Monday, March 31, 2008

The Dirty Dozen!

Well, the Clinic just called. After checking further for maturity, they were able to inject 13 of my eggs. 12 of them successfully fertilized!! I could not be happier! I said I would be happy with anything over 5 or babies went above and beyond!! There is obviously still time for things to happen, but 12 is a great start! I will get another report tomorrow between 9-11am. Please keep my embryos in your thoughts and prayers. I'll update as soon as I hear the numbers tomorrow.

I am feeling pretty good today. I began my Prometrium this morning to make a nice fluffy lining to put my babies back in. So far, no major side effects. Tonight I begin antibiotics to ward off any infection from yesterday's procedure and Medrol to assist in helping my little babies implant successfully. I am also very paranoid about getting OHSS, so of course every twinge is a symptom to me. I think the worst of it is just the bloating and tightness in my abdomen. I am trying to take it easy and just rest today with a bunch of good movies, so I think I'll be feeling better in no time!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Egg Retrival is done!!

All done!! As I expected, the IV was the worst part of egg retrieval!! It went in my hand and it really hurt!! Anyway, the procedure was a breeze...can't remember a thing. They got 18 eggs, 17 mature!!!! I am so excited about the number! I will get the fertilization report tomorrow morning, to see how many embryos we have to choose from. So, I'm off...movies to watch and a hand to nurse back to 100%!!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Bang, bang!

TRIGGER TONIGHT!! 8pm sharp!
I am sooooo excited! No more more Follistim!! My retrieval is scheduled for Sunday at 7am. I honestly can't believe I have made it this far. It's almost over. I want to say "thank you" to Jen, Tara, Morissa, Nancy, and everyone else that has commented with words of encouragement. Keep them coming...I wouldn't be here without them.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Dirty (two) Dozen...

Just got back from my ultrasound. We have 24 big follicles!!! I am soooooo happy! I met with the RN after my blood work, which sucked bad because my arms are raw. She went over everything as far as what meds to take when, what to do before Egg Retrieval, ICSI, and everything else I need to know. She also tipped me off on a secret...she is almost positive I will trigger tomorrow night!! She said unless my blood or ultra sound shows a decline in anything, Egg Retrieval will be Sunday!! I meet with the doctor tomorrow at 9am to talk about everything and get a quick physical exam. She also told me to think about how many embryos we want to put back. Steven and I have already decided on 3, but she said to talk more with him because I have responded so well up to this point. We have to consider all 3 sticking and possibly splitting! Sextuplets? We are not Jon and Kate...we are Steven and Candi. Let's not confuse the two.

So...blood work, ultrasound, and physical exam tomorrow morning. Trigger tomorrow night!!!!!! Thank God I'm almost there!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It's official...

...everyone is getting pregnant but me! At least that's what I thought when I saw this...


WTF, you ask? This dude was born a woman, had a sex change, but decided to keep his female reproductive organs. When he discovered that his wife was unable to conceive, he figured "I'll dust off the old uterus and do it myself." I am kinda grossed out by it, but whatever. I assume he will deliver by c-section...he gets my respect if he can manage to squeeze an 8 pound baby out of his weenie!

As for me, I had blood work today. The RN called and told me to increase my Follistim by "two clicks". I guess that's a medical term. Are we increasing or decreasing here? Make up my mind, people! Anyway, Steven did it when he gave me my ended up being about 96iu. Strange, but I did it anyway. So, blood work and ultrasound tomorrow at 8:15, then I meet with the RE on Friday to discuss everything. I think I trigger on Friday!! Woo hoo!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

We got follies!

I had my first ultrasound today. I have 9 follicles measuring in at over 10 on the left, and 12 over 10 on the right. There are at least 10 under 10 on each side as well. My endometrial lining is at 9. I am very excited, but still very worried about OHSS. I had my blood drawn as well, so I am sure I will be getting a call from the RN about what to do next. Thank you all for the prayers and words of encouragement...keep them coming!! I will update as soon as I know more.

Reducing my Follistim to 75iu. More blood work tomorrow...ultrasound Thursday. Hopefully, I will trigger soon!

Monday, March 24, 2008


OUCH!! I am in so much pain right now. My left ovary feels like it is on fire and it looks and feels like I have a softball in there. The right one is pretty tingly, but not too bad. I honestly don't think I can do this very much longer. I may not have to...had my blood work today. Dr. A's office called and told me to reduce my Follistim to 100iu and be there at 8:15 tomorrow for more blood work and an ultrasound. For some reason, I didn't get one today. Apparently the stims are working, though...since I am reducing my dosage. I just hope that I am almost done. I'm not sure if I can do this much longer. I am solely relying on the power of throw one out there for me, please!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Does this Follistim make me look fat??

