IVF #6 – Stim Day 8 – The 411

 

Today, I am preparing to depart for Christmas in Washington !  It is my eight day of stims and nearing CD1 which is supposed to be Wednesday… It feels like it may come a day early 😦 . Everything is going well with the meds and today, I picked up my script for Synthroid 175mg that my doc called in and picked up the other 37 LDN pills from the compounding pharmacy that screwed with my order.

I ordered this book called The Insulin Resistance Diet – How to Turn Off Your Body’s Fat-Making Machine.  I can not wait to get to my hotel tomorrow morning and spend the day tearing into the info !  We are leaving early in the morning for Washington, as my mom has a dental appointment and right after, we are meeting our family friend, Patti, for lunch.

In baking news, the second batch of the Orange Cranberry Brioche came out amazing !  The recipe is a keeper !  🙂  Pics below of batch 2

Here is a picture of the first recipe I used that had 1/2 the amount of eggs, milk instead of water, and 3/4 the amount of butter…

Orange Cranberry Brioche - 1st recipe

Anyhoo…  I just packed the car with my luggage and gifts that I have to take with me and I am about to open my gift that just arrived from my godson and best friend and then I am going to watch Family Feud with my mom, as I do every afternoon.  I will do so with a big mug of tea with my Lavender organic honey from a CA honey farm that came for me today.  One of my IVF buddies on FB told me about the place and arranged for two gallons for me !  I am so excited 🙂

Good evening everyone !

IVF #6 – Stim Day 7 – The 411

I have made it through a whole week of stims.  So far, outside of a waves of a little queasiness, I have had little side effects form the meds.  I have noticed that the inflammation with my achiles tendonitis, is subsiding as well as the pain.  The LDN coupled with the Naproxen seem to be the magic pills so to speak.  I am still staying off my feet as much as possible.  I walk around the condo and also went out to dinner, but I am not walking or running 6-7 miles a day.

This morning, I created another recipe that I started on for the Orange Cranberry Brioche.  This dough is soooo pliable and silky.  If it tastes as good as this perfect textured dough looks, then I have created the perfect brioche on the second attempt !   The first was delicious, but I wanted more of a rise to the bread.  This second recipe did give me a nice rise.  I punched it down, kneaded it, and put it back in a proofing bowl and will refrigerate is overnight. I will take it out in the morning, knead it, roll it into a rectangle, add the cranberries in the center and then roll the dough into a log and cut them and put into the mini loaf pans to rise for three hours before baking.  This second dough has 2.5 sticks of butter in it and six eggs.  I can not wait until the loaves are baked so that I can see if I have a winner.

I am also going to make Bourbon Vanilla Sourdough Waffles tomorrow as well so that I can get rid of some of the sourdough starter I have been growing.

I am looking forward to my baseline on Wednesday morning so that I can start the estrogen injections !  I am ready to get this show moving and get these twins in the womb ! 🙂

IVF # 6 – Stim Day 6 – The 411

Today is my sixth day of stims and my second day on Metformin.  So far, all I have noticed is decreased hunger, more tummy noises, and a bit of queasiness in waves throughout the day.  It is nothing that profound, however, enough that I notice it and then it passes.

I have four more days then I go for my baseline and blood work !  I will be in Northern VA with my family so I will get everything done at the same place I was going to when I was visiting my mom.

Today, I spent most of the day being drug from store to store with my mom as she wanted to go shopping… her go to when she is bored ! I HATE shopping… I HATE crowds.. I HATE people and what I HATE even more is hanging out in malls when I have nothing that I need.  I did pick up some cute Christmas themed tissue paper and gift bags for the gifts I bought.

This morning, I started perfecting a new recipe for Orange Cranberry Brioche.  It came out really well !  I am going to make another version using water in lieu of whole milk and tweak it a bit to get more of a rise.  The loaves rose more during baking than they did while sitting in the pans, so I was happy about that.  The bread was amazing in flavor !  I added butter extract, orange extract, orange peel and Cointreau.  I can not wait to try the other recipe tomorrow.  I intended to do it today, but my mother was insistent on going out.  😦    I told her today, I am NOT going shopping with her again tomorrow nor any other time soon.  She wore me OUT!.

