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IVF CD 2- We've started STIMS!

Guess what?!  Yesterday was officially day one of stims.  Yep.  It seemed like forever before it would get here, but once it did, things got real very quickly.

S. was caught in the torrential rain storms we have been having here lately.  So, that meant I got to do my first IVF injections by myself.  Not a problem.  It was kind of the way things happened when we did our IUI, but I have to admit this one had me slightly intimidated.

The protocol is 225 iu of Gonadotropin (Gonal-F) and 75 iu of Menopur.  The Gonal-F pen was pretty simple.  For that I'm thankful as I have seen some posters have to do quite bit more than I for their injection.  Make sure you allow the Gonal F to warm to room temperature.

The Menopur was a bit more complicated.  I actually used the education sheet and the video to make sure I was doing everything properly.  I  also took the advice of several #ttcsisters and some of my personal girlfriends and iced about 10-15 minutes prior to the Menopur.  That helped and I didn't get too much of a burn factor, but I did get a bit of headache later that I've read is associated with the injections.

Tonight will be Stims Day 2.  Hopefully, it will be just as smooth.

For those that want a quick at-a-glance, I've included it here.

Stims Day 1

  • Gonal F- 225 iu
  • Menopur- 75 iu

Stims Day 1 Side Effects/Symptoms

  • Slight pain at the injection sites about 30 minutes after
  • Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables

I'll check in with you later.

The Meds Have Arrived

It's been a busy weekend in our household.  I was already anticipating medicine arriving some time on Friday, but supposed it would be closer to the late evening.  So, I was pleased to receive an email from our pharmacy letting me know that our order had been processed and was ready for shipping.

That was an awesome email and almost immediately after I received another one that let me know that not only had it been picked up, but it had already been delivered!  

Knowing there were meds in the package that needed to be refrigerated as soon as possible, I saved what could be worked from home and hightailed it to the house.

Look what was waiting for me when I got home!
That's a lot of meds
Oh my goodness.  So, I took the obligatory picture of medicine and then took the task of moving things around in the fridge until my snack compartment looked like a medicine dispensary.  Wow.  It looks like we're actually moving forward with this.  Every day and were getting closer!

I found out via Instagram that several of my women that I follow and those who follow me are due to have their retrievals and transfers in October.  We'll all be on similar journeys at the same time.  That makes me feel a bit better.  Nothing like having people around you (even in cyber world) who know what you are doing through and can offer support and advice.

Now S. and I are completing the final modules and consents that signify one of two final steps necessary to officially "start" our IVF/ICSI cycle.  I'm so very excited.  S. is too.  He has been lying beside me talking about the procedure, discussing how we will tell everyone...I really hope we will have success our first time.  I pray we have success our first time.

Have a great evening.

The results....

If you follow my Instagram page, you know by now that my lab blood work came back with my confirmed suspicion of Vitamin D deficiency as well as lower adrenal function and anemia. Essentially, this is the reason I've been feeling like I'm dragging every where I go.  Because some of my blood work and follow-up answers showed hormonal implications (i.e. longer and heavier periods), I was prescribed progesterone. My Vitamin D implications have me taking 10000 IU for a month and then 5000 units daily thereafter.  Because of the cognitive and memory issues associated with the deficiency and also my Hashimoto's, I have been recommended pregnolsone (SP) to aid in that.

Now, I've been at home, at work, everywhere doing as much research as I can about the impacts of Vitamin D deficiency on fertility.  I stumbled across several articles that confirm that Vitamin D can has as much as a 30 to 50 percent risk increase in fertility issues and/or miscarriage!  Wow!
Hopefully, the Vitamin D increase will work and S. and I will understand what the disconnect has been in our bodies.

We'll keep you in the loop!  Love you!


Blizzard Stories...

I apologize for the blackout.  We've been having "fun" addressing Winter Storm Jonas.  With all of the warnings and advisories the meteorologists put out, I made sure to stay home Friday.  The school systems mimicked our lead and kept our little people home as well.

The snow was scheduled to start at 1PM.  I was all set to sit down and hunker in, but then we received a call.  My husband's father was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pain.  This was huge because my father in law never goes to the hospital.  After a series of phone calls, S., our son, our daughter, and I loaded up the vehicle and drove an hour away to the hospital...with the knowledge that the blizzard would begin in a couple of hours.

We arrived to the hospital and went to his room.  You could tell he was in such pain.  The doctors had run tests and were awaiting results, but were certain that surgery would have to be performed. He was pale and in such massive pain.  While waiting for results and guidance, the snow began to fall.

A phone call from home let us know the snow was falling at a frantic pace.  The doctor told us it would be several hours before the test results were read and he would call us with the results.  So at my father in law's insistence that the family leave for safer road conditions and with the assurance of a follow-up call from the doctor, our family climbed in the car to make the hour trek back home. Only, it wasn't that simple.  By now the snow had been falling at a pretty good clip and driving was slow.  The roads weren't exactly pretty either.  I'm eternally thankful for four wheel drive and a dedicated husband.

Close to two hours later, we made it home and got inside.  I made some hot chocolate and checked some email while we awaited the doctor's call.  Another hour later, the doctor called and told us they were taking my father in law back for surgery immediately.  Our father in law had an organ transplant in the last year and the scar tissue had wrapped itself around his bowel.  About 8 inches of his small intestine was now dead and had to be removed.  The surgery would take about an hour and they would let us know how the surgery went.

So, for an hour, we sat while TONS of snow fell all around us outside.  Finally, the phone rang and the doctor explained the surgery was a success, that my father in law was in pain from the surgery, but on medication, and that he would be able to speak with us later that evening, but we should consider keeping it brief to let him rest.  What a relief!  S., my mother in law, and I were able to relax much better after that.  My mother in law was able to do so even more after hearing her husband's voice.  With her fighting a severe illness of her own, she cannot be in the hospital because of a compromised immune system.  It was frustrating for her not to be with her husband or able to get to him if she could with all of the snow.

About fifteen minutes later, my father in law called and calmed her fears.  He let her know that he was hurting, but was okay and wanted to get some rest.  I love their love.  Meanwhile, we (S. and I) sat and watched the snow fall for 36 hours straight.  It was amazing.

Today was the first day we've seen sun in 36 hours.  The sun rose and the men shoveled the sidewalks and driveways while I made hot breakfasts and cocoa.  I think we've watched so many Lifetime movies, I should own stock in the channel.  The only interesting thing was our neighborhood was plowed right away (surprise!) but the connecting sister subdivision was not and they are not happy about that at all.  You should read the comments on our HOA page.  But it wasn't an HOA thing, it was a private resident thing who owns some equipment and took it on himself to plow the roads on this side of the development because that's what he uses.  

Either way, there is no school tomorrow and I'll be teleworking because I can't leave the little people when my mother in law has a medical appointment.
Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.  We've a lot going on with all of the medical appointments and doctor visits, but this too shall pass.  Pray especially for my husband.  He seems to be handling everything well, but it has to be a lot to have both your mother and father ill at the same time.  I appreciate all of your prayers.

In the meantime, I hope you all have fared well in the storm.  The news just said we hit 20 inches in snowfall total in our neighborhood.  Other have received much more.  Got to love the Winter.

Be blessed and I will speak to you soon.