Whatever It Takes

Update on our journey

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“The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow.” -Unknown

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It’s started to hit me that we are really doing this. It was exciting at first, but now I’ll admit my excitement has waned and I’m starting to feel the reality of the situation. I am bruised from the injections, which I expected to happen, but it’s now a reminder that this is happening. It’s a little scary to be honest.

I went into this telling myself it doesn’t matter how much it hurts, it’s worth it. I still believe that and I am doing my best to keep myself focused on the goal. I take comfort in the fact that some of it isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The injections are actually something I look forward to of a morning, obviously sticking myself with a needle isn’t fun… but it’s me doing something and after doing nothing for so long I’m happy to be doing something! I’ll gladly take the bruises if it means that the end of this journey may come to a close at some point. As for the side effects, I’ll be honest they aren’t fun. I don’t have any headaches though, which is something I was told by several women they had, but so far I haven’t had that. I do have some stomach upset and my stomach is tender from injecting myself every morning but it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Dr. L did say today that once the Gonal F starts doing it’s job I’m probably going to feel it. After all, I’m not going to be releasing just one egg so I can imagine I’ll probably get some bloating and cramping from that.

Now about my appointment today, it’s a little hard to keep hearing that this plan isn’t working and this plan isn’t going to work. I understand a lot of it is just trial and error but I guess I assumed my body would respond well to the Gonal F because I already ovulate on my own. Of course, my body wants to be difficult! So we didn’t get approved to use the Ovridrel yet… I am back on a higher dose of Gonal F for another week. I will go back on Tuesday for another sonogram and hopefully it’ll show something happening!

So for the revised game plan… we are going to do a higher dose of Gonal F, if it works we will then do the trigger shot of Ovridrel that will make me release the eggs and then I have to start Progesterone suppositories as these shots lower my progesterone levels which isn’t good if you want to get pregnant and stay pregnant. If I end up being pregnant I will continue the Progesterone suppositories until I am 10 weeks to be safe. So, depending on when we finally get to do the trigger shot I will find out if cycle #1 worked about 14 to 16 days after I do the trigger shot!

 

 

 

One thought on “Whatever It Takes

  1. It will all go by quick! I promise! You’ll have the suppositories for a while longer than they tell you–it’s all just to ensure you stay pregnant a nice comfy home for the baby (or babies) to grow into. I will say after you’re about 3 to 4 months pregnant, your uterus area will start to shrink & it caused me great amount of pain but it doesn’t last long. Again, all will go fast. I remember the shots being a daily routine–but it goes quick! Then I ended up with gestational diabetes & had to do shots in my stomach all over again. Did I mention, I HATE shots! 😉 But as I always tell you–in the end–it’s all worth it when you start to see your baby (or babies) grow with every sonogram. Because I was high risk patient–I got to see Chloe just about every other week! You are doing all the right things & you’ll do great! It’s all scary & uncertain at the moment but you’re a strong woman & this is only temporary. Everyone’s situation is different but you’re not alone & understand your struggles. Stay strong Sherry–you got this!!

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