In stalker news:  This heifer will not stop calling !  I have my ringers off and never have them on anyway since she calls in the middle of the night from spoofed numbers.  I block the numbers she calls from and then she just calls from another one.  I am changing my phone numbers with the new year and that will take care of that.  She has called enough that the police have everything they needs for a harassment complaint.  I was sooooo tempted to call her from a spoofed number and have the caller id say HEAVEN or her son’s name, but I thought better of it and decided I am not going down to her level.  God will handle her !  This is not my battle to fight.

My focus is getting prepared for the baby battle and win this war !  I am determined that I will be successful with this cycle and will get to bring my healthy babies home at the end of the summer !

Well, my get up and go has got up and went !  Good night ! 🙂

IVF #6 – Stim Day 5 – The 411

Five day of injections, medications, and supplements under my belt !  I picked up my prescription for the Estradiol Valerate and the Metformin XL today.  I will using the Estradiol instead of the Estrace for the estrogen, simply because I refuse to insert blue tablets in my hoohah three times a day while on menses… not happening !  How gross ! 🙂

My RE has me starting the Metformin with dinner at 500 mg the first week, 1000 mg the second week and 1500 mg the remainder of the time I am on the meds.  I am PRAYING that these meds do not make me sick on the tummy.  I am already feeling a bit queasy midday.  I had to increase my Vitamin D to 10,000 units a day !   Hopefully, that will bring my levels up to where they need to be.

I am packing for my trip to Washington for Christmas !  I am looking forward to spending the holidays with the family.

I am almost done with my Christmas shopping.  I bought a ton of gift cards and had to get gift cards for the homeless teens I am sponsoring as “Gay Santa” for the teens at New Alternatives NYC.  The teens are LBGTQ and every year, they ask for people to sponsor a teen and accept their Gay Santa letter and purchase the requested gift that is valued at no more than $100.  My family and I normally take on 4 teens.

I went out tonight and got gifts for my godmother and my make up artist.  It was pretty simple !  I got tea related gifts for my make up artist, as he drinks hot tea ALL day long !  I got him two beautiful white and silver tea cup sets, stainless steel long handle tea spoons, and an organic tea.  He will love it !   My godmother got Burberry parfum for her birthday and I got her a European pamper gift basket with Bubblebath, Shower Gel, Hand soap, A bar of Lavender soap, a purple sponge to match the color of the lavender soaps, and I will hunt down a pair of purple loungewear tomorrow.  Her birthday was a few weeks ago so I figured I would ship everything at the same time 🙂

I am still torn over what to give my mother…  I will figure it out before Friday LOL.  I am always soooo last minute with these things because unless she mentions something, I am stumped as to what to give her.  We are planning a big family event for her birthday this summer, so I have to watch my spending.  It is her 65th birthday !

I hope you all have an amazing weekend !!

IVF #6 – Stim Day 4 – The 411

Today is my forth day of stims and after getting the results back from the blood work my Internist, Dr. Witt ran, there are some additions to my protocol.

My TSH is currently 2.73 and my Internist is concerned about the possibility of the TSH dramatically increasing, as it always does as a result of the stim meds.  I am currently on 150mg and he is has decided to increase my dosage to 175 mg to have the TSH drop a little.  He wants to take it down in the 1 range.  He called in a new script for the 175 mg.

Another test result was also still in the abnormal range which was my Hemoglobin Ac1.  It is still a 6 (borderline diabetic) as a result of the Prednisone.  After testing three months, the test is still the same.  For that reason, my doctors want to put me on Metformin.  I will start off taking 500mg at night (to avoid some of the gastroentestinal issues the med causes) and may have to titrate up.

Tonight, I will do my Lupron injection.   I have started Lovenox injections as well.  By the time I leave for my transfer, I am sure I will be black and blue !

This morning, I got up and made mile high buttermilk biscuits for my mom along with grits and scrambled eggs.   We took a short walk on the beach.  BAD decision !  Although the ice cold water felt awesome on my heel, my tendons are throbbing now.  I have my foot wrapped in ace bandage and elevated.

I ordered an exercise dvd since I can not go the gym nor run.  I intend to stay off my feet for the next two weeks.  I will be leaving for my sister’s house on Tuesday.  We will be in the DC area until Saturday and then my film crew is meeting me there.  I am looking forward to spending the holiday with the entire family.  My nephew is coming home on Tuesday and my other sister and the kids are coming as well.

IVF #6 – Stim Day 3 – The 411

IVF 6 - cd21 start of stims

I am three days in on the stims and so far, so good.  I have had no side effects as of yet.

Today, I was not able to go running nor walking on the beach, as my heel is KILLIN’ me !  I got up early, decided on what I wanted to cook today and headed for the grocers and then to grab coffee for me, mom and one for the security guard on the gate at my condo.  I decided that I was going to make beef stew with carrots and potatoes and I also was craving hen and dumplings so I got beef cubes and a frozen hen 🙂    I made the beef stew today with honey cornbread I made in a cast iron skillet.  I also am doing my holiday baking so I made two Five Flavor Pound cakes.

Tomorrow, I am going to go to the gym to Aqua Zumba class then I will come home and put on the hen for the hen and dumplings.  I may put the hen in the pressure cooker to speed up the process, since I have a couple of large containers of chicken stock.  I am going to also go out to find DeKupper’s Cranberry Liqueur to put in my new recipe I am tinkering with, Orange Cranberry Brioche Loaves…  I am also going to put a little Cointreau in it.  Can not WAIT to try it !  🙂

Have a great night everyone !

 

IVF #6 – Stim Day 2 – The 411

IVF 6 - cd21 start of stims

Tonight was my second Lupron injection.  In two hours, I have to take my first LDN – low dose Naltrexone.  I went to pick up the compounded script today, got home and noticed that the pharmacy only gave me 63 pills instead of 100 that my doctor wrote the script for.  I called them and was told the pharmacist gave me the exact number based on the instructions.  I had to break it down to her… First of all, nobody pays you to think !  My doctor wrote the script for 100 pills because that is the number he wants me to have.  Although I am titrating up from 1.5 mg over the next three weeks, my increase will be based on my toleration of the drug.  He may, based on my blood work, increase the med again.  Because I will be in Upstate NY on the 4th week, I need the rest of my pills to ensure I have enough to last me until I get back, unless of course, the pharmacy is going to overnight the pills I need to me in NY or bring them to me…. this med has to be compounded especially for me, which means it takes three-four days to make JUST FOR ME.  I do not have time to play with so make the rest of my damned pills like my prescription was written for and I will pick them up by Monday before I leave for Christmas !

The LAST thing I need is aggravation… I am already feeling the effects of being on hormones.

Today, I went out on the beach and ran 2 miles then walked one.  My achiles tendonitis QUICKLY reminded me who is boss !  My ankle and foot are still swollen from this morning so I will be staying off of it and continuing my meds.  I will probably end up having my doctor inject my heel with steroids because I am over this pain and hobbling around like I am 90 years old.

I am trying to get some holiday baking done. So far, I have only managed to bake two Bourbon Sweet Potato Pies, two Rum cakes, and a pan of Cranberry Orange Scones.  Tomorrow, I will bake two Five Flavor Pound Cakes and that will be it until the weekend. I will work on Christmas cookies this weekend, but need to give my feet a break for a couple of days before I am back at square one and level 10 pain.

IVF #6 – Stim Day 1 – The 411

IVF 6 - cd21 start of stims

Tonight was my first shot of Lupron for my IVF cycle.  I am only injecting the Lupron and taking a boatload of supplements and Synthroid.  I am a bit exhausted because I forgot to turn the ringer off on my cellphone last night and low and behold my stupid stalker decided she would call my cell at 4 am.  She also called my house phone, but that ringer on that line is always off because I only kept that phone line for a few months in addition to my new California number.  I am changing my cell to a Cali number and getting rid of the NYC number this week.  That will stop all this nonsense.  I can not block but so many numbers and she keeps spoofing numbers.  Anyway, I guess after seven months, she is still as infatuated with my life as ever.  There has to be a special place in hell for crazy people ! Anyway….

Tomorrow, I have to pick up the Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) and start taking it tomorrow night.  I am hoping that I do not have nausea like a lot of the other girls are reporting as a side effect.   To help ward the side effects off, the doctor titrates up the dosage starting with 1.5 and after three weeks, 4.5.  I was warned not to eat late, as that makes the symptoms worse.

I was hoping that being on Lupron would mean I would skip a period, but in looking at my cycle calendar, it looks like I get a period next week as normal and go for the sonogram and blood work then start the Estrace to thicken my lining.  I am considering getting the Delestrogen since I do not fathom putting Estrace up the Hoo Hah during menses.  I could always take it three times a day orally. We will see !

