Baseline… Let’s Get The Party Started ! – The 411

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Today was my final baseline appointment !  My mom went with me and after my appointment, we went to Benihana for lunch to celebrate.

At my appointment, I learned that my lining has increased to 8.6mm.   It is a good thing that I added two to three Estrace vaginally with my every three day Delestrogen injections.  It took my lining up  !  By the time I transfer on Monday, if I do the Estrace until tomorrow, I should be about a 9mm, which is perfect.

I started my progesterone in oil (PIO) injections today as well as the Endometrin three times a day.

This morning at 6:45 am, my eggs were thawed and at 1pm, the sperm vial was shaved and the eggs were fertilized.  I will get a fertilization report tomorrow when I get to the clinic, unless they call while I am enroute.  I am praying all of the eggs survived the thaw and also fertilized normally.  I just want to have something to work with.  I am praying that the first transfer takes and then I will just leave the others frozen until after the birth of my babies.  I am praying for TWINS and done !   Healthy, happy, beautiful, highly intelligent twin girls or a boy/girl twins !  Just putting out there into the universe what I would I would like to receive ! I will later make the decision as to what to do with the remaining embryos.  That is all dependent on (1) if I have twins (2) if the first transfer takes (3) that I have a live birth. After I have two babies, I am leaning towards donating the additional embryos, if there are any, to science.

Well, I am off to bed now since I have to get up at 1 am to leave by 1:45 am for Syracuse.

Tomorrow at 10 am, I have my HCG wash and then my intralipid infusion. I will update tomorrow once I get settled.

Good Nite !

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Blog Update 01/14 – The 411

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I am as nervous as hooker in line on judgement day !  Tomorrow, my eggs will be thawed and fertilized !!  Please pray that all seven … okay I want all seven to do their thing, but I will accept six thaw and fertilize and grow into beautiful babies !!!

Please send up a prayer at 6 am for thawing and at 1 pm at fertilization !

Tonight is my last Lupron injection.  Tomorrow, I inject Lovenox, Neupogen, Delestrogen and PIO in the morning.  I start the Endometrin suppositories three times a day along with the Estrace.  I also have to use the Cleocin suppository at bedtime.  My poor little hoohah is going to be more irritated than it is right now.  I have hydrocortisone and Lamesil on deck !

I am about to whip up some juicy burgers for dinner and my sister made twice baked potatoes.   I am going to the screening of Ride Along 2 tonight with my mom and sister.

Tomorrow, I have to get up early and go to the hospital for blood work and a sonogram.

Good night !  xoxo

Blog Update 01/05- The 411

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Today, I spent most of the day laying around in bed until I finally got up around 12:30 pm and headed to Target to pick up my prescriptions.

I am still feeling queasy but nowhere near as bad as I did the first two days.  This morning, after breakfast, I took both of the doxycycline at the same time so I could just get it over with.

Upon waking this morning, my mom came to me to show me some posts  Cristal, using one of aliases, had posted on my films Facebook page.  She liked the page then proceeded to post lies about my family, me and my ex.  I blocked the username and then banned her from the page.  I then spent the next 30 minutes going to each of the pages I admin and blocked anyone from ever being able to post on it.  After seven months, you would think this demon would have gone away and found a new target.  I am beyond the point of wanting to meet her down a dark alley and beating the brakes off of her, but what would that solve?  She is mentally insane.  I will be visiting NYPD and the FBI offices again while I am back home in NYC next week.  Enough is enough.

After 22 days of stimming and 10 more to go, I am worn out with sticking myself and swallowing pills !

Since I am feeling a little better, I got up and decided to bake buttermilk banana nut bread with all the bananas my film crew had to have and never ate.  I have three large loaves in the oven now.  I will ship them to my brother in law and friends.

Tomorrow, I plan to make homemade grape candied apples.  A friend has been experimenting with various flavored candy apples and they look amazing.  I bought all the stuff last week at Hobby Lobby, so I will make some tomorrow and ship them to my nieces and nephews.

Tomorrow, I have decided to forego injecting the Delestrogen and will switch to doing the 3 Estrace vaginally.  I am praying my lining cooperates, thickens, but doesn’t thicken over 16mm.  I am ready to get this show on the road !

My cryobank delivery will arrive at the clinic on Friday !! Yay !!  Things are moving forward and expenses are again racking up. It was sooooo nice the past six months to keep all my money to myself and not have to spend most of it on meds and ivf related stuff.  In the end, I pray it’s worth it and not over $100,000 blown on a dream.  2016 is the year my dream WILL come true !

IVF #6 – Stim Day 18 – The 411

Happy New Year 2016

 

Today is the 18th day of my stim cycle, and the first day on estradiol valerate and neupogen.  I have done all three injections and taken all meds and supplements except my 9pm dose of LDN.  The Lovenox and neupogen, I inject in the morning and do the Lupron at 6pm.  Everything went smooth.  I only inject the estradiol valerate every three days.

I hope I have made the right decision to do the injectible estrogen instead of the vaginal estrace.

I hope everyone has an amazing New Year !!

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 !!

Only A Few More Days… IVF#6 – The 411

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Can you believe that in exactly five more days I start stims for my next IVF (and I am claiming FINAL BFP with Twins cycle)?  The Lupron injections will begin on Monday !  I will continue with the Lupron and then go for a lining check on December 23rd and then will start the Estrace for about 10-12 days.

I am excited and nervous at the same time !

My mom is recuperating well from her surgery last week.  Today, we went in for her post-op check up and everything looks great.

We are leaving in the morning back home to the condo and I can not WAIT to see my beautiful ocean ! I have missed sitting on the beach passing time and working while listening to waves !

