Ectopic update

This morning I had another follow up appointment with my RE. I had another ultrasound and he said everything was looking good….no cysts and no fluid, both good signs. I also had more blood work done including a CBC (complete blood count), another HCG beta draw, a comprehensive metabolic panel, and AST (SGOT)….not sure what that one is for. After the ultrasound & blood work I went into my RE’s office and we chatted about what comes next.

readytomoveonSo far my HCG levels have been dropping since my methotrexate shot on September 15th, but not at the rate that they generally like to see. For now, since I’m having no pain my RE doesn’t think it’s necessary to administer another shot of methotrexate, but if for some reason my levels start to level off and stop dropping we will have to do another at that point. He said he would call me this afternoon with today’s results and tell me when he needed me to come back in for another blood draw. I’m just so ready for this to be OVER so we can move on…..it’s such a long drawn out process….but I still probably have a few more weeks until my HCG returns to 0….on Monday it was at 1,290. Continue reading

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Still pregnant!! – 4 weeks, 6 days

Top to bottom: 13dpiui, 14dpiui, 17dpiui, 18dpiui, 19dpiui
Top to bottom: 13dpiui, 14dpiui, 17dpiui, 18dpiui, 19dpiui

Even though I told myself I wouldn’t, I took another HPT yesterday and today. I just couldn’t help myself….and had so many of the cheapies laying around I figured it would be more wasteful if I DIDN’T use them. My second line is definitely getting darker, so that put me at ease a little heading in for my third beta HCG blood draw this morning. I got my blood drawn at 8:00 am then met with my RE about 30 minutes later. The results of my blood test weren’t available yet so we really didn’t have anything to talk about. He said he would call me as soon as he received the results, and if they were still increasing he would schedule me for an ultrasound. And that was that! Continue reading

So, I’m a little bit pregnant

3This morning I had my “pregnancy test appointment” at my RE’s office. I didn’t have it in me to take another hpt this morning b/c I just couldn’t see another BFN. My RE is on vacation this week, so I had to meet with another doctor….but it was a pretty quick appointment. The urine pregnancy test was negative, just as I thought it would be. Normally my RE’s office doesn’t do beta HCG tests until you have a confirmed pregnancy test, but since they wanted to do another CBC (complete blood count) and estradiol check to see if I was still at risk for OHSS they added HCG beta to the list too. Continue reading

11dpiui, it’s not looking good

11dpiuiI took a test this morning, and it was negative. I still have a few more days before I should lose all hope of this cycle working out, but I’m feeling pretty broken today.

Since I’m on progesterone suppositories AF won’t come to visit until I stop them, so it doesn’t mean anything that she hasn’t shown up yet. Continue reading

When will it be my turn??

Today I’m 9dpiui, too early to know if this IUI worked or not, but I can’t help but think about it every day. I’m very hopeful that this will be OUR cycle, but I always worry/wonder how I’ll react if it’s not. How can I take another failed cycle? Will we just do another IUI next cycle? Will we have to take a month off b/c I have more cysts? 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

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