Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yes...Another Obnoxious POAS Picture...



Day Four – It is Tuesday morning, and I still have a positive.  I’m almost done with this part of “The Experiment.”  I will POAS again tomorrow and then I will have my first beta test on Thursday morning.  I freaked out and contacted the nurse yesterday, to see if I should come in for the blood test a couple of days early.  I was most disappointed when her answer was, “No.  You’ve got to wait it out so we can compare your levels to everyone (insert “all of the sane people who can wait the full two weeks”) else’s levels.” 

I think that there needs to be an end point to my POAS.  I’m not doing it for fun anymore.  I’m not enjoying every time it comes up positive.  I’m doing it with shaking hands and a tight chest, irritated to be peeing on my hands at 3:00 a.m. and terrified that the line is going to disappear on me.  That was never what POAS was supposed to be about, and I refuse to let my pregnancy be dictated by fear.  I am determined not to lose out on this experience just because infertility has stolen my naivety and has made me aware of all that could go wrong.  I want my blissful ignorance back and if I can’t have it…I’m going to fake it.  I will still probably buy an “emergency” Clearblue Easy Digital kit…a “break open in case of emergency” kind of thing…for the mornings I wake up in a panic and only the comfort of seeing the words “Pregnant” will squelch the fear and let me fall back asleep.  But no more staring at and analyzing pink lines at 3:00 a.m. each morning.  After tomorrow, that part of this experiment… of this journey… is done.


In other news, I have the most amazing fertility friends EVER!  (I have the most amazing blog buddies, too…but that’s another whole post).  Since Mother’s Day, support has been pouring in from my “real life” fertility friends who read my blog.  Some of them are still in the midst of their struggles, some are pregnant, and some have “graduated” to motherhood.  All of them have been amazing.  No one has told me that they are happy for me but sad for themselves, even though I know that is how some must feel.  No one has yet asked that I give them some distance, even though I’ve been expecting for that request to come.  My biggest fear about getting pregnant, even bigger than losing the pregnancy, has been losing all of my friends.  I’ve been so blessed to have friends who are stronger than I am…friends who are putting a positive spin on my pregnancy, even though I haven’t always been able to do the same in the face of my friends’ announcements in the past.  I know that feelings will ebb and flow, and I will ride out every wave of emotions with each of my friends…giving space when needed and being there through the rest of their journeys whenever I am allowed.  But I just had to share that I am so happy that I haven’t been faced with the loss of friendships yet…and that I recognize and am grateful for my friends’ strength and support.

On a less fun note, a couple of weeks ago, before I was sure of the timing of this cycle, I had set up a dinner/support group for tonight with my other fertility friends.  The support group that is usually held on the second Tuesday of each month is being dedicated to making vision boards this month…and some of us already have a whole gallery of them.  So, we planned our own get-together…a non-vision board carb-fest if you will.  The timing ended up being terrible.  I have fretted the last two days over whether I should contact the people who are coming, to tell them about my positive HPT’s, even though I think it is too early to be “spreading the news.”  I don’t want them to find out through the grapevine later on, or worse…at dinner tonight… and feel like they were deceived.  On the other hand, most of my friends who are going tonight already know because they read my blog, and I’m glad they found out through the blog…because I’m really not ready to write “the email.”  So, for now, for better or worse, I am in a situation where most of the people at dinner tonight are going to know that I am a little bit pregnant, they know that not everyone at the dinner knows, and they know that it will be best if the status of my cycle does not become a topic of conversation at dinner.  I can honestly say, if asked, that I am waiting for my beta on Thursday.  It’s not a lie…just an omission…and an omission that I think a lot of people would make if they didn’t even have their first beta under their belt, yet.  But I am scared…scared that I’m going about this the wrong way and that the couple of people who do not know will feel hurt later on, if they find out that I knew but didn’t’ say anything to them.  What do you feel is the best way to handle this…keeping in mind that I am only about twelve hours out from the dinner, so I don’t have time to implement any change of plans that is too elaborate?  Thank you as always for your input.

6 comments:

Dawn said...

I say go as planned and after the beta on Thursday you can write the preliminary email that you had your first beta and are waiting for the results from the others or something along those lines. I've never had to write this email so I'm not very much help.

S said...

If your "fertility friends" (love it) know that you have been cycling, then they likely know that there was at least a chance that you would be pregnant at this get-together. That's one of the perils of infertility support groups, IMO; inevitably someone in the group gets pregnant and leaves the others behind.

I obviously can't speak for your friends, but I find that my IF friends are just about the only people whose pregnancy announcement give me untainted happiness for them. With anyone else, there is always at least a little hint of "why not me?"

BTW, I congratulate you for not wanting your pregnancy to be dictated by fear. It seems that many who have struggled with IF have a hard time making that a reality. I hope you are able to. You deserve to enjoy this; you've worked hard and waited a long time for it!

Lindsey said...

Excuse me for being positive polly here but you're not "a little bit pregnant" your lines look GREAT and are getting darker just like they're supposed to! Time to start thinking the truth which is, you are pregnant, more than just a little bit! Also I love seeing your peesticks they'll never be annoying to me because your story gives me hope.

hopeful said...

Since I am one of the "friends" going I can tell you that you have nothing to worry about. You have gone through hell to get this point and have every right to enjoy this time. You have been doing this longer than any of us, and I can say from my perspective, that your accomplishment revitalizes my personal hope. You are truly an amazing person and you need to enjoy every second of this time as you have earned it. But don't worry, my lips are sealed :o)

Christina said...

Your lines are looking great! I love the "break open in case of emergency" digital. I had that one today to tide me over until next week. I literally broke mine open though to see the line darkness (don't want to torment myself with more tests).

As for your Fertility Friends, I would just say you are waiting to see what your beta says. It's the truth. If the ones that read ask anything about the tests you've taken, just reiterate that you are waiting for your beta. You will probably just have to go with what you feel is right and best for you when/if that comes up.

China Doll said...

OMG!! (Did I really just type that?!)I've been away for a few days and look what I missed! I'm so happy for you.. that test which said 'pregnant' is so beautiful :) Sorry that 'The Situation' announcement didn't go exactly as planned, but I'm sure the Prince is in shock, as you said. Can't wait to hear your beta number tomorrow :)