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So today was beta test #2, a pivotal moment to see if the pregnancy is sustaining! I headed back to the lab in Oregon City, kind of expecting the day after Thanksgiving to be a quieter day and the whole process to be pretty quick. It wasn’t.
It started off a bit rough because my lab order didn’t have the necessary diagnosis code on it. After about 20 minutes of the wonderfully helpful admissions lady doing what she could, I was sent back to the lab area to wait for my draw. I had to wait a little while due to so many other patients being there today. Finally I was called back, had my blood drawn, and went about my way.
One thing I hadn’t mentioned about Wednesday’s lab. Upon arrival at my usual lab, I found a sign stating they were closed for the rest of the week for Thanksgiving, and I’d have to use the skywalk to use the lab in the connecting hospital. I don’t particularly care for not knowing where I’m going, or wandering around hospitals, but I figured it out on Wednesday so I was more confident going into today. I still parked in my normal spot and walked through the skywalk, because I thought that would be easier than trying to find another parking lot, another entrance, and then finding the lab inside again. This place is a real maze 😂
So this whole backstory was important because it leads into what happened next. I finished my labs, and walked back to the other building, and got onto the elevator. An elderly woman followed me on, and as the doors were shutting she asked if I happened to know if there was another lab open. I sure did! I quick hit the “open doors” button, and proceeded to walk her back to the lab. She was so appreciative of me walking her down there, but honestly with that maze, I would have felt bad just pointing her in the right direction. It made me feel better to take 5 minutes and make sure she got where she needed to be.
I got home and everyone was ready for me; we immediately hit the road to go and cut down our own Christmas tree for the first time. It was really fun! We found the perfect tree and had some hot cocoa and cookies too.
And upon arriving home, I received the email about my beta. Now if you recall, my beta on Wednesday was 162, and we were looking for that to about double by today, making 324 for the magic number. The results were in...
Woo hoo!! This was more good news!! Everything is heading in the right direction. I have to do another beta on Monday (and I think that’s it... but to be honest that was news to me today because it wasn’t on my treatment calendar or any emails, so I didn’t realize I needed to go three times!) so I’m hoping that Monday will be the last one. It’s nice to get the reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing as we’d like to see, but it’s also not super convenient to go and get blood drawn out of town multiple times. It will be nice to be done with this part!
I also spoke with the pharmacy today, and they'll be sending my next shipment of meds on Monday. The transfer may be over, but I'm far from being done with all of these medications. I'll update on my third beta and new meds then!
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving, and enjoy the rest of the long weekend!