The stims are kicking in...and I am totally bloated. I have an appointment on Monday to check my levels, so that's good. I do not want to overstim. I am sooooo nervous about that. I know that getting OHSS could cancel my cycle. So, pray for my little follicles, please!

I went to Old Navy yesterday because none of my pants button at this point. 1st of all, their maternity section sucks! I wanted cute jeans with elastic on the waist...I got them, but I won't go back when I need real maternity stuff. Seriously? You call 6 articles of clothing a "maternity section"? Thank God I'm not bigger...the only pants they had were smalls. Not impressed!

On a happy note, the Easter Bunny came for me! LOL, I woke up and there was a big pink basket on the counter with a card from Steven. He is too cute...he never ceases to amaze me. Is it normal to be with someone this long and still be head over heels for him?! There is no doubt in my mind that I have chosen the perfect guy to have babies with!

Happy Easter!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

I find it rather stimulating...

I am officially on stims! Steven just gave me my 150units of Follistim and 5units of Lupron. I am so excited! To me, this is the big show...this is when all the magic happens! All the follicles I grow now will make or break this cycle. I have an appointment on Monday at 9am to see how the stims are working. So, here I go!! Makin' babies!

Steven was so excited to start stims. When he woke me up this morning, the first thing he said was "You know what we get to do tonight!" We don't do our shots until 7pm...this was at 6am. He's too cute. I am a lucky, lucky girl!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Follicles, follicles, follicles!

I had my ultrasound today. I have more that 25 follicles on each side already! None are measurable, but there are already lots to work with! I start stims on Friday night. Then, I also bring my Lupron down to 5 units. Dr. A just wants to keep a very watchful eye on me so I don't overstimulate. So...lucky me...bloodwork and ultrasounds every day from Friday till egg retrieval. Oh well, gotta do what I gotta do!

The Dr. just called. My Estrodiol level was 14.7...which is good. Anything lower than 80 is good. He also confirmed that I have PCOS, but is confident that I will be fine as long as we monitor my follicles closely.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Are we done yet?

Hey! Nothing much to report, but Aunt Flo is the world's worst guest! She is putting me in a bad mood! And she is giving me cramps and somehow making me fat! I think she's just mad because I am not letting her visit again for the next 9 months or so.

I had my baseline today. I didn't get the results yet because I didn't get to the lab until about 3pm. I have an ultrasound at 8am, so I will ask about my E2 I even know what that means. Just smile and nod, Candi.

Well, just wanted to update and say that I didn't bleed to I always think I am going to. I'm such a drama queen. My daughters will inherit that, I'm sure!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Things are finally going my way!

As I reported yesterday, I was spotting. Well, I woke up this morning and Aunt Flo had packed up and I thought. I was really bummed. I thought that was it...and it wasn't good enough. I went to the bathroom this afternoon, and well...she came back with a vengeance! I have never been so happy to see her. I have my baseline bloodwork tomorrow then my ultrasound on Wednesday at 8:15. Everything is coming together perfectly!! I am truly blessed and so excited to get going. If everything goes as planned, I will start stims on Friday. Time is literally flying now! I'll be having egg retrieval sooner than I even know!

My mom is officially my roomie!! How awesome is that? She moved all the way from Texas and will be here to help me through IVF and pregnancy. She is my best friend in the whole world and I feel so blessed to be able to share this with her. Life doesn't get any better!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

No way!!

OK, well...I started my period!!! It's only spotting, but seeing as how I normally don't get it at all without taking Provera, I am super excited! I'm pretty crampy but I'll take it! I just can't believe that it came on its own! I feel so accomplished!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

New day, new worries.

I have a new issue. I am very nervous. As I have written in past posts, I do not get regular periods on my own. I have had 2 periods since going off of Depo-Prevera, and both were brought on because Dr. A prescribed Provera for me. I was told to call when I get it, so I can go in for blood work. Before I start my Follistim, this blood work has to be done. I was supposed to start yesterday, but I didn't. To be completely honest, I highly doubt I will. I haven't had a period on my own since October of 2006...when I went off Depo. I don't think now is any different.

I am worried that I won't start at all and my cycle will be cancelled. I called Dr. A's office and asked the NP what we are going to do if this occurs. All she could say was that "Lupron sometimes makes your period late." Well, that didn't help. How can it be late when it doesn't exist?? Has anyone heard of going through with IVF even though Aunt Flo never came?? I am so worried.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Seeing is believing...

