Sunday, June 1, 2014

Moving forwards

After the miscarriage and D&C, it took a little while for the results of the pathology and genetic testing to come back, but eventually we got the results: everything was normal. We've joined the unhappy club of people who have a miscarriage and never know why. People tell me "There's a reason for everything" and I shrug, grit my teeth, and say something along the lines of "That's what I hear" while trying not to say "FYI, I don't find that remotely comforting or helpful, especially since we'll never KNOW the reason...". This was good news, it means there's no need to worry about getting an egg donor.

Once I started my period (about 5 weeks after the D&C), I was scheduled for a hysteroscopy there at the clinic in Los Angeles. Hysteroscopy is a procedure that can be used for different things. In my case, it was just a matter of applying a local anesthetic to my cervix, dilating my cervix slightly, and inserting a scope so the doctor could see the inside of my uterus, in full color, in real time (and very magnified) on a screen (as opposed to using an ultrasound to look around from outside my uterus). Since Dr. Ringler was out of the office that week, Dr. March did the procedure. I'd never met him before but he quickly set me at ease with his cheerful and friendly manner.

I have to say, it was REALLY cool to get to see the inside of my uterus via camera. I even got to see where my fallopian tubes enter my uterus. How awesome is that? Anyways, Dr. March said he was looking for 3 things:
1. Anything that could have caused the miscarriage (not a huge concern, but take a look and see just to make sure).
2. Retained tissue
3. Scarring or any other signs of problems caused by the miscarriage and/or D&C
He didn't see anything for #1. There was a TINY bit of retained tissue still attached to my lining but he was able to quickly cut it out with no issues. He said it was extremely microscopic and that an ultrasound would never see it, and that it's actually probably pretty common but just not known and not problematic. The one I was most anxious about, #3, was all clear. He said my uterus still looks absolutely perfect and ready to go for another round. I'm pretty sure my sigh of relief was audible.

The next round will be a frozen transfer again, since they don't want to start me on meds before getting PGD and knowing we have good embryos (dropped cycles sucks, nobody likes them). IM is supposed to be going for ER (Egg retrieval) at the end of the month and with any luck, we'll be able to transfer again at the end of July. That works out nicely for me since I'm taking a couple of summer classes and the semester ends July 25. :P

So, that's where we're at right now. I'm still taking my prenatals and just waiting to get word that I can start meds again. I have a love hate relationship with that PIO... lol

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