Tuesday, September 30, 2008

7DPIUI ~ 1 Down 1 To Go

I felt awful last week, the bloatedness, heaviness, achyness, did not go away until Sunday. But now that I had my 2500IU booster of HCG yesterday, it is back. Not as bad as when it started, but it's noticable.

I had an u/s and I have some fluid by the Left Ovary. They are not as big as they were when I was about to O. Had b/w done as well, and my P4 was 25.9. My P4 when I got a +Beta was only 11.9, so I hope I hope I hope.

For the last few days I have been having cervix aches if there is such a thing. All I know is that I have become very aware of my cervix and that has only happened once before, but I refuse to say when. >wink<

I must say I was frightened to wake up this morning. During my 2ww in June and July, my boobs stopped being sore around 7/8DPO. So far so good. PHEW!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Signs All Around Us

Ok has anyone watched Final Destination? Well, if you have you now it's all about following the signs.

Here are mine:

April cycle(BFP m/c) ~ call about LH surge 4/21, IUIs 4/22 and 4/23.
Sept cycle ~ call about LH surge 9/22, IUI 9/23
***Both months have 30 days in them.

April cycle ~ U/S after first IUI preformed by Mary.
Sept cycle ~ U/S after IUI preformed by Mary.
***These are the only two times I have EVER seen Mary!

April cycle ~ Tested on 5/7/08
Sept cycle ~ Testing on 10/7/08

April cycle ~ Started a pain in the arse project at work.
Sept cycle ~ Started Part 2 of this same project at work.

I know I know I know I am reading to far into this....I know it.

2DPIUI ~ I can float!

I feel so bloated I think I would float on my own like a bouy. Tender, achy, sore. More noticable when I walk and move in bed.

Called my Nurse b/c I read (and also got confirmation from a former patient of my clinic) that the booster HCG shot can worsen OHSS. She said to keep my appointment and they will do an u/s and based on that and how I am feeling determine if I get the booster or oral progesterone. I asked if I get a P4, she said yes, P4, E2 and Beta!!! I didn't think to ask, but I guess the beta is to see how much of the first HCG shot is left in my system. LOL I was just excited at the word Beta!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Give me Space(s)

Why doesn't blogger want to add the spaces between paragraphs??

CD 14 ~ It's raining...spermies!!!

My CD13 levels:

E2 ~ >2000

P4 ~ 1.56

LH ~ 38.9

My Final Follie Count:

Right ~ 23mm, 22mm, (2)15mm, (2)16mm, 12mm

Left ~ 25mm, 17mm, 15mm, (2)14mm, (2) 13mm, 12mm

IUI stats:

Pre-wash ~ 48 million, 35%

Post-wash ~ 58 million, 45%.

I was given the option to go back and do another IUI today, but I opted for BDing in the AM on and again on Thursday to have my bases covered.

I go back Monday for the booster shot of HCG. I asked if the booster is in place of progesterone and he said yes. I am at risk for OHSS. Was told to drink loads of Gatorade and eat soup. Salty stuffs. I can tell you shortly after the procedure I started to feel bloated! I am tender, not from the IUI, in the abdomen. I have to walk slow so it doesn't bother me. I started feeling things going on in my ovaries yesterday morning.

And guess what, this is the earliest I have ever O'd. I hope, I hope, I hope.

Monday, September 22, 2008

So, like, um...I AM SURGING!!!!!!!!!

How??? OMG!!!!!!!!!

The nurse just called and said my E2 is over 2000. They are mature and I am ready. OMG am I ready?? So I have to take 2 of the 4 cc's of HCG as soon as I get home. IUI is set up for 1pm tomorrow.

Thought, prayers, and dust.... please?!?!?

CD13 Yowsa!!!!

My levels from CD8:

E2 ~ 180
P4 ~ .43
LH ~ 5.57

My Follie Count for CD 13:

Lining: 11.7

Right ~ 13mm, 12mm, 12mm
Left ~ 14mm, 14mm, 13mm, 12mm, 10mm, 10mm, 9mm

Where the hell did they all come from????

So the plan is to do 2 more days of 150IU of Follistim. Go back on Wednesday, trigger either Wednesday night or Thursday night and one IUI on either Friday or Saturday w/ some BDing thrown in there.

I got the selective reduction talk. He said he ideally would not like for me to carry more than twins. I am a fluffy gal, I know I could not manage more than twins. I know it's such a difficult decision to make. I am personally on the fence. I would not like to harm my babies in anyway by trying to carry too many, nor would I want to basically abort any of them. I don't mean to offend anyone with that last statement, I know it's got to be the most painful decision to make and I hope to God I never have to make it.

Is it too early to be getting uber excited? I hope not, b/c I am STOKED!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

CD8 - Things-a-Brewin'

Had my RE appointment today. I have a 7.2mm lining. I don't get it, on CD3 prior to the heavy bleeding and clotting, my lining was 7.8mm, how could it have only gone down .6mm after what I just experienced??

