After finally ovulating and getting all the pre-requisites done (pap records, mammograms, ODWU) we have a calendar! The type A person that I am is super ready to obsess over the dates and approximate timelines. I think I’ve felt this way going into the other IVFs as well, but I’m feeling ready, and I’m feeling optimistic. We had enough time off to try and heal from the last round, and enough of a checklist of the stuff to get ready and the supplements so that I’m anxious to get started with what is going to be a pretty long process. We’re not doing a fresh transfer this time due to the testosterone in the priming and CCS, and then with the 6-8 weeks to do the CCS
if when (see, look at that positive thinking!) we have a good batch of frozen embryos it will be July before we actually do a transfer. Part of me is freaked out by that length of time but my current optimistic self feels like as long as it works I can be somewhat zen for the wait. We’ll see how long that patient and zen-like state lasts, my bet is that by June I will be losing my shit a little bit.
I had to go to 3 pharmacies to get the crazy drugs I’m on for this cycle – the testosterone and HGH (can’t wait for roid rage, yay!) aren’t offered through Freedom Fertility so had two other places for those and the rest from Freedom – but they are all ordered and the big ass box of drugs will be here on Tuesday!
I have my beta-3 on Monday and I’m hoping to have enough time to ask the Dr a few questions (putting them out here two in case any of you CCRM ladies can tell me what you were told to do):
1. Do I stop DHEA and the other supplements when we start the priming portion, or when we start stims, or stay on them throughout?
2. When do I need to cut out all alcohol and caffeine?
Obviously I’m totally willing to do this, but I have two work events out of town before stims and really would love a glass of wine here and there (and so I don’t have to explain why I’m not drinking, aka, ‘no it’s not the reason you are assuming it is – don’t I wish’ to the work world that knows me as a chic who loves her wine), and one of the trips is for our conference in New Orleans and I also love me some of their strong Chicory coffee. I realize I sound like a lush here, oh well.
Headed to Denver for the Beta-3 tomorrow afternoon, the appointment is on Monday but figured I may as well go in a bit earlier. My nephew’s third birthday part is Saturday earlier in the day and I went back and forth about flying tonight instead, but couldn’t bring myself to spend 2 hours with all of the adorable children and their parents. I love being with him 1:1 but just felt like it was probably not the best idea for me to be surrounded by the rest of them. My sister doesn’t really seem to understand why I am not making the party since I knew about it beforehand, for now I’ve just said it was because of work, but I’m a little afraid that it will turn into a bigger drama. Hopefully not, but we’ll see.
And here is a pic of the calendar for anyone who is interested in this crazy testosterone antagonist linear protocol. Dates are approximate until I get my period (one of the few times that I am more than ready for it to get here) but it gives a good idea of the plan.