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Friday, August 31, 2007

3 bars!

I woke up this morning and peed on the stick and the machine said I was at 3 bars - woo hoo, ovulating!!! I felt really bloated as we got to the doctor at 8:45am for Hub's washing to occur. At 10:45am I felt even more bloated and my ovaries were hurting. Time for the IUI. I was lucky to get the most gentle doctor there, he explained everything and showed me the catheter and how it worked and where he was putting it, and was really gentle about putting the scapula in and taking it out. I had to lie there for 10 minutes to give things time to gel, and I started to feel crampy (they said that was normal). Finally the 10 minutes was up and we drove home, I felt even worse by the time we got home and went straight to bed to lie down. I lied down for about an hour and a half but had to get up because it feels like I have indigestion and its so uncomfortable to lie down - I don't know if this is part of the ovulation or IUI or if breakfast just isn't sitting right, or what. I'm so thankful I get to just take it easy today.

The doctor said the next step would be to call in 15 days if I hadn't started my new cycle by then. It all seems rather anti-climatic to have all these appointments almost everyday and then be told to just wait around for 2 weeks, don't make another appointment. I want to know that I am pregnant right now! I don't want to wait! Below is a count down timer to help me out:









Thursday, August 30, 2007

Evie?

This morning at 8:45am Hub's donation was washed and by 10:45am I was having the IUI. I go tomorrow for another round. I don't feel any different, but I am having some bloody discharge. I think that's normal due to being stuck with the needles and whatever else they did while they were in there poking around.

My fertility monitor said I was only at 2 bars this morning, so maybe tomorrow we will be at 3 bars and I will feel more confident in having the IUI.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Only 10?

Today is cycle day 10, they took more blood and did another intra-vaginal ultrasound. The egg that was at 15mm is now at 18mm and there is one on the other side that is 21.5mm! I have never had an egg at 21.5mm ever!!! The doctor said there was another egg that was about 18mm as well. He said its only a 5% chance that all 3 would become fertilized tho (thank goodness!) he said I could stop the injections and he gave me a shot of HCG (which helps promote ovulation) - (My ovulation machine was at 2 bars today, it will prolly be at 3 bars tomorrow with the HCG shot). So Hub and I have appointments Thurs and Fri for IUI!!! I am SO excited!!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Just hook it to my vein!

Yesterday they took blood to check my estrogen levels. They called later that day and said things are moving right along and they wanted to take more blood today. So I went in today and they did an intra-vaginal ultrasound too. My eggs are around 15mm (they need to be between 18-22mm before insemination) to me the ultrasound looked like about 6 of my eggs are developing this cycle, hopefully just one or two will be at the right size when they inseminate (I'm not quite sure what I would do with 6 babies!) Once my eggs are the right size, we have opted for IUI (Intra-Uterine Insemination) as opposed to IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) because it is much cheaper and a lot less invasive for me. I have another appointment on Wed and depending on the size of my eggs I might get the HCG shot and be inseminated before this coming Monday! I am really excited, say a prayer for us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Baselines

Yesterday, I gave blood - they wanted a baseline and to check for any disorders.

Then today I went in for my baseline vaginal ultrasound which looked good and then had a consultation to explain my calendar of events and to make several appointments for the following week for both me and Hub (he got a list of instructions too!).

Tonight, I gave myself my first shot of Follistim. I was having some anxiety about the needle and having to inject myself since I have never done anything like this before. Its' rather intimidating because the prescription is faxed so you don't really know what you are getting, then you open an ice-chested sized box with alcohol swabs, gauze, bandages, tubes of medication, needles, injection pen, bio-hazard disposal unit, ice packs, and etc. But I did surprisingly well, the needle went in without much pain, the pushing of the medicine was difficult but now that I know how it works I will do better next time, then i waited 5 seconds and pulled out the needle. There was a little blood, but that's what the gauze is for. There was a little stinging, but it subsided and I have a lot less anxiety for tomorrow's shot!

Along with the shot I am to take one baby asprin (to increase my blood flow) and of course my prenatal vitamins which I have been taking for almost 5 years now.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Cycle day 50 on clomid?

I picked up the Provera prescription and have been taking it everyday. It's a 7 day prescription and the pharmacist said it would only take a few days to work, but my Reproductive Endocrinologist said it would take all 7 days (they were both wrong, it took 5 days). Provera is horrid, it gives me the creepiest nightmares I think I have ever had, the mood swings aren't as bad as the clomid and estrogen, but I have been incredibly thirsty and just plain old starving all the time (not to mention my face is breaking out). So I got my cycle started, tomorrow will officially be cycle day 1, and will begin the injections Tuesday if all goes as planned! Keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Let's get it started!

Today is cycle day 46. I emailed my doctor and asked her if I could start taking Provera to get my new cycle started so I can get the injections going and get pregnant already! She gave me the green light and I will be able to pick up the prescription today or tomorrow. I asked if I was being too impatient and she said I wasn’t. It’s hard to be patient after 4 and a half years!