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Summer IVF Thread: Summer Embies Bring Spring Babies!!

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Summer is in the air! That means it's the perfect time for all of us to get our BFPs. Just think of how amazing it will be to give birth during the spring months - when Mother Nature herself is giving birth anew. The very thought brings a smile to my face - I hope it does yours as well.


As we all know too well, though, the journey can be long and frustrating which is why this forum exists. Come here to share the experience with other women who can actually empathize with all the ups and downs.



If you would like your name added or removed from the list, let me know! If you'd like to be added, please make sure to include where you are in your cycle so I can add you to the right grouping.


To echo Aura: STALKERS are welcome on this thread!!!


Good luck! Bon chance! Buona fortuna! Buena suerte! Viel Glück!

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Gathering Information/Money/In Waiting

Deborahgkelly - appointment with RE on 8/16






On Stim



Trigger shot

Egg Retrieval



Embryo Transfer


Test Date

Nese (?)


Thinking about Next Steps






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In our thoughts:

Deborahbgkelly - candle.gif

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Our Fearless Predecessors


Belly - TWINS!

Kinza - TWINS!

Montessortof - TWINS!

Mole (Free baby!!)

Vegan Princess


TenzinsMama- FREE baby!!!

Renavoo- TWINS!

Inwaiting - 8-3-11

Keria - 6-13-11 TWINS

Bungalowmama - 8-5-11


graf214 - 8-19-11


Missme 3-21-11

primipara 3-30-11

Kewpie80 5-20-11 - TWINS!

FtMPapa 1/26/10
Paytonsmommy 3/3/10
New Mama 3/19/10
KellyTTC#1 3/27/10
Samkris123 9/21
Slylives 10/4
Ratgrl - 10/16
Maurine - 11/23
Tear - Thanksgiving Day - 11/25

Sarahcecile 1-13-11

KristinaMarie 1-24-11

Sweetdynasty 2-14-11

Edited by teresaresa - 8/4/12 at 4:21pm
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thanks teresa!! now let's bring on that flood of positive betas! 


(ps, i love what you wrote up top!)

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Kali: I'm sorry you don't feel pregnant, but maybe that's just because you're stressed? Do you meditate at all? CharleyinVT (a poster on another thread) turned me on to Guided Meditations by Belleruth Naparstek. I think it was $20 through iTunes, but I find it so incredibly calming. I'm also so sorry about the fighting with DH. Just remember (and remind him) how crazy all these hormone fluctuations make us. I don't know you or your husband at all, so I don't want to make assumptions, but I know for my husband he feels a little at a loss (and a little bit useless) and that's really frustrating to him. It's hard for me to remember that sometimes. Anyway, I'm happy to listen if you ever need to vent. Sending you hugs and hope!!!!!


Hope: Thanks for the words of encouragement!!! 25 eggs would be ah-mazing!!! Keeping my fingers crossed :) How are you feeling?? What's the latest in your world? Are you posting in the grads thread? Should I stalk you there?


rcr: Yes! I do work at a University. You must be a professor though if you have the summer off. I work in administration, so I work the whole year, though I do get 4 weeks vacation time. I think we're going to Canada the first week of July (maybe PEI) - I may have already said that in another post. And now, we're talking about maybe going to Ireland for a week (found a good deal on Living Social!). If this IVF doesn't work, I think I'm going to need a break. So excited for you to start your shots tomorrow!!! I'll be thinking of you.


aura: I'm sorry you had to do all that schlepping in the rain. What a bummer. But, I'm glad Dr. T was there to do your ultrasound - sounds like he was very reassuring. Come on June 4!!!


AFM: Ok, is it annoying if I post everyday on my follies? I'm just so excited with how it all works (cue rollling of the eyes at the IVF first-timer!!). So, today I had 10 on the right side with a 9 and a 7 as the biggest follies, and 5 on my left side with the biggest at 7. So, the number of follies almost doubled from yesterday to today - that's good right? Sticking with the same meds for tonight/tomorrow AM - 3 menopur. I am totally exhausted - I have no idea how Aura was able to manage all that running around, I can't barely get myself to and from my desk job!!!

