I went to acupuncture this morning - very interesting. I actually have a friend who does acupuncture - but it isn't her full time job (she doesn't even do it on the side, but is fully trained) - so it was hard for her to be consistant with me. She would have to go away for business or whatever, and then I would end up missing a week.
Judy, the acupuncturist, said that she has had a lot of success with people with fertility problems. She is working on lowering my stress levels, and getting my energy flowing. And she also suggests that I should start temping again - as it will help her with her treatment plan. I will also start with some herbal treatments next week.
Oh - and the last thing she asked? Do I get massages often? And I said no - maybe once a month? She suggests I go more often - that my back is too tight, and my Chi (energy) would flow better if I was more relaxed. Now that is some medical advice I like!!!!
You know what is annoying? Now that I am temping, I can't sleep through the night. I keep on waking up at 3 or 4 needing to pee.... and then worrying that my stupid temp will be wrong because of it. Augh!
This cycle seems to be moving slower that the past 3... and I think it's because I'm not going in to the doc all the time! I can't belive I'm only on CD 9, but that is a good thing - as I think the timing will work out just right to start the gonal next month. I made an appointment to go to see the nurse with Aaron the end of the month so she can walk us through the dosing and injections. So long as AF holds out until Friday (10/6) I should be able to start the injections this month. (Cause I'm going away to Vegas for a work conference the 8th - 12th, and I need to be monitored starting on CD 6 or 7).
In non-TTC news, this weekend is my 'birthday weekend' and I have my friends coming over tonight for a little party, and then my mother is visiting on Saturday.... and Monday (my actual birthday) a whole SPA DAY! I start off the day with a facial, then lunch, then a 90 minute massage, and then a herbal wrap! Sigh. I can't wait.
So - not only is this cycle going slower than those in the past - but it's a weird cycle. I woke up on Saturday morning, and had bleeding like a had AF! That has NEVER happened to me before.... I called the doc, and he didn't call me back until late in the afternoon (by which time, I was having brown spotting). Told me to take a preg test, because this could be a m/c. That freaked me out a little, but then, I thought - at least I would know that I could get preg!
The next day I took the test (figuring it was best to wait for FMU), and it was negative. Of course, I only waited 3 minutes, (because it was 5 AM when I woke up needing to pee and I was sooooo tired I went back to sleep), and when I looked at the test again at 8 AM, there was a faint line, but I was sure it was an evaporation line.
Then, since Sunday was CD 11, I took an OPK in the afternoon - and it was postive! Which was early for me, but figured that this whole cycle has been so crazy, maybe that was right. But - every day I have been getting a strong postive. So 4 days of + OPKs makes me think that is wrong also?
Sigh. I have a call into my nurse, we'll see what happens. DH and I have been BDing as much as we can (I'm in Chicago for work now, so we didn't last night, but we will when I get home tonight!). Worst case, we have an appointment with her on the 26th to go over the injections, so maybe I can get some questions answered then.
OK - so here is the deal. I had a u/s on Thursday morning, and I have one HUGE follie - it's 34mm. So, we are just going to leave it be for now, and the do a baseline u/s if AF starts. I'm hoping it doesn't turn into a cyst that messes things up!
Right now, I'm working from home, and I have my 3 year old neice, and 4 month old nephew visiting (along with my MIL, BIL, and his wife) - it's a full house! But fun to play with the little guys. I haven't gotten to the point where seeing little babies upsets me, I really can't get enough of the little guy.
This morning, I went to my acupuncture appointment, and got started on my herbal treatment... I'll let you all knows how it goes... of course with this messed up cycle, may not be the best time to judge. They taste kind of gross, though!
This morning I went to my scheduled meeting with the nurse, to have her walk me through my next cycle of meds. I'm going to be doing Foilistim and then antagone (at the same time! Two shots a night! ), my normal HCG trigger shot, 2 IUIs, and then progesterone. After she walked us through all the shots and how to do it, I first asked the question did she approve of the acupunture and the herbal stuff.... she says that acupuncture is proven to have an impact, but she wasn't sure about the herbal stuff, and will ask the doc. She also explained that the way this medication works, is that I use the injectables for one month, and then nothing the next, then injectables, ect, for 6 months (3 cycles on the injectables), before we move onto IVF.
Then we started talking about how screwy this cycle is, with the CD 10 bleeding and the cyst that has formed.... and she said we would see on the baseline u/s how is was resolving itself. Once we started talking dates, it became obvious that with my travel plans for work (going to Vegas on Oct 8 - 12) that even if AF holds off (she is due on the 5th, I need to get her on the 7th in order for me to be home in time to start being monitored on CD 6), I couldn't start the shots without the baseline u/s on CD 2, at which point I'd be in Vegas.
So after all that, we made the big decision to not even start the shots this month, to wait until Nov to begin the shots. And that is even better, because with the one month on, one month off schedule, that means that I won't have to worry about my girls only vacation getting in the way (going to the FL Keys on Dec 6 - 11th!!!). So, if this all doesn't work (let's hope it does!) that means IVF would be starting in April or may.
Nothing new and exciting to report today. I had my weekly acupunture appointment this morning and got my new set of herbs for the week. She asked me what I thought of the taste, and I said GROSS! She laughed, and asked how I was making the tea - and I told her - with hot water. Turns out - I should be making it with a small amount of hot water, and once everything is disolved, add cool water. I did that this morning with my dose, and it wasn't anywhere near as gross.
Last night I had a fun get together with a few of my girlfriends. 5 of us got together, and out of the 5, three had gone/or is going through fertility crap. So we exchanged stories, and that always makes me feel better - especially since the other two gals have had success.
I know it isn't a matter of 'if' it is a matter of 'when'.
I was reading on of my favorite infertility blogs (a little pregnant), and she is blogging about the joys of getting ready for IVF - with the post title of 'Spread Zeppelin'. Talking abotu the joy of daily b/w and u/s. One of the commenters said "We come from the land of ice and snow, where the hormones rage and the follicles grow...."
I haven't wanted to mention, but this weekend, my nipples were VERY tender and sensitive! I know I lot of people have had a bunch of pg symptoms while on fertility drugs, but not me.... and I'm not even on any drugs this month. Anyway, AF is due on Weds or Thursday.... so I'm going to wait and see what happens.
This cycle has been pretty messed up, with the bleeding on CD10 and then the big cyst.... and not knowing when I ovulated, thanks to the messed up opks. If I did ovulate when FF says I did - I'm already 14 DPO! But I'm going to wait until Friday to test. My DH and I are going to Vegas this weekend for a work conference.... so I'd like to know one way or the other. It's kind of annoying that AF is due right as I'll be on a trip.... but I'll get over it.
OK... 16 DPO and still no sign of AF, and my temps are still high!
I've decided to test on Saturday. One thing that is stopping me from being super excited is that my nurse said that sometimes when you have a cyst, your cycle is longer. We'll just has to wait and see!