I am not yet able to start running again, but my doctor put me on Naproxen to help with the inflammation in my left heel.  I have achilles tendonitis !  If it heals on its own, I will avoid having to get steroid injections into the heel.  I will start back at the gym this week and lift weight and do floor exercises that do not require me to be on my feet or to stress the heel/ankle.   I am down 36 pounds and feel pretty good.  I want to drop another 10-15 pounds but with stims coming up, I am not sure that is a good idea.  I will continue to stick to the high protein, low carb diet and just work out until the end of the month.  December 31st will be my last work out day for a while.

 

 

 

Oh My God Sweet Baby Jesus ! This JUST Got REAL ! – the 411

Oh My GawdThat moment when you speak to the nurse coordinator about your upcoming cycle and learn that since today is CD1, the very next CD1 is the first day of your IVF cycle !   OH LAUD !!!

After starting my day annoyed by people’s posts on Facebook (1) regarding the recently orphaned teen girl who was physically assaulted by a “police officer” in South Carolina and the rude, arrogant, judgmental statements spewing out of the mouths of racist individuals I actually thought were decent people (until they posted the most ignorant and racially charged words a person could say) and (2) a thread which started yesterday about people being allowed to bring children to a fertility clinic for their treatment which turned into a conversation about secondary infertility-  I feel that if you are a parent, and you PLANNED to be a parent, then be an adult and hire a babysitter and stop bringing children to places children have no place being- moreover, I do NOT want to be at a fertility clinic watching women fawn all over their existing children when mine never made it to birth…  it is rude and inconsiderate !  and while I feel for any woman who is battling infertility, there is NO comparison of SI to a woman who has never had the opportunity to be a mother.  There is a different level of pain.  These are two different situations and one does not negate the hardship of the other, but it is just different….  SO after reading this foolishness, I was annoyed until…. My nurse called to discuss the plan for my upcoming cycle and to go over what to expect.

Well, color me surprised that I start taking birth control pills after my next cycle !  In 5 weeks, I will be back to CD 1 and will start the pill along with the donor to sync our cycles YIKES !  This Just Got Real !!  Now I have butterflies in my stomach ! I take birth control pills then I will be on Lupron until I am instructed to start taking Estrace to thicken my lining.  I will also be on two different antibiotics (Doxycycline) and some other one that begins with a C that I have never heard of that is taken vaginally.  I also will have to take PIO and Endometrin plus all my normal autoimmune meds. My meds have been ordered and I will fill them over the next month !!  THIS JUST GOT REAL !!!

I have to purchase another all access pass to Xytex again and look through the all of the profiles to make sure that I do not want to change my donor for a better model (lol).  I have not looked at the donor list since 2013 when I selected my donor, who I used for all of my cycles.  I am going to make sure there are no newer donors that I may like better.  I am kinda nervous about changing donors, but in almost two years, I am sure some new people have surfaced possibly and I may like them better….

In other news, my film has been screening as a final selection of the Reel Recovery Film Festival all across the USA.  I was invited to do a live appearance for Q&A at the New York and Los Angeles festivals and next Saturday, it is screening in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  I am elated that all that hard work paid off and I am now an award winning film producer !

I am still dealing with Ms. Lunatic, Cristal !  For some reason, she is under an illusion that calling my phone from spoofed numbers, posting negative reviews about my books on websites and the like will not be tied back to her.  There is this little thing the Police and FBI do called INVESTIGATING IP ADDRESSES and they can track things back to the originator.  That coupled with public death threats and ones she has made over the phone and via text from spoofed numbers, it is just a matter of time before she lands herself in a padded cell.  It has been since MAY and this woman is STILL obsessed with me.  WHO does that? Insane Assylum-bound idiots !

On the family front, my sister and I are throwing a Tiffany & Co. Themed baby shower for our niece next week in Washington DC and it is a surprise for my niece.  I have been busy learning how to make cake pops and purchasing all the favors and items for the shower.

My mom is scheduled to start her reconstructive surgery on December 2nd !  We lucked out that she no longer has to have her stomach done to fix the breasts ! No flap needed !  She will be getting two new implants and the left breast lifted and made smaller to match the right one. We will be in Northern Virginia for a week while she recuperates.

I am excited about being there because I will be able to spend some time mentoring pregnant teens with the Mary Elizabeth Project and also have time to volunteer at two shelters I support.

I am headed out shortly to Dollar Tree to go shopping for cases of items needed to make blessing bags for the homeless.  My friend, former American Idol contestant, Frenchie Davis, is doing these bags for the homeless on Skid Row in LA this year so I am buying items to help out with her cause.  I also opted to donate the money I was going to spend on myself during my annual Christmas Shopping Spree to a cause my make up artist is heading up to purchase Christmas gifts for homeless and low income children.   I normally buy myself a new coat, boots, jewelry at Macy’s sales, and new clothing I find on sale, so this year, I will not be buying gifts for myself but for children and I feel pretty darn good about it.

In ME news, I have been doing my walk/run intervals every morning for 3.5 miles and again in the evening for 2 miles.  I also go to aqua zumba 2-3 days a week.  I am awaiting a call back from a great ballroom dance school and I am going to take lessons.  I am truly enjoying living on the ocean and waking up to waves every morning or looking at the moon sit and shine over the ocean at night.  I know now that this is where I belong !  ON THE SEA ! lol.   Now if God can get that memo and make my pockets match up so I can buy a house on the Pacific Pallisades and a nice 100 ft yacht and all will be well with the world !  As you can see, I am big dreamer… but hey, you have to have something to work towards.  🙂

I am headed out to Dollar Tree and then off to a consignment shop to look for baby boy clothes for the teen I am sponsoring.  I will also look for cute clothes for my niece and my niece’s baby… onesies are sooooo cute ! 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone !!