Monday, May 18, 2009

It's a Good Thing I'm Not Afraid of Needles

I just got back from my OGTT. I got there at 7:45, and they started off by drawing six vials of blood: At least one for the OGTT, the others to check my vitamin levels. The tech accidentally moved the needle around when she was switching vials, and it caused my vein to burst, which hurt like hell. (I told her, "Ummm....that really hurts," and she said, "Oh no. Your vein blew out.") So then she moved to my other arm to get the last four vials.

Immediately after the blood work I had to drink a small bottle of orange-flavored drink that tastes like those little plastic bottles of sugar-water my mom used to buy for me by the pallet. An hour later it was back for another draw (lucikly only one vial for the rest of the time), and then the final one an hour after that.

In between draws, I called my RE's office to let them know about the spotting. The spotting was still there when I got up this morning, but it seems to be dying down. Immediately after my last draw, they called me back and said they wanted to do another beta, so I had to turn around and get stuck with a needle for a fifth time.

I am very happy they are doing another beta. I made the stupid mistake of POAS this morning just so I could "see the line get darker and feel reassured." Except it got a lighter. I tested with two strips and they were both lighter than yesterday's strip. So then I started freaking out, even though I know HCG quantities can vary in urine, and the tests are not quantitative.

My stomach is going to be in a knot until I hear back from the RE's office!


Maeghan said...

Ouchie! I had a needle ordeal like that last year, no fun :(
Hang in there re: betas. I'm glad you got to check them today so hopefully it will ease your mind. Not even going to bother saying don't stress because it's pointless :) {{{{{{{{[HUGS}}}}}}}}}}

Lindsay said...

Ouch!! I'm glad the RE had you come in for more Beta's I hope this will help aleve some of your worry.

Jessica said...

Hoping for a good beta #, hang in there!!

Shannon said...

Im glad you're getting another beta, Im sure you'll get a good number. I will be checking for updates!

Oh and those drinks? I was just talking about those today with someone. I think they were called Hugs, right? lol

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