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post #121 of 422
retrival in morning...im kinda nervous!!! ill keep you ladies posted....
post #122 of 422
Can I update you on the saga of the meds?
I went to Bellevue today to pick up the meds last minute. The price? $5300.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that is only for Follistim, Menopur and Vivelle.
I went outside and cried. After an hour of trying to figure out what to do, we decided to go in and get a 4 day supply of just follistim and menopur. I will order the rest from Schrafts in the morning for overnight delivery. They quoted me $3800 for EVERYTHING a few weeks ago when I got the Lupron and PIO from them, so half an order of follistim, menopur and vivelle should be much less.
Getting your own meds for IVF is such a hastle. It's more of a pain in the arse than the PIO shots will be, no doubt.
But the good news is, I do have some meds to start tomorrow!
(Thanks for everyone's empathy about my meds situation. It's nice to be able to vent.)

Yoginimama - good luck on retrieval tomorrow! You've made it to this point and that's exciting! Keep us posted.

Happy New Year everyone! A new year of babies for us all
post #123 of 422
Yogi - GOOD LUCK tomorrow!!! : Keep us posted on the stats. Are you going to do ICSI?
post #124 of 422
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Originally Posted by joyakshi View Post
Can I update you on the saga of the meds?
I went to Bellevue today to pick up the meds last minute. The price? $5300.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that is only for Follistim, Menopur and Vivelle.
I went outside and cried. After an hour of trying to figure out what to do, we decided to go in and get a 4 day supply of just follistim and menopur. I will order the rest from Schrafts in the morning for overnight delivery. They quoted me $3800 for EVERYTHING a few weeks ago when I got the Lupron and PIO from them, so half an order of follistim, menopur and vivelle should be much less.
Getting your own meds for IVF is such a hastle. It's more of a pain in the arse than the PIO shots will be, no doubt.
But the good news is, I do have some meds to start tomorrow!
(Thanks for everyone's empathy about my meds situation. It's nice to be able to vent.)
I'm so sorry for this utter fiasco on top on everything. At my clinic today they had a flyer that Schraft's is offering $100 off fert med orders over $500. Not that that makes a huge dent at this point but I wanted to pass it on.
post #125 of 422
Yogi ~ Good luck! I'll be thinking of ya


Here is a GREAT instructional video for how to load and use the Follistim pen, in case anyone is interested - http://www.nfcares.com/video1.html. I'm feeling much better about it now. Also, online tip I came across more than once - bring the Follistim to room temp before injecting.
post #126 of 422
Well, I think it's time for me to officially join you. I took my first bcp last night. Now I have to wait for financial clearance before scheduling my "teach". At that time, I'll receieve my full schedule. I'm hoping I make the next stim-start in mid-January. This is my 2nd ivf. IVF #1 I got pregnant with twins, which were lost at 12 weeks. We're going to try for a singleton this time, hoping to bring him/her home. Good luck to all!
post #127 of 422
julia's mom - hi again! i started bcps yesterday too! i also got pregnant with my first ivf and miscarried in november (at 9 weeks). we are doing a FET this go-'round, and are hoping to transfer in early Feb. hope round #2 brings us both healthy pregnancies!

~s.
post #128 of 422
Dropping in to say I survived my first injection ever - Follistim. I waited there about 10 minutes with the needle in my hand, overwhelmed with this feeling of "wrongness", to be stabbing myself with a needle. But then I just did it and I kid you not, I barely felt it. Tomorrow will go much easier. Now I need to re-learn about the Menopur injection.
post #129 of 422
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hi julia's mom! i am sending positive thoughts your way to a BFP and then a happy and healthy 9 months!

joyakshi, how's it going? i just wanted to tell you that you are handling the medicine situation very well. (i completely agree with you that getting the meds is such a hassle.) at this point though it is great news you started your period and got your medicine so you are good to go! when you are holding a healthy baby you won't care about the extra hassles!

bellybean, i would ask: 1. how do you get your medicine? does someone at the clinic order it? do you? will they work with you to get the best price? 2. who is your contact person? 3. when do you pay for everything? 4. when are you expected to contact someone? cd1?

all of the other questions you have and the ones jazcat added are great ones.

yogi, how'd it go? i'm thinking about you!

jazcat, yay for doing the injection! you should feel proud of yourself!

