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Kids At CPS Needing A Home

Friday, April 5, 2012 Still waiting to start the 2nd round of the IVF process.  I should be getting my period within the next week, then I can start the birth control pill for one month. I was speaking with my neighbor who has a two month old son.  I was telling her our story [...]

 

Everyone Around You Is Pregnant

Thursday, April 4, 2012 When we first went to the IVF seminar at RMA the nurse mentioned that everyone around me will become pregnant.  I thought to myself okay, whatever, we will see if that happens. I also thought why wouldn’t I be happy for them. Well it turns out over time the nurse was [...]

 

Genetic Testing Results – Abnormal

Monday, March 19, 2012 I received a call this morning from Dr Arredondo at RMA.  The genetic testing results came back abnormal.  The embryo was a male with Trisomy 9 = 47,XY,+9.  If the embryo were to be transferred into my uterus the chances of survival are slim to none.  If the embryo did make [...]

 

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Estradiol

Friday, March 16, 2012 I have been taking the Estradiol pills for the last several days.  The Estrace (estradiol) is a form of estrogen, a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries.  This pill is suppose to get my body ready for the embryo transfer.  I take the Estradiol three times a day and sometimes [...]

 

How Many Embryos Survived

Monday, March 5, 2012 I received a call today from Tony at RMA.  Unfortunately only one embryo made it to day five.  That embryo’s cells were sent off for genetic testing.  It takes about two to three weeks to get the results back from the genetic testing. All weekend I subconsciously had a fear that [...]

 

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Day 5 After Egg Retrieval

Friday, March 2, 2012 I am actually feeling like myself again today.  It only took five days to stop cramping, having twinges and pulls in my stomach.  Also my breasts are still very tender they almost feel bruised. Here is the update. Four eggs were fertilized The four eggs have started turning into embryos Not [...]

 

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Egg Retrieval – Day After

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 This is the day after the egg retrieval and I decided to WFH.  I logged in early to work about 6:30am and decided not to work the whole day.  I have constant cramping and taking it slow around the house.  I am spotting a little bit, which they told me was [...]

 

Egg Retrieval

Monday, February 27, 2012 Well today was egg retrieval day.  Pete and I got up at 4:45am to get ready for our drive to San Antonio.  We washed up with our unscented soap and deodorant.  You are not suppose to wear anything that has a fragrance because the smell could jeopardize the eggs and sperm.  [...]

 

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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) / Novarel

Sunday, February 26, 2012 At 11:45 pm last night Pete gave me the HCG muscle shot.  Needless to say I was a nervous wreck as this needle was 22 gauge 1 1/2 inches long.  I numbed my back hip area for five minutes as directed.  Pete darted the shot in my hip, checked to make [...]

 

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Blood Work / Ultrasound & Egg Retrieval

Saturday, February 25, 2012 Yesterday afternoon around 4:00pm RMA called and stated I needed another ultrasound and blood work done. I went at 8:00 am this morning and the ultrasound showed the follicles had grown to 16mm – 19mm.  I went ahead and let Wendy take the blood draw as a time saver.  I showed [...]

 

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Day 10 Shots – Menopur, Follistim & Cetrotide

Friday, February 24, 2012 Not much to report today.  I gave two of the shots in my inner thigh.  This gave Pete more time to get his studying done.  I have him give me the third shot in the stomach. I found another new trick tonight.  I can use the Q-Cap  on the Cetrotide syringe [...]

 

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Blood Work & Ultrasound

Friday, February 24, 2012 Before I went for the ultrasound I took a .25mg of xanax.  This might seem extreme but it really helps me relax especially when I have been cramping. The ultrasound showed the follicles to be between 13mm – 14mm.  Wendy was thinking I would not need to come back until Monday.  [...]

 

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Day 9 Shots – Menopur, Follistim & Cetrotide

Thursday, February 23, 2012 Well this is day nine of my shots.  I was not in the right mental state for them tonight.  I had Pete give me all three shots in my stomach.  Part of my inner thigh is a little bruised from last night. The Cetrotide shot comes with a bigger gauge needle [...]

 

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Day 8 Shots – Menopur, Follistim & Cetrotide

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 I received a call from one of the nurses today and was informed to continue with Menopur and Follisitim but to add the Cetrotide shot.  The office is estimating egg retrieval will now be sometime in the middle of next week.  This works well since Pete has a  lot of school [...]

