Holy shit, day 14, it’s only day 14? I am really, really ready to start shooting up all sorts of crazy drugs to start stimming for this cycle. As a fun idea for updating as I go through this cycle I’ve stolen a fabulous and brilliant idea from the fabulous and brilliant Barren Betty. Tweaked it a tiny bit to go with the IVF process, but the rest is original. Seriously, if you don’t follow her already, you should, she is a funny badass chick.
So here’s the idea – as I go through this cycle I will update using a new ‘IVF update’ that is the infertility equivalent of a weekly pregnancy update (nothing against those, j’adore you pregnant infertile chicks as well), just thought it would bring some fun to what can be somewhat boring updates on what is going on with my ute, ovaries and psyche through the cycle. Here goes…
Day of the cycle: Down regulation day 14
Total weight gain/loss: Ugh, was hoping that the no wine, no coffee diet would allow me to lose a few pounds that are left from IVF #2. Apparently not – maybe the estrogen and testosterone that I’m taking are contributing (or the ‘comfort’ food I ate in Dallas) but my clothes are fitting like I’m up a pound or two. I’ve decided not to weigh myself, because fuck that, I don’t need anything else to be annoyed by.
Best moment this week: Being able to stop taking the Doxy.cycline – it could only be taken 2 hours after meals, 2-3 hours after or before calcium and supplements, etc. Basically it was annoying and I’m glad it’s done.
Worst moment: Losing my patience a few times this week with husband and work people (this I at least kept to myself) – maybe the testosterone?
Movement: I did what will probably be my last hot yoga class in a while on Sunday since I have to go out of town to New Orleans Saturday and then only have a few days back before heading to Denver for Stims. Have been walking the dog a bunch as well since it is so amazingly gorgeous outside this week. I’m addicted to my fitbit and like trying to get those 10,000 steps in.
Anything making you queasy or sick: The thought of 14 more days doing down reg before starting stims
Fun drugs you are currently on: Testosterone gel in the morning, estrogen at night. I start the ‘fun’ of promethium (haven’t done that one before) next week.
Sex: Apparently not. With the testosterone I’m on there is a very large warning that we’re not supposed to sex it up to be on the safe side.
Symptoms: Testosterone rage, wanting to eat everything in sight (I’m blaming that on the estrogen, but who knows)
Wedding rings on or off: On so far, we’ll see how much crazier I get
Happy or moody most of the time: Fairly happy for the most part – I feel positive and optimistic going into this cycle, and I’m trying to remind myself that I control how I go into this. I’m sure I’ll be a blubbering mess of anxiety when I go into monitoring and being afraid that follicles are growing too slowly, etc. But for now I am good, just ready to get through this and onto stimming.
Current project: Survive work this week. I’m prepping for our big conference that starts in New Orleans and I haven’t even figured out the big speech I have to give yet. Oh well, I figure that is what my 4 hour plane ride to Houston and then the hop to New Orleans is for.
Looking forward to: New Orleans food (see, I want all the food all the time), but not looking forward to hiding the fact that I can’t drink around all my colleagues or not having some wine with all that amazing food. We had a good system in Dallas where my boss or husband would get me a sparkling water with splash of cranberry, hopefully my boss can keep that going since my husband won’t be there until later in the week.
That’s it for now – am LOVING this format (thanks again BB), let me know if there is anything you guys think we should add to the infertile IVF status update template!