Sunday, February 6, 2011

Blast From the Past

So I thought I'd write a little blurb on what's been going on and what's to come with our treatments in the past few years...

  We tried on our own about a year and a half with a drug called Clomid which is a drug that is supposed to help women with a condition such as mine ( Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) to help me ovulate. It didn't work, so once we got on a good insurance plan through Rhett, we moved on from my Gynecologist to a Reproductive Endocrinologist at the Fertility Centers of Illinois in May of 2010. We started working with a great doctor who suggested we start treatment by doing IUI which is a combination of follicle stimulating shots and an insemination at the end, once the follicles are ready to release an egg... turns out my body loves the meds and I was cancelled due to producing too many follicles. Talk about one extreme to the next! The doctor said if we don't cancel you, you'll end up with a show on TLC. I had like 12 follicles.. Octomom, you ain't got nothing on me! I decided not to die, and agreed going on with treatment was not such a peachy idea after all. This was back in July.
 The next step was to try IVF. We started treatment for our first cycle back in August but went on to be cancelled again due to fear of Ovarian Hyper Stimulation, a condition in which too many follicles have been grown and can cause fluid build up around vital organs. I was devastated at the time but my wise, level-headed husband tried to tell me, he'd rather have me alive then go on with treatment, I see now, that he's right but there was a lot of crying and arguing on my part back then, have I mentioned that hormones are insane? Rhett has the patience of a Saint...
In October we started another round of IVF and went on to retrieve 16 eggs and had  12 embryos made! Which were wonderful results! With my "lucky socks" ( I am very superstitious, sorry Catholic Church oops) on we went in for our embryo transfer in early December and two beautiful embryos were implanted and all went well. Then for the next few days my wonderful mom and husband waited on me hand and foot as I was on semi-bed rest for the days following. But two weeks later... we had a negative pregnancy test. It was such a let down and I of course wanted answers. But, there really is no way of knowing why it didn't work.
 Now we are on to our next adventure... a frozen embryo transfer. We froze our remaining "embies" as I like to call them, for a future cycle and here it is! This Friday we will transfer two back in, and I can't wait! My mom is coming to help pamper me and I can't wait to see her! Fingers crossed this time it works! Boomer and Bauer really want a sibling or two and our niece Lucy told me last Saturday when we were babysitting she wants a cousin, and who am I to disappoint?


  1. Boomer is the man! He does take care of kids and mommy/daddy occasionally. I look forward to continuing this journey with you and have admired your strength during this process. You are a strong, beautiful and loving woman Bails this will happen!

  2. SO excited about the new blog! Sending all kinds of positive vibes and prayers your way for Friday! Lucy can't wait to have a new cousin! :)