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    Yesterday I got the book 'Taking Charge of your Fertility'... I look forward to reading this and learning more about my body (which has been driving me crazy lately!!!!!)

    Today we rec'd Pre Seed ... I'm looking forward to using this and hoping it helps...

    Also today, DH rec'd a baby magazine in the mail from a local hospital.... SO random!!! I initially thought it was for me as my name was likely on some pg or baby mailing list from a site online that I've been browsing. We were both in a good mood and got a good laugh out of it. It's just so funny how when ttc and when you are struggling, everything is about baby and everyone and their mother is pregnant. I mean geez, not only are people (friends, family) pregnant, but I see pregnant women at work, at the grocery store, on tv shows, in movie trailers, at weddings.... I know it's part of life, but it is so much more noticeable during this time!!
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    I just got back from the dr's... I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed.

    I woke up this morning feeling sad again...feeling this will never happen for me and DH. I then went to my dr's appt at 12:00 .. the purpose was to confirm that I did not have residual cysts from the Clomid last cycle and to have a baseline u/s before starting my next round of treatment.

    My RE said all looks good and he said something about 4 something follicles in each ovary and my lining was 3.5mm. I had b/w today to measure my FSH again and Estradiol levels.

    Because of my failed first cycle and because of my medical issues, my RE wants to increase treatment -- he wants me to do the following:

    CD 3-7 100 mg Clomid
    CD 6, CD 8, CD 10 (and maybe more) - 100 IU of Follistim
    CD 10 - u/s to review injectables, lining
    CD 10 - Start taking Estrace and continue through first trimester if I become pg
    F/U Mid Cycle U/S - likely on CD 14
    Just before O - Ovidrel injection
    Positive OPK - IUI
    Day after IUI - Estrace and Prometrium


    I think I got it all....
    I had to take an "injection class" with the nurse ... I don't like the idea of having to inject myself with a needle...but I'll do whatever it takes!!
    I then had to find a local pharmacy that would sell me the fertility meds - Unfortunately my insurance doesn't cover it -- I just paid over $500 ... We haven't paid for our first cycle yet and will be needing to gear up for payment of this upcoming cycle ($1200 each round). I'm not complaining about paying as I think it is well worth the $$...I'm just overwhelmed.
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    I never imagined in my wildest dreams that Mother's Day would make me so sad.

    We had a big party for all the "mom's" in the family...a time to celebrate and enjoy...I felt fake - I was depressed the entire time.
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    I'm currently on a Clomid/Injectable/IUI cycle. Today I had an u/s (CD 10) to measure my lining and to check out my follicles. Bad news is my lining is only 4.3mm (ideal is 9mm) so I am starting 4mg of Estrace 2x day. Good news is I have five follicles that are likely to be mature by the time I O. One is in my left ovary (I have a blocked left tube) and four are in my right. They are 15 1/2, 15, 15, 14, and 13.

    B/c I have so many factors going against me, I thought, heck, five good sized follicles - that's got to be good! Right? WRONG! The NP told me that DH and I should proceed with treatment this cycle only if we're willing to consider "Selective Reduction".....I asked her to explain... she said that in her practice she highly advises to women who become pg with more than two follicles to consider "reducing" the number babies to 2 to reduce the risk of having a healthy pg and healthy babies. (Are you kidding me??) She went on to explain that she's seen six couples in seven years have to do this. My eyes started to tear up as she told me the stories of these women.

    I called DH so frustrated. I think we will proceed with treatment this cycle (I mean, geez, I already have so many factors going against me, I feel lucky if I can catch at least 1 egg, let alone 4!). I think what we have to say is "sure, we'd consider it", knowing in our hearts that we really wouldn't. She said this is something that they can't obviously force.

    So, if we proceed, I have to continue with the injections, start Estrace and start Progesterone after next Tuesday's IUI.
    Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!

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    Treatment plan for May 2007 cycle:

    Clomid - CD 3-7
    Follistim - CD 6, 8, 10
    Ovidrel - CD 12
    Estrace - 4 mg 2x day starting CD 10
    IUI - CD 14
    Progesterone - 2x day starting evening CD 15

    Pg test June 5th
    Baseline U/S June 5th
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    Well, I've officially given myself a shot 4 times. 3 of the 4 were very easy - unfortunately the 4th one didn't want to poke through my skin (ouch!).

