Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The post I didn't want to write.

The post I didn't want to write.

The post I never thought I would have to write.

I don't know why I didn't think i would have to write it. I don't know why i thought that if i could just get pregnant, everything would be okay. I seriously didn't think miscarriage would touch me. I don't know why. I just didn't.

Isn't infertility enough?! Without adding miscarriage to the list?

So, yeah. On January 30th, we had our third IUI. Maybe the third times the charm, I thought! And it was! It worked! I was thrilled. Ecstatic. Absolutely overjoyed.

On February 15th, I took a pregnancy test. I never take them at home. After so long of only getting BFNs (big fat negative, in infertility-speak), i vowed never to take another one. I would just let my period tell me i wasn't pregnant. But i was supposed to start my period on Valentine's Day, and i didn't. And my cycle is like clockwork (thanks to Metformin. Before being diagnosed with Insulin Resistance & PCOS, it was all over the place). But i got a BFN again. I was sad. The next day, February 16th, I took another one. Another BFN. I was pretty upset. It hit me hard. Harder than other ones, because this would be our last fertility treatment for awhile. We were out of money to keep paying for them. We would have to wait & save enough money before we did another one. (Fun fact: Most insurance companies do not cover infertility treatments. At all. Mine is one of them.)

Monday, February 17th was the 35th day of my cycle. I went in for a blood test. Part of me thought it would be positive, since i am never late. But part of me thought it wouldn't be, because for the last three years, it's ALWAYS been no. I couldn't imagine that answer changing.

But it did. It was positive. I was pregnant.

We told our families that same day & it was so much fun! February 17th - February 27th. Ten days of complete total joy. Ten days of excitement, of happiness, of knowing you are FINALLY having that baby. I kept saying, "I can't believe it! I can't believe we are pregnant! We are going to have a baby before CHRISTMAS!!" (Which is a big deal, because every Christmas, I say, "maybe NEXT year we will have our baby!") My due date would be October 23rd. THIS YEAR. I would have a baby in 2014! I would have a baby before our next anniversary, before Thanksgiving, before Christmas! So. Much. Joy.

 
I quickly downloaded the pregnancy apps to my phone (yes, more than one) & started reading "My Pregnancy: Week by Week". I immediately told some of my closest friends who have been praying for me throughout my infertility journey. I started planning how we would announce it to the world. Everything was exciting. I returned two more times for a blood test. My HCG level kept going up, just as it should. To say we were thrilled is a complete understatement.

And that infertility walk I went to, where we did the balloon release? People wrote inspirational quotes or "in memory of" babies they lost, or "thankful for" babies they had after suffering with infertility. I could not BELIEVE what i was able to write on mine. Could not believe it.

The fact is, finally, after almost 3 years of trying to conceive, just weeks before my 36th birthday, I found out i was pregnant. I wasn't even scared/sad about turning 36 like I was when i turned 35, because what did it matter!? I was finally pregnant!!!

But on Thursday, February 27th, I went in for my first ultrasound. And everything was not okay. The day before I had another blood test, my HCG level was still rising. I had no fears or doubts. I KNEW everything was going to be fine & we would have our baby in October. But on Thursday, things became a little uncertain.

I was surprised they did an ultrasound at 6 weeks. I expected them to start those at 7 or 8 weeks. I hear most obgyns don't start them that early. I am thinking my fertility specialist does to make sure everything looks good. When i had that ultrasound, he couldn't find anything on it. No baby. Nothing. (He does the ultrasounds in his office.) He sent me to the main hospital to have another ultrasound done there. (I am not sure if this is because they have better equipment or because they have radiologists.) The tech looked for what seemed like forever. She was very sweet, but didn't tell me anything (i know this is the norm). I have NEVER felt the way i felt on Thursday. The worst feeling I have been through. I was trembling like i was cold, but i wasn't cold at all. Fear or shock? I don't know.