It doesn't look that bad...but it is!




Tuesday, March 11, 2008

OK, meds are here. If I wasn't such a talker...I'd be speechless! Actually, it worked out OK...some meds have to stay cold so they packed in an icepack. I was having a hot flash, so I saw the icepack and was like "how'd they know?" So anyway, we have the Follistim Pen with all it's lovely little cartridges and needles. That's in the fridge, next to the milk and the who-knows-what that's been in the Tupperware for at least 3 months. Anyway, then there's the HCG or "trigger shot" with it's ginormous want me to put that WHERE? Like, in my skin? It may come out the other side, but whatever. Then we have those lovely progesterone suppositories...for you-know-where (gag) and some weird antibiotics for after Egg Retrieval. I got some estrogen patches but the Dr. never mentioned them so I don't even know what I'm doing there. Guess I'd better call and ask. Either that or stick one on one of the dogs and see what happens. Very scientific!

All joking aside...when I opened the box, it was very overwhelming. I actually didn't know what to say. I knew what to expect, kinda...but to see it all laid out is definitely nothing you can plan for. Now that I have taken a second to breathe, I am so excited that its all here in my possession and its allllll mine!! Still about a week and a half before I start stims, but the important thing is that I have stims!! Bring it on!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

And now, a word from our sponsor...

Last week, I was talking to another IVFer and she said she was using Visualization & Meditation during her cycle. She said it was really helping her keep her stress level down. So, I went to the Anji Inc. website and read everything. After I was convinced, I ordered Imagery and Meditations to Support In-Vitro Fertilization. It was kind of expensive ($24.95) but I heard and read such great things about it...I thought I'd give it a whirl. It was cool because you can either choose to have the CD delivered or download it straight from the site. Aside from being painfully impatient, I was putting it on my iPod anyway, so I downloaded it. I also made 2 copies on CD-R. One for me and one to leave with my masseuse.

There are 4 tracks:
Track 1: Hitting Your Mark. From Shots to Retrieval
Track 2: Rest and Rejuvinate. Between Retrieval and Transfer
Track 3: Baby's Sweet Spot! From Transfer to Implatation (Week 1 of 2ww)
Track 4: The Waiting Game. From Implantation to Pregnancy Test (Week 2 of 2ww)

I LOVE IT!! I usually don't really respond to things like this...I am too easily annoyed. I felt the difference right away! I even stayed relaxed! I felt a change in my body and feel a lot more in tune with it. I know I sound like an infomercial, but give it a try. I promise you will love it, too. I really think it is going to make all the difference with my cycle.

Friday, March 7, 2008

That's like, 2 Louis Vuittons and a Coach!'s official. The checks have been sent. The grand (ouch!) total... $8,525 plus $2,000 for meds. Steven did my Lupron injection while I was typing that last sentence.

I have been getting a little nervous. I mean, there is no turning back now. This is real! As excited as I am, I am starting to realize that all of this is going to happen to me and I am just trying to prepare myself for all of it. I never expected to feel this emotional during this process. Ugh...I have a feeling its only gonna get worse! Please pray...for my husband!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Case closed.

I just got a call from the bank. IVF is officially approved. The lawyer told them what was up. I'm not super surprised because she told me not to worry...but for those of you following this thing, the financial part is finally over. For real!

Monday, March 3, 2008

So...maybe I lied!

OK, I'm a liar! The Lupron is no "piece of cake". I had to wait for it to soak in before I could really know what the heck I just did!! No bruising...Steven is a master stabber, but the second shot did hurt more than the first. It makes me feel like its going right into my bladder. I have been reassured that it isn't...but I'm not convinced. Just wait until pee starts coming out of the injection sites!! Oh well, anyway...side effects, side effects, and more side effects. First, we have the ever so popular hot flashes. Fun stuff! Then there's the bloating, cramping, and did I mention hot flashes?? Ugh! Only 4 weeks until retrieval...then Lupron can kiss my booty!

Got a lovely email from the trust today. We've gone from "We just need to make sure it is ok legally." to "Well, the legal advice is helpful, but the trust committee will have the final say." Are they serious?? I was distraught for about 5 seconds...then my lawyer called. She said they can't deny it because the trust was set up to "make me whole". So, she told me not to worry and she also thinks it is time for me to give the bank the boot. She said that there is a different kind of trust that will be protected, but at the same time be easier for me to access. I say yay! Those jerks should've never messed with me...I'm hormonal!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Piece of Cake!

Well, my 1st Lupron shot is done!! It was no problem. Didn't hurt at all! Now my nerves are down and I can enjoy the excitement of what I'm about to do.