Monday, April 25, 2011

waiting for blood work- now with update

having wonky hcg levels has been my first indicator of failing pregnancy 2 times. Each time i have had to wait in a stuffy OB waiting room to get the results, and they have been given to me by an advice nurse, who has glibly stated that I will likely soon miscarry. Today I have the advantage of getting news from the OB. I still have to get my blood drawn and wait a couple of hours at the hospital.

At this point they wouldn't normally be messing with hcg levels, but with threatened abortion they check them to get a broader picture of what is going on.

The reason this bleed has shaken my confidence so much is that historically, all is not well even after seeing heart beat post bleed. What happens is I have a big bleed, it clears up and then fetal demise a week or two later. I know that this baby is bigger and hopefully stronger than the others. My feeling is that my embryos have an attachment issue. Assuming that we have a live baby today, I'm going to ask for an ultrasound with the perinatologist. Ive been told they have some fancy equipment, and I would like to look for a possible SCH.

Ill be back to update this post at around 4pm pacific.

In the meantime I'm battling this crippling constipation.. still. I haven't had a proper movement in 5 days and it turns you into a freak because all you can think about is shitting! Ive tried fiber, stool softener, fresh fruit and raw veg, apple sauce, fluids, prunes, prune juice, exercise, and glycerin suppositories, with almost nothing to show for it. I am very much afraid that I will have to have the "obstruction" removed/ loosened up by the doctor. How unpleasant is that?!? I blame the zofran and have stopped taking it.

the update.. we found the heart beat on a Doppler today. This is the first time for me, so its a milestone of sorts. Never made it far enough to not have to bust out the ultrasound machine. Ive been gagging and puking.. something is going right in there! I just HATE HATE HATE seeing blood. Dr. said it could have been an SCH. shes not going to order another ultrasound unless there is another bleed. she suggested milk of magnesia for the stop up.. I do hope it works!


  1. I hope you get good news today. I can't imagine how scary this must be. I'm thinking of you constantly! Good luck!

  2. Just remember that we are all sitting here waiting with you. As you wait, we all sit and hope for you. I can't tell you how much I want it to be good news...

  3. Also sitting here waiting with you and hoping for good news. I wish your OB would have done an ultrasound to try to determine the source of the bleed – but so very glad you got to hear that lovely heartbeat today nonetheless.

  4. Anonymous post was from me (gingercat).