Happy New Year Everyone!
post #130 of 422
Snowbell and Jazcat, thanks for adding to my list!! I knew I wouldn't think of everything on my own!

I got my positive OPK today, so I am going to have my last IUI done tomorrow morning! : for a BFP in 2009! Please let it be my turn.
post #131 of 422
Yogini - how did it go? how are you feeling after the sedative? Is it painful afterwards? I hope you got lots of big ole eggs!

Jazzcat - I'm glad to say I'm right on schedule with you
I got to reduce my Lupron dose this morning - YAY - and shoot up the follistim! I'm hoping to feel better soon - that Lupron supression is harsh.
So, I have to remember to do follistim and menopur tonight. I am so confused already about which ones I do AM and which PM, and how to mix them. Luckily DH went to the injection lesson with me.
You are doing the antagonist protocol right? I'm on the agonist, I think. I continue Lupron until the day of HcG. So you'll do antagon/ganirelix at some point? It'll be interesting to see the differences between our protocols. I hope they both work wonders
post #132 of 422
Good luck, Bellybean!

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Originally Posted by BellyBean View Post
Snowbell and Jazcat, thanks for adding to my list!! I knew I wouldn't think of everything on my own!

I got my positive OPK today, so I am going to have my last IUI done tomorrow morning! : for a BFP in 2009! Please let it be my turn.
post #133 of 422
Happy New Years everyone!!! Hope you all are having a nice relaxing holiday. 2009 is the year of BABIES!!!

Well, I did the Menopur shot last night and found it more unpleasant than the Follistim. Does anyone else have trouble getting the needle cap off the injection needle? I feel like I'm falling into a chronic bad mood due to the anticipation of these injections. Hope I can snap out of it.

Joy ~ My doc has me doing Follistim in the AM and Menopur in the PM. Yes, am on the antagonist. Looks like I do the Follistim/Menopur up until the day before retrieval. Then post retrieval it's progesterone, estradiol, and medrol. How did your Menopur go? I'm putting off the Follistim this morning. It really bugs me that I'm going to have to do 2 Follistim shots because my cartridges are 300 and my dose is 225.

Bellybean ~ How did the IUI go?

Yogi ~ How as your retrieval?

Julia'sMom ~ Welcome!
post #134 of 422
Having problems fighting back the tears this morning. DH's numbers were the worst yet, and I am already convinced this cycle is bound to fail. I am trying to not show how upset I am because I don't want DH to feel bad, there is so much pressure on him already. On top of lower numbers, some of the semen and wash fluid came out (I think the nurse might have messed up), so she got me a pillow to "help" encourage the sperm back through the cervix. Just feeling really overwhelmed, sad, and worried.

I hope Yogi has some better news for us!
post #135 of 422
Sorry Bellybean. I know how much rides on the cycle before ivf. I'm there too. Hope just one great sperm makes it exactly where it needs to be.

Hope everything went well Yogi!!

Here is a website that goes through all the injections on video. It's what I use to remind me about the follistim and lupron.
http://www.freedommedteach.com/player/Videos.aspx

Question: I am now doing 3 inject/day and I am pretty petite a person, despite lots of effort, not much meat on my bones. I am having some trouble injecting in the belly over and over when there's not much there. Is anyone else in this situation? I feel like I am using the same two patches of fat over and over and it's getting uncomfortable.

Julia'sMom, I am sorry ovulation did not occur on its own this mth and you are down this road again. I truly hope this is it for you.
post #136 of 422
Just thought I woudl answer this, too.
1. how do you get your medicine? Mine comes overnight from Freedom Fertility

does someone at the clinic order it? The clini calls in the prescription, then I call and they go over the order and we confirm it.

will they work with you to get the best price? I had *some* coverage, so I had to go with Freedom. They were good with the exception of sending the wrong Ovidrel.

when do you pay for everything? Pay at shipment.

when are you expected to contact someone? I have to call my clinic on CD1, I would have already had the Lupron and a few other meds. After CD1, I then call the pharmacy for my Follistim.
post #137 of 422

retrieval over!

hi ladies....i hope you all had a peaceful new years eve. i had to cxl our plans to have friends come over because yesterday was rougher than I thought it would be...

