard which is slightly more complex; it looks pretty good:
http://www.saintgerard.com/nineday.html

My (Catholic) doctor told me of a couple he knew who were struggling for many years to get pregnant. Someone gave them an icon of St. Gerard, which they hung on their wall. Nine (!) children later, they took it down and passed it on. Pretty cool, huh?

Congratulations again, and glory be to the Creator!

 

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