Monday, December 10, 2007

Waiting to Exhale

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Beta at 24dpo = 8,449 (YAY!!!)

P4 = 19 (BOO!!!)

Doubling time = 1.81 days, or 43.67 hours

Again, the chart for you visual learners:


Now instructed to take 2 suppositories of Prometrium per day. Hopefully, that will do the trick. I am trying not to freak out since 19 is really just a smidge below what they like to see (20). But you still want to hear that things are perfect - any deviation from the words "all looks good" sends me into a tailspin. And the fact that it dropped also makes me a bit nervous. WTF happened?! I've been taking those things religiously at the same time everyday. I don't know. I just pray that our little Sunshine can hold on.

Our first ultrasound will be next Tuesday at 930am. They will also do more bloodwork - to check on the progesterone, I assume. I'm thinking of just taking the day off of work. I would rather just come home and relax after the appointment, whether good news or bad news. I wish I could take off this whole entire week but, contrary to popular belief, I do actually have work to do.

I'm waiting for that moment when I can finally exhale. I'm sick of living in a state of perpetual fear.

34 comments:

Grad3 said...

I think that there is still plenty reason to hope. The numbers are doubling, a positive sign.

Hugs, thoughts, and prayers are with you and sunshine!

M said...

I think your numbers look good too. I wanted to tell you last time, but things looked so great I didn't want to put a damper.

My RE told me that since I was taking suppositories you couldn't really count on the blood work to tell you appropriately how much is in your system since it wasn't be administered that way. So most likely more that that qualitative amount is going to the right place...and the time mine was dropping....it was dropping big. I really think it looks great.

Good luck to you on Tuesday.

Kim said...

Woo Hoooooo! I was waiting all freakin' day, too! Your u/s will be a day after mine, yay :O).

Hopefully your P4 will perk up.. I've also been taking the magic vajayjay pills and so far I've been in the high 20's. At least they're doing something.

megan said...

things are looking good! wishing you only the best for Tuesday and beyond. it's a good idea to take the day off...i had to do that for my first u/s too.

Jen said...

Wow, your numbers look fabulous. And work always seems to get in the way of more important things!

Good luck at the scan!

JJ said...

Your numbers do look great! I hope your fears are put to rest very soon!

Elizabeth said...

I love the charts, that is very cool. I have some pro.metrium left over that I'd be happy to send to you - email me!

Elizabeth said...

I love the charts, that is very cool. I have some pro.metrium left over that I'd be happy to send to you - email me!

Meghan said...

Fantastic beta!! And M is right, when taking them vaginally (the fun way) your # doesn't always go up since it stays localized, not necessarily in your bloodstream.

And doesn't it just suck that we can't take off a week of work for our mental health? What I wouldn't give to be independently wealthy

Fertilize Me said...

p4 wavers alittle from week to week .. I think those numbers are VERY respectable .. I do understand being worried though. As much as i KNOW what you mean about taking a week of, i hope that work provides your mind with some other work related thoughts - even if they are only 10-15 mins at the time. That is a 10-15 mental break! Sending up good vibes for the lil sunshine

Geohde said...

It is normal for progesterone to fluctuate a bit. I think your numbers are fine, *normal* even, but I understand that you want *perfect*.

Besides, a pessary works locally, and not so much gets into the blood to be picked up by a blood test.

Your betas are lovely, you know :)

J

alison said...

Hey there. Sounds like things are going along ok, I'm hoping for a great u/s next week, and that you will finally be able to exhale!

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

YAY! Your numbers look great, and I think they are right on with increasing the prometrium. So happy for you! Congrats! HUGS!

Chris said...

Oh I'm so happy for you!

In and Out of Luck said...

Those numbers look great. I wish I could comfort you with some solid information on the P4 numbers; I can just say that my RE considers the "OK" cut off to be 15, not 20. And I know you want to exhale! I know that won't happen completely right now no matter what the numbers are showing, so I'm wishing you at least moments, or hours, or days, of calm exhalation (with the sharp intakes of breath being rare to nonexistent!)

jessica said...

i'm still praying for you and your sticky bean :)

Samantha said...

Still going in the right direction!

Leah said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! I'm just so thrilled for you. If you are really worried about the progesterone, have your RE switch you to PIO shots. They aren't much fun, but they sure do send your progesterone numbers skyrocketing.

I'm sending thousands of hugs and happy thoughts your way!

Natalie said...

Yay for good beta numbers!! I'm sorry your progesterone isn't what you'd hope, but I'm sure the progesterone pills will do the trick. Big hugs.

elle said...

Sending you super sticky, turbo doubling thoughts and wishes! Definitely take the day off. You deserve it!

Shelli said...

looking good! wishing the best for you!!

singletracey said...

Looking good my friend! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!!!

OrchidLover said...

I'm hoping for all the best for you! I know you'd feel a lot better if your Progesterone were 20, but really, that's not very off from 19, is it? I'm no doctor, but I imagine statistically, they're about the same. Good luck and try to take it easy and not worry (though that's impossible)! I know how horrible this time is!

Sherry said...

From here - things look good as good can be, but I know to well how your mind can get wrapped around little things when its going on in your own body...

For what its worth, in one of my cycles the nurse told me she's seen early pregnancies succeed with progesterone numbers as low as 5 - and you're way above that!

Sending all sorts of love and good thoughts your way...

Mands said...

I don't know much about prog numbers, but your beta is frikkin fantastic. With that so high, I am sure you have good things in the future. Wishing you lots of luck for your ultrasound.

The Town Criers said...

A fantastic beta. And remember--progesterone in the blood can still be low but the uterus getting enough progesterone if you use suppositories. Because the progesterone goes directly to where it is needed rather than being metabolized and carried through the body, etc. Does that make any sense?

Katie said...

Looking great, so SO happy for you!!!! And early happy birthday!

Katie said...

Looking great, so SO happy for you!!!! And early happy birthday!

alison said...

Happy, happy early birthday! Hope it's a magical one!

Melissa said...

HUGS and HAPPY THOUGHTS coming your way from Dallas. =)

JKH said...

WOOT!!!!! So happy for you!!!

Elin said...

(((((((((((((you))))))))))))))

i am thinking of you every day babe and i have everything crossed and you are in my prayers. I got a good feeling about this little sunshine bean. Love to you and please take things easy xxxx

Meghan said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Hope your day is fantastic!

Courtney said...

Your numbers are shaping up beautifully! Congratulations!!!!