So I get there at 7:30 am, hang out and chat with the nurses (whom I love) the anesteseologist (sp?) was late so we didnt start til 8:30...they put me under and then I awoke in the little recovery area. I was totaly confused, in pain and hooked up to a bunch of IV's and Heart monitors and stuff...it was terrible. On top of all that I had to go to the bathroom...badly. That first hour after waking up was really painful....I kept thinking if this is what labor is like, I dont know how I'm going to handle it! They wrote me a script for Percoset. DH took me home to my parents house, (Which is much closer to our Doc) and my DH and mom took care of me all day. Way rougher than I thought it was going to be...I'm sorry to say that but its true. If anyone is doing a retrieval soon...make sure you take the pain meds as soon as you come to...or even before you go under, I had to wait which was not fun.

On another note, they got 11 eggs and the RE said that that was really great, anything over 10 he is really happy with. I'm confused b/c I've heard of some woman retrieving 30 or more. I dont know if they stimmed me for less b/c they knew I wasnt freezing any...not sure. But I'm happy with the result, essentially we only need 2. I find out tomorrow how many fertilized. One more thing...this has been the worst by far of the entrire IVF process thus far, so I dont want to deter anyone from doing it soon. It really was only an hour or so of pain... and then a day laying in bed, which is kinda nice....and hopefully it brings a lot of joy around the corner.

Thanks for listening. I'm crossing my fingers for all of you, and thank you for the support.

poetgirl...I had the same problem with the shots in my stomach....just keep trying to rotate the needle around, I know its hard but even a couple mm's apart will be better than sticking yourself in the same place twice.

-Tara
post #138 of 422
oh yeah...

we are doing ICSI and our transfer date is set for Monday. Our Doc prefers 5 day blastocyst transfers....so excited for Monday!!
post #139 of 422
BellyBean - so sorry you're discouraged. this is such a hard journey. allow yourself to keep open the possibility the IUI will work, and keep IVF in the back of your mind.

Yogini - first - Congrats on 11 eggs!!! I think that's awesome. I only had an antral follicle count of 9, so I'll be happy to get more than 6 or 8. My friend had 37 eggs, though, so I don't know why it varies so much.
Second, I'm sorry it was so painful. Thanks for the heads-up. Did they not get you on pain management when you woke up?
I had a hysteroscopy in July and the recovery was also harder than they tell you to expect. So I'm imagining it will be like that but maybe more painful in the ovaries. Any procedure is a big deal and sedation really affects the system. I hope you are feeling better soon and can be excited for your ET!!!

Jazzcat and other doing injections - I have to do 225 of Follistim and 5 of Lupron in the AM , and 150 of Follistim and 75 of Menopur at night . So I'm doing 4 shots a day, too. I have more flesh now than I used to, but am still running out of space. Anyone else worried about the Menopur side effects? I had a fast heartbeat after taking it and did some research and learned you can have an embolysim or stroke on the stuff. Scary.
What is the last med you are on after ET, Jazzcat? I'm doing PIO and Vivelle patches after ET, but that's it I think. What is the third one your taking for?

Happy year of the (IVF) babies, everyone!!!
post #140 of 422
oh yah - I also have to do 3 shots this AM b/c of changing the Follistim cartridge. yahoo!


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Originally Posted by jazcat View Post
Happy New Years everyone!!! Hope you all are having a nice relaxing holiday. 2009 is the year of BABIES!!!

Well, I did the Menopur shot last night and found it more unpleasant than the Follistim. Does anyone else have trouble getting the needle cap off the injection needle? I feel like I'm falling into a chronic bad mood due to the anticipation of these injections. Hope I can snap out of it.

Joy ~ My doc has me doing Follistim in the AM and Menopur in the PM. Yes, am on the antagonist. Looks like I do the Follistim/Menopur up until the day before retrieval. Then post retrieval it's progesterone, estradiol, and medrol. How did your Menopur go? I'm putting off the Follistim this morning. It really bugs me that I'm going to have to do 2 Follistim shots because my cartridges are 300 and my dose is 225.

Bellybean ~ How did the IUI go?

Yogi ~ How as your retrieval?

Julia'sMom ~ Welcome!
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