Fresh Herb Steak Butter – Recipe

Fresh Herb Steak Butter

Ingredients:

Organic Sweet Cream Salted Butter (4 sticks room temp)

4 Bulbs Organic Garlic

Olive Oil

3 Shallots – minced

Organic Fresh Rosemary – minced

Organic Fresh Sage – minced

Organic Fresh Parsley – finely chopped

Kosher Salt (to taste)

Black Pepper (to taste)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Peel outer skin off of garlic.  Place garlic knobs into a muffin pan and drizzle olive oil over each well with garlic in it.  Roast in the oven for 30 mins. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

Allow butter to soften.  Place into a large mixing bowl and add all ingredients and blend well with a hand mixer.

Make the butter into a log and place on a piece of parchment paper.  Wrap well and place in the refrigerator for 2 hour or in the freezer for an hour.

Place a piece of the herb butter on top of a freshly cooked ribeye or your choice of steak.   You may also put a little of the herb butter in a cast iron skillet and broil your steak in it in the over for a flavorful treat !

 

 

IVF #6 -Ready Set Go – The 411

IVF 6 - cd21 start of stims

Okay, my nerves are SHOT !  I am sitting here putting all my meds together that I have to start on Monday !  The only med I am awaiting is the compounded Naltrexone, which will be ready for pick up on Tuesday afternoon.  Long story short, my clinic called the script into Apothecary by Design, and as usual, they are not licensed to ship meds to my State !  UGH.   They are expensive anyway.  I called Target where I normally pick up my other meds and asked for a referral to a reputable compounding pharmacy which was local and they gave me the name of one.  I called to verify that they could compound 1.5 mg Naltrexone and it was half the price of what Apothecary charges !  I contacted the nurse and let her know about the situation and gave her the info on the local pharmacy and she called the script in.

Monday night, I start injecting Lupron.  I do not look forward to the headaches, mood swings and sore joints and bones, but I ready to be pregnant already, so I will do what I must.  In addition to the injections, I am already taking various supplements and meds.  My protocol is: Prenatal Plus, (3) Tums twice a day, baby asprin, Optimized Folate, EPA/DHA (to reduce NKAs) , Biotin, and Synthroid.  I am also taking Naproxen for my achiles tendonitis. Tuesday night, I start taking the low dose Naltrexone 1.5mg the first week, 3.0mg on week two and the third week, if I can tolerate it, increase to 4.5 mg.

After baseline, I start taking Estrace three times a day for 12-14 days. The other meds in my protocol are progesterone, HCG wash, Lovenox, Endometrin, Doxycycline, Cleocin vaginal suppositories, and Neupogen.  I am not sure when they will have me take those yet.

It is ridiculous the amount of meds we must take to attempt to get pregnant and crack heads get breathed on and they pop out babies !  I am so overwhelmed by all the meds every single cycle upon looking at them.  I also become riddled with worry about the outcome of the cycle, but it will be what it will be.  I have to have the sperm vial shipped to the clinic, but will do so on January 2nd and have them send it out for Tuesday delivery. The eggs will be thawed and fertilized on Friday, so that will be plenty of time.  I will leave for Syracuse on Friday as well, as I have to go the HCG wash on Saturday (tentatively). I am hoping that all stays on point with this timeline so that I can do my transfer and get to Washington DC area for the arrival of my niece’s baby.  I also have to start packing so that the rest of my belongings can be taken to storage for the movers to pick up everything from one place and take everything to California.  I have so much stuff that it requires a 53 foot tractor trailer to take the items.  I really should have gotten rid of more furniture, especially since I am changing the color scheme to gray, white and tangerine.  I will just sell what I do not wish to keep once I get everything out there.  Most of my boxes contain kitchen gadgets, stemware, kitchen stuff… etc.  I entertain a lot so I of COURSE need all that stuff right? lol

In other news:  My mother is recuperating well from her surgery.  She is finally coming to the conclusion that she has to slow her buns down !  She thought she would just jump up and start doing things as before, and her pain level is teaching her otherwise.  She is hardheaded LOL.

This weekend, I am decorating the condo for Christmas.  I spent yesterday putting the tree up.  I think it needs more lights so I will string another 4 or 5 strands on it today and then hang the ornaments and stick the plums and other decor on it.  My mom is working on the buffet decor and the table.  This year, I decided to do all silver decorations.  It is looking pretty good.  I will just be glad when I am done ! I miss my decorator!! My niece has a friend who LOVES to decorate. He did the entire house for me last year.  I am tempted to put him on a plane and let him do it, but I am almost done and I am not that deep in the pockets for such lol.

I will post pictures when I am done with the decorating.  Have a great weekend !!