I miscarried between 5 and 6 weeks the middle of October. We had a few positive HcG tests going up, positive home tests, and then I started spotting. After two more blood tests it was confirmed my HcG was down.
My HcG went from 78 to 352 to confirm the pregnancy, but then that number dropped to 170 and then 18.6. The nurse practitioner at my doctor called me when it dropped the first time to confirm this was a miscarriage. She was very kind and asked that I have another blood test. Up to this point, calls were prompt from the office and very appropriate.
I did my last blood test on Saturday, Oct. 18. I never heard back from the doctor. During the first few days, I was having some cramping and pain on my right lower side. It had been confirmed earlier through a vaginal ultrasound that I ovulated on the right, and there was a slight chance of etopic pregnancy. A past conversation with the nurse practitioner told me that if the pain was incredibly bad I should go to the ER. (To which I reply...thank you for the common sense. If I can't breathe, yes, I will go to the ER.) I was a bit worried, and just wanted to know that my numbers were going down. Monday, Tuesday...no word from the doctor. I got in touch with the blood lab myself and found out my number was 18. Since it dropped so much and the pains have gone, I believe I am ok. I took a home pregnancy test and it was definitely negative.
I have read many of you discussing your follow up appointments after MC. I miscarried naturally and early, but my doctor never called to tell me the last blood result (18). They never asked me to come in for a follow up appointment or get any other blood test. They never referred me to a social worker or counselor, which I sought out on my own. I have had positive experiences with the doctors and nurse practitioner from this practice, but the office staff obviously isn't doing their jobs. Has anyone had an early loss and didn't have a follow up? Did the doctor see my numbers and feel it was ok, so just dropped it? The whole thing is just odd to me, and I would appreciate some unbiased insight. Maybe this is so common and standard to them that it just isn't a big deal, although it was truly a life altering experience for me.