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Blue - I'm so excited to hear your results on tuesday!!!  I'm so hoping for you, friend!

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Originally Posted by Kewpie80 View Post


Blue - I'm so excited to hear your results on tuesday!!!  I'm so hoping for you, friend!


Thanks for the new thread! love.gif
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teresa, of course we don't mind if you post your follies! we are rooting for each and every one!  my last RE didn't measure them until they were over 10, but it sounds like you are responding well.  how often do they have you going in for scans?  once you get closer it starts to feel like your home away from home.  


my husband has commented that he feels like your dh does.  i often internalize the stress and forget that he's along for this ride as well, and it kills him sometimes when i'm sad or in pain or whatnot, because he feels like he can't fix me, or help me.  we are all in this together, with our partners, families, and friends we choose to share with.  regardless of who it is, it's good to have a community of ears to listen.  


blue, what's new?? thinking of you!


rcr, how was the first shot? was this the lupron?

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Teresa - way to bite the bullet and just start the thread!!!  Thanks!!!!!!  No, this is totally the place to post about your follies!!  We want to hear all about it!!!!


Aura - Not much going on here.  I'm always scared to talk about any kind of symptoms in fear of jinxing myself, plus i know it can totally be the progesterone.  Grrrr!!!!  Just trying to get through until Tuesdays beta!!!


Kewpie & Tear - thanks!!!!  I'm sooooooooooooooooooooo hoping!!!praying.gif




Here is my post that I just put on the Spring side but figured I'd copy it over here now......


On my phone so bear w/ me and this quick post.

Kali- I have never heard of that gradIng unless the. Umber part is may e the number of cells? Good luck w/ your test! Sure sounds promising! Sorry to hear about you and your DH issues. I'm sure being a little one into the world won't make those things any easier! Hopefully you guys can get things worked out. Would he be willing to do counseling?

Carlyle- good to see your name pop up!! Thanks for your thoughts.

Rcr - I'm not 100% sure about the m/c part, but I think NK cells can for sure prevent you from getting pregnant for sure. 

Aura- ugggh to all the driving!! Glad they are on top of it giving you the trigger shot. Keep us posted.

Gotta run bc DH wants ice cream!

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Hoping and praying this is the last IVF thread I will subscribe to for stalking purposes! I am, of course, very hopeful for all you ladies and want to see you all get the babies you so want, but I am mostly hanging on to see rcr and blue get their babies - you ladies have been there for me through my whole journey, I want to see your journey succeed! (And Blue, your beta is on my anniversary, so I think that is good luck!) Hoping and praying so hard for you ladies!
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My IVF cycle starts tomorrow! I go for a morning US and bloodwork and start the shots.  This is going to be a long month.

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Come on summer embies! Let's see some BFPs!

Teresa, yah for a great response thus far. I started responding even more the later into the cycle it got so i am hopeful you will get a lot of nice quality embies!

Blue, RCR, and Aura, justbstalking you ladies and keeping my fingers and toes crossed for a bfp this round for all of you!

Kali, like the other ladies, my DH has also felt the stress of not being able to help. We eventually turned it into a joke, with his "5 second contribution" compared to my endless visits and concern about bfns etc. Everyone deals with the stress differently but when you think about how you're in this together, maybe that will help you two stop fighting. I also think counseling is a great idea, if you two are up for it.

Gtree, good luck!

Everyone else, hi! Looking forward to a lot of success tis ummer!
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we are so lucky to have our cheerleaders!! 

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Teresa - thanks for the sparkly new thread! Bring on the summer BFPs and spring babies. Starting with Blue! Its perfecty ok to post about your follies everyday.  Yes, I am a professor, so I get summers off.  Summers off are the good part. The bad part is that we have to live in places we never dreamed of living because there are so few jobs. Well, that, and the fact that faculty are a bunch of whining babies.