    Yesterday I had mild cramping and my NP said that was a good sign!!! We are hoping I O'd today -- good thing b/c I had my second IUI this morning. DH was great - last time we had 46 million sperm and this time I told him jokingly "I expect to see at least a 10% increase". Well, he outdid himself as the NP was impressed and told us we had 80 million! Woo Hoo!

    Unfortunately now I am in a lot of pain. My mild cramping turned into a horrible pain on my right side. This happened a few hours after my IUI. I'm not sure what is causing it and it is really stressing me out (I know, not good). If it doesn't go away, I will call the dr in the morning. Ugh!
    Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!

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    This has been an interesting 2 week wait!! I can't distinguish between possible symptoms and side effects from the Prometrium!!!

    Let's see, I've had mild nausea, bloating, CRAMPING, heartburn....

    I've POAS 2x -- unsure if HCG is in my system from the Ovidrel -- I'll know soon enough since my BPT is tomorrow!!!
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    For those of you that don't know my story, here is a semi-shortened version:

    October 2006 - DH and I TTC #1
    January 2007 - I visit my PCP due to abnormal bleeding problems. I'm diagnosed with adenomyosis and told it may not be likely for me to conceive. I'm then referred to two specialists.
    February 2007 - I visit a RE who tells me I may require a surrogate if I ever want a biological child. I'm diagnosed with borderline high FSH and a blocked fallopian tube.
    March 2007 - I have a laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and D&C. I'm diagnosed with endometriosis.
    April 2007 - I start my first round of fertility treatments - 100 mg Clomid/IUI
    May 2007 - I start my second round of fertility treatments - 100 mg Clomid/ Follistim/ Ovidrel/ IUI/ Estrace/ Prometrium

    Now, here's the good part.... I've had s/e from the meds and my temps have been high b/c of the meds ... or so I thought. On 12 DPO I had a slight dip in my temps and I started to feel depressed. DH was trying hard to lift my spirits - I decided to take a HPT to prove to him that I was right (and not pg) - (ok, so I like to be right ). I POAS and left it in the restroom for him to check out (I was too scared to look). After a few minutes, DH runs out of the restroom dancing around in his boxers and he ran over and gave me a kiss -- it was a BFP!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe it so when my temp stayed high on 13 DPO, I took another test. BFP. I then convinced myself that I still had HCG in my system from my trigger shot. So, today, 14 DPO, I took another HPT and got a BFP right away. I went to the RE today and had a BPT - just got off the phone - she said it's DEFINITELY POSITIVE!!!! My HCG level is 214. I go back on Thursday for my second HCG and my first sono is June 22nd.

    I can't believe I am writing this -- but PLEASE pray for me that everything is where it is supposed to be and everything stays healthy and stays where it is supposed to



    12 DPO (Sunday)

    13 DPO (Monday)

    14 DPO (Tuesday)
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    Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07


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    14 DPO BhCG - 214
    16 DPO BhCG - 284

    My doc's office said that this was not the number they wanted to see. They said like to see the # double every 48 hours (it was 43 hours b/w tests). Everything I've read said it may take 72 hours to double -- I'm praying that this is the case for me. My doc's office wanted to give me a string of hope and suggested that maybe initially I had 2 babies and maybe only 1 survived??

    I go back in Saturday morning for my third BhCG. I pray that everything is healthy. I may not know these results until Monday Until then...positive thoughts and as my DH keeps telling me.... "be happy and enjoy -- as of this minute you are pregnant!"

    For now, I will stay positive but now I'm also overanalyzing any and everything my body is doing!!!!

    Ok, gotta go to work now -
    Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!

    Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07


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    Well I went in to the lab this morning - fortunately DH was sweet enough to drive down yesterday to pick up my lab slip (one less thing to worry about).
    The lab tech who drew my blood was really nice - he said "so you want to know right away?" - meaning if I'm pg. I said, "no, I need to know that my #'s are rising that they should be!". I could tell he sensed I was scared b/c as I was leaving he said "hey, it's all going to be good".

    I will call in a few minutes and I am keeping my fingers crossed that someone is available to tell me the #'s - if not, I have to wait until Monday morning......I'd rather know now - either way!!

    In the meantime I keep thinking of last weekend - seeing those beautiful lines, going to the dr and talking on a three way line so DH could hear when we were told we're definitely pregnant, and DH coming home and suprising me with a cute maternity shirt and my favorite pizza and breadsticks. I hope to continue with these positive memories......
    Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!

    Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07


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