Adam and I found out we were pregnant for the second timeÃ‚Â the end ofÃ‚Â July 2005. This was great news! We were successfully able to conceive not too long after our first miscarriage in March. I was a little frightened every time IÃ‚Â used the restroom. Doctor wanted to do an early ultrasound and found nothing, but said it was so early not to be alarmed because my quants were good. As we moved into our sixth week I even began to believe that the first one was “just a fluke”–like so many are.
We were preparing toÃ‚Â board a plane to visit Amy and SteffanÃ‚Â (a last hoorah before another year of teaching commenced) when I got a phone call fromÃ‚Â my doctor’s nurse. She said the last blood draw didn’t look super good, but not to worry yet. They wanted us to do an out-of-townÃ‚Â draw. Blasted Infertility! We had a fabulous visit with our friends, but my internal thoughts were utterly consumed by my bathroom visits. Amy even asked, “are they really that concerned that it will happen again?” I couldn’t blame her for the question–especially then. She had a miscarriage and then successfully carried Mya to term. That was her experience. And, for most, that is their exact experience. It was not to be mine though.
Ironically, I started spotting and cramping the night before returning home. By the time Adam and I got to the airport, I knew something was terribly wrong. My insides were ripping apart. I remember laying on the floor at the airport unable to move because the pain was so horrific. (AdamÃ‚Â did getÃ‚Â us into better seats with lots of room because of it.)Ã‚Â This time didn’t quite feel like the first. Although I was further along by a week, it should not have hurtÃ‚Â so badly. The next morning I saw Doctor and he still couldn’t see anything on the ultrasound and my quant levels had dropped, hanging around 150. So off for another blood draw to confirm the possibility of an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy! I had all the tell-tale signs: spotting, but not bleeding,Ã‚Â persistently low quant levels, pain on one side, and no image on the ultrasound. And get this–I started back to work, Adam left for China, and my doctors both left for vacation all within a few days of this news. Yeah, this was a winner of a miscarriage! And it gets worse…
The “fill-in” doctor was dry, rude, and obnoxious to say the least. As I was taking in the news and the options, Doctor “fill-in” told me that I needed to take things more seriously. He said thatÃ‚Â I was going to DIE if I didn’t get my priorities straight.Ã‚Â Are you kidding me?Ã‚Â Was heÃ‚Â really saying this to me? I just found out that my second baby wasn’t dead–just stuck in my right fallopian tube–and if I didn’t decide to kill it, it would eventually kill me. WHAT?!?! Was this actually happening to me? After a day or so of mulling the options we decided on the least invasive procedure possible. I was barely in my seventh week and had the “luxury” of a little time meaning emergency surgery wasn’t needed just yet. I was a good candidate for Methotrexate. All I had to do was walk into the clinic, get stuck in the butt with a big fat chemo needle, and terminate the pregnancy!!! That’s all.
Luckily, the shot worked andÃ‚Â I did not have to have a tube tied or removed. I’ve alwaysÃ‚Â said the second miscarriage is the hardest. Like I’ve shared with a few friends, it broughtÃ‚Â me to “that moment” where I was confronted with the thought that the first miscarriage wasn’t a fluke, that it wasn’t part of the average 25% of known failed pregnancies. I wasÃ‚Â bombarded with the what ifs all at once. What if it happened again? What if I wouldÃ‚Â never be able to carry a fetus full term? What if I reallyÃ‚Â was broken?Ã‚Â