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We had many struggles spread over 4 years to have our son Victor in 2012. We are now continuing our infertility journey to give him a sibling. I decided to start a blog after realizing I have only been able to make it through my TWW's (two week waits) with the help of Google and with the openness of other women suffering from infertility sharing their own stories and giving others hope. I have time and time again found my exact symptoms on other women's blogs and felt an overwhelming sense of calmness they provided me. I thought it was time to pay it forward and hopefully provide this same thing to other women on their own journeys.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Plan

Today..... Met with nurse to go over next month's cycle, blood tests, injection training (like I needed it)...check.

Next week..... They'll order my meds.

October 12-18..... Start period.  We'll just choose October 17th for the next tentative dates....

October 20th..... baseline ultrasound, start Follistim and Menopur.

October 23rd..... ultrasound and bloodwork to measure progress.

October 25th-30th..... ultrasound and bloodwork to measure progress.   Once follicles reach 13/14mm start Ganirelix to suppress ovulation.

October 30th..... Trigger with either Lupron + HCG or just Lupron (depends on E2 levels at the time).

November 1..... Retrieval

November 4th or 6th..... Day 3 or Day 5 transfer.

November 18th or 20th..... Official beta day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Countdown Begins!

I FINALLY got my period....a week late of all things.  So the countdown can now officially begin to starting my third IVF cycle in October.

Next steps.... Mike and I go to Cleveland this Friday to meet with a nurse to sign the IVF paperwork and get STD testing AGAIN.  I asked if we could just use last August's testing from UH Hospital but the doctor said something about it needing to be 6 months current or something.  So that will be another several hundred dollars down the tube.  We don't have STDs people!   Quit stealing our money!    We will also get a tentative calendar on Friday and they'll order the meds.   We also have "Injection Training"...........no comment.  As if I don't know how to give injections yet.  Oh well.  We'll play along.  :)

I pray this will be our third and final IVF round.  I pray we get a healthy "take home baby" out of it!   Anyone reading this, please say a quick prayer for us.

Also, our loan also got approved through ARC for 11k and change.  I pray that is the last one we need to take out for making babies.

Oh!  And I start acupuncture today weekly until the transfer!!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

$11,374.43

That's the loan amount we are about to take out for our THIRD IVF.  It covers 1 round of IVF and 1 FET.   We contemplated doing the $33,500 refund option where you'd get 3 IVFs and 3 FETs and are guaranteed a baby or most of your money back, however Mike and I realized that if we had any more than 2 frozen embryos with each IVF we'd have to pay 2 to 3k on top of that to transfer each batch of 2 over the 2 covered in the first FET following each IVF.  So in that scenario, we'd actually be penalized if we were blessed with lots of frosties.   So, we decided we are just going to gamble and do one IVF cycle at a time and pray an embryo from the first cycle works.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Current Supplements for Egg Quality

Here's how I split them up throughout the day.... no rhyme or reason, just tried to balance it all out:

Breakfast
  • Baby aspirin
  • Co Q10 Enzyme 200 mg
  • DHEA 25 mg
  • L- arginine 1000 mg
  • Maca 750 mg
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid 1000
  • Queen's Delight
  • Vitamin C 500 mg  (1/2 of 1000)
  • Prenantal vitamin smoothy
Lunch
  • Co Q10 Enzyme 200 mg
  • DHEA 25 mg
  • Queen's Delight
  • Vitamin D 2000 iu
  • Iron (I forget the amount off the top of my head)
Dinner
  • Co Q10 Enzyme 200 mg
  • DHEA 50 mg
  • L- arginine 1000 mg
  • Myo Inostol 2 gm
  • Queen's Delight
  • Vitamin E 200 IU
Bedtime 
  • Melatonin 3 mg

Adding PQQ, NAC, and tumeric as I type this.  



Friday, August 29, 2014

Drinks, Glaze, and Sex...and Coffee

So, I know alcohol isn't good for egg quality.  But last night was ladies night and it was BYOB at Claytopia.  So, I brought one bottle of Angry Orchard and got my paint on with my girls.  I painted a unicorn and drank my drink and was even a little buzzed by the end.  I had to leave early to have the sex since I'll be ovulating in a few days.  The girls all laughed and I agreed to name my baby Clay if some how miraculously this month I conceive.  lol.   Always praying for a miracle.

Addendum.... I even got a pumpkin spice latte this morning - caffeine is the devil for eggs.  I just craved the caffeine rush today.   I'll be kicking myself later when only 50% of my eggs fertilize.  Must.  Stop.  Bad.  Behavior!  


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Alive, Trying and Waiting

Just checking in.  I'm still alive.  Still taking a plethora of supplements for 90 days pre-IVF to boost egg quality.  After finding out both my tubes were miraculously open, we eagerly "tried" this month naturally (as we do every month but this one we were more positive) to make a sibling for Victor.  Anyways, it was a bust.  I got my LH surge on cycle day 17 and had my period on cycle day 27.   Doesn't that seem like an awfully short luteal phase?  Guess it doesn't matter with medicated IVF but it is very disheartening knowing that even with two tubes open, I probably don't have enough progesterone support internally to support life.  :(