Friday, May 18, 2012

The Test...

  I was going to title this post "The Wait is Over", but in reality it isn't even close.  I realized yesterday that this blog is helping others that are considering IVF here or abroad and that I needed to continue it no matter the outcome.  We keep getting emails and comments and I love answering everyone's questions and being able to provide more insight to other couples.  Sharing our experience was really important to both of us, but I hadn't quite figured out if I could emotionally go on after the trip.  Last night I realized that blogging and sharing has been a little like therapy especially during this long waiting period so here we go.  

  I took my first Beta HCG test this morning.  It was supposed to be tomorrow but I knew I could not wait until Monday when I had to go back to work so Burcu said it was OK to do today with a repeat in a couple days.  The nurses at my OB/GYN kindly wrote the prescription for the test and put RUN STAT on it because they knew we wanted it done as soon as possible.  They told us it would take approximately 30 minutes so by the time we got home my husband was calling the doctor's office.  I am so glad that he took charge because even though I have been anxious I might have been too chicken.  

  So, get to the point and tell us what they said already!  OK, OK, the test was positive!  Woo hoo, yippee, hooray!   In order for the test to be positive the HCG level needs to be above 5.  My level is at 10 mIU/ml today but we are not out of the woods yet.  I have to have another test done on Sunday(of all days!) to make sure that my level is doubling.  From what I have read 10 is a pretty low number so we are cautiously optimistic.  Nevertheless, at this point I am relieved, excited, and nervous all at once.  Throw in a few hundred other emotions and I am not sure I really know what the heck I am thinking at this point.  There are so many more hurdles to jump and we just have to take it a day at a time.  Well, I will keep posting no matter what so stay tuned. 


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  1. Just tuned into your blog on Monday the 21st. I'm curious what your follow-up beta Hcg level was...Istanbul sounds great! Sending lots of light your way! :)

  2. Huh, I answered this on my phone yesterday but I guess it didn't go through. Anyway, see Tuesday's post for the results. Thank you.


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