A nice night out...

Jul. 9th, 2006 09:00 pm
lyssac: (journal)

We went over to Mike and Monique's and grilled tonight. I had a really nice time, and we watched a movie and hung out. We brought a cake from Wal-mart that we had Congrats! written in pink and blue letters, and we told them that I was pregnant. We are still giddy about our news.

I also took my hamster up to Petco to be adopted. It's too much for me to clean the cage and care for it now. The smell was mking me sick.

Speaking of smells, today when we walked into Mike and Moniques the place smelled like boiled eggs, and I had to turn around and walk back out. They had boiled eggs for the salad and the smell was overwhelming, it made me nausous. If morning sickness is a sign of a healthy pregnancy, I guess I am off to a good start.

I also bought some progesterone cream to try since I can't go to the doctor yet, and can't afford the suppositories this time around. I hope that it will help to keep me from miscarrying again. I don't think I will though. It just feels right this time. Leland keeps saying third time is a charm. I hope so.

The continuing saga...

Mar. 29th, 2005 10:39 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

... of the cycle from hell.

TMI Alert )

When I was growing up, the Serenity Prayer was one of my favorite things... it's running through my head this morning... "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change..."

On a related note, I did notice that my tempature is lower on days when I have the heat on in the bedroom and higher when it is not. However, the 97.7, 97.8, 97.9 temps of the weekend are typical of my post-O shift. The fallback rise is even pretty normal for me, but I still wouldn't put money on whether I O'd or when.

Wasted cycle... (ventish)

Feb. 1st, 2005 05:42 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

Well, looks like I am out of it already this month. I'm only on CD17, but I have enough experience to know that this cycle was a bust.... I didn't O, even with the clomid. I'll go in Friday for my progesterone test, to be sure, but I'm not starting the suppositories today like I was supposed to.

It will still be a long wait before I can try again. Even if the test from Friday proves I didn't ovulate, I will have to wait another two weeks before they consider provera to bring on my cycle.

That happened in my Oct-Dec cycle, but because we were planning the adoption and stuff, I ended up not taking it, and letting AF eventually come on her own.

I think I might do that this time too. I REALLY want a baby, and REALLY want to be PG right now, but I am stressed with the TTC stuff.

I don't just take clomid a couple of days a month - I am taking meds or testing or something once or twice a day, for just about every day of my cycle. If you thought charting was bad for promoting obsession with your body... I don't ever get to not think about it.

I think I need a break. DH has been saying so, too. I don't know if I am ready for another treatment cycle right now, but I guess I'll have time to think about it and whether I need a longer break.

I thinking I am in one of those mourning phases again, where I am about to accept this and move on...

Except, that's where I was last year this time, and then I got pregnant. My only problem with that scenario, is that because of my irregular cycles, I was 6 weeks pg before I figured it out last time - and shortly thereafter, I started having problems. They also say that progesterone suppliments are only helpful if you start taking them right after O and by 6 weeks or so, it is too late. That could mean that I end up in the same position all over again.

Dammit, why can't I just have a baby already.


Jan. 15th, 2005 01:44 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

My blood test was negative. I stopped the progesterone, and am waiting for AF, so that I can start another cycle. I am starting to spot, so I figure it will be the next day or two.

This makes my cycle really long, since my dr doesn't do the blood test until CD35, and apparently, I won't start until I stop the suppliments, which I can't do until after the test.

(no subject)

Jan. 13th, 2005 01:01 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

I have been cramping quite a bit and my breasts are starting to be sore again, but my HPT was neg as of 16dpo, so I think it is just my body trying to have AF, but unable to because of the progesterone. I am ready for this cycle to be over and am cursing my drs 35 day policy.

Progesterone Suppliments

Jan. 9th, 2005 11:15 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

I broke down and tested yesterday, and of course it was BFN. I thought I had a dr appt this week, and I was going to get my blood test then, but turns out the appt isn't until next week. I'll have to call my ob/gyn and tell them abput my mistake and ask them what to do.

If anyone can answer a question about progesterone suppliments for me, I would appreciate it:
I am 13 dpo and using progesterone suppositories bid. Will AF come, even if I am still taking them? I know if you are taking provera or something like that, you stop it and then AF comes, but what about the suppositories? Basically, am I prolonging the wait (my agony), if I am not PG?

ETA: Apparently, it varies. Some women will still get AF. In my case, my progesterone is so low, I have to stop them first.

Scared of a stick

Jan. 7th, 2005 03:31 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

AF was due for me today, but she's a no show. Of course, I am only 11dpo.

DH asked me again this am to test, but I keep putting it off. I told him maybe Monday. He said that I had told him that I would do it tomorrow.

(I used to think he wasn't much into this TTC thing, but I have found the last few months that is totally not true.... )

I think I'm scared of that stick. I have my excuse for my symptoms (progesterone), and I am totally freaked by the idea of finding out whether I am actually pg or not. I think I don't want my hopes to be shot down. Maybe, I just like secretly believing that I am pregnant, while pretending that I'm not....

And even if I am - I still have 2 months til I would be out of the first trimester. That seems like forever.... but that is the imaginary goal that I have set for myself. I don't trust the first u/s or the heartbeat, or any of that, because I had that before....

Maybe, I can hibernate and wake up 4 mos pregnant. What do you think? I'd still get to experience most of it, and wouldn't have as many of the worries.

