Posts tagged ‘HCG’
Dont be embarassed if you cant see it, I had to be educated and now I see a bubble.
Last night I had some unusual bleed and cramping and was worried that something was wrong, so off to the ER we went. I am fully aware that there would be nothing that they could do if there was something wrong, but I needed to know one way or the other.
I got to the ER and was fully prepared for a long wait, but things went smoothly. After blood work and an ultrasound they sent me home as “Threatened Miscarriage”. My Hcg was 11,451. The ultrasound did show a little blood in my uterus, so I am hoping that it is nothing to be worried about.
The tech was phenomenal! She was able to visualize the gestational sac and a yolk sac. She did not see a fetal pole or heartbeat but said that it may just be a couple days early.
All in all, its just a wait and see game. Grow baby Grow. I have a follow up ultrasound (my original ultrasound) is on Wednesday. So hopefully we will have a heart beat then and my chances of this babies survival will go from 50-50 to 70-90% chance.
When was your first ultrasound? And what did you see?
I am planning on answering these same questions weekly on both blogs, so for those who read both places please forgive the repetition. These questions were borrowed from another blog, you can see her site here.
How far along? 5 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: -2.0lbs so far
Maternity clothes?: A sleep bra, a fabulous invention!
Stretch marks? No new ones…..
Sleep: Horrible, cant sleep. Most nights I toss and turn. And the dreams are horrible too.
Best moment this week: Seeing the quants rise and being told that all seems normal.
Movement: Way too early for that. But lots of cramping, this I was told is also normal.
Food cravings/aversions: I suddenly am repulsed by orange juice and all things similar.
Belly Button in or out? In and will be for awhile.
What I miss: Taking long hot baths.
What I am looking forward to: Ultrasound next week.
Weekly Wisdom: If there is nothing else to do, rest.
Milestones: Baby is officially an Embryo!
Symptoms: Mild nausea in the wee hours of the morning. Sore breasts (TMI!). Bleeding gums when I brush my teeth. And a stuffy congested nose.
And today the shit hit the fan. Really. I show up for my ultrasound at 0645 for a 0730 appt, and at 0715 the ultrasound tech comes out and asks me to follow her. So I head back and once we get into the hallway the lady starts lecturing me about how it is too early to have an ultrasound and that I need to just take a chill pill and go home and come back when I am 12 weeks along, because until then there is nothing that anyone can do for me. Then she proceeds to tell me that I am a hypochondriac and that there is no need for an ultrasound this early, and that this isnt her job it is family practices job.
I am standing there all flabbergasted and I couldnt think of anything to say while she was lecturing me. I really couldnt even catch my breath, I just said “oh oh ok….” and thats all that could come out of my mouth.
And then as I walked away, I felt Typheni starting to come out of her cage. I could feel my heart rate raise, my skin got flushed and my mind got incredibly clear. This means war.
I stormed over to family practice and got a walk in appointment with my PCP. He said he would get started on getting me an ultrasound in a different location, and he would call me later today. From there I headed o
ver to the Tricare service desk, I filed a complaint there and then discussed with them moving to an outside provider. After that I headed to Customer service, I spoke with the lead HR lady and explained the situation to her. She wrote down all my details and everything that was said by the tech, after she finished writing she asked me what I hoped to achieve (as that is part of her proceedure), I explained that I completely understand that I am still early and that there may not be much, if anything that can be seen yet and that I might end up coming back again in another week, but my goal in coming to her is that I want the tech fired. I want her gone.
She looked shocked at me response, and I explained to her that I have atleast 6 more months of my pregnancy that will be spent here (God willing) and that I have 6 months until I transfer for the Big Move and I intend to spend that time pursuing the conclusion of this event. I will have justice, I will have her job. I will not let anyone treat me like this ever again. EVER.
This is war.
Im up and heading out to my ultrasound. My bladder is full as they require and I can feel my knees shaking. Im praying for the absolute best.
Some questions that have been asked:
1) Why are you so nervous? Well that question is a little more difficult to answer. My blood results look great, everything points to the greatest possible outcome….However….I have had a couple losses in the past for no explainable reason. I believe that the catalyst was the horrible amount of stress I was under during those pregnancies, I was not in a good marriage and times were very unhappy. Things are different now, and since there is no reason (that is known) for those losses I find myself at the mercy of the medical world. Losing a baby is impossibly hard, and I can still feel the memories of those losses fresh in my mind. Im just scared because I already love this baby so much and am so attached to it (as I was with my other babies).
2) Why are you having an Ultrasound so early? THis is simple, the doctors are also unsure what caused my previous losses and so they are observing me closely.
3) What will be seen on the Ultrasound? Well, as previously mentioned I am very early, only 4 weeks and 5 days. This means that there isnt a ton of stuff to see on the ultrasound. Hopefully the tech will be able to visualize the gestational sac but other than that, I am just hoping to get a good visualization of my fibroid and to be told to come back in two-three weeks to see the heartbeat. That is the best case scenerio. I wont go into the bad stuff since I dont want to think too much about it.
Any other questions?
I will post more when I get home and know more. Happy Monday everyone!
Is it weird that the nurse told me that this will be the longest pregnancy she has dealt with? I feel blessed that we found out so early, but it seems that there are alot of road blocks if you find out before 6 weeks.
I have also come to realize that reproduction is an area that even many medical professionals dont understand.
Take my due date for example. The doctors want to go by my last period, and that would be fine assuming that I ovulated around day 14. But I didnt ovulate until day 20! That is an entire week difference.
I am confident that the dates will be made more clear after my ultrasound. I have to call today for an ultrasoubd appointment.
They start whispering about multiples. Here is the run down, On Monday I went to the lab and had quants drawn. The results were a Beta HCG of 13. I saw the doctor yesterday and he said that he wanted to continue to follow my labs for a couple more draws.
Today I went in to have another Beta HCG drawn, 48 hours after the first. The results were alarming! I was told that a result of 26-35 would be considered optimal, my results came back at 70!! My HCG more than doubled, more than tripled….IT QUADRUPLED! I spoke wiht the nurse who said that this may be indicitive of a multiple gestation and that we would not have any way to confirm until an ultrasound in two weeks.
Im in shock. My last pregnancy was a twin pregnancy, and really I will be happy with whatever God grants me, I just want everything to be healthy.
According to the doctor I am 4 weeks today. Strange that in a blink its been a month and now there is a little poppyseed of life doing all sorts of exciting changes inside me.
Physically I am very well. Tired and a little nauseaus but very good. Emotionally I am ina strange place. Part of me is so excited that I giggle, and the other part Knows that there is always the chance that this will end badly.
The doctor has obliged me in more
Frequent monitoring, some additional
Testing, etc. But we all know that if this baby decides to go to heaven instead of make an appearance here in Earth then there is nothing We can do about it.
Today brings another set of labs and hopefully a nicelydoubled HCG.
I am pregnant and I am going to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
I have gotten an overwhelming amount of support over the past two days for our pregnancy. And now I have a big decision to make, do I post here about the pregnancy, or should I leave this as a “Nursing School” journal?
I can see the benefits of both sides, and for the time I will continue to post the major details about the pregnancy on the family blog. And depending on the response of my readers I will decide whether to continue posting about it on here.
Thank you everyone for the support, its gonna be a wild ride and we are cautiously optimistic!