Saturday, May 30, 2009

Beta #2

It very, very nearly doubled: 1118 (586x2=1172)

This apparently is just fine. My nurse said they wanted to see at least a 60% rise and I well exceeded that. Plus, I'm starting from up a little higher and I know beta rises slow down as they get higher. Bottom line: So far, so good.

And my progesterone... it has crept up to 17.4

Still slightly low. I haven't had any bleeding or problems and my RE is still not concerned with this number, but I still had the option to do supplements. I have decided to err on the side or safety and start prometrium. I love/hate prometrium.

I requested a 3rd beta and progesterone for Monday. Third beta cause I just really want one and the extra progesterone to make sure that the supplements are doing their job. More data makes me happy.

And a quick question for anyone that might have an answer... I've been getting loose stools/diarrhea a lot for the last couple days. I think it's related to hormones, but haven't really heard of this before. I think maybe scents are setting it off too, but just not sure. Can anyone tell me if this is normal or if I should be concerned?

Ok, so something happened a while back which seems to have proven relevant. On the morning of 5dpo (still technically 4dpo) I saw a single brown blood spot in the smack dab middle of my underwear. I discussed this w/ Dr. C at my appt and we both kinda wrote it off (although I NEVER spot). This is also why I tried to pin him down on what the earliest an embryo can implant is. So if my 16dppo beta of 586 seems high, it's probably cause that was implantation spotting (or rather 'spot' in my case) and it was very early.

And today we had to go shopping for SIL's baby shower. Knowing I have a doubling-ish beta made it a little more bearable, but I still found it completely disgusting. I don't care for showers in the first place, I think registering for extremely expensive items is very rude and I about got nauseous reading all the stupid shower cards. Where was the one that says: "I hope you know how lucky you are, you judgmental ass."


Hillary said...

Great betas, Amanda. Wow, this is really happening! Wow wow wow! I'm happy for you! :)

White Picket Fences said...

Yayay! I've checked about 20 times today for the numbers ...I'm glad that everything looks soooo wonderful! Congratulations!

Celia said...

That is a fabulous beta dude! I am sooooo excited for you! I went looking for that red flaxseed I thought you mentioned but didn't see it yet. Maybe I need to go to Whole Paycheck?

Showers totally suck. What could POSSIBLY be more boring?

Unknown said...

I buy my flax at walmart in the baking aisle.

Michelle said...

Those are great numbers! I'm so excited for you!!
About the loose stools/diarrhea thing...I do remember having something similar in the first week or 2 after finding out with K. I freaked but apparently it's not a big deal. It's been so long that I don't remember what they said regarding it other than not to worry unless it was extreme, and then it was mostly because of dehydration concerns. About the time it all went back to normal for me is when the morning sickness hit.
Oh and thanks for the green tea info. No more choking that down!

Good Egg Hatched said...

Congrats on a great second beta! Good for you for demanding more data...I am all about that. I, too, have been experiencing those lovely bathroom issues. I believe it's due to the fluctuations in hormones...maybe it's our morning sickness (I am actually hopeful -- I cannot stand throwing up and would much prefer this)?? I hope you get lots more good news this week.

SCS said...

Wow...I so excited for you! Congrats on the nearly doubled 2nd beta!

As for the baby shower stuff...I just have to say...I totally get it. I don't know how it happened...(I suppose everyone just expected it from me and I hate to disappoint)...I am hosting a shower for my 'way too fertile' friend next Saturday...that's 24 hours before my first IVF beta!!! Because of this dreaded baby shower...I am refusing to POAS (even thought it is killing me not to)...I just don't think I can take a negative result before I have to host this thing! Errr...I must be crazy...most of my fellow infertiles avoid baby showers like the plague!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! I'm feeling twins! How 'bout you? Not intentionally trying to make you more nervous. That is great!

Anonymous said...

That's a very nice second beta! I love/hate prometrium too, but it's not that bad. I'm pretty used to now. It will almost seem weird when I stop putting it in twice a day!

The early implantation spotting theory does make sense. Good luck with the baby shower stuff for SIL.