So to report: there is a sac, a yolk sac, and fetal pole at 5w4d
Both myself and Dr. Angel were very pleased. My younger sister went with me since Mr. MLACS is working out of the country, and bless her heart, she was excited and squealed when the image popped up on the screen. I feel kind of bad, but I told her to be quiet because I was holding my breath until Dr. Angel identified the 3 components we were looking for. I exhaled when he found them and said they measured correctly (so far).
Interestingly, we had discussed using Heparin even though I have not shown to have one of the common clotting disorders. Do you know how we came to this decision? Dr. Angel *had a dream* last night that I should be on Heparin. Since four of my female friends in the last couple of months have all dreamed I was having a baby (including a friend who called during the TWW of this cycle to ask if I was pregnant)…I am a believer of dreams. Dr. Angel still waffled, but I said to him “What does your gut tell you? Real quick, just listen to what it says and that is our answer.” And his gut said Heparin–because sometimes, for whatever reason, it prevents loss in women who’ve had repeat miscarriages and have not tested positive for any *known* clotting disorders. Case-in-point, he currently has a patient who had 3 consecutive miscarriages, and is now 34 weeks pregnant with twins–they decided she should take Heparin, and now she is due to give birth to two healthy babies. Is it the Heparin that made the difference for her and so many other unexplained RPL ladies? Who knows. But I can tell you this: *My ass will be taking the damn Heparin* Two injections daily–and I will do it with a smile.
Also, Dr. Diet is PISSED that I refuse to go back to his office for my pregnancy to be claimed in his statistics. But here’s what–that m*therf*cker could have cost me this pregnancy. Because:
1. My progesterone at 15dpo was 11.5 and the *lowest* within range for pregnancy is 9. And this SOB did not prescribe progesterone. I said to the nurse “Surely he wants me to begin taking my suppositories” and her answer was “Nope, he signed off on it”. For this alone, I would like to claw his eyes out. He is a Reproductive *Endocrinologist*, a person who specializes in hormones, in particular of women who are dealing with infertility. Low progesterone is a COMMON cause of pregnancy loss. HOW COULD HE BE SO CARELESS? I was and am stunned.
2. My TSH at 15dpo had already crept up to 2.3 *even though I take a hefty dose of Synthroid*. The upper limit of “normal” for conception and pregnancy is 2.5–he is an RE, there is no f*cking way he is unaware of this fact. But yet, his nurse told me he said it was “Fine”. Well, I started having symptoms. And also, hypothyroid definitely played a role in my first loss *in fact* Hypothyroid is a COMMON cause of infertility and loss, and is easily fixed but must be closely monitored. Per Dr. Angel, the acceptable limit for a woman taking Synthroid already is 2.0, and they always increase the dose in early pregnancy *before* it gets out of hand–an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So again, HOW COULD DR. DIET BE SO STUPID?
If I wanted average care within the extremely wide and varied range of “acceptable” then I would go see a general practitioner, not waste my money at a *specialist’s* office. He had the nerve to leave me a condescending and bullying message on my voicemail. Then today, Dr. Angel said that Dr. Diet called him last night and yelled at him, in Dr. Angel’s words “Dr. Diet seems to have anger management issues”. All this from this assh*le, after he gave us that horrible and offensive IVF sales pitch. And furthermore, if it was up to him I wouldn’t have had this IUI at all, I would have handed him $10,000 for an IVF cycle in September. THE NERVE. I’m glad his ass is chapped. And when I feel like it, I’m going to send him a letter and tell him exactly what a horse’s ass he is and that that is why his *services are no longer needed*. Seriously, I feel violent about the fact that he could have cost me this pregnancy before it even had a chance. It’s awful that you can’t trust doctors–specialists–with something so important and delicate.
Ladies, if I can tell you one thing–BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE. Research and know your options. Don’t rely on your providers, because things slip through the cracks or some of them are not up-to-date about more advanced thought and methods, and most of all–many of us are special cases that they haven’t seen before and they don’t even know what to look for. Please, educate yourselves–it may be the difference between life or miscarriage.