Pamplemousse

PCOS - check. Infertility - check. IVF - check. 43 years young - check. Sick of babydust - fricking double check. Join a Scottish infertile as she slowly swirls down the plughole. Now with added donor egg flava.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Even The Threat Of Tertia Did Not Work

Nope, no HCG testing.

Now, before you all hit the roof, let me tell you how it went down. Remember I am in Scotland which is not the epicentre of fertility treatment but yet all my treatment is free, kay??

Well, 5 vials of blood were drawn (for everything else under the sun other than HCG), blood pressure taken, prescriptions written but I am very afraid to say that there will be no beta number forthcoming any time soon.

Why?? Because late next week I will have an early viability scan.

I know, I know. It is all about the HCG numbers but is it really? My fertility clinic only ever use peesticks and early scans. Knowing beta numbers does not mean anything in the long run.

As my GP said, the outcome of an early scan will not be affected by whether I/we obsess over HCG numbers this week. Obviously she does not know I blog and share all my personal innards on the internets.

And she is right. It would not have made any difference last year with the ectopic.

I can live with that. So can my blood pressure.

Once we establish early viability, I will be more closely monitored than Britney.

So let's all exhale for the moment, kay?

25 Comments:

At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First!
Oh, Lulu...so happy with the updates! I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers about 10 ten times daily. I take it you had another +hpt this am? Keeping on peeing on those sticks until next week and updating us daily.
An HCG would have been nice, but it is not long now until the scan. Get lots of rest, take it easy and make sure Mr. P. waits on you hand and foot.
Janie

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Oh good Lord, we have to WAIT?! Noooooooo!

Okay, everything crossed! Can you post a picture of a recent pee stick?

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous T said...

Sure YOU can live with it - but who said it was all about you? Your blog title or something - pah!

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger PiquantMolly said...

Honey, if you were actually Britney, you'd be able to flash enough of your lady bits while getting out of a car that the doctor wouldn't even need to do a scan -- the status of your gravidity would be clearly visible from 6 feet away.

How about this next week passes really fast, k?

 
At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Lynnette said...

Oh, for god's sakes...I barely got through the afternoon waiting! Do you know how many times I refreshed Bloglines? Now you want me to wait a week??? I don't know how you're doing it. You, my friend, are a rock. NOW is the time to use the Dollar Tree HPTs. It is fun to watch them get darker and darker. Plus, they are science-y. So how early is early? What will you be? Is this the fetal pole/yolk sack thingy scan or is it a heartbeat(s) scan? At least you're getting on with that, I guess. Now girls, where did you hide mommy's Scotch? I mean apple juice...

 
At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Leggy said...

As hard as it is to wait, I have to agree that the scan is where it really matters. FWIW, all my early betas were strong and did all that doubling crap, etc, etc. but it was only the scans that really told me if it was a doomed pregnancy or was the real deal.
I hope you find ways to keep your mind occupied so the next week goes by as quickly as possible. Thinking lots of thump-thump (aka heartbeat) thoughts for you.

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger Beagle said...

Since all that really matters is that you take home a real live healthy baby in the end, who needs betas!? Maybe the Scots are actually ahead of the trend.

Fingers crossed.

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger Amyesq said...

So are you saying that you DID get to pee on a stick for them and they were happy with the outcome? Huh huh huh?

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger Thalia said...

I buy the early viability scan, and I love the free treatment but honestly, if they are going to take 5 vials of blood, hcg is NOT an expensive test to run, so they are being a bit, um, pedantic? Not sure that's the right word, but anyway, you're right, the hcg is not the answer, it's an indication, and the scan will hopefully be more definitive. What did the peesticks look like today?

 
At 11:54 PM, Anonymous orodemniades said...

What if you threatened them with a Glasgow Kiss? No? Um, hordes of angry Americans?

Yeah,that wouldn't work either. On the plus side, you get to enjoy this (and hopefully for a lot longer, too)...I can say that, right?

 
At 1:19 AM, Blogger Jess said...

So....

What you're TELLING me is that there WILL BE no beta? Still, I can not understand.

But still, wishing you lots of hope and good feelings and most of all...wishing for a wonderfully comforting scan.

"early next week" is when, exactly?

 
At 2:32 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Here's for darker lines! Hurrah!

Now I'll try and exhale. I'm so anxious now for next week.

 
At 2:48 AM, Anonymous Kimmer said...

Well, here's to your scan and hoping all is well. Pamp, so good to see positive sticks, so hoping it all works out for you also.

Wishing I had a time machine for you to send you to next week.

 
At 3:02 AM, Blogger tonya said...

Taking many deep breaths, if not for you, then for me to contain myself while you wait. You have my every wish for a very smooth wait with wonderful news late next week !

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger Sara said...

Hmmmph. Well, since it's only a week, I guess we can let them live. I still think that one little blood test isn't such a big deal, but they're right about the scan being more important. Good luck!

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Shinny said...

First of all, Congratulations on getting this far. Very happy for you and hoping everything continues.
Second, I did not get any HCG tests done with this pregnancy and it actually is working for me this time. So I am hoping that it works for you.

Best of luck next week I will be thinking of you and have my fingers crossed.

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger Dana said...

You Scottish people must be the most patient guys in the world…
OK, you can live with it but can you tell your GP to tell US the results? I promise we won’t let you know.
Still, wishing you the best!

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Summer said...

Sure, you're ok with waiting but who says we are?! Sigh...

 
At 8:21 PM, Anonymous JulieB said...

while it's true that a nice big fat hcg number is a great thing to have, it's also true that the early scan is better. With a third falling hcg result,I was told that my pregnancy was no longer viable on the morning of my 6 week scan. we went ahead with the scan anyway, where we saw the sac, the pole, the galloping heartbeat, the perfectly on track embryo... thank god we didn't get the hcg results the day before, as I most certainly would have be wolfing down a bottle of wine. or two.

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger Vivien said...

Ha! I have a feeling you are ENJOYING keeping us all on tentahooks. The thought of you having a smile about the frantic blogworld becoming ever-franticker is great. On on.

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger moo said...

you are absolutely killing me. I understand..but the masses are in need of info to process and jibber jabber over endlessly. ok, onto to the scan..when specifically and how far will you be?????

 
At 2:19 AM, Blogger Krista said...

It is long past due for you and I am wishing and praying that next weeks scan brings the answer we are all hoping for.

 
At 5:50 AM, Blogger FilmGal30 said...

Wishing and hoping for you. This waiting gets frustrating, but if in the end all this waiting and a scan shows a good pregnancy result then I'll just keep waiting and praying for your dreams to come true. Of course, once you know we want a post right away, even if you have to excuse yourself from work to run to the nearest library and use their computer to post about the final results!

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nbhhy

 
At 5:59 PM, Blogger zhl said...

So happy to come home and find your news. Oh, I am so hoping that this it for you and mr. P.

And I had to laugh at your cankles problem. I've never had that problem before but while in Argentina I had major swollen ankles. Maybe it's a southern hemisphere thing>

 

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