I have 3 follies on the Right side that are being watched - 11mm, 9mm and 8mm and 2 follies on my Left side that are being watched - 7mmX2. I have an 18mm follie with irregular borders that was there on CD 3 as well. We are ignoring that one. Funny thing, I Usually O from my Left side and it seems Righty is doing pretty good this time around. The last time Righty had a follie I got a BFP.

So, I will be doing 150iu of Follistim for 5 more days and I go back on Monday w/ my HCG shot. Now, this could all change based on the B/W. So, we'll see.

I also took a peep at my CD3 blood work…

E2 - 37.0

P4 - .2

FSH - 5.3

LH - 4.8

What do you think??

I looked it up here FertilityPlus.

CD3 E2 levels should be between 25-75 - Levels on the lower end tend to be better for stimulating. Abnormally high levels on day 3 may indicate existence of a functional cyst or diminished ovarian reserve.

CD3 P4 levels should be <1.5>Often called the follicular phase level. An elevated level may indicate a lower pregnancy rate.

CD3 FSH levels should be between 3-20 - FSH is often used as a gauge of ovarian reserve. In general, under 6 is excellent, 6-9 is good, 9-10 fair, 10-13 diminished reserve, 13+ very hard to stimulate. In PCOS testing, the LH:FSH ratio may be used in the diagnosis. The ratio is usually close to 1:1, but if the LH is higher, it is one possible indication of PCOS.

CD3 LH levels should be <7>A normal LH level is similar to FSH. An LH that is higher than FSH is one indication of PCOS.

I think I am doing good..huh?? So why no baby yet!!!!

I called the pharmacy this is the price quote I got for Follistim:

300iu $382.80

600iu $765.60

900iu $1148.40

I was given a 300iu and 600iu in the beginning by my RE, and now I was just given 2 - 300iu. $1914 worth of meds. I can't afford that each month. Dam this better work.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

CD7 - Great things come in small packages.

HCG was delivered 10:30am to DH's Aunties house. I am so happy that is out of the way.

Well AF has decided she is going to stick around, but she is not going to be pushy. Tell me why I had wet clear cm and AF on my TP this morning. UGH!!!! I don't get it.

Oh, I drew blood last night. Yup. My first time since starting the injections. I freaked out and then I thought I was seeing a bump at the injection site and all I could think of was that the medicine is in the bump and it's not going where it needs to.

Something is brewing in there people. I am feeling it on both sides. Please let tomorrow show me great news.

Monday, September 15, 2008


The following may be too graphic for most. I am documenting it as a reminder of the next time someone wants to RX provera for me!

Picture it 4 am Saturday morning, you wake up startled. You go to move in the bed and you feel...a GUSH...OMG what's going on?!? Run to the bathroom half a sleep, no glasses trying not to gush on the way. All hell breaks loose in my undies. Wash, rinse repeat almost every hour for the entire weekend. If I left my house it was for a very shot period of time. Gravity is not my friend. I was hoping it would go away before work on Monday. Not entirely. Not as bad, but not entirely gone.

I have given myself 2 shots so far. It does not hurt. DH is a punk lol and can't give me the shot, so I have been doing it myself...his part...he pinches my skin.

I was having a bad time finding the HCG shot. I have been calling around since Friday....this is what I get...

CVS (my regular pharmacy) ~ Wants $105 for the generic and they would have to order it from the warehouse.

Walmart ~ Wants $65.88 for generic and I would have to order by 7pm on Friday to get it on Tuesday.

Walgreens ~ Wants $61.99 for the generic and I have to order by 5pm on Monday to get it next day. A second call (after what I learned at RiteAid) to Walgreen's shows that the warehouse they use does not have HCG in stock at the mo'.

RiteAid PKA Eckerd ~ Wants $56.19 for generic and if they ordered it Friday night I would get it Saturday. I went straight to RiteAid, first they acted like the didn't know what I was talking about or that I even called them. They called the warehouse and dun dun dun ...they don't have any in stock.

I called Freedom Pharmacy this morning....they want $38.40 including the needles and syringes and free overnight delivery. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoo freaking HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoo!! I called my RE and they are faxing the Script over.

What a relief.

*Update* My HCG will arrive tomorrow via FEDEX!!!! I am so freaking excited.

Friday, September 12, 2008

CD3 Baselines are loaded!!

Today was my appointment with the RE. When I arrived I had my blood drawn and then my ultrasound. My lining is now 7.8mm where it was 11.7mm on Sept 9th. This is good. I am glad it has gone down…not way down but down. But I am still AFing so, I am sure it will go down some more. We were then called in to speak to the RE. I am going to take 200mg of clomid CD 3-7 AND 150UI of Follistim CD 3-7. I also received an RX for HCG. I had a teaching session w/ the Nurse. The needle is very very thin and did not hurt. I will be injecting my thigh instead of my belly. I am nervous as all heck. Shoot I did not think he would start me on 150IU of Follistim, is he trying to get me pregnant or something. LOL

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What a nightmare!