The radiologist came in & looked herself. She said they could see the sac & something very tiny in the uterus. Could be the baby, but it was really too early to tell. They also saw something on my ovary that could mean an ectopic pregnancy (for those who don't know, ectopic is when the embryo plants somewhere OTHER than the uterus where it should be. Usually it's in the tube, but it can also happen in the ovary. If left untreated too long, it can rupture & cause internal  bleeding. It is very serious.). She said both were too small to tell what they were, and i just needed to wait & come back in a week.

We went back to my doctor's office & sat in a consult room while he read the report from the radiologist. He came in & said that i was on "ectopic watch" over the weekend. That if i felt ANY pain or had any bleeding to call & have them paged immediately. This scared me half to death! I have never had surgery & to think i could have to have emergency surgery was terrifying! Miscarriage has crossed my mind in the past (i would often say i hoped i would never have to go through one), but i never dreamed i would be facing ectopic pregnancy!

They told me if i didn't feel any pain or anything to come back on Monday for another ultrasound. It could be ectopic or it could be that I implanted late & wasn't as far along as we thought.

I prayed & prayed the latter was true. After crying all day that day, i began to research a little bit, and saw that MANY women that go in for an ultrasound at 6 weeks didn't see the baby! MANY! And when they went back a few days or a week or two weeks later, everything was FINE! A doctor my sister works for and one of the radiologists where i work said the same thing. They both said that 6 weeks was too early to be talking ectopic, and that it wasn't at all unusual to see a sac & no baby at 6 weeks. I held on to this. I thought that my doctor was maybe jumping the gun a bit (even though i love him!). After all, they didn't actually see anything in my tube, and ectopics in the ovary are EXTREMELY rare! So that just couldn't be right.

I had my weekend mostly as planned, celebrating my birthday with friends & family. I truly believed all was well. I felt no pain & i was only 6 weeks! I prayed & truly believed that on Monday that baby would be on that ultrasound, alive & well.

But after going to bed Sunday night... in the early morning hours on Monday, i woke up with very bad cramping & bleeding. The cramping & some spotting actually started before bed but it wasn't too bad, and i have friends who actually did have cramping & bleeding while pregnant. But when i woke up in the night, the cramping was pretty severe. I had them page my doctor. Based on my description of the pain, he said it sounded more like a miscarriage than ectopic. He said to come in first thing in the morning (I already had an appointment but we moved it up to 7:30.)

So that's what we were doing yesterday morning. Having ultrasound #2. And i guess i still hoped that maybe everything would be okay. This time my doctor could see that something (the baby he assumed but still too small to know for sure) was in my uterus but I was still not as far along as they thought i should be. My doctor said i am showing the signs of miscarriage. He said we would take another blood test to confirm it.

And by the way, they still see something on that ovary, and they still think it could potentially be an embryo! It would be very rare to have one in BOTH my uterus and my ovary, but not impossible. So if i feel any pain on my left side, they want me to call immediately. But so far my only pain is from miscarrying (cramping). I go back tomorrow so they can check out whatever is on the ovary again, and do another blood test. 

After we left i was still fine. I honestly still had hope! But then the nurse called me with my HCG results. The numbers are dropping, indicating miscarriage. I began to cry right there on the phone. And the grieving hasn't stopped. Although today has been easier than yesterday.

I didn't think i would be able to share this so soon, but i am finding myself wanting to share it. Not for pity, but just to talk about it. Nobody talks about infertility & miscarriage. I mean, they do in blog world but rarely do you hear it outside of that. And i'm tired of being quiet about it. I have never posted any links from here about infertility to my Facebook page. Blogging about it is therapeutic for me, and most of the people who read my blog don't know me in real life. My attitude has always been that if someone who knows me in real life finds my blog & finds out about our battle with infertility, then so be it. But i've never purposefully shared links to here on Facebook. I just feel like i get more understanding people through my blog. Too many people say the first thing that comes to their head on Facebook. And many times it is the WRONG thing to say!

