Is today the day?! Is today the day that I’ll see those two (not one, but two) beautiful pink/black lines?! | | = BLISS
Yeah … I’m beginning to think I’ll never see those two lines again. Not as a result from dipping them in MY pee, anyway. And then every now and again, I’ll get a test that looks so faintly promising that it renews my dumb hope; just enough to prompt an insane frenzy of pissing on more of my money with no results.
And then, as the internal strip continued to finish processing, the line began to look more like this:
And before anyone even thinks the word “evap,” remember that an evap line only forms as the test dries after the maximum allotted time given by the manufacturer to read the test. (Google the word ‘evaporation’ and brush up on the definition if you’re confused.) Given that these were taken in less than 8 minutes (the instructions by the manufacturer state that “Test should be discarded after 10 minutes.” And if you passed the 1st grade, I assume you can grasp the concept that 7 is less than 10. If not, then you have bigger problems than whether or not you are indeed pregnant!!
And just to make sure that I wasn’t seeing things, I peed on the other First Signal that I picked up this morning.
It was fairly easy to see a definite line in the test (T) region on the test as the urine/dye mixture crossed the test strip, but it also dried to a shadow. Well, that clears it all up, huh??
Anyhoosits, considering that when I tweaked the pictures of the test there was a definite questionable line visible, I went home and immediately grabbed my trusty disposable cups to pee in so I could use one of my OSOMs. Surely if a test cheaper than a $1.00 could pick up the HcG surging through my veins, the expensive arsed hospital grade tests could too!!
But how could this be?? Chances are, the First Signals I took were indeed faulty tests. Which totally blows, but unfortunately it can and does happen. And please understand that faulty tests can happen with any brand, even the coveted FRER and Clearblue. Now, could it be that these cheapies are just more sensitive than the OSOMs? I suppose so; often HPTs truly are more sensitive than what they are advertised to be. Case in point: A few years back some lab rats with a federal grant were curious to see just how sensitive the different brands of HPTs are in comparison with one another. So they took a bunch of sterile water and poured it into several beakers, spiking the containers with varying amounts of pure HcG. They tested each brand of HPT to see which test would show a positive result with the lowest amount of HcG. (Basically, they wanted to see which test was the most sensitive.) *I’m fairly certain that the manufacturers of each individual test brand had all “officially” rated their respective tests to be sensitive at 25 mIU – it’s been a long time since I read the study, and with the Tiny Tyrant waking up in his room, I don’t really have the time to dig it up and reread it. I’ll attempt to recheck my facts later on this evening* Without question, the FRER out-performed every other test in the study; while being “officially” rated at the 25 mIU sensitivity, the FRER gave a BFP with an HcG level of only 6.5 mIU!! That’s considerably less than HALF the officially rated sensitivity!! Now, do I believe that every single FRER that rolls off the First Response assembly line is sensitive enough to pick up on an HcG level of 6.5 mIU? Absolutely not. But I do believe that they will pick up on a level of 25 mIU. That being said, I have had faulty tests before. Last month I had not one faulty test, but fourteen faulty tests! They were all the dreaded blue dye tests; I used a pack from Target (Up&Up), a pack from CVS (CVS Brand), and a pack from Walmart (Equate.) They were the | | tests, the ones advertised to be comparable to FRER. The lines were light, but showed up immediately. I about laid a golden egg when I saw the first two turn immediately positive. So I POAS with the FRER I had gotten at the same time and it was a BFN. Turns out that all of these tests, even from different stores, are made by the same company – they even have the same exact phone number to call if you have a problem. Google it and you’ll find that they all get terrible reviews!!
So along with two possible BFPs, and a slew of BFNs from my OSOMs – I’m beginning to lose hope this cycle. I know I’m only 9 DPO, but I was really wanting a BFP tonight to wrap up a crappy week with a much happier end. Found my OSOMs from yesterday, so I figured I’d show everyone what “non progress” I’ve had this cycle.