IVF #5 – Stim Day 5 – The 411

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Today is stim day 5.  Nothing too exciting….  I took my synthroid, prenatals, Vitamin D, B6, L-methofolate, and prednisone at various times today and did the am Ganirelix injection and mid day Neupogen injection.  I took my pm prednisone, claritin, and will take my other all natural prenatal vitamin before bed tonight.

For some reason, I am very tired and anxious.  I so dislike that feeling.  Like something bad is looming…  I am assuming it is because of the Delestrogen or the Ganirelix, as I have never quite felt like this before during stims.

I finished my mom’s tax return and am now working on my grandmom’s which is very simple and I am going to relax for the rest of the evening. The medical delivery service just delivered my intralipids for tomorrow’s infusion.  I have my blood draw and an sonogram in the morning at 7:45 am.

Hope everyone else is progressing in their cycles, pregnancies or in their TTC attempts !

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IVF #3 Stim Day 12- The 411

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Today is my 12th day of stims !  I feel like I am harboring two water balloons in my pelvis !  LAUD ! I only have hopefully one more injection tomorrow night and then on Monday, I will should be triggering at 9 pm.  #fingerscrossed.  I got in an acupuncture session this morning and will go another on Monday after my monitoring appointments.

I mixed my meds and did my injections while eating dinner at the table and I completely freaked out my sister lol.  It has become so common place that I do these that I just whip out my needles and mix and eat then inject all in one sitting.  My mom is used to seeing me do it lol.

My other sister, who is an RN just got here today to visit with our mom.  I guess my text messages and pleading to COME HOME and see our mom hit a nerve somewhere.  My mom was ecstatic to see the kids and my sister, so I am very happy !  Both my sisters are here at mom’s house and she has all three of her girls and most of the grandkids here.

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I need advice from you ladies on how I should handle my pursuit of motherhood and dating.  At what point should I even mention it?  I am apprehensive about mentioning my ivf tries because there are no guarantees and I also do not want to run off potential life partners by mentioning something even a married man freaks out over – KIDS !  What would you do?  How have you handled things?

IVF #3 Stim Day 11 and Beyond…. – The 411

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Today, I went in for what I thought would be my LAST monitoring appointment.  Alas, I got the call from my nurse to continue on the same meds thru the weekend, go in for monitoring on Monday and then they should be ready to do my retrieval on Wednesday.

I had to call the hotel, call Amtrak and get an appointment for Monday for monitoring.  I was able to get everything done.  I decided to just stay in Albany the entire week instead of coming back to check on my mom.  Since I leave on Tuesday, there is no point in my coming back on Thursday and then going right back there on Sunday for Monday’s retrieval.  I actually got a $35 refund on my ticket because I changed the return date to a week out.

Currently, I have 12 large follicles and there are still some smaller ones that are growing.  They want to make sure all 12 are maxed out in size before they try to do a retrieval.  They are not in the range they should be yet to get me to the finish line.  My E2 is now 1000, which is good and will surely rise quite a bit between now and the time they check it again on Monday.

I am a tad disappointed that I am not ready for retrieval yet, but at the same time, glad my doctor is closely monitoring me and making sure that we maximize this cycle and work to get the best possible eggs.  By waiting until Wednesday to retrieve, I will have more mature eggs to work with which means better quality, stronger and will likely have more fertilized eggs.

I am in the process of mixing my meds now and will do my injection at 6pm.  I let my meds sit out at room temp for 30 mins before I mix them. I am short on my Menopur since I have to stim longer.  I am short 75 units per day.  The doctor said I can substitute 75 units of Gonal F for the missing Menopur.  WHEW !!  I was about to go into total freak out mode !  lol  Tomorrow I am going in for an acupuncture session and will probably do another on Monday before heading to Albany on Tuesday…. hey… it can’t hurt !

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IVF #3 Stim Day 10 – The 411

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Today is stim day TEN !   I feel like I have two water balloons where my ovaries sit.   I feel pretty good and am excited about this cycle.

