Thank you so much for the prayers and encouragement. I went to my ultrasound this morning expecting the worst because last night I had a tiny bit of spotting and some mild cramping. Up until then I was trying to hold on to some hope, but after that I could not. I really wanted to cancel the u/s because I didn't want to go through the agony of it. But I went through with it, and I am so happy that I did. My Dr. did the u/s I had last week, but since he is out of the office this week the u/s tech did the one I had this morning. The first thing she zeroed in on was a heartbeat!!! I could not believe it! My husband and I were in complete shock. We were even able to listen to the heartbeat! She explored around some more and found a second empty sac. She was able to show us that we have two separate sacs, the empty one and the one with the baby. They are side by side so I had two eggs that fertilized but only one that went beyond the gestational sac stage. (That is a little confusing to me because last week I thought my Dr. mentioned seeing the yolk sac as well, but maybe he didn't, or maybe he did and now the yolk sac isn't visible?) Apparently when my Dr. did the u/s last week he found the empty sac first and did not look beyond that. Or, as the tech explained, depending on how the sacs are situated it can be difficult or even impossible to see that there is a second one. She said she has seen so many strange things in all her years of experience that she always goes looking "all the way through the uterus," and that is how she found that I have the two sacs. We were in such shock that she offered to have a Dr. come in and confirm what she found and talk to us about how this happens. Talking to that Dr. was reassuring. He basically said the same things the tech said, and he told me to expect cramping and bleeding because of the empty sac that will eventually be reabsorbed. The whole experience was a total roller coaster ride to say the least. I am thrilled at the outcome, sad about the empty sac, and so many emotions in between!
I am so grateful for you and all the women who have posted their stories on this site. Without that information I would not have had any hope in between the first and second ultrasounds. And I would not have known that so many early ultrasounds can give inaccurate or misleading information. I shudder when I think about how discouraging my Dr. was last week! He gave us so little to hang on to. It was only due to this site that I had any encouragement or hope! So thank you again!!