I FINALLY got the call this morning about the results of Beta #4. It went up to 354 mIU in 48 hours. That's a 160% increase and doubling time of about 35 hours. The doctor's office thinks that this is normal and that I don't need anymore betas. I was basking in the glow of such wonderful results that I didn't argue. I figure that if I have more betas, I'll just obsess.
So I will need to wait 8 1/2 more days until the 6 week ultrasound to see if the little bugger is in there. The only thing we can think of to have caused such a slow in the betas is a possible lost twin. I have had no pain except low back but that's around my tailbone and not muscular. It feels like a disc slipped or something but a heating pad and stretching has helped. Otherwise my boobs still hurt, I feel nauseous a lot, and I'm tired all the time.
I will hold out that one small bit of doubt that I'm actually going to have a baby. I had one good beta jump last fall before the ectopic blew. But those numbers were around 131 on 19dpiui. My numbers are double that today and it's 19dpiui. So I'll take it.
I'm still pregnant and I'll enjoy it till it ends.
*Last year when we lost the baby at 9 weeks, I gave all the ultrasound pictures, baby books, baby socks, cards, etc to my DH. Anything related to babies, he shoved in the back of his closet, not to be seen till I was ready. Sunday night, before the bad beta on Monday, I went into his closet and found all that stuff and got it out. I looked at it all. I then set up the books and baby socks and Willow Tree box on my dresser. I got out the bella band and the doppler. It's all out. If we lose this one, we know that we'll do IVF. So for now, I plan on keeping it all out. But regardless of what happens, this pregnancy, more than the ectopic, has helped me heal so much from what happened last March.
*Also, today is 4w6d. My first loss ended at 4w5d. I beat that, so yay me! The next one, ectopic, ended at 5w3d. I just have to get past this Sunday and then the only loss I have to beat is 9w0d. After that, I'll set a new personal record and hopefully actually have this kid!
Thank you all for your support and well wishes. I'll post later on the IVF appointment/disaster and tell you what happened there.
I'm a Mommy! Claire Elise was born 10/19/2011 by c-section.
Grace Irene followed on 10/25/2013, another c-section.
IVF #1 Calendar
11/11/2010 - FDA required blood tests(DONE) 11/15/2010 - AF arrives(DONE) 11/17/2010 - Begin BCPs(DONE) 12/6/2010 - STL, finalize IVF, injection lesson(DONE) 12/18/2010 - Start 2x/day BCP regimen(DONE) 12/21/2010 - Make IVF Cycle Payment(DONE) 12/25/2010 - Start Lupron - 20 units/day(DONE) 12/27/2010 - Last day for BCPs(DONE) 1/3/2011 - Baseline appt in STL with AFC(DONE) 1/3/2011 - Embryo Freezing/Storage Payment(DONE) 1/4/2011 - Estradiol (E2) & LH blood draw locally: E2: 5.0pg/ml; LH: 1.4mIU/ml(DONE) 1/6/2011 - Begin Follistim 125 IU am, 75 IU pm (DONE) 1/8/2011 - Add Repronex 75 IU 1x/7 pm (DONE) 1/9/2011 - E2 drawn locally, E2: 58.0pg/ml(DONE) 1/10/2011 - Monitoring appt in STL. AWFUL. Fluid drained. Lining in question, increase Follistim to 150 IU in a.m. and p.m. (DONE) 1/11/2011 - Begin 10-day Doxyclycline (DONE) 1/11/2011 - E2 blood draw locally, E2: 204.0pg/ml. (DONE) 1/12/2011 - Monitoring appt in STL. Great with lining at 9. Increase Follistim to 200 IU in a.m and p.m. and increase Repronex to 150 IU in a.m. and p.m. (DONE) 1/13/2011 - E2 and Progesterone blood draw locally, E2: 604.0 pg/ml; Progesterone 0.6 mg/ml(DONE) 1/14/2011 - Monitoring appt in STL(DONE) 1/15/2011 - Trigger date, last date of Lupron injections, last day of stimming, last day of baby aspirin till after ER. TRIGGER AT 8:00 PM. (DONE) 1/17/2011 - ER (egg retrieval) at 8:00 AM.: 20 eggs!; PIO injections begin. (DONE) 1/19/2011 - Fert