Cristine and I have 2 boxes of Menopur left from our IVF cycle. They’re just sitting in our fridge taking up room. Our IVF clinic was kind enough to give us a few boxes of medication during our cycle to help with the cost of everything so we thought we would pay it forward. I know some of you might be in need of this pricey medication so if you’re truly in need of it shoot me an e-mail telling me a bit about your story and we’ll set up the delivery! Just to be clear, we’re giving these boxes away free of charge. To be fair, they will go to the first person to email me. Here’s my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristine is currently in the OR getting our little follicles extracted. Poor thing was really scared/nervous. When they took her vitals the RN said “you’re really excited to be here! Your pulse is at 123!” haha. My poor wife. I’m sitting in the waiting room where I’ll be for the next hour or so until they call me back in to sit with her during the recovery period. Just hoping it all goes well.
For the rest of the day she’ll pretty much be on bed rest and I’ll be home catering to her 🙂 We will receive a call tomorrow updating us on the number of eggs that were successfully fertilized. Then the big day will either be saturday the 2nd or Monday the 4th. Eeeek! Just days away! I can’t believe this is all finally happening!
On a side note: I would just like to say how extremely proud I am of Cristine. She’s had to endure so much through this whole process and she’s taken everything on like a champ.
Everyone wish her luck! She loves seeing your comments on here.
Went in today for more bloodwork and ultrasound. My Dr. said that I’m responding perfectly and it’s exactly the results she likes to see in her patients. Yay me!! But my follicles are growing pretty fast so my retrieval has been moved up by a couple of days. Eeeek! I go back in on Sunday for one last check and she said most likely I will do the trigger on Monday which means the retrieval will be on Wednesday, May 30. Its only a two days difference but it made me nervous. Two days is a long time in the TTC world so I’m really excited that our time in IVF hell has been cut down by a couple of days.
It’s all happening so fast all of a sudden!!
It seems like I still have the same amount of follicles so that bummed me out for a minute but the Dr was happy with the amount. Just have to remember it’s quality over quantity. Plus, it’s a good number. Doc said she’s expecting to harvest 12-15 little eggies. I’ve heard about women having up to 20 retrieved and I guess that’s what I had my hopes set on but I’ll be happy with 12. Just as long as they get fertilized and stick who the hell cares how many were taken out?
In other news, T.G.I.F!!!!! It’s been a long week and I’ve been looking forward to the weekend since Monday. Mainly because my birthday is tomorrow! 🙂 Not looking forward to being 2-8 but I’m excited to spend the day with my wife and family. Not doing anything fancy though. Going to my little cousins bday party during the day and then we are leaving with my parents, sisters, brother, nephew, sis-in-law and my granny to the movies and dinner. After, coming back to my house for cake. I’m also really, super excited by the fact that I get to sleep in tomorrow. You know your getting old when you look forward to sleeping in on your birthday. Oh well, it’s the little things that make me happy. 🙂
So I started a new book yesterday called, “Two Kisses for Maddy” and it probably wasn’t the smartest book choice for my situation right now. Other then scare the shit out of me, it has made me a weeping mess! It’s a memoir written by a man who is raising his premature daughter after his wife dies 27 hours, after giving birth, of a pulmonary embolism. She never even got to hold her baby girl. It’s a sad story but you just root for this poor man who must pick up the pieces after experiencing the greatest joy of having his daughter enter the world to just hours later losing the love of his life. It’s a good read if you can get past all the sadness and not be like me and suddenly have a fear of blood clots and never getting to hold my un-conceived baby. I know dramatic but I can’t help it.
Well today was finally my ultrasound to see how my body is responding to all the medication and I’m quite pleased with the results so far.
5 follicles on my right side and 7-8 on the left! Woohoo!! I’m hoping a few more will grow within the next couple of days.
Still doing good with the side effects. Just the damn headaches that last all day long. It’s really annoying. Oh, and I do feel a little bloated. Nothing too noticeable yet.
Tomorrow I add another shot to the mix. Ganirelix, it’s supposed to prevent premature ovualtion. Looks like everything is going as planned and I couldn’t be happier. Almost there.
In my last post, I wrote about giving myself my first injection and hoping it would be my last time doing it. Nope! Claudia has been picking up overtime which means I had to poke myself last night, again tonight and tomorrow night as well. Last night went a little smoother but only after I had to give myself a serious pep talk because I was just standing there staring at this needle like it was going to kill me. Hope tonight is a little easier.
Friday is my next scan so fingers crossed for more, beautiful little follicles!!
Haven’t had much to write about since the 30 day challenge ended and it’s just been a waiting game to start my IVF protocol but today I went in for blood work and ultrasound. All good. No cysts!
My progesterone is 0.5 and estradiol is <50. I googled it and the numbers are in the normal range for where I'm at in my cycle according to Dr. Google.
In good news, I took my last birth control pill last night. Thank goodness. It was causing headaches throughout the day. So happy to be off of them.
Today I started an antibiotic pill called Doxycycline. I have to take it twice a day, morning and night. Guess what this pill brings with it?… Headaches! It can also cause nausea, upset stomach and yeast infections. Good times!
Other than that, not much to report. I start stims on Saturday and have another ultrasound appointment on the 23rd.