But i feel the urge to share what is going on with us today. (Brad is okay with me sharing all of this, by the way.) I guess i am ready to share my story. It will allow me to talk more about infertility, something that i am tired of being quiet about. Maybe i will help someone. Or maybe someone will help me. (Just please do me a favor & google "what not to say to someone dealing with infertility or miscarriage" before you comment, if you aren't sure! Because saying nothing is better than saying something hurtful. Think about the words you say before you say them. You would not BELIEVE the things that have been said to me about infertility, and i am bracing myself for the stupid miscarriage comments.)  (Hint: I don't believe miscarriage is God's plan. And yes, i'm glad to know i can get pregnant, but i wanted THIS ONE! I know you all mean well. Just think before you speak. That's all i ask.)

I will say that i have never felt as loved as i have felt these past two days. So many people that know about our situation have called or texted to check on me, two flower deliveries (Thanks, Amanda & Laura!), meal offerings, very understanding coworkers & boss, etc. It's been so crazy & so sweet of people to send me an encouraging word or just a 'how are you today?'. It truly means so much during this time.

I guess this is long enough. If you are still here, God bless you! Thank you for reading. I am sure there will be more later.

Until then,

35 comments:

Laura said...

I love you Mel!

Julia Spencer said...


sorry to hear you are going through this. :(

Kimberly Vensel said...

Lifting you up in prayer!

Aubrey said...

My sweet friend. My heart bleeds for you. As I've said there are just no words- please know I am thinking of you and I'm holding you so very close to my heart. XO

Rainey said...

I just want to hug you right now. I can't imagine what you both are going through, but just know that I am a text or email away if you ever want to talk or vent. I'm not going to give you silly cliches. This plain sucks. Period. You'll get through it, though. I'm praying for you.

Kate Undercoffer said...

The dancer currently chatting with me in my office as I type this was conceived after her parents miscarried. It will NOT make how you are feeling any easier, but I know sweet babies will come after miscarriage. I know it! xoxo

Betty B said...

Oh Melissa, my heart just breaks for you! You'll be in my prayers over the coming days.

Kaity said...

Oh, Melissa. I'm so, so sorry. I know how badly you've been wanting this and my heart is broken for you. I don't know what to say, but I hope you know you have someone who loves and will be praying for you deeply <3

Syndal said...

Aww i am so so sorry Mel. I'm thinking of you and your Baby V :(

Stacia Carpenter said...

You are braver than I could ever be...I am so very sorry for the loss of your baby.Love you and know your in my prayers.

3Lads&aLass said...

I am so, so sorry. I am so glad you had the courage to share. So few people talk about miscarriage and hide it away. I miscarried first one twin and then the other twin two weeks later five years ago. It was the darkest time in my life. I still think about those babies, all the time. So many people say things that they think will help like "it's for the best" or "it wasn't meant to be" and they're just trying to be helpful. The only thing that friends said that helped me at all was: "let yourself grieve because it is a monumental loss". So grieve in the way you need to: long or short, loud or quiet, in any way you need. <3

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misspearl38901 said...

Melissa, I have been following this from early on, and I have prayed hard that it would work out, so I am disappointed and saddened that it didn't this time. No, I don't pretend to have any magic words for you, nor does anybody else. All we can do is let you know that we want to be here for support for you and Brad. We are. Use it in whatever way you can and want to in order to begin to heal. I love you with all my heart.
Aunt Paula

Nina S said...

I'm so sorry Melissa. There just are no words that can make this better. Please know that you are not alone.

Laura said...

Praying for you. I had a miscarriage in late September/early October of last year after trying to get pregnant for only 3 months. It was honestly one of the most devastating things me and my husband have even gone through... however, you are extremely fertile after having a miscarriage so if you are emotionally ready I would suggest to start trying again with your husband as soon as you feel ready. I know it's hard to think about that now but I miscarried and stopped bleeding on 10/5 and got pregnant immediately on 10/18. I'm now 22 weeks pregnant and due in July.

Erika said...

Oh friend, I am so, so sorry. I am brokenhearted for you. I know how much you love that baby and I was so excited for you to meet him/her. :( This is awful and so unfair. I'm glad your people are taking good care of you. Know that you have much love and many prayers coming your way from Georgia. xoxo

Sarah said...

Prayers ascending for you and your husband as you grieve the loss of this baby!

Callie Nicole said...

Oh Melissa, I so,so sorry. Praying for you.

