Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sickly

I'm just overall not doing well today. :(

First, I was in a considerable amount of pain last night; so much so that it upset my stomach. So I got in the bed at 9 but I couldn't fall asleep until about midnight. Second, at 2am Lexi woke me up crying at the side of the bed. Her ears were down and she looked so pitiful. I took her outside and she had some tummy problems too. We came back inside and she curled up on my stomach. The poor thing was shaking uncontrollably. This went on for over an hour so I couldn't sleep with her shaking like that. Third, during the time that I was able to sleep I was waking up every 30 -45 min to cough or swallow because I have some serious drainage issues. So today my throat hurts, I've had very little sleep, and every time I cough it hurts my sore abdomen. Today is not a good day. And poor Lexi is still sickly too. She had more tummy problems this morning and was shaking again. AND - my poor little goddaughter is sick too! We should all crawl into bed and not come out until tomorrow!

My temp was up to 99.0 this morning which usually means that I have ovulated. However, since I'm sick I'm not 100% sure about it.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

xxoo,
Jaime

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Holy Cannoli

I got my hcg trigger shot yesterday morning at 8 am and she said I would ovulate about 36 hours later. That means six follicles on the left and two on the right are all going to rupture at the same time tonight! I just started freaking out about this now as my left side has started with the stabbing pains. I ovulated three on one side before and that was quite painful so I can't imagine how bad tonight is going to be! I'm trying to stay positive since two on the left and one on the right were smaller. But they will still rupture even though they're not quite mature. A follicle is technically a "functioning cyst". It will rupture at ovulation and hopefully go away but most women only have one. The doctor did give me some pain medicine so hopefully I'll be ok. I'll let you know tomorrow...

xxoo,
Jaime

Monday, September 28, 2009

I'll take what I can get

My folly check this morning did not go quite as well as I had hoped but it was ok. I had 4 mature follicles on the left side but only one on the right. There were also two that were almost mature on the left which would make for 6 big follicles over there. No wonder that side has been sore. My lining was 8.2mm which is good. I was really hoping for two or three on that right side but I'll take what I can get. If I wasn't on the injections I wouldn't have anything over there so one is better than none. We're not going to do an IUI this month b/c it doesn't seem to help and it costs $375 everytime. So we're just going the old fashioned route and hope that something works!

xxoo,
Jaime

Sunday, September 27, 2009

ROLL TIDE!

This weekend my mom went with me to her first Alabama football game. It rained for a couple of hours before the game and my mom doesn't like to get wet! So my dad was teasing her about how it was going to rain the whole game and she would look like a wet rat. I have to say Mom was looking a bit worried even though she was putting on a brave face.

My dad took us over to my uncle's tailgating party with some of the fam. We stayed there for a while waiting for the rain to ease. It started getting close to game time so my dad offered to drop us off as close to the stadium as he could. It was still about 1/2 mile walk. At this point it was still pouring rain so we put on our ponchos and braved the rain. After just a few minutes of walking the clouds parted and it didn't rain another drop the rest of the day! God decided that it was five minutes till kick off and time to stop the rain and play some football!! It turned out to be the best weather for a game! Not too hot, not too cold... perfect! Here's a pic of us in the rain, then of the stadium and a pic right before we left.





Final score: Alabama 35 Arkansas 7

ROLL TIDE!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Good Grades

I got a call back from my nurse saying that I can wait until Monday to come back in for a scan. She didn't mention IVF so I didn't bring it up. I'm not sure if I'm quite ready for that anyway. So we should know something after my appt at 7:45 Monday morning. Side note... a lot of my friends have asked me how I remember all of the details like follicle size and lining thickness. First off, I'm good with numbers. But secondly, I get to see the scans! She turns the screen around so I can see just as if it was pregnancy ultrasound. It's been very helpful because I'll sometimes have different nurses do the scans and they don't know where a cyst was or how big. I'll quickly tell them all of the stats of my ovaries for the last several months. Most women never know the workings of their reproductive systems. While it is quite fascinating, I hope none of you ever have to know as much as I do.

