I’m truly overwhelmed. Happy and excited, but overwhelmed. Reading others blogs during the past few months has opened my eyes to the true possibility of IVF not working the 1st, 2nd, or even the 3rd time. And being we didn’t have any embryos to freeze this first cycle, well, that made me even more nervous going into this two-week wait. But here we are, with a positive pregnancy test! And of course I realize a lot can happen, it’s so early in this pregnancy, only 3 weeks and 6 days pregnant, to be exact, but I don’t want the worry of the negative what-ifs to take away from my excitement today.
So a recap of my day so far and the results from my doctor…
I wasn’t able to sleep in, as my appointment at the lab was at 8am, but I still managed to snuggle with Kona a few extra minutes this morning. First things first, I took another test. Just to make sure that second line was still there. And it was, and perhaps a touch darker, but not by much. As a close friend texted me morning, is it too much to ask for a bright pink second line???
After getting pretty I hopped in the car and was off to the hospital. Once I arrived, my first stop was Java House. Of course. Iced Pumpkin Pie Latte, decaf of course! I’ve been so good, no caffeine! Pretty darn proud of myself!
I checked in at the IVF Clinic, was handed paperwork, and was off to the lab for a blood draw. My favorite Michael was working but not available, so I got some new girl who explained what she was doing as she was doing it. Annoying, but okay…
As I was walking across the skywalk back to my car Eric texted me that he’d be home soon. He’s leaving tomorrow for a conference in Florida, returning Tuesday evening, and thus he wasn’t assigned any cases today. I was thinking, what better timing, we can hear the official news from the patient information line together. This never happens!
Home together, Eric decided we needed a nap, well, he needed a nap, and I was more than willing to snuggle in bed with him, and Kona too of course. Shortly before 11am I woke up, noticed the time, and grabbed my phone, sure a message with results would be available. And sure enough, it was. Eric and I sat together, still in bed, listening to nurse Jennifer’s message.
My HCG level was 63. They like it to be above 60, and although my test was technically a day early, since they don’t test on the weekends, my number was great! Standard protocol, they repeat the test two days later, in my case, on Monday at 8am, to make sure my level is increasing. My blood draw this morning also included progesterone and estradiol levels, and both came back low, progesterone at 52 and estradiol at 74. The nurse didn’t mention the normal ranges and in my excitement, I didn’t think to ask. I am curious if these low levels were prehaps keeping me from maintaining a pregnancy in the past… I’ll inquire at my next appointment. To combat my low levels, I need to remain on the progesterone in oil injections (great) and also add in estradiol, but thankfully that’s pill form, twice a day. For the time being, I’m scheduled to remain on these supplements at least until June 13th. My first ultrasound is scheduled for 8am on June 5th when they hope to rule in or out twins. Due date is January 23rd!
Nurse Jennifer had requested I call to speak with her, as she wanted to confirm which pharmacy I use. Don’t they know by now??? After my conversation with her, Eric decided we needed lunch to celebrate. So strange having a Friday off together. Strange, but nice. I could get used to that, but I better not!
After lunch Eric and I stopped at Target to pick up a few items and then back to the hospital to pick up my new estradiol prescription as well as more progesterone and needles. Remember how Eric is leaving tomorrow morning until Tuesday evening? Yeah, that means I have to give myself the shots the next few days. I can do this, right? Mind over matter, or something like that…
I assume the weekend will be fairly laid back without Eric here. I’ll keep you all updated regarding my results on Monday. Please continue to pray for me and our tiny human. It is so early and I’ve read so many journeys which involve lower HCG levels on the repeat test. I pray I won’t have to report sad news next week….