First Cycle Review Post 4th Miscarriage

Well, our cycle review wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but that is alright. A few things contributed to this.

First of all, of course I never travel for work, but I did this month. I figured it would be during blood draw time, it turns out I was there P+6-8. I barely had time to breathe in Los Angeles since I was only there Monday through Wednesday for work so no chance to hunt down a place to draw blood. Not that I thought to do that because I had in my head, mistakenly, that P+8 would be the day I got home and I knew that was acceptable. So first thing Thursday (my birthday-hello, thirty-five!) I started it off with a blood draw. Paid for a blood draw. Shipped a blood draw. And likely paid for it to be analyzed at PPVI. On to learn on the cycle review call it was too late and unusable. Boo! Oh well. My own dumb fault.

However, I wanted them to use this info to get me back on meds. Not to ttc (still more to learn), but to try to regulate things and see if a d&c of sorts would come from being on the right meds. While the nurse did say the doc might script meds without being able to use the blood draw results, he didn't.

To make matters a little worse, it wasn't Dr. H but another female doc Dr. J I think? that looked at my cycle review. So I don't know how familiar she is with my history. While I should trust (that's what files are for, right?) I am also realistic. I have two rather large PPVI files since I have been with them since 2005. Six pregnancies, two surgeries, many many cycle reviews. It's a lot to expect anyone to sort through.

So it was sort of an important cycle in my opinion, but the result was add B6 and consult Dr. Toth. I don't know if she knows that I have consulted Dr. Toth before, that I haven't done full treatment but have been down there once for testing and consider myself his patient too. I just don't know. I mean, it is reasonable to do this, I just really want to know if that is what Dr. H wants. There was some good news on the call. Our genetic testing came back normal. So we are back to the same hypothesis, our good friend infection. No surprises there.

So my choices are to do it or wait another cycle. I need to remind myself next cycle to also ask about LDN and lyme disease testing (western blot). I feel Dr. Toth will say do full treatment or at least testing in NY to see what bug we are dealing with, but I can't assume. So dh and I will have those discussions tonight. We do have a free SW ticket in our possession, same way we got down there last time. And we were just talking about a trip, though NY isn't our first choice for pleasure. It's possibly doable. Getting ahead of myself, clearly. Anxiety does not come from the Lord so when it starts to rear its ugly head I will send it back where it came from.

On the prayer intentions front, I have two lovely friends who struggle with fertility problems pregnant and due in December. They are both moving right along well and I couldn't be happier for them! Also, my dad is healing nicely from back surgery. My mom's mystery illness is starting to be uncovered. When her large hernia was untreated, her stomach went through it and sat behind her heart. Now we know the heart is having an electrical problem that is corrected with beta blockers. The GI/vagal response is still an issue. We just learned her stomach is not emptying as it should (she still had food in it 16 hrs after eating during a fasting test!) The meds for this have bad side effects and there is no cure so that part is discouraging. It looks like maybe the stomach position before it was fixed in surgery damaged the vegus nerve (which won't regenerate) and maybe caused the heart and stomach issue. Good to know what it is. Working on fixing it. So prayers for that. And prayers for my dad. We are watching the Catholicism video series together. I am trying to peak some interest there. We shall see.

P.S. I heard this at mass the other day and thought of my girls!!!!

 Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and[b]we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but [c]we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5: 1-5)


E said...

Sorry about being out of town and the unusable testing!

I would think that you still have ths same bugs as when you were tested before. I highly suggest just doing the treatment with Dr. T. Or at least an abreviated one. It takes my system over 9 months to calm down from his treatments, so the sooner the better! Just my humble opinion. ;)

WheelbarrowRider said...

E, I am sure Toth completely agrees the bugs from before aren't gone. Surprisingly, Dr. H was perplexed by it saying they should be gone by now and we need to know what I have now. I was surprised by that.

Rebecca said...

Ugh! So frustrating to miss a blood draw date.

Keeping you in my prayers that things go more smoothly this cycle!

Angela said...

Praying for you and your family! Hopefully the docs will get things figured out and this cycle is better. Also sending prayers for your mom! And AWESOME news that your dad is watching Catholicism with you! That is very cool. My dad would not go near it with a ten foot pole- at least I don't think he would...I haven't asked. Maybe I need to! And finally, love that bible verse- a friend gave made me a little flipbook of bible verses to encourage me after MG died and that was one of them!

All in His Perfect Timing said...

I'm glad for an update - I wish there were more answers for you. But I'm glad to hear your dad is doing well! I will send prayers for your mom ... what a lot of stuff there! I'm asking Jesus for His healing for you and your family.