Today, I went out and got all the stuff I will need while I am in Albany.  I got my gatorade and all my meds together and will start packing tomorrow.   I have in my head what I will take with me, especially since the Fall has come to visit in full force.

Tonight, I mixed my meds and did the injections and just popped the last two prednisone for the night.

I am going to relax after eating a great dinner I made and spend an hour on Match and EHarmony while I wait for Scandal to come on. 🙂

IVF #3 Stim Day 8 – The 411

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Today, my mom had her first follow up with one of her surgeons.  Her plastic surgeon took the drain out and said everything looks good !   My mom is more alert and is coming out of the anesthesia fog.  Today, she went out with me for an hour to take the car to the Audi dealership so that they could replace the brake light bulb, but it turns out the whole LED assembly has to be replaced… $600 !  REALLY?   Okay….. gimme the loaner car and fix it!  It is nice to be able to hang out with my mom because truly things could have gone another way !

I had a date tonight with an accountant I met on Match.com.  He is really sweet.  He is Philipino  and Ecuadorian and is 6’2.  He is very family oriented and is a huge music and movie buff.

I got in and immediately mixed my meds and did my injection. My gonal-f was increased to 450 for the next few days to get my E2 level to rise.  When checked on Monday, it was only 123.  It needs to rise this week to over 1000.  Since they are stimming me slow and even, they expect it to rise late in the cycle but my RE did agree to max out the Gonal-F to help kick the E2 up.

Tomorrow is my next blood work and monitoring appointment, and then my mom has a follow-up appointment with the breast specialist/ oncology surgeon.

I kinda worry what reaction I will get from guys I am dating and interested in once they learn I am undergoing IVF treatment.  I see no need to put my mommy quest on hold.  I may or may not ever meet Mr. Right, so who ever God sends in my life will have to accept me for what I am… twins on board and all !

IVF # 3 – Supplements And The Start of Stims – The 411

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This morning, I started my new supplement regimen for IVF #3 full force !

I had my morning acupuncture session and Dr. Fan started me on two different herbal supplements in addition to the ones my RE has me on.

My new supplement regimen for the next 3 wks is as follows:

Synthroid (150mg)

Prenatal Plus (prescription prenatal) (am only)

4g per day Inositol

600 mg per day Co Q 10 (200mg 3xs a day)

4 mg per day Estrace (2mg 2 xs a day)

Biotin (5000mcg)

B6

Folic Acid (8mg a day)

Vitamin D (1200mg a day – prescription)

Innate Whole Food Prenatal Vitamin (pm only)

Bu Gu Zhi Fang (2 tablets 3xs a day)

Ba Zhen Pian (10 tablets 3xs a day)

During week three, I will take progesterone supplements vaginally twice a day (Endometrin 100mg tablets).

I will begin Lupron injections (10mg) the week after the progesterone.  After I start the other stim meds (300 Gonal F and 300 Menopur), I will also be doing Neupogen injections every day.

Here’s to a bunch of pills, hooo haaa tabs and rigid ingestion schedule to get some healthy babies in July ! 🙂

 

 

Is It Okay To Completely Freak Out?

Is It Okay To Completely Freak Out?

Okay- So over the past week I have been searching like a mad woman for the perfect donor. I FINALLY found one I like after talking to a geneticist who had IVF using donor sperm who is on a forum I am on.

I got my medication list and quote from my doctor and I seriously in shock that the meds cost MORE than my IVF procedure. I figured with the discount my meds would be $1500 or less but they cost is over $3500 ! WOW ! There goes my favorite stroller and an over the top but on a budget nursery 🙂

The ladies on the forum suggested I call my OB GYN’s office and ask is they have samples of GonalF450, Menopur150, Lupron, HCG Trigger Shot, Estrace, and Cronone Gel 8% and to also inquire if any patients have donated unused meds for the use of other patients who are having IVF.

I am trying to stay calm but all of this is a bit overwhelming. It is hard enough that I am now at PLAN B but now these little surprises are starting to weigh on me. I guess that is what life is… the unexpected and we just have to make it work.