Thursday, March 3, 2011

A taste of success - Written about 6 Feb the week 6 - 13 February 2011

I'm cheating on my blog because for the last week I've been dealing with having a positive pregnancy test. Obviously, given that I was on my 3 month break, I really didn't expect to get pregnant.

What happened is this... I've been using my at home ovulation detection tests. I have NEVER had a positive test from one of these tests. I have had a couple of semi results, with pale test lines, which the instructions tell you is still negative.

I decided to start testing a little earlier this month, as my cycle was a bit shorter last month. My first test came up with a pale line, negative. But I decide to test again the next day, I got a positive. I was pretty happy about that and made sure Matt and I captured the window. On the following day I decided to test again, and it was positive again. Hmmmm.... I hit the net and try and find the answer, which is that I probably picked up my LH (luteinising hormone) spike on the way up and way down. Okay, happy with that, but just can't help myself and test again the next day - that is positive again. And the next day, positive again! In the end I had five positive tests in a row. I'm beginning to wonder how it is ever possible that I got a negative from these tests. Of course I hit the net trying to find an answer, and all I find are discussion groups, one of which says, perhaps so many positive LH tests could indicate pregnancy? How is this I wonder? I know the pregnancy tests look for HCG. But it is too late, the seed has been planted in my mind and begin to consider doing a pregnancy test.

I know in my heart it is too early for it to be picked up, but I convince myself that I would be better off doing one to be sure before I have my first medical appointment with the new weight loss program I'm joining (this program costs a bomb, and I don't want to have the money spent on it, only to not be able to lose any weight while in the program). So not even a week after the first positive LH test I do a pregnancy test. You can imagine my surprise when it was positive.

It was too early to be really excited. I waited calmly for Matt to get home from his night shift and told him the good, but not to get excited about yet, news. I tell Matt that I'm going to get a blood test, just to make sure all my hormone levels are okay. Also of concern is regular spotting I've had since the fallopian tube test.

That night I get a call from the fertility specialist - the one who I've been ignoring for 2 months.... He says, what's going on? Clearly you've gone and done a pregnancy test, which is positive by the way, but why did you go and do it? I explain my story to the Doctor, tell him about the spotting and say I just wanted to be sure all my levels were okay. He says my HCG result is strong, but my progesterone is low and that I need to start using some of those wonderful pessaries immediately and take a test again in a couple of days.

Matt and I freak out. During the recent flooding we lost power for 2 days and the progesterone medication was one of the things that had to get chucked. It is a Sunday night, and progesterone pessaries just aren't that easy to come by, even with a prescription. These suckers need to be made by a compound chemist. To give us the best chance we both want to get some to start that night, otherwise it is full 24 hours before I'll be able to get the opportunity to administer a pessary - it's not like taking a pill.

Matt is making me ring 24 hour chemists. I'm telling him they won't have them. A thought hits me, I know quite few women going similar fertility treatments, maybe one of the girls will have some? I start texting and within 30 minutes we have hit the jackpot! Matt and I do a mercy dash and pick up enough for three days supply, which will make sure I have time to get my own.

Then, the waiting begins....

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