Tuesday, January 27, 2015

T-Minus 3 Days to Testing

But who's counting? ME!! Work has been keeping me really busy, though it's a fine line between staying busy and not getting worked up or stressed. I'm happy to report that the progesterone shots have gotten so much better. Hubs and I talked through a better approach and since then I don't feel like I'm going through an emotional break each time.

I have felt some twinges today and yesterday, almost like cramps. It's a little scary but I have to remind myself that I'm doped up on so much progesterone it can't possibly be cramps. So it's most likely the last meal I ate. :) I've also successfully avoided Googling anything post-transfer related. I feel like there is such a thing as too much information, plus I can get a little... ummm... obsessive about that stuff. It's best just to try to keep my mind off of it and wait until that phone call Friday! So until then, I have a Paris vacation to plan (oh la la!).

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Two Week Wait Begins

The transfer went seamlessly and was so easy. We were at the clinic for about 2 hours but only 5 minutes of that was the actual transfer. We got to watch on the  monitor as the embryologist showed us our baby, sucked it up into a straw, and the doctor inserted it into the cushion I've been working so hard to create for it. :) It was REALLY cool being able to watch the whole thing and it really didn't hurt at all.

I had an appt with my acupuncturist right the transfer after but since I was on valium I slept through the whole thing! 

My pregnancy test is scheduled for next Friday so luckily I don't even have to wait a full 2 weeks!! Now I just have to stay as de-stressed as possible (bed rest for 48 hours) and try to keep my mind off of the impending test. As of now, I'm going under the assumption that I'm pregnant until proven otherwise!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

T-minus One Day

I'll be pregnant tomorrow! How many people get to know exactly when they'll be pregnant?! I'm waiting for the nurse to call today with the time we need to be at the clinic tomorrow. I'm so excited! I have an acupuncture appt over lunch and am taking a rock climbing class with a girlfriend tonight... all in an effort to relax a little and take my mind off of things. T-minus one day and counting...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ow ow ow ow: Progesterone in Oil

The final and absolute worst of all the shots is here and is causing some contention with Hubs. Like a typical guy, he tends to do first and ask questions later. Like a typical girl, I am very detail-oriented and want to make sure we're following the instructional video to a T. So after this horrid shot is given and I'm in pain the whole way through, I ask questions on what he did and didn't do in hopes I would get a clue as to why it hurt so much. He takes this as a personal attack and instead of comforting his wife who has just been stuck in the nether-region with a 1 1/2" needle full of oil he retreats to the basement to sulk.

This pictures shows just how medieval the progesterone needle is compared with all the other injection needles I've been using.
Courtesy of  Princess of Taylor blog

I reached out to my nurse this morning to see if there is an alternative to the injections and she gave me permission to go down to every 3 days instead of every day!!! Thank you, Nurse Wonderful; you may have just saved my marriage!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hello 2015

I was sitting at work, thinking about the pregnancy/IVF blogs I've been reading and thought, 'hey, I should capture my fertility journey' when I remembered I created this blog. It was hard to read the one and only post, since I wrote it the day my miscarriage started.

It's been a very long year and a half since that post, filled with countless pills, injections, dr visits, co-pays... Following the miscarriage it was a good 5 or 6 months before my body was back to normal and we could start trying again. After several months of baby dancing we begrudgingly went to a fertility clinic. Three failed IUIs (Intrauterine insemination) later we are one week out from our first IVF (in vitro fertilization) transfer!! I had OHSS (Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome) after the egg retrieval a month and a half ago so the transfer was delayed until 1/21/15. 

FINALLY the transfer is just around the corner and I am so excited I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. I look ahead on the medicine calendar I made and see all the new pills and shots I'll be taking in the next few days. As much as I hate the injections, I know that the more drugs I'm on, the closer I am to the transfer!