10.23.2006

Fucking shitty fucking weekend

Yeah, it wasn't a good one. I've had better. The confluence of too many BAD situations and stresses into one gigantic suck-fest of a weekend. Yay me. Yay us. Yay life.

I ran into the most condescending phlebotomist on the planet Friday night. First, she dug. Enough said, right? Second, while I'm sitting there, trying to keep from retching from the effects of the digging and such (blood draws hit me hard even when they go well) I'm trying to tell her that I want to be able to call in and get the results.

She tells me no.

That's right. She said that it wasn't a yes or no test, and the number wouldn't mean anything to me, so why bother knowing it? All it would do was make me worry. And then she patted me on the head, offered me a cookie, and showed me the door. I was really discombobulated and woozie, or I would have put up more of a fight.

As it was, I worried all fucking weekend. I kept wanting to go up to people and say "I'M BARREN AND I MIGHT HAVE A BRAIN TUMOR!!" So, no, it wasn't a good weekend. I'm a brooder. I brood.

The fact is, if she had let me get my results, I might have felt better. Because this morning I felt stronger and a different woman was nicer, and I got Friday's results AND this morning's results.

Friday's progesterone results: 18.30
Today's progesterone results: 22.30

Those numbers seem good, right? Today is CD20, Friday was CD17, and the numbers are going up. They're higher than the reference range for a woman's luteal phase, but right on track for Midcycle. On clomid, in the middle of my cycle, the levels were 4. So, weird, but the high progesterone would seem to imply that I have ovulated this month (DAMN! I missed it!) unmedicated. Or maybe it means something else. But I feel a bit better from knowing the numbers.

Plus, according to Dr. Google, my prolactin levels (32.0) are too low to indicate a prolactinoma. So, that's good, too.

In more positive news, I managed to put Julia's hair into lots of tiny little pigtails and she looked way too cute. I'll try to post pictures later.

If any of you have any insight about the prolactin level or the progesterone levels, please feel free to speak up.

Hopefully I'll have something more chipper for you tomorrow.

Posted by Trista @ 10:20 AM

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WOW, what a shitty nurse you had on Friday. That is utter bullshit. I'm glad you were able to get the numbers today.

With progesterone levels that high you've definitely ovulated. I'm sorry, I don't know anything about the prolactin levels...

Posted by Blogger Shana @ 11:15 AM #
 

I don't have any insight to provide, but I'm keeping you in my thoughts.

Posted by Blogger Faith @ 12:05 PM #
 

I wish I had some knowledge about those numbers. Not having information is a huge suckfest.

& so sorry about the mean blood draw.
xo

Posted by Blogger Calliope @ 1:38 PM #
 

Quirk of the Google add reader....

Since you talked about throwing up, the add was "Is she bulimic? Learn now." ROFL...

Sorry about the blood draw drama. Medical people I think forget we have Dr. Google to check with. Although, I scared myself with Dr. Google, and Dr. Calm told me to call her rather than google, I had diagnosed myself with IUGR months before anyone mentioned it to me.

I'm pretty blunt with blood draws. I state if you are new or training, then get someone else. I have hard veins and after an experience with a new doc out of med school, I don't put up with that crap.

Don't you love it when people are more arrogant and "smarter than you" than their training really allows?

No ideas on the levels. Sorry. I could google it for you... sigh.

Reminds me of the pirate poem about "your a seven".

Love ya.

Posted by Blogger WendyLou @ 5:24 PM #
 

I'm sure you've Googled the hormone charts by now. The ones at http colon slash slash www dot pinelandpress dot com/faq/hormonelevels dot html were very interesting! I had no idea they had to draw for specific hormones on specific days to get useful results, or that the stress of a blood draw is enough to cause an elevated prolactin level. Does your doc know about your blood draw anxiety?

You've had a lot of stresses recently, Trista, not just fertility stresses. Could you take your donor to Hawaii with you? Perhaps a mai-tai and a couple of Fresh Donor Sessions on the lanai is all you need?

Hope your week improves, and that your doc has encouraging words soon.

Posted by Blogger zilla @ 6:45 AM #
 

DEF. Ovulation time. Way to go!

www.fertilityplus.org has a link to women's hormone levels - go check it out!

must.see.pictures.of.cute.baby.in.pigtails.

Posted by Blogger Shelli @ 6:41 PM #
 
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