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Nothing like a high drama day to help put things in perspective.

Posted by Lisa1995 , 20 November 2009 · 1718 views

Nothing like a high drama day to help put things in perspective.

So here is the context, today I am 5 weeks and 5 days pregnant, yesterday morning I woke up with bright pink spotting but then it stopped. I was so worried and stressed and was researching spotting in the first trimester to try and find reassurance all day. I called my Drís office and found out I was due to come in for an IVIg treatment on Friday (today) anyway and when I told them I had the spotting they said they would repeat my beta while I was there. Then I woke up this morning, went to the bathroom and it was worse than the day before Ė bright red spotting. I wiped it all away and it seemed to stop. So off I went to my REís office. They took my blood and when I told my RE about the spotting he wanted to wait until he got my beta back before they would give me the IVIg infusion. They said they would try to rush the blood work asap and to wait about an hour for the results.

I was petrified, I did not know what to think. DH had gone to get a coffee and read his book as he had been expecting me to be there for a couple of hours for the infusion and he was going to come back and get me after. Of course, his cell phone is never charged and I did not think to give him mine so I had no way to call him to get him to come back asap. I needed him there in case the beta was bad news. I even went to the lobby and looked up the number of the local Starbucks where he often goes to wait for me and the woman on the phone called out his name and no one answered. Geez! So then I went back up to my REs office and the ultrasound tech came over to ask me if my bladder was full as they wanted to do an ultrasound right then and there. I needed to drink some water so I could be ready for it, and I am thinking I canít go in for the ultrasound without DH here. So I sat there drinking my water, watching the clock and watching the door. Finally, DH arrived, and just in the nick of time as they called me in 30 seconds after he walked in.

So then the ultrasound tech was checking me out and she saw the yolk sac and gestational sac in my uterus, they looked fine but she measured them at 5 weeks, 1 day (which immediately worried me). But then she zeroed in on something she was seeing in my tube, or ovary, she could not tell which but she seemed very concerned. When she was done I was called in to talk to my RE and he said that she suspects I may have an ectopic pregnancy in my tube right by my ovary! So one in the uterus, one in the tube.

However, my beta is high at 11,000 today which he thought was good and he was unsure whether what he was seeing on the ultrasound was a cyst, or something more sinister. He said he had hoped to see a heartbeat in the one in my uterus but said it may just be too early yet. So since I was so early and an ectopic is not dangerous yet at this point they suggested I go home and come in first thing Monday morning for another ultrasound and beta to see if there is any change. But if it is an ectopic I may have to prepare myself for an emergency surgery to remove the ectopic and possibly be able to spare the one in my uterus.

So DH and I drove the hour back downtown to our home with me crying and petrified all the way, looking at waiting all weekend without any answers. We just got in the door and the phone rang. It was the hospital, my RE decided that he would like a radiologist to look at me so I donít have to worry all weekend and they wanted me to come back in asap. Then my REs office called to make sure I got the message and they tell me not to eat or drink anything in case they have to perform emergency surgery today once they diagnose me! So we got back in the car and drove the hour back to Markham. Here I had been afraid that the spotting was the end of the world and now it was looking worse than I could of imagined. What kind of impossible odds had I struck to manage one in my tube and one in my uterus?!

I finally got my ultrasound and they took a long time checking me out from all angles and then the radiologist tells me he feels that it is NOT an ectopic as it is on my ovary rather than in the tube. He feels it is just a large cyst! Then the technician tells me I measure at 5 weeks, 4 days and I ask her why the difference from what I was told by the other tech this morning and she told me there is always slight variation between technicians and it often changes slightly depending on who is measuring. They tell me they cannot see any source of my spotting and the fact that they can see a yolk sac and gestational sac in the right place is a good sign. And that many people do not see a heart beat at this point!

Phew! So now I have come full circle. In the course of the day I went from being a pregnant woman afraid of some spotting, to a woman who could possibly have emergency surgery and have no pregnancy, back to being a pregnant woman with some spotting. DH suggested that maybe this happened to put all my worries about the spotting in perspective, it could have been much, much worse than just some unexplained spotting! So now I am relieved, still not happy about the spotting but amazed that there is a gestational sac and a yolk sac in the right place. What a day! I am exhausted.