Yesterday, was our IVF injection class. Pretty much what it sounds like. The nurse/case manager went over all the different medications and how to inject them. We filled out all the paperwork needed for the retrieval, transfer and storage.
And we handed over all our money.
Our balance had to be zero by the end of the day or our cycle would have been canceled.
We also picked up all of our meds. More money handed over.
During our initial consultation with my doctor we explained that we only could afford one cycle of IVF. Which then lead to tears from me. She said she wanted to help us and that she would try to get us some free medications and true to her word, she did! We also picked that up yesterday. We didn’t know how much to expect, we were just really grateful to have some help, so we were really surprised when we saw four boxes of Bravelle, one box of Menopur and two boxes Ganirelix. Saved us a few hundred dollars. Add that to all the stuff we paid for and it looks like we have a pharmacy in our kitchen.
Last night, we also ordered the sperm and it will arrive at the Dr’s office on Friday. More money!
It was a real fun day for our debit card. Never had so much action in its life.
Other than that not much to report. Just waiting to start the stims which won’t be until Saturday, the 19th. Just have to keep taking my birth control and folic acid then on Monday I add baby aspirin to the mix. Next Thursday I have my first round of blood work and an ultrasound. So more waiting. I hate waiting. We are so close but everything still seems far away. *sigh*
On another note, I want to send a huge congratulations to Roxxroxx and Alleycat. Both have found out they are pregnant and I couldn’t be happier for the two of them. They are two of the first women that I connected with when I started this blog and always offered words of encouragement and support so again CONGRATS!
This is the minimum of medication I will need for the cycle so hopefully we won’t have to order more. We are two broke girls!
May 2010, I had my first IUI. We went in with high expectations and hopes. Never would I have imagined the long, bumpy, curvy road that followed. I wish I could go back to that state of mind at that time. Everything was exciting. We cheered when the smiley face popped up to indicate ovulation. We went to the doctors office nervous. Our two week waits flew by because we didnt feel our chances slipping through our hands just yet. Things were simpler. Carefree almost.
May 7, 2011. Exactly a year ago today Claud and I had our house warming party. A couple of days before, I took a pregnancy test and it was negative of course. So I got shit faced drunk. At the party was one of our best friends from high school. She pulled me aside and told me she was pregnant. I appreciated the way she told me. One on one, to my face. She knew we had been trying for a baby so she was scared to tell us but I was genuinely happy for her. We hugged, cried and laughed. We talked about how awesome it would be to be pregnant at the same time and how our babies could grow up together. I really believed it would happen. I honestly felt like I was going to have a baby in my belly within the next month. Guess it was the liquor that gave me such confidence in my crappy, never fails to disappoint body. Well, here we are a year later and my friend has a 7 month old daughter and I still have nothing.
May 2012. Trying to stay positive but honestly I’m scared out of my damn mind. Ready to embark on my most hormone crazed adventure yet. The line from the Hunger Games keeps repeating in my head, “May the odds ever be in your favor!” Yes, please be in my favor!!
And now onto the last 30 day challenge question. I can’t believe it’s been a month since I started it. I did it to help keep me distracted and it has actually helped. It was also a countdown sort of thing for my IVF cycle and it counted down perfectly. Tomorrow is our IVF injection class then all the ultrasounds and drugs start. Happy Hunger Games to me!
After a month of infertility talk, we need a distraction. Give us a link to one of your favorite non-infertility sites, or tell us your favorite distraction activity/book/feel good movie.
My favorite site is Google. 🙂 I come up with the weirdest questions and things to search all day. But usually it’s baby related so I don’t know if that counts. I’ve also gotten into Pinterest and Etsy lately. I like seeing people’s creativity. And of course wordpress! I love reading blogs.
Have you ever done something “non-traditional” to help you conceive?
I guess everything about our TTC journey is “non-traditional.” However, there are a lot of things that I didn’t think we would be doing.
For one, home inseminations. I was against them from the start. I know a lot of lesbian couples prefer this route instead of the medical one but I just wasn’t comfortable with it. Then, we got to IUI number 7 and we just couldn’t afford to go any further at that moment so Claudia started looking into known donor, fresh sperm options. I didn’t want to take any time off so I gave in.
Obviously, after months of trying with the fresh sperm that didn’t work for us either so back to the doctors office we went. Which led us to fertility treatments/drugs. Again, something I never thought I would be doing. So non-traditional for me.
After a few cycles of that, we decided it was all or nothing. So here we are at IVF. Totally not something I ever expected to be doing in order to get pregnant.
Traditional, non-traditional. Anonymous, known. Home inseminations, IVF. Whatever!! We’ve done it all. Just give us a baby already!!!
What was your first baby or pregnancy-related purchase you ever made? Was it before or after you started trying to conceive? Or was it after you were already pregnant? Why did you choose that particular item to buy first? If you haven’t purchased anything yet, why not?
I hate to admit it but we have actually bought a few items over the years. No self control.
The very first thing we bought though was before we were even trying to have a baby. We are fans of the San Francisco Giants and were looking at a stand in the mall of a bunch of baseball memorabilia. They had a picture frame that was meant for a sonogram picture and it said “Future Giants Fan.” We had to get it! All these years later, we have misplaced that cute frame. Have no idea where it went. I have even searched the Internet hoping to find another one, no luck. 😦