Friday, October 28, 2011

First IVF day

Update!!! Had my first treatment appointment today. Ultrasound showed several new ovum recruits about 10 on each ovary that will be able to be stimulated to grow. The doctor is optimistic that we will get several to work with. Starting shots tomorrow...kinda bummed that they all have to be intramuscular though and be put in my bum. Trial embryo transfer went good he knows exactly where to best put them in now. Lining is still thick but should decrease cause this is only my second day of bleeding. I am excited because I got my period only a day after stopping bcp usually I have to a week or more. Blood work all where it should be. The only bummer was that I had a bit of a reaction to some of the prep solution he used and got all swollen down there and got high blood pressure and a fever. Had to be monitored for a little bit but it quickly resolved and was lucky that it didnt happen on surgery day or the cycle wouldve had to be canceled. Going back to the doctor on tuesday next week to get a lidacaine wash to remove any buildup or retained endometrial tissue so that the baby embies have the best chance of implanting. And another ultrasound to see if my follicles are growing in a timely manner and more blood work

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Exictement then dissapointment (this seems to be a reoccuring theme in infertility!)

Erg! So the super excitement of earlier has now given way to bitter sadness. I had called the doctors this morning informing them that my period had finally started...made the appointment to start the IVF treatment regimen, get all the bloodwork and ultrasounds going. Appointment set for three tomorrow so excited! Then doctors office called at around 3 and said that the embryologist that will be responsible for caring for my eggs and making sure they fertilize and grow properly is going to be gone for the last two weeks of this month right when I was going to need him! So now I have to go BACK on birth control and wait for ANOTHER period to come NEXT month!!!! Some of my meds will expire by then wasting about five hundred dollars and now I will have to order more and wait for them to come. I didnt want to do this in November or December for fear of running into this exact same problem due to the holidays but now I do not have a choice. I got work all figured out for this now Ill have to go back and rearrange all of that. Its so frusterating I have been preparing for this for since April and now its pushed back a whole more month. And I know that doesnt seem like a lot but it feels like an eternity more of waiting since its been such a long time coming. I hate this!!!! I hate that I have to conceive around 6 other peoples schedules and not my own body's schedule the whole thing is just so ridiculous!!!!! Ok done complaining now.

Monday, October 3, 2011


October 3 2011
Well I have been off birthcontrol now for about five days. Expecting to start a period soon which would allow us to start the IVF cycle. Impatiently waiting! Once it does come I get an exam and baseline blood tests. Then I start all the injectable medicine. When I am on the shots (for about 14 days) I have to have ultrasounds and blood draws about every 2 to 3 days to monitor the progress of the growing ovum. If and once they reach 18-20mm they will give me a shot to ripen up the eggs for retrieval. The next day I will have surgery the eggs will be taken out and fertilized. They will monitor the fertilized eggs progress for 3 days to make sure they are healthy and having good cell growth. After three days if they are still healthy 2 or 3 will be put into my uterus where hopefully they will attach on. I will know two weeks after that if they are growing. I will keep this updated per appointment for those that are interested!