Symptom Watch - January

Jan. 6th, 2005 03:15 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

I am only obsessing a little bit this month.... I have some symptoms, but I am prefacing any statement about them with the disclaimer that it could very well be the hormones. As a matter of fact - that's my excuse for everything this month.

Progesterone can cause PMS like symptoms, including mood swings, to which my DH will attest and wholehardly agree. We both had a good laugh yesterday afternoon, when, a little while after I had explained to him my theory that "it's the hormones" is the proper response to most questions, we were walking into K-Mart. He looked over and asked me while I was smiling. I shrugged and said, "it's the hormones" - really, I had no reason, just had a sudden little rush of endorphins. It was still quite amusing.

The second thing that is weird is that I am so tired during the late afternoon. Twice this week, I almost fell asleep in public, I was so sleepy. I need a nap. However, come night time, I am hard pressed to get comfortable and fall asleep (but eventualy am getting sufficient amount).

This unrest can also be because I have to pee almost every hour.I am diabetic and drink a lot of water, but this is excessive, even for me.

I told my DH this morning, "I better be pregnant with your kid." He said, "Of course, it's mine. You don't go anywhere." I growled at him.

I also yelled at him last night. His offense - he touched my breasts. Ow! They are really sore, especially in the nipples, but not really to the touch, just in general - a feeling similiar to extremely dry skin or something. Of course, I grew almost a cup size by the time I was 6 weeks pregnant last time. This could also just be a pms symptom.

Just a few more days and I will begin testing. I guess I'll know for sure within a week. I already have a blood test schedueled, if AF doesn't show up before then.

(no subject)

Jan. 6th, 2005 02:19 am
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

I got my 21-day pregesterone level results back Wed - 20.5 woohoo! a huge leap from last months 0.7....

So, yeah, I did ovulate (yes, virginia, there is a santa claus)

I went into the dr, today, though, because i was having some troubling symptoms, and wasn't sure what was up...

He told me to avoid any strenuous activity, that it could be from ovarian stimulation. While my ovaries aren't really enlarged (or no more than usual) my body isn't used to ovulating.

Of course, after he said that, I said that the discomfort had been worse when I when to bed last night, and we had DTD... :: sigh ::

I am only 9dpo, and as such in that limbo that even if I might be, I am not officially pregnant. Is he being over cautious, or is this par for the course with someone with my history of recurrent miscarriages, and ovarian problems.... he did put me on pelvic rest at the first sign of problems last pregnancy.

Any advice?

but hey, honestly, I will do what ever it takes to bring a healthy baby to term... I hope this month is it for us.

Hormone Hell

Jan. 3rd, 2005 11:18 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

Uhh, I feel sick. My progesterone suppliments are making me cramp and nauseous. The nurse said that she had heard similar complaints before.

Also, I am so tired. I practically fell asleep in Hastings at about 4:30 this afternoon, slept the whole way home in the car and then took a four hour nap. (Because of DH's scheduele, we don't usually get up before 10am.)I am exhausted.

All of this started Saturday, slightly, but gets worse each day. Also, DH says my mood swings are bad - I believe him.

It's like a combination of pregnancy and PMS all rolled up into one, times ten.

I hope that I get pregnant soon, because I am hating these treatments.

Prochieve Protocol - Cycle 2

Jan. 2nd, 2005 01:28 am
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

Monday, I go in for my progesterone blood test to confirm ovulation. I am pretty sure it will be good, as I had a positive OPK last Sunday. I have been on some form of medication or testing, everyday this cycle (or twice a day) it seems. I hope that it is all doing something.

I have another week to ten days before I will know, one way or the other (provided I get good results from Monday's blood work). My fingers are crossed.

Test Results

Nov. 22nd, 2004 06:14 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

Well, at least I had some good news yesterday. Today wasn't so good. I got my bloodwork back from last week. I had to take a 21-day progesterone test, to see if I ovulated on the fertility meds. I knew that I hadn't but still....

My levels were low, very low. I didn't get a number - but hey, figure pretty much non-existent. My doctor has no hope of me getting my period this month, and figures that I will have to use Provera to bring it on, so that I can try this all over again.

I didn't have to ask about upping the meds though (which I wanted). The nurse kindly informed me that there was no other option.

Apparantly, not only did I fail this round of treatment, I did so quite spectacularly. Yeah me (:: insert sarcasm::)

Ready to try again...

Oct. 6th, 2004 06:57 pm
lyssac: House giving Cuddy shot (ttc)

Ok, I really like my doctor. We don't always agree 100% and he has definite ideas about things, but I really feel like he listens and is supportive.

I went in today to see about starting Clomid....

First of all, the nurse is great, I talked to her the other day about my cycle and about seeing the dr, and she must have written it all down after I left, because they knew what cycle day I was on and everything...

He agreed to start the Clomid and check on my progesterone later, but then changed his mind.

I'm going to take Clomid (50 mg) days 3-7, Estradiol days 8-12, and Progesterone supplements from day 17 through to either menses or week 10 of pregnancy.

He'll check on day 21 to see if I have ovulated, if not he'll up the Clomid for the next cycle. He'll give me 6 months, then its off to the RE.

I'm so glad that he is treating me aggressively, and that he and his staff are so completely supportive. After all of these years being ignored and told that it's "all in your head" or it's my fault because I'm overweight, it is such a blessing to have someone who listens and communicates.

I almost can't wait for this cycle to be over, so that we can do it already... :)