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Why so long Mary? March 31, 2008

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My father has been in hospital for 3.5 weeks. I can’t visit him because hospital visiting “instructions” are such that children, elderly, infirm and pregnant women shouldn’t visit because the risk of infection (with the Winter vomiting bug) is so high. When we went to visit at Easter I told my mother that I am pregnant because I needed her to know why I wasn’t going to visit my father in the hospital that was 5 minutes up the road from the house. She in turn told him so that he wasn’t sitting in his bed thinking that I was being bitch daughter from hell who wasn’t visiting even though she was only 5 mintues down the road.

She visits him twice a day and every time he asks if I am doing OK and asks when my scan is. This morning he said “It is not until next Tuesday” His response was “Why so long Mary?” He is, like the rest of us, fed up waiting. Waiting is killing me. It is still a whole week away but to be honest this wait is not the hard one. The wait between next weeks scan and the one the following week (if there is need for one) is the tough wait.

For a whole week I have had more than 100 individual viewers on my blog. YAY me!

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Cardiac Contraction Commences March 29, 2008

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At approximately 23 days post conception a primitive S-shaped tubal heart is beating.

How wild is that? I am so completely loving the Visible Embryo website.

The clocks are changing tonight. Heparin has a 15 minute window in which to be taken so unless I want to change the time I take it by a whole hour there is a little bit of work to be done to get it back to where you want it to be.

In my situation I took it at 8.30am this morning which is my desired time. Here is what I plan to do over the next few days:

Sat Night: 8.15pm
Sun Morn: 9am (this is after the clocks change and is equivalent to 8am)
Sun Night: 8.45pm
Mon Morn: 8.30am

J has no need for a ticker March 28, 2008

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‘Kid’ was born last night. The Lord is indeed merciful and has granted to this wonderful family a MONSTER weight little boy.

Now all they need to do is name him!

I know something you don’t know March 28, 2008

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Well, I do! But I’m not telling!

Gone, all gone March 27, 2008

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The reassurance got from the lovely new beta number is GONE! I am back to being in the “nothing to see, nothing to feel, what’s going on?” darkness. I can’t POAS because there is no point now that I have done the Pregynl shot. Obviously that means that another beta is out too. I am pumping my body with SO many drugs right now that I don’t know which way is up.

I am still symptomatic, morning nausea, full pelvis, tiredness, bad skin, overactive sinuses. All of which together, when you look at a list, are lovely and reassuring but not when you are in the body.

My mother is coming to visit tomorrow afternoon and I am.going.to.go.to.bed. while she is here and let her watch D for an hour.

This morning my cleaner (wonderful woman who was sent to me from Above) told me I am looking really well and that I must have lost some weight and that for the last 2 weeks I look different, more happy, content and that I have this different air about me. Now this woman is not well educated, she is not the owner of a huge vocabulary but when she wants to she can put a fine point on it! It wasn’t “for the last little while” or “the last month”, it was “the last two weeks”.

Because I am a nerd March 26, 2008

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I found this site and I love it! I need, want, crave the specifics of what the 2mm thing in my belly, that is causing me such sickness and tiredness, is doing r.i.g.h.t. n.o.w.

It has been a long day which hasn’t helped the general overall nausea & exhaustion. D woke at 5.40am and was up for the day! He went to “visit” his grandparents (PIL’s) for a few hours in the morning so that I could have a little peace.

Yesterdays number has given M some peace that he didn’t have over the weekend. He can hang his hat on a number, so today he is telling me that I might be resting for 3!

I hung out a load of washing today (with M’s permission 🙂 ) but only because it was a lovely morning and it was such a waste to not get laundry out on the line. Needless to say I resumed my perch on the couch as soon as the washing was out and we built a shower room with Duplo!

It’s my blood and you can’t have it! March 25, 2008

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My veins weren’t very forthcoming today. It took a nurse & a doctor 5 attempts (into 4 different veins) to get 2mls of blood to run the test. I had to bring the blood to the lab because it took so long to get it out of my unwilling veins.

They rang at 4.30 to tell me that there was great news. Todays result is 880! I was hoping for 440! I have a pretty chart for you today 🙂 I start my twice weekly 5000iu Pregynl shots this evening. Scan is 2 weeks on Friday.

HEY PEOPLE! March 24, 2008

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J is 90% pregnant!

Patience is not my virtue March 24, 2008

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As you may have already guessed I don’t do waiting very well. Yesterday I convinced myself that this is a chemical pregnancy and that tomorrows beta would be lower than Fridays. I had convinced myself because of a lack of “symptoms”. I decided that I would POAS (Pee on a stick) tomorrow before going to Dublin just to save myself the crash of a bad result on the basis that if my hCG was falling I would have a fainter line on the test than there had been on Thursday.

In the end I couldn’t wait so I PIAC (Peed in a cup) this morning and took myself off to Boots for a pregnancy test (or 2, one for the morning). The test line came up before the pee even got to the control line and here is the outcome. A nice dark line as dark as the control line. Not going backwards (which is the important bit)


Needless to say it has calmed my nerves for a few minutes (I will think of something else to worry about in a little while)

While in Boots I spotted that they were selling off their Easter Eggs and seeing as no one bought me one I picked up a Lily O’Briens Crispy Hearts egg for €1.84! That is cheaper than a bar of LOB chocolate. SCORE! Now I just have to eat it all before I give up dairy 🙂

I will be glad when tomorrow is over. I am sick, and mortal tired, of driving to Dublin. Although these days I am not doing any of the driving as I am too darned tired. So instead M is sick of driving to Dublin while I sleep in the passenger seat.

IVF For the Uninitiated Part III March 22, 2008

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Someone asked me what a beta is so here we are:

hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) is the pregnancy hormone (no idea why the h is small) and it is the thing that a home pregnancy test picks up. It is produced by the embryo when it implants into the uterine lining and goes on to be produced by the placenta later on in pregnancy. It is pumped into the blood from the embryo and from the blood is metabolised in the kidneys into the urine, hence the reason why it can be detected by a pee stick. A home pregnancy test is qualitative, in that it only tells you that there is (or is not) hCG in your urine. It does not tell you how much there is (although the sensitivity of the test and darkness of the line can give you a better idea of the level of the hormone than just saying “Yes it is there”).

A бhCG (that is a Greek beta at the start) is a blood test which quantifies how much hCG is in your blood.

Serum hCG should double every 48 – 72 hours in early pregnancy and that doubling is a requirement of being an “ongoing” pregnancy.

Both of my previous miscarriages happened at a time when the embryo could no longer sustain itself without the placenta but the placenta wasn’t doing enough to sustain the embryo.

The reason for me having two betas is to confirm that this is an ongoing pregnancy so that I can start synthetic hCG shots. The reason for the hCG shots is to try to fool my body (and the embryo) into believing that everything is OK. Ideally the shots will get me past the point where the placenta is not performing up to scratch and allow the placenta & embryo to reach a point where they are working together.