What an emotional rollercoaster of a day, Lisa, no wonder you are exhausted! I think it's great that your RE arranged the secod U/S so you didn't have to stress all weekend.

Just glad it all turned out well in the end.
My heart dropped when i started reading this. I am glad things are okay. I am thinking of you often.

Congratulations on your pregnancy! WHEW, what a day, makes mine look quite boring LOL :)

Here's to an UNeventful 9 months :D

Lisa I am glad to hear that in the end all is okay with little bean. Sorry you had to go through all this.

Big hugs.
Oh my gosh the stress that I felt reading this. I'm SO glad that everything's ok!
Same here, your blog had my heart in my throat! So glad you and baby are doing ok. I hear spotting is really normal in the first 3 months and lots of women on here have experienced it, but can't say that would make me feel better! Best of luck for the next few weeks.
Nov 20 2009 08:56 PM
omg, what a stressful day! Im happy it seems like things are ok. I will keep you in my prayers. I swear the worrying never ends!
What a day! So glad things are looking okay. Great that they took you seriously though and checked you out right away so you didn't have to wait. Best wishes for an uneventful pregnancy from hereon.
Whoa, what a rollercoaster. Hoping the rest of your pregnancy is uneventful. :)

Best to you.
Wow, what a day. Just thought I'd let you know that I experienced first trimester spotting on my pregnancies, and I have a 5 year old DD and 6 week old twins. The spotting was terrifying but inexplicable, but what matters is that my pregnancies were ultimately healthy. So keep the faith.
No doubt your exhausted! What a stressful day! Take care and hang in there!
Good Fortune
Nov 21 2009 04:03 AM
Don't do that to me!!!!
Nov 21 2009 10:01 AM
I am so impressed with your doctor that he got you in to see the radiologist so quickly for your peace of mind. That's so different from many stories we read on here. What an exhausting day you've had. For what it's worth, my clinic doesn't do the first u/s until 8 wks because sometimes it takes that long to see the heartbeat.
Wow, what an emotional day! I'm glad everything turned out okay and that Dr. V was able to get things looked at so quickly to put your mind at ease.
Nov 21 2009 12:22 PM
Lisa!!!! (((((hugs)))))) Oh my word!!! I was getting more and more nervous reading this!You have a wonderful RE who was able to get you seen by a radiologist right away!!!Praying Lisa that the spotting is just bean snuggling deeper. Just wondering are you on progesterone? I know some friends have had spottin due to the irritation of that on the cervix (((hugs)))Praying your next appt is heartbeat and joy!Blessings.
Nov 21 2009 05:11 PM
Wow, what a day for you!!! Talk about stress!!! I'm glad things worked out for you. And it sounds like you have a wonderful RE.
Hello Lisa,

As I was reading you post it reminded me about a same experience which I had three years ago. In 2006, I got pregnant naturally after 2 month of trying. At 6 week of pregnancy I had pain in my ovary. My family doc send me for ultrasound, the ultrasound tech and the radiologist told me that I have two pregnancies one in the tube and one in the uterus. The OB confirm that after two days and they told me that they are 99.9% sure that I have ectopic and normal pregnancy. I had an emergency surgery (laparoscopy) and they found that there is no ectopic! It was a cyst. They did not stop at that point (I wish they did) and they continued with an open surgery to tock out the cyst. As a result of that I lost half of my right ovary and I got block tube. Three days later I had miscarriage as a result of that surgery and I officially entered the world of IF.
Please be careful, and take care of yourself. I am so happy for you. I am praying for you that everything be fine!

Lots of Hugs and Prays!!!

Nov 23 2009 02:46 PM
Spotting really is terrifying, but I am so glad for you that the more dire possibilities have been crossed off.

Hoping that every remaining day of this pregnancy is uneventful and happy!

You are in my t & p.

Take good care.

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