This was my first transfer ever. I’d done the one egg retrieval at Sher’s in Vegas, and made no blasts. Two ERs with Dr B, 4 blasts, all frozen because we had to get my cytokines down to hope for a safe transfer. Anyway–
My first beta was on May 1, eight days after the FET on April 23. I’ve lost track of how many days old those blasts were, either 5 or 6, but the late A one was hatching after the thaw, and the early B was still dividing and differentiating between the “lump” that would become a baby and the “surrounding layer” that would be a placenta. That beta was 371, and on Thursday May 2 Dr Braverman called to tell me I was pregnant… that even though I was doing biweekly hcG boosters (5000 units each), this number was sufficiently high to be definitely pregnant. All good!
Second beta on May 3. He emailed me on Saturday because the lab still hadn’t gotten him the results, and after some scurrying (they had a bad fax #) he emailed to tell me there were problems– the beta was only 128. This was problematic of course, but he wondered if the first beta was somehow unusually high because of the booster, and my friend L___ suggested maybe I had two embryos implant and then one died. So I was upset, but trying to hang on and be hopeful. The third beta Monday (yesterday, May 6) would be crucial. If it went back up, good, and if not, bad.
So, yeah… about that whole pregnancy thing. Yesterday’s beta was only 101. Definitely a chemical. Dr B told me to stop taking all my meds, and I’ll get another beta Friday to follow it down to zero. I’d already redrawn blood for a massive panel of (some old, some new) immune tests last week Wednesday, so I’ll be seeing Dr B in NY on the 18th to go over the results in person and figure out a few things:
– was there some new change in my immune status, which would be fixable leading up to another FET?
– if not, that kind of makes me think it was a chromosomal thing. We have two frozen blasts left, an early C (C for Crud) and an early A (for Almost enough to make me excited.) So, one more shot, basically. (And I’m so freaking happy we didn’t take Dr B’s advice and put all four back at once.)
Although Dr. B (pre-FET) told me that I was on maximal immune therapy, I’m thinking there was enough time since my last humira dose (February) that maybe the TNF/IFN went back up. Or something. To me, right now, the lesson learned is, retest the immunes before the next FET! Like, closely before. Like a minimal number of weeks before to have the results but maximize their “freshness” and relevancy.
Anyway. Cried on the sofa last night and then killed a few innocent pieces of pizza.
One more chance, folks. *sigh*