Monday 5 May 2008

Unlucky for some

We are now very, very close to the end of this cycle.

So close I can smell the blood.

Number 13.

This is the last 'end of cycle' before we go back to the specialist in three weeks.

We have really done everything right this time, angles, gravity, trajectory, all faultless, and with Spencer back in the game we were very, very hopeful.

One thing came to our attention though, Ellie makes quite a relatively late appearance.

Her tardiness means that there seems to be around 9-11 days before the start of the next cycle as opposed to the ideal 12-16.

This (luteal phase) is considered, like myself, to be too bloody short.

If this is the case, we are not too worried, it's identifying another issue which can be solved with supplements and/or hormones to boost the levels of progesterone, vital to make the product of any conception 'stick'.

Dr Xbox4NappyRash has put ET on Vitamin B6 supplements until we can get the proper advice.

ET has had tests for progesterone performed and the results we'll discuss with the RS.

This brings up an eerie thought though.
If Spencer has at least some of the time been performing, but the luteal phase has been too short, it's possible that we may, at some stage, have conceived but it failed to stick.

There goes my fucking lunch.

While I'm desperately trying to think of this purely in terms of hormone levels, we can't help but think of the 'what ifs'.

Regardless, because it's the last chance before going back to the specialist, tomorrow morning we will take a pregnancy test. (When I say we, I mean ET obviously, it's not like I'm going to wazz on the feckin thing.)

This is probably the latest we can hold out before the start of the next cycle.
We haven't taken a pregnancy test since our first two naive months of trying, and don't plan to again, but it could be a vital piece of the jigsaw for the specialist.

The insane thing is that, given all the variables, the result, whatever it is, could mean many things:
Negative, could be too early to detect a high level of hCG due to the short post ovulation phase.
Negative, could be simply negative, denting my latest theory.
Positive, could be a conception doomed not to last due to the short luteal phase.
Positive, could be positive, and stick, and I could buy a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches.

Do we really even want to know tomorrow?
No, but it's for the best.

If I keep saying that to myself, I may even eventually believe it, but probably not.

If anyone needs me, I'll be in the fetal position.


People in the Sun said...

It has been a learning process, hasn't it? I just hope that in about a year you'll be looking at the dirty diaper and think, "Who's idea was that?"

Anonymous said...

Good luck tomorrow! Hoping for positive :-)

Dan said...

fingers crossed for the tweed jacket with leather elbow patches

Ashley said...

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I think you'll look just smashing in tweed and leather elbows... Crossing all available body parts for good news.

Jason Roth said...

You've become quite the expert in all things related to conception. I'm impressed by your knowledge of the process. For most it's stick it in and let loose. For others, like us, it's a little more complex.

Good luck with the stick.

The Miss of Abyss said...

Question for you:

Do you have to stand on a little stool to approach ET for the necessary moves for babymaking? I'm curious.

Joeprah said...

With a little luck you might not be the only one in a fetal position. ;)

Anonymous said...

good luck! I'm really hoping you'll be able to purchase the tweed jacket. Elbow pads are quite sassy.

BusyDad said...

The professor look would suit you well. I vote for that... if that sways fate any.

Jenny Grace said...

Good luck!

Putz said...

with such a cheering section, success is a hundred and 10 percent like john stockton of the old utah jazz

Anonymous said...

Well if THIS isn't a crazy-as-fook turn of events...??

God. I hope the first thing you do, after she pees, is blog.

Wait, is that wrong?

Anonymous said...

And cigars.. Cigars go very nicely with tweed..

God I hope that Et is pregnant.

xxxxxxx kim

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...

You lost me somewhere in the middle there.

I'll just wish you good luck w/ the ugly bumping.

NH Yocal said...

Fingers, arms, legs and toes crossed for you. Now, that I am in some serious pain but for you and ET, it is worth it.

MommyHeadache said...

a female friend of mine said that after trying for a while she eventually got pregnant after her husband smoked a particularly potent and huge spliff which increased the quantity of his 'splooge'. While I'm not sure this is a medically proved theory it's certainly worth a try. or two. just remember not to inhale ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, the luteal phase! Yes, grasshopper, you are learning well! Soon, I truly believe, this specialist will not only educate you but get you guys preggers! Keep us posted!!

Anonymous said...

Nice nuts!

Anonymous said...

I think this all sounds like good news, from the perspective that you two are learning and applying so much.

That small house in the middle of Michigan still has folks thinking about you guys often.

