It seems like it has been such a long time since my last post. This past week has just been crazy! I love Christmas and the fact that I pretty much had the whole week off but I am glad life is settling back down and I am getting back into my routine. I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays!
Here is a picture of Josh and I at my Mom’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
It’s been pretty stressful in our household. I think part of it is that Josh and I don’t normally spend 24/7 together at home, another part is the next step in our fertility and then just Christmas overall. There has been a lot going on and even though most of the happenings are positive, it can still be overwhelming when there is so much of it. Even Izzie is experiencing some bottled up frustration. True story: I spent a good bit of money having our carpet cleaned today (mostly removing all of Izzie’s little “accidents”) and lo and behold, 2 hours later, my sweet innocent baby Izzie EATS a dollar coin-size piece of the carpet in the middle of the master bedroom. She’s never done anything like this before so I really don’t get it. Maybe she’s acting out, maybe she was upset I got rid of all of her artwork, or maybe she just thought it tasted good. Well the reason doesn’t matter so much, she is grounded.
Here’s the crime scene:
And the result:
But I refuse to complain about the good things in life, so I digress.
I went to the doctor on Monday the 23rd and had an ultrasound to be sure my ovaries were ready for the medicine. Luckily everything looked great and ready to go. This was great news, but my doctor isn’t so good at giving me good news because he just had to type in on my ultrasound “extra small uterus and ovaries”. Thanks dude. After I got dressed the nurse came back in and briefly explained to me when and how to use the Follistim (since I had already used it before and knew the gist of it). I start the shots this Monday the 30th. We were told to do the shot at the same time every day for 7 days and come back the following week to see how my ovaries responded.
The nurse told me to buy two cartridges of the Follistim, at $540 a pop. I thought this was strange because each cartridge has 675 IUs (she told me they put an extra 75 IUs in the cartridges, so even though it says 600 IUs on the package, it’s really more) and I will do 75 IUs a day for 7 days. 75 x 7= 525, so I will have an extra 150 left in the cartridge. When I asked her why I needed two she just said that I needed it just in case we decide to up the dosage or add a couple of days after the initial 7-day period. After getting home and discussing it with Josh, we decided to just buy one for right now. I really hate going against my doctor’s orders, but with the way things have gone for me, I can’t put myself in a situation where I end up with non-refundable medication and be out another $540. Plus, the pharmacy ships it overnight, so if they tell me I need to do a couple of more doses, I have 150 IUs left to tide me over until I can get the rest shipped to me overnight. It’s amazing, I was on the phone with them on Thursday afternoon and I got the medicine to me from Encino, California at 1pm the next day. Well, let me correct myself, I SHOULD have gotten it at 1pm the next day, but I wasn’t home to sign for it. I decided to roll the dice that Fed-Ex wouldn’t show up in the 45 minute period I would be away from the house, so Josh and I went to go out to eat lunch with a couple of our friends. But I got home and the door tag said he came at 1:10 and missed me. Dangit, it was 1:20…..ten minutes late. So I had to drive out to the airport (35-45 minutes away) to pick it up after 5pm. Sometimes it seems like nothing can ever just be easy for me.
Here is what I received:
Here is a picture of my handy dandy Follistim case
There is an empty Follistim pen and a few needles in the case
Here is the medicine box
Here’s the cartridge and a few more needles
Here is the Follistim pen, you put the cartridge in here to give yourself the shot
Here is the pen with to dosage counter showing
And you aren’t cool until you have your own sharps container
And last, but not least, here is my HCG trigger shot. This will be used when/if my eggs have good follicles. I will give myself the trigger shot to stimulate ovulation for timed intercourse.
I never made it this far the last go round, hopefully we will be able to use it this time. Sadly, my last one already expired so I had to buy a new one 😦
So, we start tomorrow! As you see it looks a bit stressful, but luckily Saint Joshua got me an hour facial and an hour massage for Christmas to use during all of this :-). Fingers, legs and toes crossed! I will try to update you soon. Would anyone like to see a video of me actually getting the shot? Any feedback is much appreciated.