 

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Blood Work & Ultrasound

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Since the last ultrasound was kind of uncomfortable I decided to take half a xanax.  That actually worked quite well.  Wendy is still not great at taking blood, but it will suffice. The ultra sound scan showed my follicles were growing.  They are now 10m thick and should be about 15m [...]

 

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Day 7 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 OMG thank goodness Pete was home tonight to give me my nightly shots.  After screwing up my inner thigh last night I was nervous again about the shots.  Pete suggested continuing on with giving the shots in the stomach.  There is more fat in the stomach area than the inner thigh. [...]

 

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Day 6 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Monday February 20, 2012 Tonight I gave the two shots to myself.  I prepped the syringes, iced my inner thigh and breathed deeply.  the first shot of menoopur was not to bad.  The stinging sensation was different, I guess I am not use to that feeling in my thigh.  I then gave myself the follistim [...]

 

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Blood Work & Ultrasound

Monday, February 20, 2012 This morning I had an ultrasound and blood work done.  I felt more pressure with the ultrasound today than I did last week. I think that was because I am cramping a little bit.  The ultrasound tech Wendy still is not great at taking blood but I let her do it anyway.  I [...]

 

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Day 5 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Sunday February 19, 2012 Not much to report today.  Just another day of shots in the gut.  I am kind of getting use to the nightly regimen.  I am a little nervous about tomorrow night because Pete has school. This means I have to do both shots on my own.  I can do it!!! I [...]

 

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Day 4 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Saturday, February 18, 2012 Well only 6 more days left of shots and I can’t wait to have a break.  I am running out of stomach room for these shots.   I read online that some people were alternating the shots between their stomachs and inner thigh.  I left one of the nurses a voice mail [...]

 

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Day 3 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Friday, February 17, 2012 Okay so I am a dumb ass.  I saw on the Menopur website I should be using 1 vile, which is 2ml for every 300IU.  So I have been using the 2 ml for 4 viles of powder. I read the directions from RMA and it states to use 1ml for [...]

 

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Day 2 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Thursday, February 16, 2012 So far the only side effect I have from the Menopur is a little bruising.  I did some googling and found that it is possible the shot was put into a blood vessel, which can cause bruising.  I do not have any side effects from the Follistim. I was dreading the [...]

 

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Day 1 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Today I had my baseline ultrasound appointment and lab work.  I had 8 follicles on the right side of my ovary and 11 follicles on my left ovary.  The ultrasound tech said that was a good number and a good start.  The ultrasound tech is horrible at drawing blood.  I am [...]

 

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List of IVF Meds & Pricing

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Attached is a list of meds we received and will be taking throughout this whole IVF process.

 

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CD 1 & Vivelle Dot Patch

Monday, February 13, 2012 So to my surprise this morning I started my menstrual cycle.  I am 6 days early, which is not par for the course.  I am usually spot on (no pun intended) with the timing to starting my menstrual cycle. I called RMA to talk with my nurse Rachel and was told [...]

 

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Shipment of IVF Meds Arrive

Tuesday, February 14, 2012. First, Happy Valentines Day!!! I came home today to find a mountain of boxes with meds on my front porch from Medco.  My first reaction to all of those boxes was holy shit what the hell is that.  I could not believe that there could be that much medicine I would [...]

 

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Cetrotide Shot III

Sunday, February 12, 2012 Today I am spotting and have a little bit of cramps.  I thought maybe this could be a side effect from the Cetrotide.  I did some Internet research and did not find this was a side effect.  Pete thought maybe the spotting was occurring because I have been major stressed this [...]

 

Cetrotide Shot II

Saturday, February 11, 2012 This is the second night of the three series of shots for this week. I have now switched to Cetrotide as the pricing was cheaper at the pharmacy.  The intention again was for me to give it to myself but that did not work out.  Pete and I agreed just as [...]

 

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Ganirelix Shot

  Friday, February 10, 2012 Today is the first day of a three day series of shots that I need to take.  Pete and I watched the video on how to give the shot to make sure we administered it correctly.  The intention was for me to give myself the shot.  Once we prepared the [...]

 

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Progesterone Blood Work Take II

Thursday, February 9, 2012 drank water almost non stop yesterday so the blood work this morning would go smoothly.  The nurse pricked me twice with the needle and no blood would come out into the tubes.  Wendi gave me a prescription to go to CPL at lunch time. I drank only water until I went [...]

 

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