I would like to do some recap posts on the year, on our Christmas, our trips to Indiana, and Minnesota, but the post that I truly need to get off my chest is where we are on our path to pursuing IVF.
Last I updated, we were postponed due to a cyst or leftover follicle on my right ovary. It was a whopping 16 mm on what I thought was day 3 of my cycle. I went back to the RE last Thursday, and I had ovulated that leftover follicle at some point before then. I was given two options: start Lupron the next day or wait for a period and move forward with stims on CD3 without any suppression medication.
I opted for skipping lupron. We were in middle of nowhere Minnesota, I didn’t have cell reception, I’m not sure how I could have gotten the drugs, managed doing the injections, etc, etc all while staying with C’s aunt and uncle. It was a no-brainer to go with option 2, start stims with CD3 as long as all looks good.
So, we wait for CD1. I am guessing it will come as soon as Saturday as late as Monday, but who the heck knows since it was such a “wonky” cycle to begin with.
I’ve been going to acupuncture every week and following the diet as best I can. It was difficult through the holidays since we were staying with family more than at home, but I managed with as little cheats as possible. I did allow myself a free-for-all on Christmas Eve and ate all of the prime rib, macaroni and cheese, and dessert and drank some wine. I felt absolutely terrible afterward and to be honest it wasn’t worth it.
The diet is really difficult to follow while travelling. Most fast food chains in America seem to have . Everything is bread, fried, etc etc. but besides it being difficult to eat, the diet isn’t so bad. I miss cheese. I miss coffee (though I am sipping on organic decaf coffee now), but I don’t really miss flour or pastas or dairy as much as I thought I would. I am kind of enjoying learning how to cook differently and being more thoughtful about what I put in my body.
The diet is really difficult to follow while travelling. Most fast food chains in America seem to have one menu item that may fit the bill. Everything is bread, fried, etc etc. but besides it being difficult to eat on the road, when I’m at home and able to plan my meals, it’s not so bad. I miss cheese. I miss coffee (though I am sipping on organic decaf coffee now), but I don’t really miss flour or pastas or dairy as much as I thought I would. I am enjoying learning how to cook differently and being more thoughtful about what I put in my body and my family’s body.
I feel great. My belly is shrinking a bit and while I haven’t lost a significant amount of weight (maybe 5 pounds, which isn’t much on my 170ish pound frame), I feel slimmer and less bloated. My skin is clearer. I just feel lighter.
Emotionally, I am so ready to get this IVF show on the road. I am dreading the process, obviously, but I’m tired of thinking about the hypotheticals (the scheduling and when it could fall and what if it fails, etc etc, what if it fails, what if it works and I miscarry..). I’m also excited.I’m excited to see how my body responds, if we can find out anything about what’s going wrong with the conception process for us, and about the prospect that this may just work. I might actually get pregnant in 2013. Maybe? I hope.
Please, body, cooperate! Let’s do this thing.