After my unsuccessful first frozen embryo transfer (FET) in October, I decided to Continue reading
After my chemical pregnancy last October, my doctor had me do a “miscarriage panel” of blood work to check to see if there was any issue that we’d need to address.
The test revealed that I have an MTHFR gene mutation. Continue reading
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”
After receiving the news that my pregnancy was a chemical one that would end just as quickly as it started, I went in on Monday to meet with my doctor. Continue reading
The results are in – miscarriage is inevitable.
I had my transfer on September 29 and was told to come back in on the following Friday (10/6) to check my progesterone levels and estrogen, and then return on the following Friday (10/13) for the HCG test to find out if I was pregnant. Continue reading
It’s been just over a week since transfer day.
Leading up to the procedure I was feeling pretty anxious. While IVF is a significantly different experience from an IUI, I’ve had 6 failed IUIs. Six cycles. Six two-week waits…that roller coaster of emotions, hope and disappointment over and over again takes a toll. I was hopeful, but I’d been hopeful so many times before.
My strategy going into the week was to focus on all the alternative things I could do to prepare. I had nailed the science part: I took the meds as prescribed, never missed a monitoring appointment, did absolutely everything the doctor/nurses told me to do. I had 100% confidence in the team. So it was time for me to focus on the other stuff. Continue reading
My frozen embryo cycle called for a new medication protocol. I’d take an estrogen pill (Estradiol) 3 times a day and I’d also wear a small patch on my stomach (Minivelle) that was to be changed every 3 days…it all seemed so simple and straight forward. Then the nurse casually mentioned to me… “I just called in your progesterone prescription, you’ll most likely start that one on Sunday”
“Progesterone?” I asked, “Is that another pill?” Little did I know… Continue reading
Once I made it through the retrieval I was feeling pretty great! I’d survived “stimming” (those daily hormone injections designed to produce multiple follicles), and I’d survived the actual retrieval, which involved almost being stuck in a hurricane. In my mind, the worst was most definitely behind me.
My doctor informed me that my ovaries were over stimulated so instead of doing a “fresh” transfer, which I was expecting, he was now recommending an FET (frozen embryo transfer). Had we gone the fresh transfer route, my transfer would have been a few days after the retrieval; a frozen transfer meant the timeline was being pushed back. Continue reading
On Thursday, while working from home, I got an instant message from one of my coworkers: “did you know a hurricane’s coming?!?! It’s supposed to hit Corpus Cristi then head in our direction…THIS WEEKEND! WTF!” I just sat there staring at the screen for a few minutes.
After the news sank in, I sprang into action. I started typing frantically, weather.com, national weather service, CNN, then all the local stations KHOU, KPRC, Fox26… and there it was: a tropical storm named Harvey was headed straight for us, and it was expected to make landfall on Friday night, it was also gaining strength and expected to turn into a hurricane by the weekend.
I decided to watch TV (American Ninja Warrior if you’re curious) while mixing my meds and it left me making a HUGE mistake…I mixed all the meds together. Continue reading