Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ya'll ready for this???

Yesterday morning I was up at 6 am. That's right, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend started at the ass crack of dawn where I went to not one, but TWO different labs for blood draws to rule out any errors with the labs. I also had another ultrasound done.

We then drove a couple hours south to see my step-dad and his family. I have only seen him a few times over the past few years and I know how important it was to my mother that I continue my relationship with him. So maybe I got a little karma payback yesterday from someone very special because she was extra happy that her two most favorite people in the world, were together.

So first I should give an update on what I knew our options were going to be depending on the outcome of the labs. After speaking with my doctor on Thursday, he had been most concerned about the elevated progesterone levels even more than the elevated estradiol. The plan was, if my hormones were still not in normal range, I would do three days of Ganirelix to try and keep my body shut down so that we could retest on Tuesday, hoping for good levels to proceed. If that still didn't work, we would need to discuss going back onto birth control or estrogen, or something for another cycle.

Lets recap:

Thursday labs - Estradiol - 171, ideally should be less than 100 and Progesterone - 2.7, should be less than 1.

What I did not expect as a viable option for me, was that the levels would actually come down enough to start stimming. However, the phone call I received yesterday afternoon informed me that my Estradiol was 55 and my Progesterone was .4!!!!!

"Your doctor wants you to start stims TODAY!"

HOLY SHIT! I seriously thought she had called the wrong patient.

I officially started my Gonal-f, Saizen and Dexamethasone last night!! The Saizen is only taken for 5 days, I will go in on Wednesday to see how I'm doing, at that point, we'll add in the Menopur.

I won't lie, I'm a little nervous about the rocky start. We started stims on cycle day 5 instead of cycle day 2 or 3, which is the norm. I also have a cold/sinus infection. So as usual, my body likes to throw challenges my way, but I am VERY happy that I'm at least finally getting a chance to do SOMETHING. It's been 7 whole months since my last attempt at any fertility treatment and it feels like years.

I don't know how this will all pan out for me, but the opportunity to try, to take a chance and see how I respond gives me hope.

Thank you all SO much for your comments recently. To hear words like brave and strong in a time where I feel my least strong, really touched my heart. You all mean so much to me. Thank you.


  1. Yay! I am so happy for you, Suzanne! This is amazing news. How exciting!!!

  2. Yay! It sounds like things are starting to go the right way! Here is hoping that this cycle is easier than expected and ends with great results!

  3. Hot damn! Woo hoo! Now you're in business. Yay!!!

  4. Woo hoo!! I'm sooo happy for you my friend :) You sound like your mind is in a good place for this, appreciating just the opportunity to try. I am sending you TONS of good luck and baby dust! Can't wait to follow along :)

  5. Ahhhhh!! Amazing news!!! I am so beyond happy for you. I'm praying and have my fingers crossed for lots of follicle growth over the next few days :) xoxo

  6. What?!?! I was so not expecting this! Yay for such awesome news! Praying that you'll have lots and lots of beautiful follicles!

  7. The female body is an amazing thing. This is FABULOUS news! Very excited for you and wish you nothing but ease through this process. Fingers crossed and prayers a flowin'.

  8. Yay!!! I'm so excited for you Suzanne, it's about time your body finally started cooperating! Can't wait to hear the next update that everything is continuing to go as planned :)

  9. Yahoo! I'm really happy and excited for you Suzanne!!! Finally making some progress! I'm looking forward to stalking you through this cycle. KMFX that it's smooth sailing from here on out.

  10. So glad you are on the path of IVF! Don't worry about starting stims on cd 5 vs 3. Cycle days don't really matter with IVF- it just depends what your hormones are doing. When your hormones were perfect you started. I'm KMFX for you!!!!

  11. YES, FINALLY!!!! I am so happy you are finally get starting. Cannot wait for the BFP at the end of this girl!

  12. Woohoo! Finally!!! Cant wait to hear on your progress.

  13. Hey,
    I am so happy for you!
    Had my initial phone consultation with CCRM earlier this month and after a lot of thinking we've decided to go with them even though they only give me 10%.
    Hope that this attempt will work for you!


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