Just as my ovaries have been getting good grades lately so has a certain lovely sixth grader I know. She has all A's so far in all of her classes. We're so proud of her. I think John is going to do something special with her this weekend to celebrate. She deserves it!

xxoo,
Jaime

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Folly Check

Good morning to all! I'm feeling pretty hopeful about this cycle! I had a folly check this morning and I had a 15, 13, 11mm and three smaller ones on the left. Booo! BUT - I also had a 12mm and a 9mm on the right with two additional smaller ones. Since my left side is growing faster than the right she said I can go ahead and start the other injection tonight to keep me from ovulating. This will hopefully mean that my two follicles on the right will have time to grow to maturity! YAY! And MAYBE even one of the smaller ones on the right will catch up too. I've discovered that when I have terrible blood work at the beginning of my cycles that I will usually ovulate on the right side that month and it will be early. Like last month I ovulated on Day 11. This month I had great blood work results and I'm on Day 10 with no hint of an ovulation for at least 3 or 4 days and technically should be ovulating from the left side. However, my doc is telling my body that it's not going to happen that way this month! I think it has to be better for the follicles to mature at a slow and steady pace. So hopefully I'll have two lovely follicles that have matured slowly and one ...or two :)... will get fertilized and turn into a pregnancy! Also my lining was already at 7.5mm so in 3-4 days it should be well above the 8mm my doc likes to see! One more bit of good news is that the other cyst appears to have ruptured too. I was in terrible pain last night so I guess it happened then. It looked weird like it was delfating and there was A LOT of fluid around it. So hopefully the cysts aren't a problem anymore.

The NP wanted me to come back in Sunday for another folly check but I talked her into asking Dr. H if Monday would be ok. I'm not going to ovulate anyway b/c I'm taking medicine that won't let me. So we'll have 4 days of uncertainty about what's going on in there unless she calls back later today to say that Dr. H won't allow it. Since I'm growing 10 potential follicles, and my cysts are out of the way, this month could have actually been a good month for IVF. So I won't be blindsided if I get a call back saying they want to convert to IVF this cycle.

Nonfertility related news - I'm taking mom to the Alabama vs. Arkansas game this weekend! Can you believe she lives in Tuscaloosa and has never been to a game?! Let's hope it's a good one! ROLL TIDE!

xxoo,
Jaime

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another morning at Brookwood Hospital

I didn't learn very much at my dr's appt this morning. One of the cysts on the left side has apparently ruptured so I had a lot of fluid around my ovary. I did have a few small follicles on both sides but they're not really big enough to measure yet or decide if they will grow into mature follies. I go back on Thursday to see how many decide to start growing. I do still have one cyst on the left that is about 2cm.

LL asked about my crafty artwork. Well LL - it's the idea you had. I covered some canvas with scrapbook paper. I still need to get a gold pen and trace the outlines of the designs. Once I finish I'll post a pic. :o)

Update on Tristan - The boy apologized to her at school yesterday and said he wouldn't text her anymore. That's a relief!

xxoo,
Jaime

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rainy Days

Is it April? No. Do I live in Seattle? No. So why has it rained every day for the past six weeks? Who knows but I'm so sick of rain! I even had a break from it when we went to Cancun and I'm still sick of the rain! I know it's a blessing compared to the drought we had the last several summers but why can't we have a happy in between place? Why is it the Sahara Desert or the Rain Forrest?

John and I had a lazy weekend... mostly due to the rain. I did have a crafty moment and made some artwork for the dining room. Saturday we watched football all day (Roll Tide) and we made some gameday goodies.

I have another doctor's appointment tomorrow to check my follicles. We need to see A) If the cysts are still there or have grown B) If I have any follicles on the right side and C) If my left side is going faster than the right. If both sides have follicles but the left side is going faster then she's going to give me another injectable drug to keep the left side from ovulating so the right side can catch up. Science is so fascinating! But isn't that just what I need.... another shot everyday?

Tristan is in full swing boy mode! Like I mentioned before she has a boyfriend. Well now she has a stalkerish boy who won't leave her alone. He texted her all weekend and said things like she's "hot" over and over. Then he said that he was going to beat up her boyfriend so she could be his girlfriend! Who knew we would have to deal with this kind of stuff in 6th Grade people?? Since Tristan's mom works at the school I think she's going to try to talk to him if he doesn't leave her alone. Pray that she will be a good girl so that we won't spend countless nights worrying about her through the teenage years!

xxoo,
Jaime

Friday, September 18, 2009

Supper Club

Some of my friends decided to start a supper club. There are 8 of us and we'll meet once a month. Last night was at Carrie's house and we had a delectable menu of chicken fettuccini alfredo, spinach salad, stuffed bell peppers, and a brownie trifle. YUM! That definitely didn't fit in with my cereal diet John thinks we should be doing!

Here's a picture from last night's Supper Club...


xxoo,
Jaime

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Three's a Crowd- updated

Just got back from the doctor's office and I had three cysts! THREE! Two on the left and one on the right. The NP said that Dr. H usually recommends a rest cycle with birth control pills for people with 3 or more cysts. She's going to wait until my blood work comes back and then talk with Dr. H about all of my issues. I have several options for next month (or maybe this month if Dr. H will let me.) I can up my dosage of the injectables so that I will produce 5 to 6 follicles which will increase my chance for pregnancy but also increase my chance for multiples. I'll take twins if I can get them!! I could also go directly to IVF. They start every cycle of IVF with birth control pills anyway so I wouldn't really be wasting a cycle. I guess we'll see what Dr. H says this afternoon.

