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    Meg, sounds like a totally fun and relaxing weekend. I <3 pancake breakfasts, but we usually only get them during Calgary Stampede. I haven't seen any boy scouts here put them on.

    Mimi, glad you are feeling better and went to the follow up with the RE. Your DH is so wonderful to support you! And congrats on your little new niece!

    Jenni, hope you had a great weekend as well with your Mom. My mom lives out of town in another province so it's not easy to get to. It's a 12 hr drive through the mountains. Hope you have a good week. I had an appt with a psychologist (standard with IVF treatment) prior to ER, and it really helped me to share with her and she gave me some good tips on dealing with things and thinking about other things. I know my appt is not the same as yours, but I hope you have a good appt with the psychologist as well.

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    Kara, we were very fortunate, a friend from work whom we have asked to babysit on one other occasion previously, was able at the 11th hr (ie Friday morning) to come and watch our DD for us, so we didn't have to stress about driving her anywhere (her godparents are half-hour away) and could focus on the ER. You are right, I do have a few people who knew we were doing this...my sister, my MIL, my friend (DD's godmother) - who had been at that same fertility clinic at one point, and now my coworker. Thank goodness for good friends and family!

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    I posted an update to my update (haha), they retrieved 8 eggs on Sat, 7 of them fertilized yesterday. I'm up early b/c I have to go to work early, NOT b/c of the daily 9 am embryologist phone call, although thinking about it is sort of stressing me out, to add to work stress. Although I'll be busy at work so I might get distracted from it long enough. Trying hard to take it one day at a time.

    Have a great day, ladies!

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    Hi all. Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

    Mimi-so glad to hear you are feeling better. I understand your thoughts about hysterectomy. I've thought about ablation surgery once all this is said and done so I don't have to deal with the horrible endo periods. Especially if you have health concerns like cancer and it will give you peace of mind, it is worth considering. Congrats on the new niece-she is a lucky little girl to have you for her aunt!

    Meg-glad you had a good weekend. I love having time to shop, go have coffee, etc. One of my favorite things to do with friends. I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I went to a pancake breakfast, but other than waiting 45 minutes in line, sounds like fun!

    Jenni-your weekend sounds fun too! good luck with your appt this week.

    Sophia-I love that your clinic has a psychologist that everyone has to meet with prior to ER. Such a good idea. I think most people could use a little guidance and what to expect emotionally, especially the first time through. Glad you found help for the ER, too. It is amazing how things turn out so differently with ER than what they expect on US. I thought I had 14 follicles, but they retrieved 7 eggs-6 fertilized. You had less follicles on US, but 8 eggs and 7 fertilized! We ended up with basically the same thing, but with totally different expectations. This whole thing is crazy. Kind of cool that you get a daily call from the embryologist....my clinic doesn't do that. I think the only reason I had a few updates is because my doctor was calling to check on me because of the other problem. Have a good day at work! Nice to be busy, even though it's hard to concentrate.

    I am on day 3 of "bedrest". It has definitely not been as strict this time, because right after ET, we asked the doctor about it. He said pretty much do nothing the first day, but he was far more relaxed about day 2 and 3. We specifically asked if I could get the kids out the door and to school this AM and he said yes, that would be fine. I also asked if I could shower, he said yes. He said if everyone who got pregnant had to lay flat for 3 days after conception, we would have no babies in the world. Then, 5 minutes later in recovery, the nurses said I had to lay basically flat for 3 days, no showering. It is odd that the doctor himself says such different things, but I assume he is just personally more laid back than the rest of the doctors in the practice about it. Anyway, I have been mostly sitting/lying around, but it has been nice to be able to do a few things that have needed doing!

    I know it is early, but I feel nothing. No cramping or anything. I am tired as usual with taking progesterone. Last time I did have cramping. I am only 2 days past transfer, but just hoping to feel something encouraging! I know there is nothing I can do at this point, other than to stay relaxed about it.

