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IVF Process II

Consultation With RMA – Dr Hudson

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 We had a consultation appointment with Dr Hudson about our past two IVF cycles.  In a nut shell based on my past two cycles she does not feel the third one will results in more eggs. The first cycle I had five follicles with 4 eggs retrieved.  Only three where fertilized [...]

 

Counsyl Kit Results – Pre Genetic Testing

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Today I had a consultation with Katherine Davis about the Counsyl Kit testing Pete and I did a couple of weeks ago.  The Counsyl Kit does take our blood work and runs both of them for any type of diseases.  Here is the website for the Counsyl Kit https://www.counsyl.com/ Katherine the [...]

 

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Negative

Thursday, January 14, 2012 I went for my blood work this morning to find out if the embryo transfer took.  I woke up not feeling all that great, but thought it was just the normal cramping from the progesterone. Around 9:00am when I was at work I had the most horrible back and stomach pain.  [...]

 

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Tomorrow Is The Day

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Tomorrow I find out if we are pregnant or not.  I can’t say that I am nervous but maybe anxious.  I get blood drawn in the morning and then it is sent off to the lab.  Usually when I get blood work done at RMA I am not called with the [...]

 

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Spotting

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 I have been spotting the last couple of days, which is making me very nervous.  It is just brown spotting and not blood but it is still worry some.  I did some google searching and other women have had the same thing happen days after their embryo transfer. Two more days [...]

 

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Day 22 – The Realization Of Embryo Transfer

Thursday, June 7, 2012 Today was the first day that I realized in seven days I could be pregnant and in addition with twins.  I am actually secretly hoping for twins.  I don’t know why as we both have always said “One and done”.  Whatever happens I do think it will or won’t be our [...]

 

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Day 21 – Progesterone Shot

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 We did the progesterone shot this morning instead of in the evening and it worked out fantastic.  I warmed the syringe under hot water to thin the oil and that worked better than the wash cloth method. It was so nice to come home from work and not have to prep [...]

 

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Day 20 – Progesterone Level Blood Work

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 I went to RMA in Austin this morning to get blood work done.  This was to check the progesterone levels in my system.  The blood work will tell us if I am getting enough progesterone. Since Pete has school tonight I had asked the nurse if she could give me my [...]

 

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Day 19 – Day After Embryo Transfer

Monday, June 4, 2012 I could not sleep at all last night.  I woke up three times in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.  I have never had to get up and go pee so many times in one night.  I was still crampy and decided to work from home to keep [...]

 

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Day 18 – Embryo Transfer

Sunday, June 3, 2012 I woke up at 5:00am because I could not sleep.  I laid in bed and played my games on my phone until about 6:00am.  I got up and started to get ready, with Pete right behind me.  Unlike the egg retrieval I was allowed to eat breakfast first and drink, since [...]

 

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Day 17 – Progesterone Shot

Saturday, June 2, 2012 My first thought was I would go ahead and start the progesterone suppositories today instead of doing the shot.  Especially based on the other night.  I was doing research online about the suppositories and the discharge from them can be quite messy.  Since I was doing the embryo transfer tomorrow I did [...]

 

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Day 16 – Progesterone Shot & Nurse Visit

Friday, June 1, 2012 I received a call today from Dr. Arredondo about the embryo transfer.  We batted around the idea of doing the transfer today, but he thought it was best I get a couple of more days of the progesterone in my system.  One egg has 8 cells and the other egg has [...]

 

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Day 15 – Progesterone Shot

Thursday, May 31, 2012 The dreaded progesterone shot.  OMG, and crappola the shot this evening was horrible.  I prepped everything while Pete was on his way home.  Warmed the syringe with a hot washcloth and iced the injection area.  As soon as Pete walks in the door I have him put everything down and give [...]

 

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Day 14 – Day After Egg Retrieval & Progesterone Shot

Wednesday, May 30, 2012. I decided to try and go into work today, which was probably a mistake.  Like last time I was walking like an old lady and was just cramping a lot.  I took my antibiotic and also a vicodin to help with the pain.  I ended up being way to drowsy at [...]

 

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Day 13 – Egg Retrieval

Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Pete and I left the house about 5:15am to start our drive to San Antonio.  We dropped my car off at Pete’s office because he had to go back to work once we got back to Austin.  I was not and still am not happy about him having to go back [...]