Last night AF seemed to dwindle down to nothing, nada, zilch...this scared me. I thought that it was starting all over w/ the come and go from last cycle. I was also scared that I jumped the gun and yesterday was not really CD1 making tomorrow not really CD3.

I had a nightmare. My lining was not right and my RE kept telling me that we could not do anything this cycle. I begged for Fem*ara or just Clo*mid...anything. He kept saying no. I was so devastated.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008


YESSSSSSS!!!! Honestly after 20 or so days of bleeding I didn't think I would be so happy to have AF again. I think that break was harder than it was supposed to be. So called the RE, my appointment is on Friday for CD3 b/w and u/s. This is my one shot deal w/ the injectibles. Anyone know if my lining is too thick what will happen??

The plan is Clomid w/ the injectibles, don't know how much and when yet. Is it Friday yet?

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

CD 28 - See Spot Run, See Spot Hide

Last night was my last provera pill. Shortly after I had to make a pit stop. *TMI ALERT* Whilst in the loo I noticed a tinging of pink on my TP. I actually said to myself wow! wow! WOW! Ok, deep breath, butterflies, WOW!! SIGH.

I was not expecting it this soon. I dunno if I am shooked at it's promptness, excited at the prospect of a new cycle and a new opportunity, or nervous and scared of bleeding again for 20 days.

This morning I had nothing. But a few hours ago it was back and as of the last pit stop it seems to be getting heavier. Still not a light flow...more of a spotting, but getting there. OMG!!!!!!! I am going to do injectibles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

CD27 - The Finale PROVERA

Today will be my last provera. Can't wait to see how long AF will take to get here. Come on girlfriend I am ready for the needles!!

WombForImprovement said...
But you've only just finished your last period! Maybe this
one will be lighter because your womb lining hasn't had as long to develop. God,
a year ago I wouldn't have had a clue about all this.

I took the provera initially to stop the abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). But the normal side effect for the provera is to cause you to shed your lining. My lining was 11.7 upon last measure and that was AFTER bleeding for 20 some odd days, so no thin lining here. My doctor really didn't consider the entire 20 days AF, and referred to it as AUB.

So I am thinking w/ the thickness of my lining I am in for it when AF gets here. I just hope that it's my normal 7 days and not triple that. Once she is here I call to set up my baseline appointment. Hopefully all will be well and I can start clo*mid and foll*istim.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

CD22 ~ The End is near...

Thank you for your good wishes.

So, I got THE call. Well actually I called them at 4pm b/c they did not call yet and the nurses were still discussing blood work with the doctor. I leave work at 4:15, told DH to race home so I can see if there is a VM. There was. The nurse said the doctor said to go ahead and start on the Provera. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISS!!!!!

So I debated all night long... to take the provera or not to take the provera. What if there is a chance I may still O?? I would have missed it last cycle had I listened to the nurse and went home to wait for AF. What if I don't O and I make the wait to start a new cycle even longer. The deciding factor?!? After no spotting or anything all day lone, I went to the bathroom after watching the new 90210(which was not as bad as I thought it would be) and I seen Red. Told DH to come on we are going to CVS and I got my RX and took my first pill last night.

7 days...last time I had to take Provera, it was for 10 days...10mg...and the most horrid, retched, AF I ever had in my life. I am scared of what kind of AF I am going to have when it comes. DH said he will put a shower curtain under me LOL...men!

So, here we go again w/ this yo-yo cycle...it's still a break one and I put my BBT back in the draw.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CD21 - Break cycle turned natural cycle

Today was my follow up RE appointment. Had my blood taken by my not usual nurse who kinda hurts, and then went to get my ultrasound. My 16mm (on Friday) follie is now at 15mm, oddly shaped and has liquid around it. The tech said I am in process of O'ing. She was very happy. My lining was 10mm on Friday and is now 11.7mm, it’s thick, but the bleeding is just spotting now. They then asked if I completed my homework that was assigned to me (relations with DH on Monday), of course I did on Friday, Sunday AND Monday!~! So they next did a PCT (post coital test). We waited to be called back to speak to the RE. What he said is that 1 of 2 things can be happening. 1- I am ovulating on my own which is great or 2- it’s a fake out…a follicle that is empty. The nurse will call me with the results of my blood work. If #1 is true than we had good timing with our relations and the doctor said my PCT was good (last time I had dead spermies). If #2 is true, he gave me a prescription for provera to shed the lining. Once I shed that lining, we will start with clomid and follistim. I asked what could explain the bleeding, he said hormone imbalance. I asked if the ovulation that I may be doing is a residual effect from the oral meds I have been taking, he said no, that my body is most likely metabolizing correctly due to the Fortamet.