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36, married to my favorite person in the world, DW! One darling surfer-girl (11) and one darling, sweet boy born 3/16/13.
5/2013 Started TTC #3, DW's turn: 5/2013: Diagnostics (shg) and surgery (polyp rem.) for best chances. July-Oct: IUI # 1-4, medicated, monitored, triggered. All BFN. IVF in Jan May. Sheesh. Whoop! IVF#1 cycle started 4/2/14. 5/1: 19 eggs retrieved, 8 matured, ICSI'd. 4 fertilized. Only 2 to transfer/freeze stage. 5/6: Two embryos transferred. 5/15: Beta #1 9dp5dt is 134! BFP! 5/19: Beta #2 13dp5dt is 672! B'erFP! 5/21: Beta #3 15dp5dt is 1853. Yay!
"Things separate from their stories have no meaning. They are only shapes. Of a certain size and color. A certain weight. When their meaning has become lost to us they no longer have even a name. The story on the other hand can never be lost from its place in the world for it is that place.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing
I just did my 3 hr yesterday. I thought it was gonna be awful, but turns out it wasn't at all. The worst part was the waiting in between blood draws. I got there at 9am, after fasting since midnight. They took a pre sample and then I drank the nasty lemon lime flavored juice. Other than being very hungry, I never got a sick feeling or a headache. Over the next 3 hours they took 3 samples.
I should have my results tomorrow or Friday.
I ate good/normal the day and half before the 3 hr test. I had cheese and crackers at 9pm and then went to bed. I had clinical the next day and didn't get to the lab until 1:00pm so I essentially fasted 16 hours. Personally, I wouldn't trust a 8 hour fast since I did that for my 1 hour and failed (149). That being said I think having a snack before bedtime (like around 9pm) and then going for the 3 hour first thing in the morning is perfectly fine, I just couldn't do that based on my schedule.
I felt extremely sick the 45-60 mins into the test, however, I passed with flying colors. Not one reading was elevated and in fact, I was about 20-30 points below each cut off.
Edit: Fasting is no food OR drink, of any kind. I was told I could take sips of water during the 3 hour if I HAD to, but they strongly discourage it. The lab should also have a place for you to lay down if you feel sick (I wish I took them up on this, I would have just napped the entire time). The blood draws didn't bother me one bit (but they never do, I'm so used to it).