Here We Go!….

This week has been very exciting and tough all at the same time! I’m a little late updating the blog because we’ve been dealing with a sick dog all week.  On Sunday, we came home to a murder scene of blood in our house, and a very sick dog.  We took her to the ER vet, and they diagnosed her with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis–basically, inflammation in her intestines that was causing bleeding.

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On Monday, we did not think she was going to make it. She was trying to become septic (sugars dropping, almost hypothermic, WBC dropping, RBC dangerously high).  Tuesday, she started to turn around, and she got better and better each day. We were finally able to bring her home yesterday afternoon! (on LOTS of meds, but she’s home!)

 

After our morning visit with Benelli on Monday, we headed straight for the fertility clinic to begin treatment.  We did an ultrasound to check and make sure everything looked good to start treatments, and it all looked great.  Lee was fascinated! He made the tech explain everything she was looking at on the ultrasound. She happily did! She said most men hide in the corner and want nothing to do with what is going on.

After the ultrasound, we met with the nurse to discuss the plan.  They decided to use the medicine Femara, and they prescribed me 10 2.5mg pills to be taken all at once that night! So far, I’ve only had a few hot flashes, cried once or twice, a headache, and a little achy-ness.  Next Wednesday, I will go for another ultrasound and blood work. If one of those little dots turns into a big dot, I will give myself a trigger shot that night! (When I say “I will give myself”, I mean my nurse best friend will give me a shot- what would I do without Catherine!?)  (Side Note: Fertility meds are expensive! The Femara and HCG shot were not covered by my insurance.) If all goes well and there is an egg on the ultrasound next week, we will schedule the IUI 36-48 hours after the trigger shot.

Don’t forget we have the Infertility Awareness Fun Run coming up on April 8th in Metairie! If our first IUI is successful, we will donate our tickets to another couple.  We get 1 ticket for every person that joins our team and 10 tickets for every $250 raised! The grand prizes include IVF cycles and a $10,000 family building grant.

Join our team here

(**If you join our team, let one of us know, so we can make sure you were correctly added to our team! Also, let one of us know your shirt size for a team shirt!)

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Read More about the Fun Run here!

For anyone interested, here are my ultrasound images:

 

All of the black dots are undeveloped follicles, or cysts. On next week’s ultrasound, we will be looking for one of those dots to have grown to a mature egg.

Here are some comparisons of a normal ovary to a polycystic ovary:

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PCOS Awareness Symposium 2016

The start of the next phase

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

Today, I had oral surgery. This surgery was the last thing we needed to happen before beginning treatments.  I’m in quite a bit of pain, but I’m happy to have it complete.  However, sticking to my whole30 diet while on soft foods and hurting is a challenge! We are on day 9 of Whole30  currently! It is super important to us to be as healthy as we can possibly be right now. I have also re-joined the local yoga studio (shout out: http://www.spiralbranchyoga.com – If you are in the Denham Springs, LA area and you haven’t checked them out, you are missing out!) Both the Whole30 and Yoga have helped me tremendously already! I feel my mind is in a much clearer place, my spirit is uplifted, and I’m sleeping so much better!

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I will begin my 10 days of progesterone tomorrow! It feels surreal that we are actually beginning treatments.  While I am excited about the process, I’m taking it one day at a time.  I don’t want to get my hopes up too much (and add to the devastation if it doesn’t work), but I also don’t want to be a pessimist.  One day at a time. One step a time.  While this isn’t exactly how I imagined myself having children, I am grateful for options, and I am even more grateful for a supportive husband by my side through it all.  I couldn’t ask for a better person on my team!

For all of my friends going through the same things, figuring out their next steps, and waiting for/receiving IVF and IUI results, you are all in my prayers! We are all in this together!

PS: Join us for the Baby Steps Infertility Awareness Fun Run in Metarie on April 8th! Our team name is: “Not Foolin’ Around”  Sign up for our team here! or Donate if you can’t join us!

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