We haven't told anyone in real life this yet, but I am pregnant, 4 weeks, 2 days today, due December 7, 2009. I am only telling you guys now because this baby's life is possibly over already and we really covet your prayers right now.
Here's the story:
For the past few days I have had a sore throat. It wasn't too awful and I figured I would eventually just get over it. Last night, however, I was exhausted (normal for pregnancy) and after laying down for a while, I realized that I had the chills, and probably a fever. My temperature was 99.7 at that point. I took two tylenol immediately because I knew that the fever was just beginning and would be going up soon, and anything over 101 is not good for small fetuses. An hour later my temperature was up to 100.2. An hour after that, and right before I went to sleep, it was 99.7 again, so I felt that I could go to bed relaxed about the fever being controlled. I woke up at 3 am to take more tylenol and my temperature was 100.3 at that time. I took tylenol and went back to bed. When I woke up at 7, the fever was back down to 99.3, which was great. I felt like the danger had passed and I would be getting better today. I stayed home from work because I wanted to make sure I was completely better (and to not get others sick). I went back to sleep for a few hours and woke up to a 99.6 temperature at 10:30. I really had to go to the bathroom, so I went, and I quickly noticed brown blood in my panty liner. There was some when I urinated and a little more when I wiped. Not good.
I immediately called my nurse at the Ob/Gyn's office, and told her about the fever and the blood. She mentioned the word "ectopic," "no ultrasound yet, it's too early," and "quant hCGs." I was told to immediately go in and get my HCG levels measured at the lab, then come straight to the Ob/Gyn office to get my Rhogam shot. Poor left arm.
While at my Ob/Gyn appointment, the nurse practioner I saw attempted to give me hope, but also mentioned "ectopic," "the next time this happens," and "recurrent miscarriages." Not good.
Basically, if my hCG levels don't double by Friday, this is definitely a miscarriage (although I could see this playing out before then). Will you guys pray for us? I'm glad that this is happening earlier in the pregnancy than last time, but we were already counting on this Little One and had gotten our hopes up majorly (at least I had). Pray for our peace and that we would be able to continue to rely on God as our hope and our future.