I went in for my beta on Monday -- which was 12dp5dt or 17dpo. I had been really calm through this whole process (very unlike me) until Sunday when I started to get nervous about the blood test results. We had decided we wouldn't test at home beforehand and the suspense was really getting to me. I was feeling symptoms, but knew those could be caused by the progester.one. I was actually a bit sad on Sunday night as my hubby gave me my progester.one shot as I kept thinking "what if this is the last one?"
Because of work commitments I couldn't go to the clinic until 10:30 for the blood draw. I was physically shaking by the time I got to the office. I dressed in purple (for June baby -- my stepmom told me she was wearing purple Monday too!) There was a bit of a wait as they were very busy, but I finally got in for the draw. The phlebotomist asked me if I had a "lucky arm". Um, no, just choose the one that is going to be the easiest and least painful. I gave her my phone number and she told me Dr. C would call with the results before lunch. I texted hubby and the waiting began.
Around 11:15 my cell phone rang and my stomach dropped. I contemplated living in denial and not answering it, but I answered and it was Dr. C on the line. I had googled to see what a good hcg number was on 17dpo and found that it should be above 250. Dr. C told me my hcg was 1200+ and to come back on Wednesday for a repeat draw. I pretty much lost it then and am quite sure I told him I loved him. Yeah, not sure I'm going to be able to face him again! I asked about my progesterone level and he said he didn't have the number as it wasn't back yet. He congratulated me and we hung up. I called hubby right away and shared the news. I told him that on 17dpo of my last pregnancy, my hcg level was 100, so 1200+ was pretty fantastic!
I decided then that I needed to buy things to pee on, but waited until after work to do so.
I went back on Wednesday and after an agonizing blood draw (apparently the vein in my left arm has decided to start rolling the last two times I've had blood drawn from it), headed back to work for another wait. The phlebotomist apologized over and over for having to dig for the vein, but I told her I was so happy she could do just about anything to me and I wouldn't complain. The call came from Dr. C while I was on my way to lunch with some co-workers (I was driving) so I couldn't right the hcg number down, but he told me it was 2300+ which made me happy. It also made me happy he told me the next step is ultrasound in about 2 weeks (yay -- no more blood draws). I had asked the lab tech when I was there what my progesterone was on Monday and she said it was above 80 (apparently they stop quantifying it at 80).
I've continued to confirm the pregnancy at home and I can tell you there is no better vision than to see the pregnant line come up BEFORE the control line and to see the word "pregnant" staring back at you. It honestly feels surreal! I had a rough day at work today (it's been a very busy and long week) and tonight I came home and took a test just because I could. "Hello, my name is JJ, and I am addicted to peeing on sticks."
We are cautiously optimistic about this. I feel really great about the numbers, but know we have a long way to go. I think for both of us to feel secure, we need to make it past the 7 week mark as that is when the miscarriage happened 2 years ago. I know it is going to be very difficult for me to go into the ultrasound room in two weeks.
I'm feeling pretty good, a little nausea here and there, sore breasts, slight headache, some cramping/pulling and totally exhausted (as in going to bed by 9:30 every night after my PIO injection and sometimes napping before that).
I know this news can be difficult to hear when you are trying so hard to get pregnant, so I am considering creating a new blog where I will write about the pregnancy and keeping this blog to still talk about the emotions of the whole fertility journey. I would like to have a blog that IRL family and friends can follow eventually, without being privy to the whole "back story" that is included on this blog. We'll see.
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