Report: only 7 embryos but 4 made it to today. Poor egg quality. (DONE) 1/20/2011 - 3-day embryo transfer of two embryos, 8-cell grade B and a 9-cell grade B+. Lining at 14.7. (DONE)1/22/2011 - Last 2 embryos did not make it to freeze. (DONE) 1/24/2011 - 4dp3dt: Test HCG trigger: out of system. (DONE) 1/25/2011 - 5dp3dt: Faint + on FRER but BFN on Digital EPT. 1/26/2011 - 6dp3dt: BFP on Digital CBE and FRER! 2/3/2011 - Beta #1 : 471 mlU/ml 2/5/2011 - Beta #2: 1226 mlU/ml 2/12/2011 - U/S #1 in STL: (5w5d) 1 gestational sac, one yolk sac, one fetal pole measuring one day ahead at 5w6d. 2/18/2011 - U/S #2 in IA: (6w4d) Heartbeat 131 bpm, fetal pole still measuring one day ahead (7.1 mm) at 6w5d. 3/2/2011 - U/S #3 in IA: (8w2d/8w3d?) Heartbeat 158 bpm, baby measuring 3 days ahead now (2.10 cm) at 8w5d. 3/10/2011 - 9 week appointment for "History and Bloodwork". 3/17/2011 - U/S #4 in IA: (10w4d-ish) Heartbeat at 167 bpm, baby measuring ahead (3.93 cm) at 10w6d. 3/25/2011 - 11w5d (12 week appt): U/S #5 showed more growth and strong heartbeat with tons of movement. 3/31/11 - 12w4d: found the heartbeat with the doppler at home! Listening every couple of days for reassurance. 4/26/2011 - 16 week appointment. 5/23/2011 - 20 week appointment & anatomy u/s: GIRL! 6/24/2011 - 24 week appointment 7/20/2011 - 28 week appointmet & 1 hr GTT
11/9/2007: Get married, start trying for a baby!
3/2008: Chemical Pregnancy (Miscarriage #1)
4/08 - 12/08: BFNs
1/09: Meet with OB/GYN "infertility specialist"; DH's sperm count low
1/09: HSG, all clear!
2/09: Surprise natural BFP!
3/10/09: Heartbeat at 5w6d, normal pregnancy
3/27/09: Spontaneous miscarriage at 9 weeks (Miscarriage #2)
4/09 - 5/09: BFNs
6/09: IUI #1 (clomid 50mg, trigger, progesterone) BFN
7/09: IUI cancelled due to cyst.
8/09: IUI #2 (clomid 50mg, trigger, progesterone). BFN; visit with Infertility Urologist; Severe MFI dx, DH to start Clomid,
9/09 - 10/09: BFN
11/09: IUI #3 (clomid 50mg, trigger, progesterone), BFP! Slow rising betas. Ectopic Pregnancy; emergency laparoscopic surgery to remove; switched doctors within ob/gyn office. (Miscarriage #3)
1/10: IUI #4 (clomid 100mg, trigger, progesterone), BFN
2/10: IUI #5 (clomid 100mg, trigger, progesterone), BFN; DH checkup w/ Urologist; all normal now. No more clomid after Feb 2011.
3/10: IUI #6 (clomid 100mg, trigger, progesterone), BFN
4/9/10: IUI #7 (clomid, repronex, trigger, progesterone).
4/20/10: BFP! - Slow rising but acceptable betas
4/26/10: IVF PRELIM APPT - clinic sucks!!!
5/12/10: DH follow-up appt w/ urologist; continue Clomid, only Testosterone blood draw at Aug appt.
5/14/10: 7w1d u/s - no fetal pole/development - d&c (Miscarriage #4)
6/1/10: WTF appt
6/4/10: Blood sent to Mayo Clinic for Chromosomal Analysis (including phospholipid test and DVV)
6/16/10: Received results of Genetic Tests: WE ARE NORMAL
6/20/10: AF #1 post d&c
7/19/10: AF #2 post d&c arrives - back to TTC
8/1/10: IUI #8 (3 follicles; 60-80 million post-wash), BFN
8/11/10: DH appt w/ Urologist; will stay on Clomid for now
8/30/10 or 8/31/10: IUI #9 cancelled (4 follicles) due to sudden retrograde ejaculation = no sperm post-wash.
9/15/10: Phone consult w/ Dr. S at IVF Clinic in St. Louis
10/16/10: IVF Consult w/ Dr. S in St. Louis
10/17/10: CD3 blood tests (AMH: 1.7 ng/ml; E2 21.0 pg/ml; FSH 7.9 miu/ml); I am told these are normal.
10/21/10: Hysteroscopy w/ Laparoscopy for HSG - New Diagnosis of Endometriosis Stage I-II. DH semen analysis shows count has returned to pre-Clomid treatment numbers and he is at risk for diabetes. AMH of 1.7 means I have Dysfunctional Ovaries.
11/11/2010 - Complete additional disease testing.
11/15/2010 - Last "normal" AF!
11/17/2010 - Start BCPs
12/6/2010 - Appt in STL with Dr. S to finalize IVF cycle; get injection lessons.
1/2011 - IVF #1: BFP!