 

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Day 12 – Hoping, Hoping, Hoping

Monday, May 28, 2012. I started to get quite nervous about the egg retrieval.  I took a Xanax today which took the edge off so I could feel normal and do house things etc.  All I can think about is how since I have more follicles I should have more eggs.  I am hoping for [...]

 

Day 11 – HCG Trigger Shot

Sunday, May 27, 2012 I received a call from RMA this morning stating the egg retrieval is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 8:30am.  We need to be in San Antonio by 7:00am that morning for prep etc. Pete gave me the HCG trigger shot at 10:30pm this evening.  I hope everything goes smoother [...]

 

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Day 10 Menopur ,Follistim, Lupron & Ultrasound

Saturday, May 26, 2012 I had another ultrasound this morning and five follicles are within good size for the egg retrieval.  Three are at 14mm and two are at 17mm.  There are three more that are right behind at 13mm.  Each follicle grows 2mm a day so there should be a total of eight follicles [...]

 

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Day 9 Menopur ,Follistim, Lupron & Ultrasound

Friday, May 25, 2012 I had an ultrasound this morning and two follicles have grown to 14mm.  The rest are still under or at 10mm.  The rest of the follicles need to catch up so mature eggs can be retrieved from them.  So far I am continuing on the meds to see if the others [...]

 

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Day 8 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Thursday, May 24, 2012 I have been a worry wart since the news yesterday.  I hope tomorrow the ultrasound shows things are progressing.  I would hate to stop the cycle and start over.  Time keeps ticking, ticking, ticking.  I even have tried to eat just protein this week to see if the eggs would grow [...]

 

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Day 7 Menopur ,Follistim, Lupron & Ultrasound

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 I received some bad news during the ultrasound.  My follicles are not growing.  The follicles are still under 10mm, which makes them unmeasurable.  The nurse stated RMA would do one of two things either cancel my cycle or keep me on the meds longer to see if they respond.  My estradiol [...]

 

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Day 7 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Nothing exciting to report this evening.  I do keep hitting veins in my stomach which is causing bruises. It is hard to see the veins on your stomach they are not that prominent.

 

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Day 6 Menopur ,Follistim, Lupron & Ultrasound

Monday, May 21, 2012 I had an ultrasound and blood work done today to see how everything is moving along.  So far they said the follicles are similar to my last cycle of IVF.  I have 10 follicles on the right and 7 follicle’s on the left. Potentially all of those follicles should contain one [...]

 

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Day 5 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Sunday, May 20, 2012 I think the IVF medicine is making me gain weight.  For the last several weeks I have been exercising and I have not lost even 1lb.  Now that I am on the IVF medicine I can not exercise.  Lisa and I went for a walk this morning around Lake Pflugerville.  At [...]

 

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Day 4 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Saturday, May 19, 2012 Today is day 4 of the shots.  I was very glad to get rid of the fever I had this afternoon.  Feeling even a tad better makes such a big difference.  I have been emailing an old friend from high school who has gone through IVF.  She is now 7 months [...]

 

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Random Thoughts

Saturday, May 19, 2012 When I was on the break of not taking any meds I found our life felt more normal.  I was also feeling more normal.  When I started the shots again on Wednesday I did not have that excited feeling like I did the first time.  I was just kind of going [...]

 

Day 3 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron / 2nd Hep B Shot

Friday, May 18, 2012 I forgot to mention that during this second IVF cycle I am on my period.  So on top of the shots I have to deal with menstrual cramps.  The stupid tylenol hardly helps me at all. I cannot take any ibuprofen because it can mess with the IVF meds. I have [...]

 

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Day 2 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Thursday, May 17, 2012 Tonight I add the Lupron to my nightly regimen.  Since Pete was working late I went ahead and decided to do the shots myself again.  I like to get it over with instead of waiting, even if I have to do it myself. I am taking 20 units of Lupron.  I [...]

 

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Day 1 Menopur & Follistim

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 I have one word to describe my first day of taking shots.  CHAOTIC!!! I was suppose to have an ultrasound/lab appointment yesterday, but no one was at the RMA office.  Apparently there was a mix up and the original ultrasound tech is on vacation for the week.  Then the Medco pharmacy [...]

 

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Started Period

Friday, April 20, 2012 I finally got my period today, so now on Sunday I can start the birth control pill for one month.  We have now about a 12 delay in starting the second round of IVF.  All of this feels like it is taking so long.  I just want to start the second [...]

 

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