Monday, November 17, 2008

The Inaugural Memorial Monday

For those of you who missed this post explaining what will be happening here on Mondays, here is the brief rundown: Each week, I will feature someone who has experienced loss through infertility. This is a way to recognize loss in a more tangible way and provide support to those to need it most.

My one request: please comment in some way. The whole point is to provide recognition of loss, for the grieving to know that they are not alone. I allow anonymous comments, so you do not have to have a blog or be registered with blogger to comment.

Today's Memorial is in honor of Joy. For those of you that do not currently follow either of her blogs, Joy is one of those people who has the perfect name. She is always filled with happiness for others and joy in her own life. Always one of the first to comment or pass along a blog award, Joy is someone that I wish that I could meet in real life. Her original blog doesn't talk about her miscarriage, so I had no idea that Joy had lost a pregnancy in 2006. Not only has Joy already suffered a loss, but she is also currently pregnant with falling progesterone and HCG numbers.

Here is her story in her own words:

I got pregnant with my first daughter in the fall of 2004. Getting pregnant was not a problem (two months is all it took), staying pregnant was not a problem, and the pregnancy was pure perfection including labor and delivery. So I was thinking, "I like this baby-making business! It's easy!!!" Well... keep reading.

My second pregnancy came as a surprise but we were elated. Elaina was 9 months old and I made her a "BIG SISTER 2006" t-shirt to wear to her grandparents' house. We bought a mini-van, we went house shopping, then I miscarried. I was broken-hearted. I screamed, ranted, raved, shook my fist at God, blamed myself.

We started trying again immediately. We continued house shopping but without as much vigor. Then I found the perfect house (didn't even have a FOR SALE sign up but we called our realtor to look it up). I got my first cycle after the miscarriage (it took EIGHT weeks) while we were packing and moving. I conceived our second daughter our first morning in our new house.

Thinking that we were just baby-making machines we started trying again recently. I noticed things were different with my body. I went to see my doctor and they found cysts on my ovaries and crazy hormone levels. I got the diagnosis of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). We tried and tried and got negative after negative.

For 13 months I felt the devastation of not getting pregnant. Two rounds of Clomid before I said, "ENOUGH!" I finally decided to move on with my life. To continue to take medication and exercise and hopefully reverse this diagnosis. On Halloween of this year, just a couple of weeks ago, I got my positive.

But that pregnancy is being threatened. Possibly because of the Clomid I had only taken just the month before (it thins out the lining of the uterus). My progesterone started to drop. I began to bleed in the evening. The on-call doctor was so sweet and gave me a prescription as I hyperventilated over the phone. I TRIED TOO HARD to just give up.

Now that my progesterone shot up to 175 my HCG has dropped from almost 7000 to 3000 last we checked. I'm going in for a blood test today to see if the levels are rising or declining. Depending on those results we have a scheduled ultrasound for Wednesday afternoon.

I'm a Christian and I believe in my Miracle Maker (great song, by the way) and I know that he can make this little heart beat and cause those HCG levels to rise. If you are also a believer, please add me to your prayer list! I am very desperate for this little one to live, especially for the sake of their big sisters who will be crushed. If you're not a believer, send me some sticky dust and your good thoughts! I want to see and hear a heartbeat on Wednesday. I want good news!

To continue to follow Joy's story and to further offer support, you can find her at Sunny Side Up.

To be featured in upcoming Memorial Mondays, please contact me by clicking on my profile link and then by clicking on my e-mail link. You can either write your story yourself or provide me with the details and I will do it for you. You may include pictures, poetry, whatever feels right. This is your memorial for your loss.


Katie said...

Joy, my heart is with you. I know all too well the torment of waiting for beta results.

I am praying for a miracle this time around. Failing that, I hope you know that so many people are here for you.

With love,

Mr. Thompson and Me said...

Joy, I'll send you my prayers...sticky dust...and whatever else it takes. Good luck.

AwkwardMoments said...

Sending my prayers for Joy. What an experience

HereWeGoAJen said...

Joy, I will be thinking of you. I hope you get your miracle.

Joy said...

Thank you so much, Katie! I really appreciate all the prayers and I'm waiting in breathless anticipation for tomorrow evening to come (they wait until 4:30 or 5 pm before calling me with any results).

Had more spotting today but it was because I did too much. I can't wait to know the fate of this little life!

Anonymous said...


I am so sorry for your loss.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Joy, for sharing your story. I think this is a good idea. I have lost two babies and the hardest part is that no one will talk abot it with me.

Joy, I will pray for your baby and hope that it all turns out okay.

Amy said...

Joy, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Anyone who has suffered a loss can understand the turmoil that you have been through. Not to mention what you are in the midst of right now.

I read your story, and it reminds me of mine in some ways. I am so sorry that you even have to go through this.

Amy M.

Polka Dot said...

Sending thoughts and prayers that you will see a strong, solid heartbeat on Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

What a sad story. I hope it has a happy ending.

Mazzy said...

Praying for such a good end to this pregnancy. Joy is such a sweetheart and strong fighter... this is a great post, Katie. Thank you for doing this for those who suffer with loss.

Stacey said...

I'm new here, but thank you for this! It's so important to have a place to remember & talk about our little ones.

Praying for you and your precious baby today!

AllieQB said...

Joy, thank you for sharing your story. Thinking of you today and praying for your miracle.

I hope you find some peace today.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for what you have been through.

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for you.

Amy said...

Joy, sending you all the good thoughts I have.

Miracles do happen and they will happen to you.

Anonymous said...

Joy, I'm praying that you will hear that beautiful heart beat. Everything will work out.