I am sorry I haven’t been very active with my blog this past month. I have been really sick past few weeks but wanted to make sure to update you on whats been going on.
I started my estrogen priming beginning of November (while on a much needed short vacation to Las Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys perform with my childhood bestie- the BSB were amazing fyi and they still got it! 😍🎤) for 2 weeks to suppress my ovaries to help my follicles for IVF#3 all grow together and be similar in size.
Then on day 3 of my cycle I went for blood work & U/S & I started Letrozole (Femera) 2 pills for 5 days. This is a horrible drug…makes me have hot flashes like crazy, migraines and made me super emotional and depressed. I had a really hard day on my 3rd day of that medication. I felt helpless, hopeless and alone. But I persevered and made it through the sadness.
Along the way on day 5, Menopur was added nightly which is an injection into the abdomen. I have never taken this one in any of my previous cycles and boy does it burrrrn 💉😖! I am taking a dose in the middle range as this Doctor does not want to flood my system with super high dose hormones like has been done the past 2 times. Also on Orgalutron again to stop ovulation and keep my Luteinizing Hormone low until it is time to trigger for retrieval. The goal here is Quality over Quantity. I have to remind myself of this as it is scary to think I will put my body and mind through all this (and the financial burden too) for the goal of only retrieving 4 or 5 eggs resulting in most likely 1 or 2 embryos. What matters is that those embryos are good quality and the pearl we have been praying for 🙏.
Today is considered cycle day 15 and my ultrasound showed 5 potential follicles that should be large enough for egg retrieval in the next few days. I have 1 perfect size and a few that are close behind. Then I have about 4 more follicles that are too small and they don’t believe will catch up in size in time for harvest. I am a bit disappointed but need to trust that my body is doing what needs to be done.
Considering how ill I was the past 2 weeks and having to have a tooth pulled due to a major infection; I am honestly surprised my body is doing this well. The Doctor and nurses have assured me that being sick hasn’t affected anything and not too worry. I am to continue to try to stay relaxed and take it easy.
These daily commutes back and forth to Toronto are starting to take a toll. I am tired. I am sore. It takes me about 2 hrs every morning in rush hour traffic to get there on time for my blood work to be drawn followed by ultrasound and seeing the nurse. I am back again tomorrow so will see what the progress shows 🤞.
I had a massage this week and did 1 session of acupuncture . I don’t know if it really helps but I need to know I have done and tried everything I could to make this miracle happen. My hubby has even been on this special sperm enhancing vitamin for the past 3 months that the doctor recommended. At this point i think we’ve tried it all!! 😉
So now we wait for egg retrieval day and hope that “lucky number three” is meant to be! Then we have planned to have 2 embryos (if we have 2) transferred 3 days after retrieval/fertilization into my womb to see if gives them a better fighting chance of survival.
It sure would be a Christmas miracle!! 🎁🤰 💓
Thanks for hanging in with us. I will update with progress as I can. Xoxo
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