Thursday, January 10, 2008


When I made my first appointment with the OB, the person in reception didn't suggest I come in to have my beta levels checked, even though the doctor had said that would be part of the plan when/if I found myself p-word again. Initially, I gave that no thought, as I had concluded a while back that I didn't want them done anyway, back at a time when I was sure that if something went wrong it would be exactly the same as last time, in which case bloodwork wouldn't have revealed anything. Now that I've had a couple of days to sit on it and ruminate, though, I'm wondering if I should have them done. As much as I had thought that a bad result would merely hasten my awareness of the inevitable, while a non-bad would provide no relief, I now think a non-bad result might provide some relief, even if just for a day. And I could use some temporary relief.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? And if the answer is that I should have them checked, how do I tell my drs office that I want it done without sounding demanding (or do I just suck it up and sound demanding)?


Just a girl in the south said...

If you think you'll feel even a little bit of relief if you get your betas done, then go ahead and call. Just tell them your doctor had mentioned that when you get pg again, he wanted to test your betas early, and you wanted to go ahead and come in. Good luck!!!

Jen said...

I always like to have all the information possible so that is my vote.

sushilover said...

Well you know my deal. I would definitely have them checked. Although I KNOW you'll be higher than 39. ;) Sorry I'm just bitter about my number. I would still check just to have some level of control. And I would definitely have them done through your obgyn...NOT your gp. Ha! I agree with just a girl just go ahead and tell them it was requested by the doctor.

Celebrate Woo-Woo said...

Yep, I would get them done, too. Non-bad numbers will provide a sigh of relief, even if only temporary, in my experience.

Also agree with the others on how to ask. Just call back and explain that because of your history, your doctor wanted to have your beta levels checked this time.