    Have a great day everyone.
    ~Kara~

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    I was kind of hoping my SIL and I would go get pedis and have a nice lunch but we didn't. I asked her about getting a pedi and she kind of put it off until we are together this summer. She's never had one so I don't think she wants one. I've only had a couple in my life. I mentioned something about a nice lunch place her mother had told me to go to and we didn't go there. She doesn't eat much during the day, she has a strange routine I don't agree with, and told me if I get hungry to let her know. Fortunately, my muffin at the coffee shop was big enough to keep me full until we went out for dinner.

    I think I'm going to see if my mom wants to go flower shopping with me this week. I need to get my flower pots planted. She usually has some good ideas as to what goes with what. Plus, it'd be more fun to go with her than myself.

    Sophia...my 1st clinic only called me the day after ER with a fert. report. My 2nd clinic called me a couple times. My first clinic said they'd call me in the morning with the fert. report and after waiting all morning with no call I finally called them, then had to wait for the nurse to call me back. I was not impressed.

    There was a news story about a pharmacy where I got my lupron for one of my cycles. The pharmacist had about a million pills of hydrocodone unaccounted for over a period of time. His license is temporarily suspended and the pharmacy can no long dispense narcotics. I was shocked when I heard about it. I remember talking to this pharmacist on the phone.

    Kara...I would go crazy with 3 days of bedrest. You are almost through it. I think nurses will tell you the extreme because they don't want to tell you the wrong thing.

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    Hi everyone! I survived yesterday. It wasn't as bad as it could have been. Having my mom here helped out tremendously. My BFF sent my an e-book. My aunt sent me a card. My FIL even bought me a plant. Just having people remember and make simple gestures helped more than I can say. And focusing on Mom and MIL and all the mothers in my life helped shift my perspective. It was still hard but not nearly as hard as it could have been.

    I'm sorry that your weekend wasn't quite what you had hoped. Head up my way and we can go get our piggies done anytime

    Kara, Sophia, and Tiffany - still thinking of y'all and praying for you! Rest up and take care of yourselves.
    ~Jenni~
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    02/12 - FET BFN
    04/12 - 2nd Fresh IVF attempt BFP
    4weeks 2 days
    9/12 - 3rd Fresh IVF attempt BFN
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    8 weeks due to chromosonal issues - A boy, Joseph Samuel

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    I am afraid to see how many pounds I will have gained this cycle. All I can think about is getting to Saturday and seeing where we are at. I have to work that morning before I go in for my blood test. I know I will not want to work after, nor be able to focus properly on what I am doing. So, hope I can make that work.

    Jenni- I hope you will find some way to be a mom. I am still hopeful for you.

    Meg - Sorry you didn't get the pedicure this weekend. That is something I do regularly with my sister and with various friends. So relaxing. In fact, maybe that is what I will do while I am "waiting for the news."

    We get a call every other day from the embryologist. Daily would be better. We pay a lot for these services and it kind of helps to temper expectations.

    I have a day off tomorrow and I am going to have to find something to do with myself. I have a lot of cleaning to do around here, so that is going to be part of it... but without caffeine and with all the meds, my "get up and go" is missing.

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    Tiffany-Know what you mean about the wait. I am so bored today I keep thinking about it. Good luck holding out until Saturday. I get really tired from the progesterone in the second half of the cycle too.

    Jenni-so glad your family remembered you yesterday. I am hopeful for you too.

    Meg-too bad on the pedicure....you should go get one by yourself! or bring your mom!

    I am incredibly bored today. I have been lying on the couch since about 9am with multiple short breaks. I've finished a book, wasted lots of time on the computer and watched a lot of HGTV. I am so bored. I can't wait till tomorrow and back to regular life again. I am not looking forward to having my blood drawn tomorrow, though. It was around this time last cycle that my progesterone was low, had to start on prometrium and I couldn't shake the negative thoughts about the cycle not working. So nervous to find out if it is low this time. Plus, I hate prometrium.