On to better news... or maybe not better news... Tristan has a boyfriend! Yes our 6th grade sweetheart has a BOYFRIEND! AGH! John handled it pretty well. Tristan told him about the boy and he asked where he lived so he could go rough him a bit. :o) She didn't think that was very funny though. I hope that the word boyfriend just means holding hands every now and then. We're definitely not ready for kissing!

2:45 - Dr. just called. I officially have the weirdest body ever! My FSH was 6.7 and E2 was 32! That's the lowest they've ever been! She said since my labs were so good that we can try another injectable cycle. She also said IVF is not an option for this cycle due to the cysts. I would love to take a break but I'm so scared that my eggs are going bad. I would never forgive myself if we didn't try IVF for 6 months b/c I wanted a break and they tell me my eggs are bad and will never be able to have a biological child. So I'm starting another round tomorrow! She didn't want to increase my dosage due to the cysts so I'm still on the low dose and trying to get something going on the right side.... Here we go again!
Here are some pics from the trip. I already want to go back!





xxoo,
Jaime

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Are You Tempted

We're back from Cancun and had an amazing time!! The weather was perfect, the food was fantastic and the drinks were flowing. It was a wonderful trip! I forgot my camera cord so I'll post some pics tonight. Here are a few details.... but not all of the details ;)

We stayed at Temptation Resort which is an adults only resort. We started getting a little nervous after we booked it that we may not fit in very well. We saw some videos and reviews that made us think it was going to be a little risque for us. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we got there! There were some topless women roaming the pool and booty dancing music filled the air but it was fun. We did see some men wearing some questionable attire as well. Speedos are not flattering men! I guess these guys didn't get the memo. It was entertaining watching people get way too drunk and do some things they would probably never do at home. Don't worry guys.... I didn't go topless!

We had a few mishaps along the way as well. 1.) I realized when I got there that I forgot my brush. We couldn't find one anywhere so I didn't brush my hair for 5 days! I would wash it and put a lot of conditioner in it; then run my fingers through and go! The good thing about having fine, straight hair is that I had no tangles when I got home. Haha. 2.) We went on a jungle tour where they give you a boat and the two of you ride through the jungle to a snorkeling spot on the reef. Of course the boat they gave us broke down halfway there. So we were stranded in the ocean until the guy came back to rescue us. We had to leave the boat there; floating in the middle of the ocean and hopped on his boat. 3.) I have many new bumps and bruises. Who would have guessed that??

All in all it was a wonderful trip that brought John and I closer together. I miss him already. I know.... barf. But I can't help myself!

I have to end on some bad news though. I started my period today so this month didn't work. I'm 3 days early so I'm not sure what this is all about but it can't be good. I have my baseline scheduled for tomorrow where they will do an ultrasound and bloodwork. If my FSH is back to normal then we may try one more round of injectables. If it's high again then I think we'll switch to IVF. I was really hoping this would be the month! I'll let you know tomorrow how it goes.

xxoo,
Jaime

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

09-09-09

Happy 09-09-09! You may be wondering what the significance of the number 9 is.... I was so I did a little research. (I think it's safe to say that most of you know about number obsession.) Here's what I found...

Nine is the number of sympathy, love, selfless sacrifice and morality. You could think of 9 as the "Mother Teresa number." Nine beseeches us to recognize our own internal attributes, and extend these abilities out into the world to make a positive, influential difference.

I encourage all of you to go out into the world and make it a better place today. I will start by donating to one of my favorite charities - Feedthechildren.org! Just $25 provides 147 lbs of food for homeless and needy children. Now that is stretching a dollar!!!

We leave for Cancun tomorrow!!! YAY! We're going to wake up at 4am and drive to ATL to catch our 9:30 flight. I'll be M-I-A from the blogosphere until I return on Monday so I hope you all have a happy, safe weekend!

xxoo,
Jaime

Monday, September 7, 2009

Beach Weekend

We had a great time at the beach this weekend! The weather was great Saturday and today but a little rainy and dreary yesterday. We played in the ocean and ate A LOT! We went to Adventure Island where John tore us up with his Putt Putt! He beat everybody by at least 9 points! My sister and I tied for second but I really think she was a point behind me and cheated ;)

I have some good pics of us riding the waves on some floats and playing in the sand. That was Tristan's favorite activity!




If you're not a fan of Alabama Football then I want to update you that we ROLLED over Virginia Tech this weekend! Wahoo!