Kewpie/tear/monkey/carlyle/etc - hi! nice to see you all. Thank for being our cheerleaders.


Teresa/aura - in a way my DH is clueless to my pain. I think part of it is that he is only around on the weekends, so he doesn't see the shots, etc. He is not at all educated about the whole thing - just a few months ago he confused IUI with IVF and I got so mad at him. He sometimes offers me a glass of wine when I am cycling. It is actually pretty frustrating. Although I know he tries to be educated about it, he just doesn't get it all, and really has not spent the time obsessing that I have.


Aura / All - I did my first shot today. Easy peasy. Lupron. I also took my first dexam. pill.


gtree - congrats for getting started!!


Blue - I spoke to the woman at the place that does the interlipids yesterday. She said that some states require a in-state doctor to write the order for the interlipids, and that she has to check to see if my state (or the one just down the road) are one of them. If they are I either have to find a local doctor that will write the order (she said that many won't), or change my dates to fly into vegas a few days earlier (which would be really expensive), plus if I do that I will have to bring DS with me, and I don't know how in the world he will sit in a doctors office for 3 hours and wait while I get it done. Even movies won't make him last that long. So, hopefully my states are not one of the ones that require an in-state doctor to sign the order. How did you get yours done?

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Hello all!  Sorry I have been away so long.  Life is such a rollar coaster here, I just can not even begin to explain.  I have been reading along and following all of your stories.  I am cheering and praying for all of you.


Blue:  Still think of you everyday.  You are in my prayers every night.  I just know that you are going to kick off this new thread with a BFP!!!!!  Love the pics of Abby.  Makes my heart melt!


Teresa:   Thank you for starting the new thread.  We do see a rash of positives with new threads.  Here is hoping that the trend continues.  Please continue to update us on your follies.  That is what we are here for!


RCR:  Still following along with you, my friend.  I have everything crossed that this cycle with SIRM works out for you.  I am not a big fan of zoo's becasue I have a hard time seeing animals in cages, but yours sounds like a lot of fun (It's that bleeding heart for animals again).  The free-ranging ones are great.  I wish you had pictures of the baby peacocks.  I don't think that I have ever see a baby one before.  I bet they were just adorable!  Sounds lovely that you are getting time to spend with DS and that you are making it quality time.  I am trying to do that with my DS, but with everything so crazy here, I do not get as much time as I like.  I am glad to hear that they may have found an explanation for your IF that they can fix!  Yeah for that.  Thinking of you!


Kali:  They all sound like really positive signs to me.  You and Blue may be kicking off this thread together!


Aura:  You are getting so close.  Keeping my fingers crossed for you.  No offense, but your OB's office sounds terrible.  I can not believe they were so callous toward you.  I agree with you, when you get your BFP, I would totally be changing offices. 


Deborah:  Glad that you will be able to TTC on your own soon and that the spotting has stopped.  You are so strong...I envy you.


Kewpie:  Those babies are delicious!


Renavoo:  Always great to see you.  I will try to catch up on the gaduates side!


AFM:  I had my nuchal scan and bloodwork on Wednessday.  The nuchal was normal and the bloodwork is considered normal too with risk of downs being 1:>1500 and trisomy 13 and 18 1:>6000.  Very happy and relieved to hear that.  Now I have to wait a month to do the anatomy scan. At that point, I will feel a lot better.  We still have not told anybody our news.  I really thought DH would push it, but he has not even mentioned it.  I am still vomitiing every once in a while, usually in the moring after I have been up a while, but usually before I eat.  I guess it could be worse.  I am still more tired than usaul, but the exhaustion has passed, thank God.  I took my last suppository Tuesday morning, so I am officially off all meds.  That feels good.  Phew!  DS is still struggling with vomitting and eating.  Went to the GI specialist last week and he is insisting on a CT scan to rule out a mass or lession or water on the brain.  To say the least, we are terrified.  I am having a hard time.  The hospital pushed the test back from this past Monday until June 6th, saying that is the earliest that they can do it under sedation (and they refuse to do it with him awake because of his age).  I feel like a zombie going through life.  I just want this test done and get the results.  He is showing no neurological deficits, so my clinical side is telling me that everything will be fine.  But my mom side is in a total panic.  Prayers are needed.  The thought of him being so seriously sick scares me to death. 


