Thursday, September 13, 2012


Thanks for the kind comments! I had my second blood draw yesterday.  I was hoping for a good doubling time for the hCG. When I had the miscarriage, I had a doubling time of 67 hours, and with Sarah, I had a doubling time of 48 hours.  I was just hoping for something close to 48 hours this time.

So, I called the doctor's office this morning because my online account wasn't working, and, you know, since I just happened to have him on the phone, asked the guy who answered the phone if they had my test results yet.  He said the doctor hadn't looked at them yet, but he could give me the number: 1732. 1732 at P+19! That's a 25-hour doubling rate!

Then I freaked myself out googling the results to see what that could mean.  Apparently, it could mean anything or nothing. But, just for the heck of it, I'll probably go google some more . . .

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Take that, Secondary Infertility!

It looks like, God willing, we'll have another baby around here next May!

I was feeling really discouraged, and I made an appointment with my doctor last week to talk over the protocol we're using, start another hormone series, look into another ultrasound series and laproscopy, and the whole ball of wax. It so happened that I was at P+13 the day I went in. It had been 18 months since we started trying again (first cycle after Sarah was born--thank you night weaning), 13 months since I weaned Sarah completely and started taking l.e.trozole again, and 9 months since I had the HSG to open my tubes again. So, he sent in the orders for the blood draws, to start on Monday.

And instead, I went in on Monday for a blood draw for hCG and progesterone and my first progesterone shots!

So, this baby's due date is May 18th. Sarah, however, waited until 13 days after her due date, so I'm not counting on anything happening then.

The technical details: My P+17 hCG was 453 and progesterone was 17.1 (boo!). With Sarah, my draw was on P+16, and hCG was 582 and progesterone was 13.8. My hCG draw at P+18 for our first baby was 624. So, it's in the ballpark, but I wish it were at least as high as last time, because I'm goofy like that. For now, it looks like I don't need the prometrium in addition to the 200mg progesterone shots. The assistant at the office did say I was in Zone 1, but it looks like Zone 1 on the chart is way below 10. Hmm.

I go back for another hCG draw tomorrow, and then we'll check hCG once a week and progesterone every two weeks. And my next appointment won't be until 9 weeks, when we should be able to hear the heartbeat on the Doppler. No 6-week ultrasound!

I was listening to the kids play in the the back yard yesterday. They're going to be so excited. This baby will have four people cheering for every milestone.

I'm not sure when I want to tell people. I'm not taking anything for granted, and I do want to celebrate whatever time we have with this little one. I'm praying for this baby to stick around, but above all for the grace to accept God's will.


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