Monday, October 29, 2007

Back and Forth

All along we were told that our surgery date for the egg retrieval was going to be on 1 November. When I went for my appointment on Friday though, they told us we could already have it on 31 October. Great, we thought, A Halloween conception. That can only be a fun baby, right? Well, after my appointment today the doctors think that it should be 1 November. Oh well, the baby will still be fun and I get to work one extra day this week.

Other than that all is well. We’re just exhausted from all the driving to Walter Reed every morning, just to be there at 6 AM each day. That makes for a long day. I don’t think I’ll be watching Heroes tonight.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

My. Head. Hurts

I would describe it as an undercover headache as it’s not really full-blown. It’s hiding in there somewhere and every once in a while I make a certain movement and ouch, there it goes.

Oh Well. It may have to do with the fact that I got up before 4 AM today. All I can think about is a nice big fat dinner and my PJs and my bed. In that order, although I am not opposed to having dinner in bed.

We’ll see.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I started taking the Gonal F and Menopur shots on Sunday and while the needle prick actually hurts less than the Lupron one, the meds sting. First of all, it’s a lot more to inject and I can feel the sting inside, where I inject it at. It’s really weird. Last night I started taking those shots in the stomach so that I can actually see how far the plunger is down. I have to take those twice a day, which sucks, but compared to what’s coming with the HCG and the progesterone, I think this is great for now.

Tomorrow, it’s back to the hospital to get my blood drawn. Since I live in VA and the clinic is at Walter Reed I will actually take the metro there tomorrow so that I don’t have to deal with all the traffic after the appointment. That way I get to work better. The down side is that I have to take the very first metro. Oh well.

As far as side effects go, I feel fine. I am a little crampy at times, but nothing special.

OK, I have to go to CVS and get more needles.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

My Meds


And no, I don’t mean anyone of these guys.

I feel like a junkie because of all the meds I have sitting on my dining room table. I should take a picture of it all.
I have two shopping bags full of Menopur and Bravelle. And yes, please Google them if you feel inclined to do so. I may post more on the meds later. Then I have a somewhat smaller bag full of Gonal F and a whole bag full of needles. It just hurts to look at it. There are also the really big 1 ½ inch ones for the Novarel (HCG) and for the Progesterone. Precisely for the latter two meds the nurse drew some really cute shapes on my butt so that the hubby knows where to inject me with them. We did a test yesterday with simple Sodium Chloride and it wasn’t that bad, but I heard the Progesterone is though since it is in oil, but we will see.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Tomorrow is the big the day. My baseline appointment is finally here.
To this day I have still not had any side effects, which I hope will continue. I should get more meds tomorrow too, so who knows how many injections I get to have each night.

The other day, when I was putting the cap back on my needle, it went through the cap and poked me in my finger. It still hurts now. But that is a small price to pay for the joys that are to come :))

When it Rains…

You know the rest.

Sometimes things just happen out of nowhere and it makes you feel like somebody wants to screw everything up for you. And all you get to do is keep going and hoping it’ll all work out in the end.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Day 11

I know I am going to jinx myself here, but this the 11th day I am on Lupron and so far I have not had any side effects.
There was one incident when I got a little too emotional in the morning because I was soooooooo tired, but that might’ve been regular grumpiness.

I have been waiting to post this, but I figured that 11 days is pretty long, but who knows. Stay tuned for the “told you so” post.

Monday, October 01, 2007

The never-published Post

Well, it should be more like the never-written post, but there were attempts over the last two months.

It has been somewhat stress-full lately, leading up to this month, which I like to call conception month. For the last three weeks I have been taking the birth control pill, even though I don’t even want to control that. Now I am on Lupron, which I have to inject myself with each night. Today was actually my first shot. It is quite different if you’re giving yourself a shot or somebody else as I have done many times before with my stepson when he was still on growth hormone. But all went well and I am still alive.

Reading over all the side effects and especially patients’ comments doesn’t make me feel too good about Lupron, but I keep in mind that most of them took it for other reasons.

I take it to completely suppress all production of eggs as the clinic, meaning my doc and the nurses would like to control that part of my cycle.

I am not very good at describing such medical details, but I hope my few readers (are there any?) will get the gist of this.

Now, the plan is for me to continue this for about two weeks. I will actually stop with the pill this weekend. Then, is my so-called baseline appointment which is meant to get a good reading of the status of my status (??). Then I will get more meds, which are then designed to overproduce eggs. They are called super-ovulatory drugs. Once that is done, the eggs will be retrieved and fertilized and then put back and then all should go well from there. While I am looking forward for that day, I am trying to keep focused on what is happening right now.

So, if I won’t post for another two months or so, you know why.