Looking forward to the results.

Anonymous said...

'So close I can smell the blood.'

Ack. I was eating you know!

Damn you are good. When we were trying to conceive Boo MPS had no idea about ANYTHING. He was all 'call me when you are naked'

Laski said...

Try not to think of the "WHAT IFs"--it just isn't worth it. Unnecessary stress . . .

Best of luck tomorrow! I'm rootin' for you!

Doodaddy said...

Ah, crap. For some reason I thought this was the one.

Here, I'll buy you a Guinness.

Swanny said...

I'm a first-time reader, but good luck anyway! But may I suggest a leather jacket with tweed elbow patches?

Anonymous said...

Keeping everything crossed over here and I mean EVERYTHING.

Anonymous said...

Presumable the tweed jacket with the elbow patches is for when you become a professor at your local uni teaching all about the luteal phase. Good luck champ.

Jenni said...

i'm going to check your blog 500x today to see what the result was. i hope it's what you want.

Anonymous said...

Gah, I don't even know what to cross my fingers for!

A positive that sticks would be LOVELY plskthx.

Captain Steve said...

And a pipe. I think Father on Father Knows Best always had a pipe. But don't smoke it, just clutch it between your teeth. It will come in useful when your kid hits the teenage years and you want to lock them in a dungeon until doomsday.

Good luck!

Karen MEG said...

Xbox, don't look back, just full steam ahead. What didn't happen doesn't matter; the tweed jackets that will happen are what counts.

Sending good vibes your way. It was exactly 4 years ago today that I had the pregnancy test that confirmed that someone wonderful had stuck.

Tara R. said...

Every bit of info, good or bad, brings you that much closer. Don't let the 'what ifs' make you looney. Fingers crossed for some encouraging news. I think you can pull off the tweed jacket look.

Our Crooked Tree said...

I was a late one too...and my tests came up negaive both times (too a week or so later to come up positive) I was pregnant..too early to detect I guess.

Good luck!

justmylife said...

Good Luck!

Erin said...

here's hoping for the positive tomorrow and if not for the rs to figure something out!

Martin said...

@People in the sun - learning process? a crash course more like!

@Jeremy - Me too. THanks.

@Dan - You can borrow if for the Dales walk

@Ashley - Thanks

@Judith Shakespeare - Thank you very much.

@Roth Family Adventures - STick it in and let loose eh?, must try that.

@Anja - On a stool? you mean like a turd? You are pure filth...

@Joeprah - Luck and fertility crew perhaps.

@Shamelessly Sassy - Indeed, & shamelessy so!

@BusyDad - back to the future type?

@Miss Grace - Thank you!

@Putz - I don't know him, but I hope he was good!

@Maggie, dammit - was this, at any point, not fookin crazy? not from where I'm sitting.

@Frogpondsrock - me too....

@A Whole lot of nothing - A true sign of a woman who got pregnant bending over to look into the fridge...

@Melinda Zook - no pain, no gain! thank you.

@EmmaK - As SO tempting as that is right now, you've probably sent a dozen fertility experts screaming...

@Nola - I'm glad the RS is a woman...

@Wpat - Gee thanks, nice arse you!

@Chuck - It is good news-ish. I think. Thanks CHuck.

@Kelley - trust YOU to pick up on that.

@Snowmanpoop - thanks very much.

@Laskigal - thank you, appreciated.

@DooDaddy - BUZZZZZZZZZ. Skimming posts...tut tut tut.

@SWanny - welcome! and thanks for the well wishes.

@Tiff - With all this crossing, someones gonna trip over.

@Bsouth - Beats working!

@Jenni - look one post up! theres your answer.

@Veronica - It would, wouldnt it. I think I'll have one of them then...

@Captain Steve - I would just like to apologise on behalf of captain steve to all Austrian readers...

@Karen MEG - happy anniversay! thanks.

@Tara R - That's why we are doing it, for the bit of info we MIGHT get.

@Our Crooked Tree - fingers crossed fro the same here. thanks.

@justmylife - thank you, appreciated.

@Erin - yes, indeed, something to be gained either way hopefully. thanks!

Miss Awesome said...

I'm going to sleep in the fetal position tonight in your honor. You are not alone friend. Good luck tomorrow.

Jared said...

Dr XBox...I like the sound of that! :D Good luck man!

Anonymous said...

Phew, I've not popped on for a few days and look what excitement I've missed.
Off to read tomorrows post now.