So, today’s the day- drum roll, please. The initial pregnancy test day for our patients-it’s a day full of nervous anticipation for all the fertility nurses I know. Today, the patient I’m waiting to hear news about had her blood drawn at a satellite office, so the results won’t be back until lunch. It’s going to be a long, long morning. For both of us.
We’re hoping with you
Most days, I’m cautiously optimistic. And with good reason. I’m lucky and grateful to work at a fertility center with great pregnancy rates, so many of the phone calls I make are to relate the wonderful news my patients are hoping for- they’re pregnant. As even the best fertility center doesn’t have 100% pregnancy success rates though, the ‘bad’ calls still exist and they haunt me long after I hang up the phone.
What I’m looking for
Regardless of how many years I have worked as a fertility nurse, I am never calm while waiting for the pregnancy results. Until they come in, there is a “PND” (which stands for pending) in the results column, and I probably hit the refresh button 100 times during the day until the moment arrives where the words become numbers. I quickly scan the bHCG level (pregnancy level column). If I see two to three digits there, I release my breath, as this is probably the start of a good outcome & then I analyze the results more thoroughly.
Either way, you’ll hear from me
If the hCG column has only one digit in it, I’m concerned (and the release of breath more resembles the mumbling of a curse word). Then, I pick up the phone and as gently as I can, I deliver that news too.