December 9, 2009
Week in review
Wow, it’s been almost ten days since my last post…sorry friends! In a nutshell, work has been INSANE…and it’s rubbing off on my personal life. Last week I hosted two focus groups, helped run a half-day team meeting, and had two days worth of a company-wide retreat, complete with breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks with our out-of-town employees. Everything went well, but it was exhausting being on-duty for that long…so most nights I just came home and crashed, much to S’s dismay.
Besides feeling uber-overwhelmed, I’m annoyed that the stress of work is preventing me from getting in the Christmas spirit. I’m actually so wound up that I’m planning to do ALL of my shopping online, because I don’t want to interact with people in any way, shape, or form! That says it all, huh?
I’m trying to do everything I can think of to get myself in a better frame of mind…went to early morning mass with my Mom today, and am planning to go to a special healing mass tomorrow night. I’ve also been spending what time I can just cuddling with S and our fur-babies, and trying not to care too much about having a “perfect” Christmas (decorations, gifts, etc.) this year. I just want to try to connect with the reason for the season, and take care of myself, my family (and of course my friends!).
In other news, I got my period yesterday (yay!) and officially started my meds protocol for our upcoming IVF!! The first step is 5-6 weeks of birth control pills (I know, BC pills to help get pregnant, crazy huh??), to help bring my hormones levels back to normal. Then we start Lupron in mid-January, followed by Gonal F and Repronex on the 23rd. Right now, the estimated date for the egg retrieval is February 3rd, and February 9th-ish for the (hopefully 5-day) transfer.
I also found out that I’ll be taking baby As.pirin and Medrol (a low-dose steroid) from ER, through and past ET. Apparently there are some new studies that say these things help with implantation, so my clinic has been doing that for all IVF patients for the past six months or so. Has anybody else done this (Ashley – I think you did?)? Also, in addition to the progesterone shots after ER, I’ll also be using Vivelle patches from the ET through the 2WW – does anyone know what that is for?
It’s weird…I know that I’ve said that I wanted to do things differently this time around (because the previous protocol obviously didn’t work), but now that I’m being forced out of my “comfort zone,” I’m nervous! The specifics about my protocol were mailed to me on a calendar and then discussed over the phone with a nurse, so I think I just feel a little blind-sided. I could call the RE, but I’m not even sure what I’d ask him…so I guess I’m just asking for help from YOU! Has anybody used both Gonal F/Repronex and Follistim – how do they differ (response, side effects, etc.)? What about the As.pirin/Medrol therapy – success stories? Side effects? Basically, is there anything I’m missing, or should ask about??