Hello Everyone! I feel off the face of the Earth for a while – this past week was Spring Break for my DD, so DH and I both took the week off and took a last-minute road trip to Delaware to see my family. I’ve been mostly unplugged since before we went, so I have TONS of catching up to do!
Blue: I can’t believe your beta is tomorrow? Where did the TWW go??? I’m sure for you it has been dragging, but it seemed to fly by for me! I have everything possible crossed for you that you get your BFP! Are you going to POAS before or wait for the phone call? I had my progesterone checked every other day during the stims, then one a week until my beta. When they drew for the beta, I was told if it was positive, they would run the estrogen and progesterone on the sample. That was a Thursday – then they had me come back Monday to have the levels checked again. Today was my first OB appt and they drew blood to check the progesterone level again (no estrogen check as I stopped the patch almost three weeks ago).
RCR: Wow, your cycle is going to happen quickly! Lucky for you, because you won’t have all the anticipation and woo hoo to not having to do BCP! I know you asked a while back, but my cycles have always been completely normal and I ovulate every month, but they still had me to BCP for my IVF. My RE’s office does it so you can have a pretty set schedule of when things are going to happen. That office runs like a finely oiled machine! I’m sorry about your BFN, but hoping and praying this cycle is yours!
Kali: Boo to OHSS!!! Drink LOTS of Gatorade and try to stay away from doing anything that could cause the ovaries to twist (pushing a shopping cart, vacuuming, etc.). I had OHSS and lived on Gatorade and Saltines for almost two weeks after retrieval. I still can’t button most of my jeans and I have HORRIBLE random shooting pains, but was told that’s normal and to be expected. I had an ultrasound today and my ovaries are still huge. I actually had one follicle in the left ovary that is the size of a normal person’s ovary! The ultrasound tech told me if I hadn’t have gotten pregnant everything would have been back to normal by now (7weeks) but since I’m pregnant, the ovaries and follicles are yelling, “we need to help this woman!” and are still enlarged. She told me to pretty much expect them to be enlarged until the end of the first trimester. That being said, I do feel 100 times better than I did shortly after retrieval and transfer and I hope you start feeling better soon!
Saphrons: Sorry to hear you didn’t have any embies to freeze. It’s a hard pill to swallow. I was devastated to find out we only had one that could be frozen of the 18 that fertilized, but like others have said, it’s all about the two they put in you. They are back in their natural environment where they belong!
AFM: Like I mentioned above, we decided to do a last minute road trip to Delaware. Mind you, we live in Texas. I have no idea what in the world we were thinking! We drove straight through and it took us just over 29 hours and 1500 miles to get there. We got to Tennessee before the car sickness set in (looking back, I think it was the start of morning sickness). At one point we weren’t even making the exit before my DH would pull over so I could vomit. Good times. My parents have a dog they got as a puppy 12 years ago and she died the second day we were there, so not a good way to start off the trip. I got to see all of my brothers and sisters (I’m the youngest of five) and lots of friends, too. Wednesday the itching started. Itchy all over but especially the palms of my hands and soles of my feet. I called the doctor who said to take Benadryl (and also called in a prescription for phenergan for the ride home!). We left Delaware on Saturday and drove straight through again, getting home early yesterday morning. Car sick the entire ride home as well. After a total of 50+ hours and 3000+ miles in the car with a 7-year-old and three dogs, I’m ready for a vacation! The itching has not stopped and the Benadryl doesn’t do a thing to help it. I had my first OB appt today and he’s thinking I’m developing an allergy to the ethyl oleate in the PIO. He has switched me to Crinone, but isn’t sure if insurance will cover it, so if it doesn’t, I’ll be put back on PIO but in sesame oil instead. They also switched my prenatal vitamins to ones with ginger and b12 for the nausea and vomiting. I had my first OB u/s today – one baby measuring right on and heart rate of 132 bpm!