Friday, May 29, 2009

Has it been 8 days yet?

Ummmmm No! It has only been 3 days. But doesn’t it feel like it’s been 8?!? Lord have mercy! I’ve been trying not to stress so much and wish my life away. It’s hard when you live in two week intervals not to wish that the two weeks would hurry up! I’m working on it.

Check back in 5 days.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Progesterone :)

I have had my progesterone checked several times in the past and it was always good. So I was not that shocked to hear that I had another good lab result this morning with a level of 41. They like for it to be above 20 so I'm definitely in the clear! Yay me! I don't want to tell you what I would have to do if it was too low... let's just say it involves sticking progesterone tablets in an unmentionable place 3 times a day!

I can find out if this IUI worked in 8 days! I recently realized that since I started this blog I'm going to have to tell all of you if it does work. I suppose I can't wait 12 weeks to tell you since I've been so open about all of the treatments and results. So... check back in 8 days and keep praying!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

IUI #3

First of all… I would like to wish my wonderful husband a very Happy Birthday! If today’s IUI worked then we will have conceived on his birthday!

The IUI went well. John could populate New York so I knew there wouldn’t be a problem with his sample. There’s nothing like driving in rush hour morning traffic with a cup of semen between your legs! The NP did an ultrasound after the IUI and told me one of my eggs had already dropped and the others should sometime today! Excellent! I go back on Tuesday for them to test my progesterone. I’ll find out in 2 weeks if it worked! Boo to the dreaded 2WW (that’s two week wait for you fertility virgins.)

Catch you on the flip side :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

And the Good News keeps coming

I got my lab results and everything looked perfect. She said they like to see estradiol of 200 for each follicle. I had 3 follicles so it should be above 600. Mine was 741! Perfect. Also my progesterone was .6 which means that I have not ovulated yet so we can proceed with the IUI in the morning! Keep up those prayers! I'll let you know how the IUI goes in the morning!

Until then, go forth and multiply!

Holy follicles Batman!

I went to the doctor this morning to check to see if I will ovulate on my own this cycle – medicine free. All of your prayers really pumped up that right ovary because I have not one, not two but THREE mature follicles on that side! The NP said she doesn’t usually see that many on an unmedicated cycle! YAY ME! Of course there had to be a bit of bad news to go along with it. My endo lining was only 6mm when they really like it to be 8mm or above. But she said we could still do an IUI and hopefully my lining will catch up over the next few days. I was so elated by my follicle news that I didn’t even care when the new blood taker shredded my arm trying to find a vein. The NP said as long as I don’t have something bad wrong with my blood count that we can proceed with an IUI tomorrow! She gave me an HCG trigger so those eggs will release today! What if I had 3 babies?!?! Oh my!

I should get the results from blood work this afternoon.
Stay tuned….

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dye Test – Round 2

Winner by TKO ---- ME!

It looked like it was all over after the first round. But I battled and rallied back to a strong finish in the 2nd round! It was a miraculous recovery!
My uterus got a clean bill of health! My right tube is open! Can’t ask for better news! I guess it was worth the excruciating torture and additional $150 to make sure the surgery worked. Hopefully I will never have that done again. I love the way she says, “this may pinch a little” so nonchalantly. Prying open your cervix, sticking a huge tube into your uterus and flushing cold liquid through your entire reproductive system “may pinch a little.” Good to know.

Another bright spot of news is that she said she will track this month but she doesn’t want me to take the Clomid. Since my estradiol was so high she said Clomid probably wouldn’t work anyway. She doesn’t want to make any assessments yet based on the high number since I was on Estrogen last month to delay my cycle. So we’re going to do a natural cycle and see if I can ovulate on the right side without the help of medication. Wish my right ovary luck!

I'll keep you posted after my appt next week!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jumping on the Blogwaggon!

Infertility and the City

I decided on this name for my blog because my dear friends and I like to think of ourselves as the independent, funny, sophisticated ladies from Sex and the City. From the first episode it was obvious that I was Charlotte (loyal, hopelessly optimistic and maybe a bit prudish). I recently discovered that I have even more in common with my TV counterpart… infertility. Who knew it would be this hard to make a baby! I have always been an overachiever but this is one thing I can’t control.
I also thought it was fitting that this title leaves out the word "sex" because as anyone who has battled infertility knows.... you don't have sex anymore, you BD (baby dance or bed down, whichever sounds least clinical to you.)
I decided to start this blog to update friends and family on all of my fun infertility facts. It seems every time I go to the doctor I have a new, fun fact to research. I know that some of you may want to know what is going on but you don’t want to ask. Infertility is by the far the hardest thing I have ever been through and I hope soon I can blog about my new baby! Until then, here’s some background on our infertility journey.

5/05/07 - I married the man of my dreams. My sweet husband has been so understanding, thoughtful and comforting during all of this.

4/7/08 - Lost 1st angel baby at 7 weeks after ttc for 8 months

12/29/08 – Lost 2nd angel baby at 6 weeks after ttc for 6 months. This was a tubal pregnancy so I ended up losing my left tube.

We have been trying to conceive since July of 2007 which puts us at 1 year and 10 months as of now. My issues are that I have high anticardiolipins (blood clotting issue that will cause me to take Lovenox injections upon pregnancy), antinuclear antibodies, mild endometriosis, lupus, and I’m down to one tube. I also just had surgery to remove a polyp and reshape my misshapen uterus. I have had 4 surgeries since January of 2008!
Just this week I discovered a new glitch in my system that may mean I’m starting menopause. Say what now?!?! Menopause is for old people! My estradiol (E2) level was 166 on Day 4 of my cycle. It should be <75. That news sent me blazing to the internet because I didn’t even know what estradiol was. To my HORROR I discovered that it means my eggs may be of poor quality. I finally talked to a nurse after leaving a message and she wants to cancel this cycle and test me again on Day 3 of my next cycle to see if the number is different. She doesn’t know me very well yet! Like I’m going to cancel a cycle! Hopefully I’ll be preggo at the end of the month and I’ll just say “Oops. How could that have happened?”

Keep us in your prayers!

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