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2002 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #1

2003 1st consult with an RE, you know, just in case

2003 Got Married (at 37 (me) & 34 (DH) years old)

2003/2004 Naturally conceived pregnancies BFPs #1, #2, & #3 and miscarriages #1, #2, #3

2005 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #2

2005 IVF #1, BFN #1

2005 IUIs #1 and #2, just because, BFN #2 & #3

2005 FET from IVF #1, BFN #4

2006 Exploratory surgery to remove scar tissue from fibroid sugery #2

2006 IVF #2 (w PGD), BFP #4

2006 Emergency cerclage for IC @ 16w6d (5 months + 1 week of complete bed rest at home ensues)

2007 Our son is born @ 38w by scheduled c-section

2007 IVF #3 for baby #2, BFN #5

2007 IVF #4, BFP #5, miscarriage #4

2008 IVF #5, BFP #6, miscarriage #5

2008 IVF #6, BFP #7, miscarriage #6

2008 DE IVF #7, BFN #6

2009 DEFET #8, cancelled, embryos don't thaw

2010 Decide to adopt domestically

12.17.10 Profile is live with our agency

November 2011 Consult with RE re: donated embryo cycle

Early January 2012 Cleared to proceed with deFET

January 2012 Freeze our profile

1.20.12 deFET begins
2.12.12 eSET of one compacted morula
2.22.12 BFN

3.23.12 deFET #2 begins
4.14.12 transfer 3 embryos (1-8 cell, 1-5 cell, 1-4 cell)
4.22.12 + HPT
4.24.12 Beta #1 = 48.4
4.26.12 Beta #2 = 125.7
4.30.12 Beta #3 = 777.8
5.11.12 1st U/S - Singleton!
7.12.12 It's a Boy!
12.26.12 C-section: Baby G is born, 9#5oz, 20.5"

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It’s Always Something

After reporting that the first betamethasone injection was fine, I woke up this morning with a full on front body flush.  I felt physically fine, but looked like I’d gotten a sunburn while sleeping.  I was scheduled for injection #2 at 11 this morning, and as the morning wore on, I felt worse and worse.  My voice was weak as was I and by the time I arrived at the nurse’s clinic, I texted my husband that I didn’t think I should be driving.  When the nurse finally called me back, she took one look at me and was hesitant to give me the injection.

Much acrobatics ensued with her calling over to my OB’s nurse, him paging my OB (who was on call at the hospital), the nurse walking me over to my OBs office so everyone could see what I looked like, my OB calling in to say that she thought that the reaction was unrelated to the injection, the nurse taking all my vitals (which were normal), the OBs nurse calling my MFMs nurse (that gave me injection #1), that nurse putting my MFM on the line, who, after running down my symptoms, felt it was likely unrelated but that I could be in the 1% who does have a reaction.  I needed to have the follow up dose as a single dose is not effective.  So, the MFM gave me two options:  one, drive to L&D (no way, the way I was feeling), or two, proceed with the injection and stay for observation.  She also wanted me to take 50 mg of Benadryl, every 6 hours for 24 hours in case it was a reaction.   Everyone joked that I would be asleep through tomorrow.

The second injection went fine, and by the time the allotted observation time was over, I was actually feeling better and was becoming less flushed.  The nurse also noted it.

So, as of the typing of this post, a full 8 hours after waking, I am finally feeling better.  I am about as flushed as I was when I awoke, so things seem to be reversing themselves.

It was such an odd reaction, akin to what I have heard women on a mag drip report.  But, as bad as I felt, there was no way I was leaving without that injection.  I will now be prepared for the same to occur tomorrow.  I am holding off on the Benadryl, because, honestly, I hate the way it makes me feel.  However, should things progress or worsen, I won’t hesitate (which means I best have my husband pick some up).

Four more days until my next MFM appointment, fFN test, cervical measurement and fetal growth scan.  That is what I am looking forward to.  I’ll be one day shy of 30 weeks.

“Life is about not knowing, having to change,
taking the moment and making the best of it,
without knowing what’s going to happen next.”
~Gilda Radner

4 comments to It’s Always Something

  • Anna

    30 weeks will be a wonderful place to be, I have everything crossed.
    I am sorry that you’ve had a complicated and probably worrying time with this too. I empathise with the always something scenario, my pregnancy was full of odd reactions, strange results etc. However, the most important part, the growing a baby part, you’re doing fine at, which is the only thing that really counts. I hope that you don’t need the benadryl and that the strangeness passes, it’s good that you have had the injections now.x

  • Tireegal

    Wowzers, completely bizarre! What a pain. To have to deal with yet another worry and a bit of a mystery!
    Hope things calm down soon! 30 weeks!!! Yay!!!

  • Sarah

    Yeesh!(((((((hugs)))) 30 weeks! Keep ‘em comin!

  • Jen

    Yikes! What an ordeal, so glad you were able to get your second injection and the flush seems to be dissipating. Please take care over the weekend.

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