Hope you guys had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
2 days until Cancun!
9 days until blood pregnancy test!

xxoo,
Jaime

Friday, September 4, 2009

IUI #4

My IUI went well this morning. John's count was up from last time and his morphology went from 6% to 9% which is a great improvement! I guess those fertility vitamins I've been making him take are doing the job! She did an ultrasound and said that there is fluid around both ovaries which means I ovulated either last night or this morning. GREAT! Now we just have to wait two weeks to find out if it all came together this month. Even though I finally ovulated on the right, my lining was good, and John's count is up I still only have about a 25% chance that it worked! That's a lot of stars aligning for only 25%! I'll just have to pray hard that this is finally our month!

An update from a previous post: Tristan didn't get the swine flu from her friend. I think that you'll get symptoms within 3-5 days of being in contact with the virus and it has now been 6 so I think she's out of the woods. YAY!

We're leaving to go to the beach this afternoon. I can't wait to lie on the beach and relax! And of course to watch some Alabama Football tomorrow! Roll Tide Roll!

Countdowns:
13 Days Until Blood Pregnancy Test
6 Days Until Cancun!
1 Day Until Alabama Football! RTR!

xxoo,
Jaime

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The “Big, Fat, Scary, OMG this thing is longer than you are wide” Needle

John had to give me the hcg trigger last night. He was at poker with the guys and had to come home to give it to me at 10:30pm. I’m sure when he told the guys he had to come home to give me the “big needle” they had something else in mind! Haha!
It was not bad at all and didn’t hurt. The worst part was the anticipation. John looked like he was going to get sick and that made me a little nervous. But by the time he got home I had everything prepared so that he walked in the door, I had the shot in my hand and lead him to the living room to do it. He didn’t have a lot of time to examine the needle and get too nervous about it. There was some hesitation because he wanted to pinch up some skin but I told him he couldn’t. It had to go in the muscle and when you pinch up skin you’re really pinching up fat! He was scared it was going to go all of the way through me and out the other side. “Thanks for the compliment baby but I am a lot thicker than two inches.”
Next step is IUI tomorrow morning and then I’m officially in the 2WW!

7 days until Cancun!
2 days until Alabama football! RTR

xxoo,
Jaime

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Feeling the love from my right ovary

Another good day at the doctor's office! My 16mm and 13mm on the right grew to 18mm and 15mm! Wahoo! My 18mm on the left is almost 21mm so it's ready to pop! Some 16mm follicles will go on to produce pregnancies so hopefully by the time I trigger tonight the 15mm will be a 16mm and I'll have two chances!! Yay!
So I trigger tonight and then we'll do an IUI on Friday morning. So exciting! This will be the best 2ww ever! We're leaving for a beach trip Friday afternoon and coming back Monday. Then we'll work two days and leave out Thursday morning for Cancun! We'll be back on Monday and I have my blood test scheduled for Wed! These two weeks are going to fly by!!
They drew my blood today and it went very well. I did about 300 jumping jacks and they laid me down on the table for the first try. She got it without digging! That's the recipe for success! Jumping Jacks and lying down! They did a 'fasting draw" and tested my insulin and some other stuff.
Lab results are in: Estrogen = 535 and P4 = .5! Those are good #'s so we're sticking with the plan! Also my insulin level and CBC were normal! Yay!

8 days until Cancun!!
3 days until Alabama football!! RTR!!

xxoo,
Jaime

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Back on Top

Did I mention the roller coaster analogy??? My doctor's appt went REALLY well this morning. The two cysts on the left side must have ruptured or dissolved because they're gone. There is a 1.8cm mass on that side but the NP thinks it's a follicle instead of a shrinking cyst. She says it's clear and perfectly round. My lining is already up to 8mm! And for the final bit of good news... I have two follicles on my right side!! My right side must only kick in when my body thinks it's going into failure. The last time I ovulated on the right side was in May and my E2 was too high so they wanted to cancel the cycle. This month it was the same thing. They almost cancelled my cycle due to the cysts and my high FSH number but my right side delivered! The two follicles are a bit smaller than the one on the left. They're 1.6cm and 1.3cm. I go back in tomorrow morning to see if they have gotten any bigger. Hopefully the 1.6 will be 1.8 and we can trigger and then do an IUI! It's amazing how one of my worst baselines has developed into one of my best chances for pregnancy! Weird body!

I'll let you know tomorrow how it goes. It's a timing game because we can't wait too long or the one on the left will ovulate but we want to wait long enough for the two on the right to mature. Hopefully both will get above 1.6cm and I'll have two chances for a baby this month!!

xxoo,
Jaime

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