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Off to the vampires…

August 19, 2010

The never-ending miscarriage needs to be renamed to ‘the unknown thing that is causing Neeroc to undergo lots of tests and appointments’. It might also be called ‘the mystery that is stumping the experts.’

The beta that my GP ordered July 30 returned a (completely shocking) value of 166 (under 25 is generally considered ‘not pregnant’). Hcg has a half life of 24hours, and I had (supposedly completely) miscarried around the last week of May at 9wks, so other than that being a lot of technical babble with a healthy dose of math thrown in, the number was WAY TOO HIGH. If everything was normal, I would be at 0 in 7 days from that first test….but we all know I’m not normal. I haven’t yet received the results of the beta my GP (damn external labs) did on the 12th, but I happened to have an appointment with the RE on the 16th (18 days from the first test) and he ordered immediate tests. And then a retest on the 17th and an ultrasound.

At the U/S I was fully expecting to see some retained ‘products of conception’ and receive a rec for either cytotec or a D&C. It is afterall the placenta that creates that pesky hormone I can’t get rid of. What I got instead was a view of a uterus I’d never seen before (remember 8 IVF attempts, I’ve seen my uterus A LOT).  It appears to have folded back on itself and filled with fluid…they think. They’ve measured it as a gestational sac, as they aren’t really sure what else to do with it, but they have no idea what the fluid is or where it’s coming from.

‘I don’t know what we’re looking at’ roughly translates to, ‘no, we aren’t just doing an external exam, you’ll have the dildo-cam probing you for the next half hour’. ‘Are you experiencing any pain?’ is their polite way of saying, ‘holy fuck woman, what the hell!’ And do you know what I hate hearing? ‘Hmm, I’ve never seen this before’ from an expert that has done this thousands of times before. Because it means MORE TESTS.

This morning I visit the vampires once again, bright an early so that Dr. C can have my results for our 3:20 meeting. Hopefully we’ll be looking at answers rather than more tests. I’m also hoping the answers don’t involve laparoscopy, my frankenbelly has been through enough with an appendix removal way back in the dark ages, 4 laps, and a C-section. I’m hoping, but I don’t have a good feeling about this.

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  1. August 19, 2010 10:49 am

    I call it visiting the vampires too. During both of my IUI cycles I would bring vampire themed books to read.

    • neeroc permalink*
      August 19, 2010 9:37 pm

      Heh, I always hoped to see *one* of them dressed as a vampire whenever I had Halloween visits, but I guess they have this thing against ‘scaring the patients’ or some such.

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