I just got the call that my appointment for Monday has been canceled. The doctor will not be there. They rescheduled it for July 11. I told them to have my nurse practitioner call me since this cycle is so screwed up. I don't know if she'll want me to have an u/s or blood work or just induce a cycle. Hopefully I'll hear from her soon.
Yep! That's right!! Today is CD 41! I have taken a GAZILLION pregnancy tests, of course they're all negative. I've had some dull cramps like, maybe, ol' Aunt Flow was about to make her appearance, but nothing. Nada. *sigh* We have an appointment in Mobile on Monday so maybe they can tell us what is going on. We'll be talking about our next IVF cycle as well. I really wish we could do another one right now, but I know it would be best to wait until Erick has some more vacation time.
Hello all!! Sorry I've been MIA lately. It's been an adjustment getting back into a routine and going back to work after being off for 2 weeks doing IVF.
So, after all the shots, doctor appointments, taking off work for 2 weeks..........in the end, we have nothing to transfer. I was am devastated!!! I never thought it would end this way. Honestly, it never crossed my mind that we wouldn't have anything to transfer. We had talked all week on how many we wanted to transfer and after we found out we only had 4 eggs, we were prepared to transfer 3 if we needed to; anything we had to do to bring a baby home in 9 months. Now, it's over and we have nothing to show for it except a hotel bill and no more vacation time!
I never did an update on what the doctor told us after our unsucessful IVF, so here's what he said:
We had 4 eggs retrieved, all 4 were mature and fertilized. Great news!! Out of the 4 fertilized, only 1 had cell division and it stopped dividing at 2-cell stage. Not great news. He's not sure what went wrong. He said it's something inside the egg that wasn't normal. He couldn't tell this by just looking at them. He said they looked great on the outside and the fact that they fertilized was good. I guess it's like a miscarriage, they can't stop it and most of the time they can't explain what went wrong. God is in control and it just wasn't our time. We go back to see him on June 27 and we'll talk about the next cycle. He's wanting us to start again in July, but my husband doesn't get anymore vacation time until October. So we're wanting the retrieval and transfer to happen in October. The best part about the next cycle is IT'S FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We didn't have to pay for this one and he said he would split the cost between the 2 cycles!!! I'm so thankful for him! He is wonderful!!!
We got a call from the nurse this afternoon & she said we had nothing to transfer. :( We have an appointment tomorrow morning with the doctor. Hopefully he can give us some information on what went wrong. I will do an update tomorrow when we talk with him. Thank you all for your support.
We got to the clinic at 7:30 this morning for the egg retrieval. We changed in to our suites while they were preparing the room for us. The nurse came in and tried starting an IV. I'm usually very easy to get an IV started, but for some reason my veins did not want to cooperate today. After 8 sticks and 3 nurses they finally got it started!! Thank goodness everything went pretty smooth after that! The procedure itself was pretty much painless. A little uncomfortable, but nothing major. The drugs they gave me was good stuff! HA!
They told me they retrieved 4 eggs. Not the number I was hoping for, but it only takes 1 right?? He said all 4 were mature. I'm hoping for a good report tomorrow!!
I'm pretty sore and bloated. I'm hoping to feel a little better tomorrow. I will update tomorrow when I hear from the nurse.
At 8:30 pm I took my trigger shot!! The nurse called me around 5pm today and told me I was "cooked"!! haha!! She told me to do 75units of Menopur and 75 units of Follistim immediately. And to do my trigger shot at exactly 8:30 pm! Our retrieval is scheduled for Friday at 7:30am. I am so excited!!
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Seven things about me: 1. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years this year!! 2. We have a spoiled rotten poodle, Abbi, who doesn't know she's a dog! HAHA!! 3. We want a baby more than anything in the world! 4. We always said IVF wasn't an option for us because we didn't have the money, but Thankfully, his insurance covers most of it!! Praise the Lord! 5. I love to see new places! When I retire I want to travel the world! 6. I LOVE NYC!! I have been once and I would do anything to go back soon! 7. I miss my mom terribly!! She left this earth way too soon and I would do anything to be able to see her again! But I know she's no longer in pain and in a much better place!!
Well, I've been meaning to do an update for several days and I just haven't taken the time to write. Lots has happened since my last update. Here's the latest:
On Friday, April 15, we started Lupron injections. So far so good, it is a breeze to inject, the side effects, however, are the devil!!! I've had the worst mood swings ever!! My co-workers think I'm a crazy person. HA! I started out doing 10 units, now I'm doing 5 units. My last birth control pill was April 17. I started my period on April 20 and had an ultrasound on April 25 to make sure I didn't have any cysts on my ovaries. The ultrasound looked good and my RE told me I could start Menopur that night. Woo-hoo!! Let's get this party started!! I'm doing 150 units of Menopur and Thursday I had my first monitoring appointment. My RE called after she read the ultrasound and said to add 25 more units of Menopur and to pack my bags because Dr Rizk wants us in Mobile for the remainder of the IVF(we live 3 hours away). So, we left after work yesterday and drove down to Mobile. Our new home for the next 11 days will be our hotel room. I had another monitoring appointment today and everything is looking just like it should. I also started Follistim today. Instead of trying to draw up 25 units of Menopur in the syringe, I can use the Follistim pen and it will be exactly the right amount of medicine. And let me tell you, the Follistim Pen is SO much easier to use!! I love it! I have another appointment at 8 am tomorrow, hopefully everything is still looking good. We have a lot of free time on our hands since we're not working while we're here, so I will try to do a better job at keeping this blog updated! Have a great night!!