I know that I missed some of you and for that I apologize.  I think of you all and do read along and pray as I go.  I wil try to be better.  God bless all of you!

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Teresa - Thank you for threadkeeping! It sounds like you have lots of happy egglets growing, this is a good sign for threadkeeper's luck!


Aura - that sounds like a ton of driving around! But at least they are monitoring you closely. This should mean smooth sailing for your cycle.


Kewpie, Rena, and Tear - Hi!! tiphat.gif


gtree - It will be over before you know it. But yes it feels like it takes forever. Sheepish.gif


Kali - we have done some counselling, when we found out about the male factor problem DH was pretty difficult for awhile. We really needed to hash out our issues, and it's amazing how being in a neutral environment helps with that. And then the stress of the fertility treatments wasn't fun either, although he was pretty understanding and patient with me, because I told him to expect the hormones to make me crazy.


rcr - fingers crossed that they find a way to make this easier for you. 


AFM - I think we will save about $1000 if I order the meds online. I am a little bit worried that it will make me "the difficult one" at the RE's office though. they have an in-house pharmacy and they assume that we'll buy the drugs from them - but $1000 is nothing to sneeze at, even though it's only a small fraction of the total cost.


DH is picking up his new passport today, which means immigration can approve his new job, and he can (hopefully) start work next week!! This has been a loooong wait so I'm pretty excited to have it finally finished. He's starting work at a games company (he's a programmer) where 3 of our friends work, so hopefully it will be a good fit for him. It's only a 15 minute bike ride from our house, too, which is wonderful. 

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Aura: Glad you liked what I wrote :) My monitoring visits are a little all over the place. I went in every day this week (W-F), but they're trying to give me a break over the weekend. So, I think I might only have to go in on Sunday (but I have to go to Norwalk, CT because my RE is closed). Hopefully, based off of Sunday's results I'll be able to skip Monday since it's a holiday. After that, I think I'm back to every day. Fun! I am so not a morning person, so getting up a full hour and a quarter earlier than normal is not working well for me. I haven't figured out how to get myself to bed earlier yet. I don't know how you deal with all that travel time!!!


Aura/rcr: My husband and I have been a little on edge this week. He's had something to do every single night, and he's got gigs on Saturday and Sunday this week. It's not like I had plans for us, nor do I really need his help with the shots, but it would have been nice to have one evening together during this week given that this is our first ever IVF experience. I know he didn't plan to be gone every night, but it still bothered me immensely!!! He just doesn't always understand the depth of the emotional rollercoaster. He also doesn't always understand that just because I don't need his help doesn't mean I don't want him with me. Know what I mean?


Tear: My pleasure!!! Let's hope it brings us all our BFPs :)


Blue: You're welcome, and thanks for the validation! I can't believe your test date is so sooooooonnnn!!! Are you going crazy yet??


gtree: YAYAYAYAY!!!! So excited for you. You're starting suppression tomorrow, right? I moved you into that category. Let me know if I need to change!


renavoo: So good to see you! Thank you for the words of encouragement. I hope you're right and that my follies start to grow. I got nervous with today's results (see below), but I think it's going to be OK. How are you feeling? I can't believe you're only 6 weeks out!!!


rcr: What do you teach? Where are you from originally (you're in the South now, right?)? I laughed about whining faculty. The faculty had their retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday this past week, and they invited a few staff members - of which I was one. It was interesting to sit in on their world. We have a few rabblerousers among our faculty, but for the most part, they seem to be really understanding the bigger picture - which has not always been the case at our College. I thought the retreat would be tedious, but it was actually pretty good. I'm so grateful for the flexibility I have working in higher education. I can't imagine going through this process with another kind of job! I'm glad your first Lupron shot was a breeze. How much Dexa are you taking? I'm taking 1/2 of a .5mg pill. The side effects for it looked kind of scary when I looked it up, but then I realized that you'd have to take it at much higher doses over a longer period of time for the serious side effects to be a real possibility .... phew!!!


