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Embryo Transfer

Aug 18, 2009 @ 08:02 PM – by SEO Admin
We had good embryo development and were able to transfer two and freeze a few for future treatment. Despite the mock transfer, I was extremely nervous when we arrived for the embryo transfer. I took the valium and within 20 minutes my nervousness dissipated. The transfer went very smoothly and felt just like the mock transfer. We returned homeand I spent the day reclining like I was instructed. I felt a little bloated the day after the transfer, but since then I've felt normal. Now we are anxiously awaiting the pregnancy test.

My Egg Retrieval

Aug 11, 2009 @ 05:39 PM – by SEO Admin

My retrieval was everything and nothing I thought it would be. I was very nervous about the IV which ended up being the easiest part of the day. I had the best nurse start my IV and I didnt feel a thing after the mild sting of the lidocaine. When they were ready for the retrieval, they walked me back to the OR. The next thing I knew, Dr. Kathy woke me up telling me they had retrieved 22 eggs. I had moderate abdominal pain and felt very nauseated. The recovery nurse gave me crackers and Tylenol and let me up to get dressed. I vomited a few times and slept for the rest of the day. I cannot say enough about the care and compassion I received.
The day following my retrieval, I woke with mild abdominal pain. I took two Tylenol that did the trick. I started my Endometrin and Estrace with no real side effects to speak of. Despite maintaining a high sodium diet, I became so bloated by lunch that I was having difficulty breathing and had gained 5 lbs. The nurse asked me to have a sonog

Sodium Quest and Trigger Reaction

Aug 4, 2009 @ 09:05 PM – by SEO Admin

By the end of the day yesterday, I was so bloated that I felt miserable and was having difficulty breathing. I decided to take the nurse's advice and increase my sodium intake. My husband and I reviewed online menus for nutritional information and found something to fit the bill. We were on a sodium quest. I cannot say enough about how much better I felt after eating so much sodium. It has made all the difference and I have continued a high sodium diet today with much success.

I took my trigger last night, elated that it was my last injection. I mixed it the way the nurse instructed, but I had a difficult time drawing all of the medication out of the vial. I worked the needle around and shook the vial several times and finally got all of it except a small drop. By the time I was finished the needle was bent, so I got a new one for the injection. The injection felt the same as it has with the other medications. However, I have had more of a reaction to it. The injection sit

Trigger Time

Aug 3, 2009 @ 09:29 PM – by SEO Admin
I have now had 3 sonograms and it has been amazing to watch all the follicles develop. I have felt good, but the past few days I've felt bloated. It has been mildly uncomfortable. I talked to the nurse about it today and she said I needed to increase my sodium intake. The nurse also gave me trigger instructions, pending my E2 result. Sure enough, Dr. Kevin decided to trigger me today for a Wednesday retrieval. I've gotten really comfortable with the FSH injections. Now those are all gone and I have a new set of instructions to follow. I feel like I'm starting over and am all confused again.

FSH Continues

Jul 29, 2009 @ 04:58 PM – by SEO Admin
I have gotten much better at the FSH injections and the process has become very streamlined. It no longer seems intimidating, which is very exciting. My first Estradiol level was yesterday and Dr. Nackley said it was exactly where it should be. My first sonogram is scheduled for tomorrow. I dont feel any different since starting FSH and I am anxious to see what is happening.

Starting FSH

Jul 26, 2009 @ 01:42 PM – by SEO Admin
Last night was my first FSH injection. I had decided that I was going to inject the Lupron last since Ive done it before and the Menopur first since the nurse told me it may sting. I got out everything I would need and my kitchen table was covered in syringes, needles, vials, and instruction sheets. Just by looking at the table, the injections seemed overwhelming. I was also very nervous about making a mistake. I mixed the 2 vials of Menopur and injected them. It did sting a little, but not near as much as I thought it would. Next I primed then injected the Gonal-f. The needle is so small and the medication didnt sting at all. Then the Lupron and I was done! Im sure Ill get more confident in a few days as I get used to the new routine.

One Step Closer

Jul 24, 2009 @ 03:59 PM – by SEO Admin
I have completed my first 9 days of Lupron injections and can happily say that I have had no real side effects other than a few small bruises on my stomach. So far, it has been much easier than I ever would have thought. My baseline sonogram is scheduled for today, which means that Ill start FSH tomorrow. Im nervous about going from 1 injection to 3 injections per day, but its only for a short time and were one step closer.

My First Injection

Jul 15, 2009 @ 10:05 PM – by SEO Admin
I gave myself my first injection this evening. It is far from what you would typically think of as "getting a shot". I was a little nervous about it, so even though I had injection teaching at the clinic, I watched the injection teaching video on the CAR website. It helped remind me of all the steps and was a great visual aid. As far as the injection itself, it was amazingly simple. I didn't feel the needle or the medication at all! After I finished, I did get a slight sensation somewhere between an itch and a burn. It wasn't as painful as it was irritating, mainly because I wanted to scratch it and know I can't. I may get tired of being a pincushion, but for now, I am very optimistic about the rest of the Lupron injections.

Calendar Time

Jul 13, 2009 @ 05:57 PM – by SEO Admin
We have finally managed to complete all of our pre-cycle requirements. I had my mock transfer and Phase II visit today. The mock transfer itself was somewhat uncomfortable. There was a mild scraping sensation in my uterus that paled in comparison to the pressure of my full bladder. The doctor said that mock transfer feels very similar to the real deal. I think it will help me relax when it comes time for the real transfer since I will already know what to expect. After the mock transfer, I received my calendar and got an injection teaching class. I start Lupron on Wednesday. During injection teaching, I had a brief moment where I wondered what Im getting myself into. I tend to be a little needle phobic. The nurse was very reassuring and gave me confidence in myself. Well see what Wednesday has to offer.

The IVF Decision

Jul 9, 2009 @ 02:01 PM – by SEO Admin
After much consideration, my husband and I have finally decided to pursue IVF. We have been married for over 8 years with no luck on our own. We came to CAR for treatment and went through several IUI cycles that were unsuccessful. We considered the options and decided our best chance was IVF. I am equally excited and apprehensive about the process. We are trying to complete our pre-cycle requirements, which has been especially difficult with my husbands work schedule. The process seems daunting, but we are taking things one step at a time. I continually remind myself that this is just another way to achieve our dream of starting a family.