Sometimes HOPE is the greatest gift you can receive.
"Hope -- Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead."
Barack Obama, speech, 2004 DNC Convention
Yesterday I saw BetterBabyDoc (hmmm that's not really any better than BabyDoc2 is it?) for the second time.
Our first appointment was last Tuesday and involved both Casey and I sitting down with him to discuss our medical history, the treatment we have received thus far, and where to go next. He didn't tell us anything we didn't already know, but he managed to give us hope. He made us question much of the bad news we received previously. He is reconsidering the diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve. He thinks that I might be able to get pregnant.
On Tuesday of this week, I had blood drawn. This BabyDoc is willing to consider that my last test results might be incorrect. This BabyDoc is concerned that my lab work is not matching what my body is doing. This BabyDoc is retesting my AMH level, retesting my FSH, retesting my estrodiol, completing an antral follicle count, and doing a Clomid Challenge.
He performed the antral follicle count yesterday and what great news!
On Day 3 you would expect a healthy woman to have 10+ follicles developing. A woman with an AMH of 0.36 (my previously tested AMH number) would be expected to have 0-2 follicles. The "magic" number you want to see is 4. I had 15 follicles! 9 follicles were hanging out in my right ovary and 6 were in my left! Woohoo!!!!
I want to shout it out loud!!! Way to go little follicles!!!
I start the Clomid Challenge on Friday and go back for more testing (and hopefully some results) on Wednesday.
For now, all is right in my world. I have hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.