Monday, October 25, 2010
Results just in (finally!)
Beta: 690!!!!!!!!! Doubling every 42 hours!! A 136% increase!
Will and I have been stalking the lab today beginning around noon and were so relieved when the results were finally posted! Phew! I was so worried! These numbers seem great to me and at last we heard the magic words from the local RE's office: "Looks good!" Even those sourpusses couldn't say anything negative about these results! no word yet from Colorado but I will post when I hear.
I have a message in to the local RE to schedule an u/s for later this week to check that the gestational sac is in the right place (the right place being the uterus, rather than a fallopian tube). And then the step after that will be the big hurdle: heartbeat.
Over the weekend, Will and I did a lot of reading about immune issues, especially increased natural killer cell activation (which we have) and DQ Alpha sharing (we're a 50% match). Bottom line, I think we may add a monthly intralipid infusion to our regimen, even though Dr. Schl. doesn't give credence to such issues. We're a little late to be doing this - we should have started it before the transfer, but better late than never (this issue could theoretically account for how we transferred three chromosomally normal blasts and ended up with a piddly beta of 27). We've consulted on the side with a couple of reproductive immunologists (not the one we saw before) who felt that I should add intralipids in until my 20th-24th week just to be on the safe side. There don't appear to be any major downsides, apart from another needle stick once a month and the cost. Apparently, if this immune stuff is a legitimate issue (I'm not completely sold on it and the data seems equivocal), my body may be making natural killer cells right now that are attacking those little fledgling connections the embryo is making to my bloodstream. Yikes!
More on that in future posts.
But for now, over the moon with happiness and SO relieved to have gotten more reassurance that things are progressing ok.
We want this to work out so, so badly. Everything crossed.
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