In June of 2006, my husband and I started trying for #2. I finally got a positive test on Dec. 6th only to miscarry a few days later. I was quite surprised to get another positive on Jan. 5th. Things seemed to be going alright, but on Jan. 23rd I had a bit of pink on the TP. I was 6w3d into my pg. Because of the m/c the previous month, I freaked out and went to the ER. They ran all the standard tests. My ultrasound showed a sac measuring 5w0d, but no baby. They said it was probably just too early to see anything. My hcg came back at 11000. I went back on the 25th for a follow up w/ my OB. She did a quick exam and said we wouldn't really know anything until we checked hcg again. I went home and waited. The office finally called 3 hours later and told me that the Dr. wanted me to come back to her office because my levels didn't double, it was only about 16,500. When I got to my Dr.'s office she explained that hcg is supposed to double approximately every 1.8 days and that mine wasn't even close. She said that I was going to loose the baby and I could take a drug to speed the process along, or she would monitor me very closely and I could wait for it to happen on it's own. I opted to wait, so she ordered another hcg count for the 27th and told me that if I became doubled over in pain or was losing a LOT of blood to go back to the ER, but it would probably just be like a bad period. I went home and sat there devistated waiting to loose the baby. I had brown spotting on and off for the next several days. While I was at home, I did a little research on line and found that it is not entirely uncommon for hcg to double over 3-4 days and that when it reaches higher levels it is usually better to monitor by u/s than hcg count. So the following day (the 26th) I called a different Dr. and explained my situation. She said that while very few women have such slow doubling time, it certainly does happen and she ordered an u/s for the following week. Immediately after my appt with her I went home and found that I was bleeding quite a bit. It looked like my period had started. I came out of the bathroom in tears and told DH that we wouldn't have to go to the u/s because it had started. I layed on the couch for a few hours waiting for the cramping to start and feeling completley heartbroken. I got up to check for tissue and was shocked to find that there was no blood at all. None even on my pad. The only blood had been the one wipe a few hours earlier. I couldn't believe it. By the time DH got home I was back to just waiting for the u/s. There was some light brownish discharge in the comming days, but no more red and nothing serious. We went in the next day (the 27th) for the blood draw that had been ordered by my 1st Dr. When the results came back I was not surprised to hear that it was 22000. Finally a double from the 1st one, but it was almost exactly 4 days later. That Dr. tried to get me to come back to her office (probably to offer me more abortion pills) the following monday, but I told her I was under the care of a new Dr. It seemed like forever, but finally on Thursday, Feb. 1st we went in for the u/s. I was sooo terrified that we would still be looking at an empty sac, that I almost didn't want to go. But to my absolute surprise, and joy, there was a tiny
heartbeat!! It was so amaizing. My husband and I both saw it right away. The Dr. had a really hard time getting a decent image or measurement. It looked like 6w6d by his best measurement. I should have been 7w5d, but that was much closer than the 1st u/s and there was a heartbeat which was the really wonderful part. The Dr. was still pretty concerned about the hcg levels and the spotting and wanted to see a clearer image so that he could make sure everything was normal. He scheduled another u/s for a week later. I waited and waited, it wasn't as bad this time since the spotting had stopped completely just before I saw my little beans heartbeat. The week finally passed and we went back on Feb. 8th. Everything looked wonderful, we even got to bring home some pictures. My bean was measuring 8w3d, only 2 days behind. That was close enough for my Dr. to leave my due date at 9/15. I cannot express to all of you how much the other stories on this bored helped me get through the past few weeks. I truely hope that my story will give someone hope who may feel all is lost. I am so blessed to get to post here. Now, a bit of pleading if you find yourself in a similar situation - PLEASE DO NOT TAKE METHO-TREXATE OR DO A D&C UNTIL YOU ARE 100% CERTAIN THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE. I KNOW IT IS HARD, BUT PLEASE WAIT!! I don't want people to put themselves in any danger, and please do listen to your dr. in that regard, but if you are in no physical danger and there is still SOME chance, no matter how small, that your baby is in there fighting, DON'T GIVE UP!!
Update!- Welcome Home Robert James Truc
, born September 18th, 2007. He was 7lbs 8oz and 19in. long. He's healthy as can be and very Handsome