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Feeling pretty good today! 8 weeks and 2 days 🙂 Just tired all the time. Normal.
We started gearing up for our big 12 week scan, which brought up a huge number of questions. Let me back up, what started the questions were my new hormone levels: my estradiol level dropped over 300 points. I never heard a word from Dr. H so I assumed it wasn’t as issue, but it still bothered me. And surprisingly enough, there is little info about this on Dr. Google. The focus seems to be on progesterone and hCG.
Then there was: Who does the 12 week scan? How do I schedule this scan? What should I expect to see at this scan? How many u/s will I get after Dr. H releases me? Will my hormones be monitored after stopping my meds at 10 weeks? Genetic testing?

Off to the phone with Super MJ I went! She is amazing, let me tell you. Her and Kelli are THE reason I am staying with an office that is way out of my way. She eased all my fears and answered all my questions.
Estradiol question? Normal pregnancies are around 100 so my numbers are super high and a drop/variation is nothing to worry about. They will be monitoring my levels the week I ween myself off my meds, and if anything looks abnormal they will address it.

Dr. H is certified to do the 12 week scan and then they have 2 other referring doctors. If Dr. H decided not to do my scan then they will set me up with the proper doctor and get that going soon.

The huge thing she mentioned: normally at this stage, fertility patients begin to alternate between Dr. H and Dr. C until Dr. H releases me. Which means I actually have another appointment set up on Monday! 🙂 yay!!
And given our history and Dr. C’s protective nature over our case, we will have ultrasounds every time he sees me until about 18-20 weeks and then every 4 weeks until delivery.
So yay for that!
Now I just need to figure out how my insurance and this billing situation works for pregnancy. The Atena website is of little help, besides making me anxious at the sight of all those claims. All I see are $$ signs.

Good stuff for today:
-Got to have dinner with my family and satisfy my craving for a hamburger.
-Found the perfect nursery rug: Cuteness!
-MJ rules!!!
-Kids had a good day and I rocked the grade book/all my duties
-Founds this awesome website with scans from each week of pregnancy: 1st Trimester Scans

Not So Good Stuff:
-Tummy feels yucky full even though I am not. Stupid burger
-Apparently when I am bloated I have a huge moon face (Thanks, Sis!)
-Spotting has continued since the u/s on Tuesday, which I know is normal but I hate…and I swore it had tappered off but I guess not.
-My haircut appointment for tomorrow was cancelled by my normal girl, so now I’ve got a stranger. Sadness!

Additional Symptoms: (add these to the list from Tuesday…yuck)
-constipation
-gassy
-started gagging on nothing…awesome

No AF = Weird

Today would have been the day AF was due (actually, really it was yesterday since I normally have a 31 day cycle…but my calculator added a day since my IVF cycle was 40 days).
It feels weird to think AF won’t be coming. You know how it goes…every month you think it is the last month and then she rears her ugly head.

My beta numbers, despite not being exactly double from the 2nd to the 3rd, seem to be very good to the doctor. He has already scheduled my first ultrasound! Originally, he scheduled me for one more beta next Wednesday, but now it is my ultrasound and beta.
I think seeing our little peanut will make this so much more real.

In other news, I had a bt of a freak out yesterday when it occured to me that my husband’s company is possibly going to be bought out…and that we would likely be switching insurance companies due to that.
I got worried because I don’t want this pregnancy to be considered a pre-existing condition and those insurance big wigs to deny us coverage.
On the up-side, we stand a good chance of Aetna assisting with the new order of meds, since they are pregnancy related. 🙂 I should hear from Apothecary today and get that stuff sorted out. That would be a huge relief!
I’m not sure how long I have to continue to get shots in the butt…all I know is the meds are not cheap and we are starting to get pretty low on funds.
I guess that is it for now. Hope to know more soon. The ultrasound is going to help ease some of the fears. I hope. lol

Positive Thoughts….

Dr. H called. Levels still looked good from my bloodwork yesterday…which I guess means that my progesterone and estradiol have continued to rise.
I told him I took a test (I don’t know why I did that…I’m asking for trouble) and he said: “Well, it’s still quite early. The line was clearly there? Ok, well, Friday will still be your best bet”.
I know.
So everything is hanging on Friday and it’s still Wednesday, dangit.
Positive thoughts, positive thoughts…