We now interrupt this blogging silence with a question . . .
I have been dutifully peeing on ovulation predictor sticks since Thursday. Well, maybe not quite as dutifully as I could be, because I have yet to pee on a stick at work. I had late mornings every day last week, so I just peed at 9:30 right before I left the house.
(An aside: When I was last at the RE's office, and twice since when I have phoned a nurse about other issues, I was told to CALL ON DAY 10 AND THEY WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO. It was all very mysterious. Obviously, it was some secret knowledge handed out on a need-to-know basis. NO WAY were they going to give me these intricate directions before day 10. On Thursday morning I made the call, pen and pad of paper in my lap, ready to record the all important day 10 directives. I told the receptionist my name and that I was calling for my day 10 instructions. 'Oh yeah,' says she, 'day 10. Just use an ovulation predictor kit every day between 10:00 and 11:00 and call us when it's positive.' Huge let-down. I received more explicit instructions from the nurse on my last visit, as well as written instructions, after which she said 'Be sure to call on day 10 and they will tell you what to do.' Anyway, I am hoping that the half an hour between 9:30 and 10:00 will not turn out to be hugely important.)
Back to the story . . . On Saturday morning my peestick was defective. I peed on it just like I always do (no variation in technique or timing, I promise) and absolutely nothing happened. White as snow, not even a hint of a reference line. I did not throw it away, of course, I lined it up on the window sill with all the others, in chronological order. Late that afternoon I peed on a second stick: it was not defective, nor was it positive. BUT when I set it on the window sill with its negative sisters (don't ask me why I am preserving them for posterity, and I know you aren't supposed to read them after 10 minutes, but still I find it useful to have them there) lo and behold the formerly defective, white as snow test from the morning is now POSITIVE. Two equally (very) dark lines.
What do you think? I know you shouldn't read them after 10 minutes, and especially not a defective one, but none of the other tests have developed evaporation lines. Not even the one that has been sitting around since Thursday. They have all darkened a little bit with time, but none of them approach the reference line.
Do you think the Saturday morning test could have reflected the tail end of a surge that began late in the morning on Friday (after I tested because I have been testing too early)? I had eggwhite cervical fluid yesterday, and thus far [n=2] I have had a temp spike 2-3 days after the appearance of eggwhite.
It isn't tragic if that should have been the positive opk, we did have sex. But I will have messed up the timing of the post-coital test. Which I wasn't excited about anyway, so maybe no big deal. Still, what is up with that defective peestick? Very annoying! Those things aren't cheap!