praying: I'm excited to be a thread keeper - never done it before - brings out the maternal instincts :) I'm so sorry to hear about your son. I can't imagine the anxiety you and your family must be experiencing. I will certainly keep you all in my thoughts. Please keep us posted. I know June 6 seems really far away, but it will be here soon! Big hugs to you!!!


AFM: So, either my tech lied to me yesterday or she was just being conservative with what she wrote down. The tech today told me that yesterday I had 8 on the right side with the biggest at 8, and 4 on the left with the biggest at 7. Today, she said I had maybe 9 on the right with the biggest at 9 (so it grew a little) and possibly 5 on the left. Sigh. The good news is that my estrogen went from 103 to 194. They want me to add in the Cetrotide tomorrow AM which I thought was weird because they said that I would start that once my estrogen reached 400 - maybe they're thinking it will double again by tomorrow AM? Excited b/c I get to sleep in tomorrow - woo hoo - and our local pool is opening and it's supposed to be nice!!! A happy Memorial Day weekend, indeed!!! Hope you all enjoy as well!

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Teresa, thanks for starting the new thread!!  You have a wonderfully positive outlook and I hope you have thread keepers luck too!


Blue, I hope you saw my post on the grad side about my 10 cell embie that we transferred!  I have absolutely everything crossed for Tuesday, this HAS to be your BFP!!!!


rcr, yay for getting started!!!  I sure hope you don't have any problems getting the intralipids in your state!  What a pain and just no fun to possibily have to deal with.  I am so used to lying about all IF stuff that sometimes I actually have to try to remember what the truth is :)  So enjoy your vacation to the Grand Canyon!!!!


Aura, ugh for all that driving!  I am very excited for your cycle as well!  Can't wait to see all the SIRM BFP's!!!!


Silver, how is everything across the pond?  When do you get started again?


Laggie, it's so great to see you back!  And fantastic news about your DH's job and how close it is too!!  I usually go with the lowest cost option (for us it was freedom).  $1000 is A LOT!


Praying, sorry things are so crazy right now :(  June 4th is just around the corner, but I understand how hard it is waiting when your DS is still sick.  Sending positive thoughts to both of you!


Deborah, you are an inspiration!  I hope you get your rainbow baby soon!


Kali, praying for your BFP!  IF can be so stressful and I think it affects every relationship in one way or another.


gtree, yay for starting tomorrow!!!!  I love your profile picture!!! 


Thinking and praying for everyone!! 

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Teresa - you could just be a slow grower possibly especially if they stopped your gonal f or whatever stimulator you were using.  Are they having you come in for u/s's everyday?? Wow!!!  Keep us posted. I can't say I'm going crazy yet.  In some ways I find this tww nice b/c it is the only time I can say that I'm PUPO and that gives me a bit of hope.  I've dreaded the beta days for so long now w/ all our negatives so I think I've been scarred unfortunately!!   But that being said, it does work for people and this thread is proof of that so don't ever lose hope.  I have lots of weird complications that doesn't help our cause w/ fertility so all I can do is try to stay positive and hope/pray that this last time will work.


gtree - good luck starting tomorrow.  Keep us posted.

Laggie - Yay for your DH getting his passport and being able to get things going.  That has to be a weight off your shoulders.  Who cares if you are being a pain about the meds.  $1000 is huge esp in the IF game of life.  I'm sure they will understand when you tell them that you want the scripts sent else where b/c you found that it would save you money and you need to try and do that every possible way.


Praying - so sorry to hear about DS... how scary that has to be.   I am glad that your tests came back good w/ the babe!  I'll be keeping DS and you all in my thoughts and prayers.  Are you ever over on the grad side?  I had posted something to you over there (nothing big just a hello or whatnot) but hadn't seen you over there much. 


