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Waiting for the 2ww

Tomorrow I have an early morning appointment at the RE to check on my follicles and their progress. I have been doing Follistim 100iu injections since Wednesday night. The injections have been burning a bit more than last time but it’s not unbearable. What I have noticed is that the side effects are back. I am exhausted virtually all of the time. I’ve only managed to work out once while on the injections. I sleep and sleep but am still exhausted. And it’s not like I’m not getting good sleep-I am getting great sleep but it just never feels like enough. I am also concerned because I have been feeling dehydrated for the past 2 days even though I am drinking 80 ounces or more of water/juice/Gatorade (mostly water). Last time the dehydration was one of the first signs that I had mild ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. I’m hoping that I am not developing OHSS but if I am, oh well. I keep telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end.

I am much calmer this time around. I have begun using EFT and I’ve been listening to Circle+Bloom’s free download. The nights that I listen to it, I have no issues going to sleep or staying asleep. I’ve been keeping myself optimistic this cycle which has helped me so much. I’ve not had a single full on breakdown yet, even since starting the injectibles 🙂 I still have negative thoughts that come into my head but I acknowledge them and then put them away. The whole mindset change has not only helped me, it’s helped my marriage. I know that P appreciates that I am not an emotional wreck this time around.

This cycle seems to be moving so slowly, much more slowly than the other cycles. I am only on CD10 yet I feel like I should already be in the 2ww. Even though I am followed by an RE, I am still taking my BBT each morning (it’s way more stable this month since I’m back on Metformin, Femara and Follistim) and I will start using OPKs today. I like to have some control over what’s going on and I want to make sure that I know everything possible about my body and what’s going on. Don’t get me wrong, I trust my RE and the nurses-they are truly wonderful-but I want to feel empowered and informed in this process. Knowledge is power 🙂

So that’s where we are, waiting for the 2ww. Should be having the IUI on Thursday or Friday of this week. P’s birthday is this week so I am taking that as a good sign. A BFP would be the best birthday present ever for him.

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IUI and the waiting game

Ok, so here is a blow by blow account of the IUI and the days since it happened. I am trying not to drive myself crazy in the 2ww but it’s not working. I literally talk to my tummy a few times per day telling those eggs and swimmers to get together. They better freaking listen to me.

Before the IUI I had a total of 7 days of follistim injections (75u) after taking 10 Femara pills on CD3. I had bloodwork done on CD3, 10 and 12. Internal u/s were done on CD10 and 12. P gave me the hcg/trigger injection on Thusday (CD12) b/c I had follicles that were very close to ovulation. All injections were done in the tummy. The hcg shot hurt like a motherfucker but the follistim shots weren’t bad at all.

P made a deposit an hour before the actual iui. it was kind of funny because I was basically sitting right outside the door and the lab was just across from him. They washed his sperm, we shopped for an hour (love Target and Kohl’s) and then the dr did the iui. It took no time at all for the actual iui-seriously, less than 5 minutes. I got on the table, assumed the position and he inserted a very small tube into my cervix, all the way up to my uterus near my Fallopian tubes-that’s where the swimmers were let lose. There was zero pain during the the whole thing 🙂

Afterward I laid on the table with my knees bent for 10 min, waiting for a sperm timer to go off. No really, the egg timer thing had a sperm on the dial-amazingly cute to me at the time. P was in there for everything and didn’t get freaked out 🙂 We were allowed and in fact encouraged to have sex that night to increase the chances of a BFP. I have also been on vaginal progesterone suppositories to help support a possible pregnany. I do not like them but they’ll be worth it if we end up with a BFP.

1dpiui (1 day post IUI, Saturday)-I woke up early in the AM due to ovarian pain on and off on both sides. My tummy was bloated and I was nauseous on and off. I also had a bad headache but that might have been due to lack of sleep. Took a 3 hr nap and still went to bed early and slept 10 hours straight.

2dpiui, Sunday-My ovaries felt sore, especially the left side. My belly was still bloated and kind of tender. In fact, I was so bloated that I could not fit into some of my jeans. Sex is painful if too vigorous. Again, took a 3 hour nap, went to bed and slept like a log until my furbabies woke me up.

3dpiui, Monday-Tummy still tender and bloated. I am already tired and it’s only 11:20am. No nap today because I’m at work. My boobs are sore and seem to be a bit swollen. My ovaries are still sore and I’ve had a bit of lower back cramping, nothing bad at all. I’ve noticed an increase in appetite as well.

I am really trying not to obsess but it’s hard. On my calendar I’ve written down when we can test. Thankfully it’s at our mid-month pay so we will have extra money in case I need retail therapy. We relaxed all weekend and plan to do more of the same this coming weekend. I have been laying off the P90X since the IUI and will probably continue to lay off it until we find out if we’re pregnant. Well, I will probably do some of the weights but I won’t do any of the cardio workouts or yoga. I will probably do my Yoga Zone DVDs more-they aren’t quite as strenuous and don’t have your head below your heart as much.

Anyway, I’m rambling. I need to attempt to do some work. Here’s hoping that we get a BFP in a couple of weeks 🙂

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