    Did I mention that I am bored, yet?
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    Jenni...glad you survived Sunday. I thought about you a lot that day. Children mentioned....I still have a hard time that day and I have children. I think it's just that I didn't get to experience what most mom's get to experience when they have their children. I know I am very lucky to have these girls in my life and if it wasn't for DH and I meeting, I'd be childless. I read on your blog that you went to "Wicked." Wasn't it an amazing show? The first time I went was on Broadway. I'll admit I wasn't looking forward to seeing it but we got tickets since everyone raved about it. I loved it though. We saw it last November also at our Civic Center. That'd be awesome if we lived closer. None of my friends I have around here would get a pedi with me (not that I have many friends).

    Tiffany...surprisingly I never gained wt during my cycles. I lost wt actually. I was really worried about wt. gain also. I've always been conscious of my wt. How are you enjoying your day off?

    Kara...did you survive your last day of bedrest?

    I am so hot, sweaty and stinky right now. I've been working outside on my lawn for the past 3 hours. We have a pretty big yard and the backyard has a really steep hill so we push mow that. We have a rider that we do the front yard with. I'm kind of OCD about the yard so I need to go back out and go the other direction with the rider over the front yard to spread out the grass. I raked up some grass in the backyard. I also took clothes to the consignment store. We are looking at getting a new mower that is self propelled so it will make the back easier to mow. I don't mind mowing. I just figure it's good exercise. It's getting pretty warm outside. Tomorrow my mom and I are going flower shopping. I'm excited to check out some greenhouses I've never been to. DH and I bought a few flowers yesterday that we found and liked.

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    IVF #1-cancelled d/t embryos arresting before transfer (3/09)
    IVF #2-BFP 9wks-7/30/09 (6/09)
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    Kara - I hope that today has gone by quicker for you. Hope the bloodwork turned out alright.

    We never got updates from the clinic. I guess they subscribe to "no news is good news". Not sure which I would prefer. I have everything crossed for you for Sat.

    Thanks for all of the thoughts for Sunday and in general. I'm feeling a little better in general. Meg - I LOVED Wicked. It's still playing here for another few weeks so trying to rack my brain to see how I can see it again DH is out-of-town this week so I miss having him around but am keeping myself busy. I think I'm going to dinner with some co-workers/friends tonight. I'm not too keen on coming home to an empty house at night but I can usually call my mom and she'll talk to me while I get settled.

    I'm tired just thinking about all that yard work Meg! We have a small yard - quarter of an acre - and I'm truly allergic to grass (DH thinks I'm lying to get out of having to mow the grass) so DH does it. My flowerbeds are out of control so I'm afraid that I'll be elbow deep in it one of these weekends. Have fun plant shopping. Did you see (on the blog) the beautiful plant FIL gave me? My favorite!

    Hi to everyone else.
    ~Jenni~
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    02/12 - FET BFN
    04/12 - 2nd Fresh IVF attempt BFP
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    9/12 - 3rd Fresh IVF attempt BFN
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    8 weeks due to chromosonal issues - A boy, Joseph Samuel

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    Jenni...yes I did see your plant FIL gave you. It's pretty! How sweet of him!

    I'm getting frustrated. We need a new battery on our rider so I charged it before I went out the first time. I've been killing time waiting for it to charge again so I can go back and finish. It still won't start. I don't think I can rake anymore. I'm starting to get blisters and I'm wearing gloves. I wish the darn battery would charge! I think I'm going to cancel violin lessons today. I don't feel like doing it since I've been busy all day so far. I didn't think I'd still have them after recital but she txt'd asking if she'd see me at 2 today. She'll understand.

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    IVF #1-cancelled d/t embryos arresting before transfer (3/09)
    IVF #2-BFP 9wks-7/30/09 (6/09)
    IVF #3-BFN (5/10)

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    I just saw it's National Chocolate Chip day today. If I felt up to it I'd make some cookies. I've been eating M&M's, can those count as chocolate chips:

    Meg-30 DH-42

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    IVF #1-cancelled d/t embryos arresting before transfer (3/09)
    IVF #2-BFP 9wks-7/30/09 (6/09)
    IVF #3-BFN (5/10)

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