Jennifurla said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your baby. I'm glad you got those 10 days of joy with your baby, I pray that you will be blessed with a child in your future. Hugs.

Lisa said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about what you are going through. I cannot even imagine...

A girl that I went to collect with actually went through a heartbreaking loss as well, and like you, felt like there wasn't enough support organizations for people going through that kind of loss. She started an organization called Through The Heart, http://throughtheheart.org/, that might be able to provide you some support and connections, if you feel that you want to reach out to others!
And just know that we're all praying for you!

Jess said...

So terribly sorry that you are going through this...... Praying for you!!!

Amy said...

my sweet, sweet friend.
i am so sorry y'all are walking through this.
i honestly have no words to say to help take any of the pain away.
but i'm praying for you, both of you.
please let me know if you need anything. <3

mmcmyne said...

Melissa, it is a brave thing to speak up and tell your story and I admire you for it. There is no reason for your grief to be silent. Many, many women have had miscarriages--me too--but we don't talk about it enough. And it is so hard when you want a child as badly as you do. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

carebear said...

I am so so sorry to hear this :( My first pregnancy was a chemical and then the next month I had a blighted ovum. It took me a really long time to get over them. Cry as much as you want! Whenever you want! I had no one to talk to about it, so I am so glad you have this outlet!!! We are all thinking of you!

Shoshanah said...

I'm so, so sorry you're having to go through this as well as everything else. I just wish there was some magical, easy way to make everything fall into place for you.

Traci said...

I shed many tears when I had a miscarriage. It's tough but it gets better eventually. Thinking of you and so sorry you have to go through this.

Angela Noelle said...

Oh Mellissa. My heart stopped when I read about your miscarriage. You have been through so much, I absolutely hate that you're having to face all of these horrible obstacles. The one sliver of light in this is that now you KNOW you are able to conceive. I hope so hard for you that you get your take home baby so soon. My thoughts are with you more than you know. xoxo

Angela Noelle said...

^^Oops, sorry about the finger stutter when I spelled your name up there!

Jessica said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I can't imagine what you're going through. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers

Dana said...

May prayer comfort you during this season.

michelle said...

melissa!

i am so sorry to hear about your loss. there's nothing in the world like losing a baby, at any stage in pregnancy. i agree with anyone who'd said to let yourself grieve; it's important.

but. you now know you can conceive. this is amazing! and what everyone else here has said is so true-- you are very fertile after miscarrying. i'd told you a long time ago, i struggled with infertility for 8 years. we conceived, only to miscarry 6 1/2 weeks in. i was pregnant 2 months later, and now my little boy is 3 months old. i KNOW you and your husband will be pregnant again soon, and this one will stick! there's no way it will ever replace your first baby, or the feelings that you had when you found out. but it will still be a wonderful miracle. keep trying. i'm holding you in the light.

HickChickBritt said...

Sweet lady! I want to just squeeze you. At least now you know you can get pregnant. I know you needed a little help but it was possible. You will get there you will be the hot mama!

Megan Elizabeth said...

I came across your blog tonight and just wanted to thank you for sharing your heart. I cannot imagine the pain or heartbreak of infertility and/or a miscarriage. All I can really speak about it is that I am an RN and did a major research paper on PTSD Post-Miscarriage. Needless to say, it is truly a terribly devastating experience to have and I will be praying for you and for your family! God can do anything and He is the God of the Impossible and Maker of all Miracles! Thanks again for sharing -- I'm looking forward to continuing to read your blog!

Amie said...

I am so so very sorry for your loss. Not only is it tough to struggle for so long (with no insurance to cover it) and then to think it actually finally worked makes it so much harder when the baby doesn't make it. I have heard all of the lines you don't want to hear also but I do have to say hearing that so many women I knew went through it helped me cope to some degree. I felt like they also knew what I went through. I am praying for peace in your heart Melissa :)

Georgia said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I applaud you for writing about it both for your own recovery process, and also to get the word out about infertility struggles. It is just so common and you're right - people are so reluctant to even acknowledge it. Thank you and again, I'm so sorry.