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Eagle Mountain, Utah, United States
My name is Lauren, and I live in the bubble. I am wife to Marshall, the biggest BYU fan in the world; and mother to Carly, our big girl, and Wes, our wild man, and Calvin, our new addition. I graduated BYU with a degree in Social Work, and I went forth to serve at LDS Family Services. I like scrapbooking and going out to eat at nice restaurants. I am fascinated by new cleaning products at the grocery store, so I have to shop in wide circles around the perimeter to avoid the temptation to buy. I love chocolate.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Health update

I have been going into the hospital every week for blood tests. My OB has been monitoring my quantitative HCG levels, because they indicate pregnancy. I am still considered pregnant until the levels reached below 5. My levels started that first day I received the methotrexate shot at 12000, so you can see I had a long way to go. Monitoring these HCG levels was also a good way to tell how effectively the drugs were still working to terminate the pregnancy.

My HCG levels dropped quickly at first, from 12 thousand, to 9 thousand, to 6 thousand. Once I got below 100, though, it really slowed down. Two weeks ago, I finally made it to 18, but then last week I only dropped to 14. I worried that it would be another month or two at that rate before the levels got below the target of 5. But FINALLY, on Thursday my levels jumped down to 3. It was a very large drop for being at the end, where it is supposed to slow each week, not triple. But I'll take it!

Now, the next step is to go in for a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG). It is a procedure often done after an ectopic pregnancy to determine if there is a blockage in the fallopian tubes. It is basically an x-ray. This should be scheduled for some time in the next 2-3 weeks.

So that is where we are. Its good to finally be officially not-pregnant. I look forward to being officially pregnant again. Hopefully soon! Thanks for all the prayers.


Naomi said...

YAY! Now you can get preggers again! Good Luck with the upcoming tests and stuff...

Ryan and Maranda said...

I'm glad things are progressing and getting better for you. My friend who also had an ectopic pregnancy had that same dye test. She said there was a little bit of cramping, but it wasn't bad. I hope it all goes well and the results are good. I hope things continue to go well for you guys in all that you do!

Mike, Mary, and Rachel said...

Sounds like you've had a rough road - I'm sorry and hope the very best for you! I had an HSG as part of fertility testing, it does cramp a bit and is uncomfortable, but it's not too bad and doesn't take too long. Plus they say it can actually make it easier to get pregnant by opening up the tubes even if they aren't technically "blocked." Anyway, hope it goes well & you're in my prayers!

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