No urine output test needed!

Good news, my blood work looks great so I don’t have to do the urine output test, at least for now. My RE advised me to keep monitoring everything and taking it easy. He said that if I do get pregnant from this cycle that the HCG produced in pregnancy could trigger the OHSS, so I’m not out of the woods just yet. My RE gave me his work cell phone number and told me to text or call if any of my symptoms worsened. Continue reading

Hyperstim check

outputcollectionThis morning I had an appointment with my RE to see if I was still at risk for OHSS. It was a pretty basic appointment, he mashed around on my stomach for a bit then I had some blood work done. He said he would call with the results this afternoon, and if they were a certain number he wanted me to start the 24 hour urine output test immediately, which requires measuring all of the liquid I consume, and measuring my pee. They even gave me this awesome contraption that I have to put between the toilet bowl & seat to help measure it. I really hope it doesn’t come down to that……I really don’t want to have to measure my pee every time I urinate, especially at work. I don’t exactly want to be rinsing it out in the sink where someone may see me, but then again if I don’t rinse it out each time I imagine it’ll start to smell. JEEZ! Basically they just want to make sure that what I’m consuming is coming out, and if it’s not they want to know where it’s going. I also have to weigh myself daily, and if I gain more than 5 lbs in one day call the RE’s office immediately. Continue reading

Day of Hope

august19Today, August 19th, is a Day of Hope. It has been an international event held internationally since 2008. It was created to help break the silence surrounding the death of babies and children. It is a day that brings healing to our community as we unite together to speak openly about the babies and children who are no longer here. Continue reading

And now we wait

5Today I had my fifth IUI, and things couldn’t have gone smoother. We have friends in town this weekend, so I know R was a little uncomfortable about “doing his business” this morning, but it’s just all part of it! Poor thing had to set an alarm for 7:00 am, so when the alarm went off I just went downstairs and cooked breakfast and made coffee to give him some space. I had to leave the house at 9:15 in order to drop off R’s “sample” to the lab by 9:30 am, then went to my appointment at 10:00 am.

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All systems go for IUI #5!

CD14This morning I had another ultrasound to check on my growing follicles (CD14), and I also had another blood draw to check my Estradiol levels….hopefully they’re okay and I’m not going to overstimulate. I’ve been pounding water & Gatorade like it’s going out of style, and peeing every 10 minutes….it’s quite annoying. I’m definitely still very tender, and my work pants are so tight right now from the extra bloat. I will probably be wearing a maxi-skirt for the next few days/weeks. I guess my Estradiol levels from Tuesday were low enough so my RE still wants to use the HCG trigger shot, which is a good sign. The ultrasound went well, I have 12 potentially mature follicles, and I’m ready to trigger tonight. So I’ll do my HCG trigger shot tonight at 10:00 pm and have my IUI on Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Since it’s going to be on the weekend I’ll have to do the at home sperm washing like last time (for more details on this click here)….which actually makes it nicer because we’re not so rushed that way. We have friends coming in this weekend, so I’ll just go to the appointment on my own. Continue reading

Holy follicles Batman!!

CD12I’m CD12 today and had an ultrasound this morning to check on my follicles. I have been feeling a little sore, and bloated lately….but this morning as soon as the ultrasound wand went in I could feel just how sore I really was. My cervix hurt so badly, it’s never been this sensitive before. Then I found out why…..I currently have 19 follicles, about 7-9 of them are almost mature enough for the IUI. SEVEN to NINE FOLLICLES, I kind of had a moment when they told me the number. I expected more this time since I was doing double the hMG dose as before, but not THIS MANY MORE.  Continue reading

Infertility sisters

photo“Infertility sisters” was not a term I was familiar with when I started TTC. And why would it be? We all assume that within a few months after we start TTC (a year at max) we’ll be pregnant, 9 months later we’ll have our baby, and that will be that. Once you pass that 12 month mark things change. The world of infertility can be very isolating. Our “fertile” friends and family are supportive, but they don’t get it 100%, and why would they? I wouldn’t get it if I wasn’t going through it myself. It’s a whole world I didn’t even know existed until I realized I was a part of it. This blog has helped me to connect with so many women going through similar situations, and it’s been a wonderful community. I have several women who I now consider “infertility sisters”. I’ve never met most of these women in “real life”, but we just get each other…..and I’m so glad to have them in my life. Continue reading

Time is such a funny thing

It’s so “funny” how quickly the time passes during the first 2 weeks of your cycle, but once you pass ovulation and you enter the 2WW it just drags on. I can’t believe today is CD7 for me, which means I’ll take my last dose of Clomid tonight and start my injections!

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The anxiety is starting to set in

This is my second injectable IUI, and the injections just really freak me out. I know they don’t hurt, but there’s just something about jabbing yourself in the thigh with a 1 1/2 inch needle that just seems unnatural. I had a friend help me with my last round of shots, and I will again this time. For whatever reason, even knowing that I have someone that will help me with the shots I’m still starting to freak out. I just go over it in my head over and over again and stress myself out, unnecessarily. I realize it’s not rational, and I’ve tried to tame the anxiety….but I’m having a tough time because my injections start tomorrow. Continue reading

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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I’m so excited because Plan B Chronicles has nominated me (and 14 other  bloggers) for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  Thank you, friend! I don’t think of myself as inspiring….I only started this blog to document my infertility journey and be able to connect with others in similar situations….but I’m honored you think of me this way. Thank you so much! Continue reading