I visited this site in November 2004 after my first loss and again this past week when I was diagnosed with a miscarriage. Even though I believed what I was told, somewhere deep down I was looking for the hope that maybe miracles can happen.
I discovered today that they CAN and I'm here to share my story so others may benefit from it they way I have benefitted from the ones I read.
Last week, (3/5), at 6 weeks, 1 day based on my LMP, I began to have a loss of the pregnancy symptoms I was having and had a feeling I was losing another pregnancy. I went to the ER and while they could not do anything, they ran a blood test to check for HCG, which came back at 3400. Far, far too low for 6 weeks (it shoudl have been in the thousands), but I wasn't having bleeding so there was nothing they could do.
Monday morning (3/7) I noticed some blood after a visit to the bathroom and called the on call doctor for my OBGYN practice. She advised me to go to the ER, which i did. Still nothing they could do but check my HCG. It was 3186, so I left an made an appintment with my doctor. He ordered more bloodwork for Wednesday.
Thursday (3/10) I called for the results: 3672. I was then scheduled for an ultrasound to determine if my miscarriage was normal or ectopic as the HCG was indicating an ectopic to be a possibility because it was not declining.
Today (3/11) I went in for the ultrasound. My bladder wasn't full enough so the tech decided to do a transvaginal. As she was inserting the thing, I was explaining why I was there (miscarriage diagnosed by fluctuating HCG) and then I heard this "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh" and asked if that was my heartbeat. The tech turns to me and say "that isn't YOUR heartbeat" - so we proceed to stare at the screen as these little blobs appeared, one with a tiny flickering dot, beating like crazy.
I know what it is, but I can't believe it so I ask "what IS that?" She says, "that's the baby" - so she did all the rest of the diagnostic things (checked heart rate, measured length and width, etc.). I saw the screen with the measurement calculation results and it said 6w1d, which would be 5 or 6 days behind what I thought I would be at the time.
This also means I would have only been 5 weeks for my first blood draw, which now means my numbers are just fluctuating, not fluctuating and very low.
I went right to see my doctor right after that. He told me the heartbeat was 105 and the "normal" is 140-150 - I've learned from others that at 6 weeks, the heartbeat is actually closer to 100-110, which would mean my baby's heartbeat is normal.
So now it is just a waiting game - the doc has no answers for why my numbers dipped and we'll be doing another ultrasound 3 weeks from today. There is really nothing for me to do now but wait.
I will update my story in three weeks - for now, I hope it is enough for others to be motivated to make sure their miscarriage diagnosis is correct... I had accepted my diagnosis, so it is lucky my doctor wanted to do an ultrasound.
UPDATE: I'm sorry to say my story did not turn out well. I ended up losing the baby at 9 weeks. I've left my story here to give hope to others. Even though mine had an eventual bad ending, it does not mean that my same situation could not have had a good ending.
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on Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.