Thank you for all of your encouragement and support. I really, REALLY, appreciate it. It was so reassuring to see the little embryo waving about yesterday. Seemed definitely there - maybe it's sinking in that I'm pregnant, finally. That only took 8 and a half weeks! I succeeded again with self-administering the PIO injection last night and Ms. Moxie has had her twice daily constitutionals (dog walker is taking her for the third one)...so I'm making it through the week as a pregnant solo dog parent so far.
I have been lightly spotting again since last night, damn it all...which has me feeling keyed up and anxious about things. It's light. More a pink/brown tinge than anything...but still. I wish it would stop, already! I try to tell myself it's no big deal, but it scares me, and I realize that's maybe sillly, because it is really very little. But I don't want to have any spotting or blood at all! None, I tell you!
In other not-so-exciting news, at 5pm today, a nurse is coming to my apartment to administer IVIG treatment #3.
Blech. Just thinking about it makes me nauseated and tired. I'm chugging water right now, as a matter of fact, because that supposedly helps prevent the pounding headache/migraine I had the first time I did it (although I drank gallons of water then too, so who knows...).
Like last treatment, I'll be doing this infusion in my home, reclining in my comfy bed, which hopefully will make it less onerous. And although I'm really not sure if it is helping or not, I would do anything to keep this pregnancy afloat.
I went back to the reproductive immunologist at the end of February and had some of the immune markers redrawn to see if they were improving with the IVIG/ prednisone/ lovenox triumvirate.
And things look decidedly better...but according to the doctor, not quite normal yet. Hence this third treatment.
Apparently, my natural killer cells are much better, but my %CD3, which is one part of the natural killer cell assay, is still elevated at 86.7 (upper limit of normal is 85...I'd say close enough...but he disagreed).
My TNF-alpha levels, which are part of the TH1:TH2 ratio reproductive immunologists love to look at is also slightly elevated at 31.6 (upper limit of normal is 30.6...again, I'd say normal enough, but he begs to differ).
So a third IVIG treatment it is. I am hoping it is the last. I hate the side effects, and I really hate the $3,000 price tag, especially since the research evidence doesn't compel me.
Here's hoping this does the trick and I am all done with these treatments after this. I'm feeling pregnant enough to feel like I'm definitely putting the two of us through this, this time. Sorry embryo! I hope this stuff doesn't make you feel as yucky as it makes me feel! And I'm hoping it helps you stick around for the long haul. Please.
Just to help motivate me (and hopefully not give me nightmares!!), here's a picture of a natural killer cell supposedly destroying an embryo. This is what we are trying to prevent. Hopefully it's working!! (or it's not even a real issue...either one is acceptable to me...).
Yo, NK cells! Get away from my embryo!!!
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