Friday, August 22, 2008

Updates

We had a repeat pregnancy test today, which is standard, just to make sure the HCG level continued to rise appropriately. It went up to 808 which is great! We have our first sonogram scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5. We are very optimistic that it will work this time. I am really taking it easy and plan to especially take care around the time I usually miscarry. We're determined that it won't happen this time. This baby is here to stay! :)

On another note, my mom was able to get into a neurologist already and they are about 90% sure that she has Parkinson's. Her brain scans came back normal, but I guess the scan won't always show what they're looking for in the early stages. When the doctor did other tests on her in the office, however, she showed many sure signs of Parkinson's. The good news is that they don't expect her symptoms to get any worse for at least 5 years. It could be another 20 years before anything major changes. She will be participating in a study for a new drug, which will also give her opportunity to have more testing done. The news is very good for right now! My dad is already joking with her that if her hand tremor gets any worse he's going to get her a guitar to play. That's my Dad for ya!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Good News!!

The doctor's office just called with good news! They test the HCG level and want to see at least 20, but anything over 100 is really good. My level was 266! We are so excited! It's still very early though and we just need to keep praying that everything continues to progress normally. Thanks so much for all the thoughts and prayers!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tomorrow...

Tomorrow is a big day, not only for us and finding out if we're pregnant or not, but also for my mom. She has been having some "concerns" lately and finally talked with her doctor yesterday. The doctor is worried that these symptoms might be the beginning of Parkinson's. Her MRI is scheduled for tomorrow and pending the results she will make an appointment with a neurologist. Please keep my mom in your prayers tomorrow while she undergoes the testing. After beating cancer many years ago, I know that she can get through anything. She's a fighter!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Embryo Transfer



Today was the embryo transfer and everything went as planned. The top picture shows the 2 embryos that we used. The left images are still frozen, the right are after they were thawed and began the expansion process. The picture underneath is harder to see, but the uterus is approximately in the middle. The "dot" in the center of the uterus is the embryos right after they were released. Now we just keep our fingers crossed and wait (as patiently as possible) until the pregnancy test next Wednesday!!
--(Sorry the pictures aren't very clear. We don't have a scanner so I took pictures of our print outs.)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

All Set for Monday!!

We went to the doctor today and everything looks good. The nurse that made my calendar messed up one of the medications. She had put the progesterone start day as yesterday when it was supposed to be today. I went ahead and started it yesterday even though I had a feeling I should call and double check. We've been through this enough times that I should have called. It doesn't hurt anything, it just means that the transfer will be Monday. It has to be on the 6th day of progesterone. We don't mind doing it a day early! Brad is on vacation next week so it works out perfectly. I am off from school and only work on Friday so I'll have plenty of time to rest. Thanks so much for all the thoughts and prayers!!! We couldn't do this without our WONDERFUL family and friends.
Here's the new dates:
Transfer- Monday, August 11
Preg. Test- Wednesdy, August 20