Just as the title says, we have been boring for the past few weeks. But, we are about to be NOT SO BORING!!! Lupron shots start on Friday(4/15)!!! I think I should've started them this past Wednesday(day 21 of birth control) but my RE was afraid of having "Easter Eggs" hahaha!! They didn't want to risk having a retrieval on Easter, which is fine with me. Right now our schedule is......U/S on 4/25 to make sure I don't have any cysts so I can start Menopur.......first monitoring appointment on 4/28, go to Mobile on 4/30 for the remainder of the monitoring.......egg retrieval on 5/6 and transfer on 5/9!!!! Of course, this could change depending on when I start my period while doing the Lupron and how my ovaries respond to the meds. Oh yea, I will also start PIO(progesterone in oil) shots! BLAH!!
Good luck to all the other ladies that are currently doing IVF or are in their 2WW!! Have a great weekend everyone!!!
My appointment on Monday went really well! We got to Mobile Sunday night around 10pm and checked in to the hotel. We got up Monday morning, had breakfast and headed to the doctors office. When we got there, they sent me across the street for an ultrasound and everything looked fine. Then we talked to the doctor and he wanted to do a Hysteroscopy because it had been about 6 months since my last one. Boy was that uncomfortable!! OUCH!! It was going good until they injected the saline in! But, he said my uterus looked good and everything looked normal. After the hysteroscopy, they took some blood from Erick and myself and then they gave us the 30 pages of paperwork to look over and sign. Holy Moly! As of tomorrow, we will OFFICIALLY be in our first IVF cycle! WOO!! I start the birth control pills tomorrow and then I'll do a Lupron shot, then Menopur, retrieval and transfer!! The only thing that could possibly cancel our cycle is if my doctors wife gets any worse. As I mentioned before, she has cancer. She was in Houston, TX a couple of weeks ago but now she's back in Mobile. From what I understand, she's in the end stage of leukemia. It is so sad! He is such a nice guy and was so professional when we talked to him Monday. He was smiling and laughing with the staff, you would never know that his wife is ill. I told my husband that he is truly dedicated to his patients to be at the office when he should be with his wife. I don't think he was there very long that day, his nurse practitioner told us that she hand picked his patients for Monday and we were one of the lucky 5 that she picked! I felt so special!
I will keep this blog updated through our journey but, it will be pretty boring for the next 21 days only having to take a birth control pill everyday. I am excited and nervous for us! I just pray that it will work like we hope it will!! God is good......all the time!!
I am WAY past due for an update! In my last post, my cycle was a complete disaster. It has finally decided to cooperate, thank goodness!! I started the BCP again and was supposed to have my timeline appointment on February 21, well........the clinic canceled my appointment because my doctor's wife is not in good health and he would be out of town with her. They rescheduled it for the following Monday. They canceled it again! By this point, I'm on day 15 and would need to start my lupron injections on day 22. My RE called me and told me she was sorry but I would need to finish my pack of birth control, have a period and start them again. *sigh* I completely understand that he needs to be with his wife but, I have to say that I was disappointed to have to start the pills all over again. They're not saying exactly what is wrong with her but, he has been in Houston, TX with her so I'm assuming she has cancer. We are finally going for an appointment this Monday, the 14th. I am so excited!!! I finished my pack of birth control yesterday so, I'm anxious to start this cycle. I just really hope we can go through the entire process this time! That will be something we discuss on Monday. I don't want to change doctors but, I don't want to wait another year to do this either. We already have our medicine and it won't last forever. I am curious, though, if we do change doctors will the new doctor want to start all over again and do new tests or anything?? If any of you have had to experience this I would love to hear your opinion!!
Well, that's my update for now. I will be sure to update after our Monday appointment!! Have a great rest of the weekend!!
It has been way too long since my last post!! I have been keeping up with everyone via my cell phone. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year! Ours was great! We usually go to my grandmother's every year, but this year she came to us. It was wonderful not to have to go out of town, but I sure did miss my aunt, uncle & cousins!
As far as IVF goes........i did start the birth control, but I had to stop taking it. My cycle last month was a disaster! After my surgery in October I had a cycle.....well....it decided to last FOREVER!! & by that I mean I started taking Prometrium on day 46 & finally started on day 50!! BLAH! Day 1 fell on saturday(new years day) & I called my RE on Monday & I went for blood work & an u/s on Tuesday. Everything looked good so I started the BCP Tuesday evening. I made an appointment to go to Mobile on January 17(Yes! this past Monday) this would be our "Timeline" appointment. We were so excited to finally be doing this process!!! Well after being on BC for over a week, i was still bleeding!! UGH! It was terrible! I called my RE & she said this was not good news......i was probably having breakthrough bleeding! She said for me to continue the pills & hopefully it would stop......well....it didn't. I called her back saturday morning(I will tell you why I called her on a saturday in a minute) & she said to stop the pills because they were obviously not doing any good. I finally stopped bleeding today!! Whew!!
Now......the reason I called my RE on saturday is because.......Friday night i went roller skating. & for anybody that knows me, they know I LOVE to skate! Well, the night had been going good, i was having a blast! Then, all of a sudden, it was going not good!! I was skating & went to turn around & fell! & boy did I fall! I hit my head & ended up at the ER with a concussion!! Only me ! GEEZ!! So, that's why i called my RE.......I had to cancel my appointment. She told me to stay off the skates!! HAHA! It would've been pointless to go anyway because of my cycle being so wacko.
I'm doing ok from my fall......it's just taken me a few days to get back to normal. A concussion is definitely not fun!!! I will be starting the IVF process again very soon! I will try to do better with keeping everyone updated!