Renavoo - keep stalking.  We love having you grads cheer us on.


Belly - you still around?  Haven't seen you on the other side for a bit so i was just checking on you.  Love the pic by the way... ment to tell you that before.  Thanks!


rcr - I have my killer cell numbers, but there are a ton of them, so i don't know which one is the one that you are looking at.  I just know they are elevated... i know one number was 46 but not sure what part of the natural killer cells it was.  Do you have all of your results or did they just tell you your number?  The trick w/ finding somewhere local to do your intralipids is to find a dr (usually an allergist/immunology office) that does IVIG.  That is what I did and I called them and then was lucky to talk to someone that went to bat for me b/c she knew one of the drs was more into doing different things.  You can explain to them that they say that if they can do IVIG they can easily do Intralipids b/c it is even easier (simpler to mix, no side effects and i think less time).  I had to make a one time appt w/ the allergist dr to meet him and for him to get my history and then my RE's office sent them the script i think for the intralipids and then they faxed the order to freedom from their office and then freedom contacted me and i paid for it and scheduled delivery to their office the day before my infusion. Hopefully that will help your cause too.  Let me know if I can help w/ anything else.


Monkey - You are so sweet for stopping in!!!!  Hope things are going well for you!!!  I can't believe you are 27wks already!! That is awesome!!!!!


Aura - when is your trigger shot.... was it last night?  Keep us posted.

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Belly - LOL.. i think we were both posting at the same time.  Sometimes my posts get delayed b/c the pup wants to go in and out and i have to keep an eye on her while in the backyard, so things get a little behind.  Glad you are still popping in. Yes, i did see your post.  Thanks, it gave me some hope.

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Laggie, I'm so excited that your DH found a job! And one so well suited with friends in the company! I remember from last time that you were a little nervous about that. I'm also excited to follow you through your cycle. Come on BFP! As for saving money, i would hope that the RE's clinic would understand. Who the heck can just afford to throw away $1000. perhaps if you tell them, they will give you the same price as the online company? If that's the case, then they can win out too. Otherwise, you shouldn't feel any guilt! I would do the same thing and I think all of us would.


Teresa, oh no :o( I'm sorry that you and DH are on edge. It happens to the best of us. I hope that he cancels something so that you guys have some alone time this weekend. If not, perhaps soon you guys can schedule a weekend just for the two of you and you feel better :o) As for the follies, I remember my DH coming in and watching one day as they measured the follies and he commented on how unscientific a process it was. Depending on how the tech measured it or how they held the wand, the measurements would change! So i wouldn't worry much at all about it. In fact, I also know of one person who walked in thinking that she had 4 follies and ended up retrieving 8 eggs. A similar thing happened to another friend of mine. The REs told them that sometimes, the follies are just in the background and can't be seen. Estrogen increasing is the most important thing! And i'm glad you get some time to rest...and i remember having them stick me for blood so many times through the process became painful so getting some rest from that will be welcome too!


Praying, just thinking of your son and rest of the family. I'm sure that you care all so stressed about this and I hope that the tests will show that everything is ok. Big hugs and just know that I'm thinking of you and hoping for the best!! 


Rcr, Ugh! i really hope that you are in a state that allows for an out of state prescription. Or, would it be possible for the RE to call your local RE and explain the situation? Maybe that will smooth the way. It seems like Blue's doctor was willing to work with Dr. Sher.  I hope you find the same kind of help!


Deport, I'm so sorry that you're surrounded by such horrific and unsupportive people. I really hope that your DH sees how this impacts you and stands up for you. At the very least, I'm thinking that you should definitely do something to separate yourself from the stress. It's so not good for any part of you to be so stressed out. We are here to support you!


Everyone else, HI and hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend.

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My nurse just called.  Tonight I am going to start Gonal F and "low dose" HCG.  I thought HCG was the trigger shot?  Is the low dose normal or have I written this down wrong?

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