Sunday, March 21, 2010

Red Alert & Priority Alert

First off, welcome ICLWer's!! Thanks for stopping by, let me give you a quick summary of our journey so far! Started trying in January '09, got pregnant on our own in April '09 only to miscarry in May at 6w2d. After several months of nothing happening, we saw an RE and have since completed 4 IUI's (3 on clo.mid, 1 on injectibles) all BFN. A couple may have been chemicals, but I'm not sure they just weren't residual hcg trigger shot left in my system. In any case, due to my responding too well on the 50 iu's of follistim my RE recommended we move on to IVF. Right now I have one last week of birth control before we really get going here!

So this weekend has been a busy one for us! We had three birthdays between hubby and my family in the last week, my mom, his dad and sister. Friday night we were getting ready for dinner with my parents, and all of the sudden I felt a bit crampy. I was blow drying my hair thinking, geez it seriously feel like I'm going to get my period. I go to the bathroom, and BOOM...red alert red alert, I'm frickin bleeding! And not just your harmless spotting...not full out period, but enough to cause a major panic.

I of course assumed the worst that this was of course my period, and now the whole cycle is ruined and I would have to be on birth control for three more weeks!!! And also freaking because it was 6:00pm on a Friday, and of course I had to start bleeding after my RE's office closed. Hubby attempted to calm me down, and I psycho googled bleeding on the pill on our way to dinner. My findings confirmed that breakthrough bleeding while on the pill is very common, especially if you're just starting it. This calmed me down enough to make it through the night, but man...I thought the three weeks on bc would be the easy part, hah!

So that morning I woke up, still spotting/bleeding, but at least it hadn't gotten worse. I promptly called the on call nurse who reassured me it was totally normal, and told me to start popping two birth control pills and refill the prescription to get me through the week. She also said I would still get my period once I stopped the pills, so I felt so much better after getting off the phone with her.

Which brings me to my next alert of the weekend...priority alert! Saturday morning we also received my IVF meds shipment! Although I probably should have been crying, as I knew the box was filled with meds that will wreak havoc on my body and emotional state, all of which are given through the 42 syringes inside...I still felt like a kid on Christ.mas day as I ripped it open, and neatly organized all my meds on the counter! Mostly I just wanted to get my IVF rite of passage pics...aka, holy crap look all this sh*t I'm going to inject into myself in attempt to make a baby...I have to document this!!! I know you've seen them before but here they are.






I won't bore you with the details of what they'll all be used for. But I feel like I'm just one step closer to starting this process! Thursday I go in for b/w and u/s and to review my meds calendar with my nurse. And if all goes well I think I start the Lu.pron injections on Friday to overlap with the last three days of birth control. This break has been nice and probably needed, but I really think I'm ready for IVF now...and so anxious to make it to the other side with a frickin BFP!!!

25 comments:

lowfatlady said...

I want you to get a bfp too! I always get excited when my drugs come as well. I hope that this month is your month!

Kim said...

Glad the bleeding was only break through!! And no matter how many times I see pics of the meds...I am still amazed and what we are willing to do in the name of baby love! I am very excited about your upcoming cycle. xoxoxoxoxox

sienna said...

So excited for you that you're getting started!!

*hugs*

Secret Sloper said...

Eww, I hate breakthrough bleeding. I hope it leaves quickly.

But I love that meds shot! Just think-- in a way that's your baby's first photo :)

Pre-Heated Oven said...

I'm so excited for you! I hope this month is your month!!!

Lena said...
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Lena said...

hi,
i'm doing IVF for the first time too... and i'm just a couple weeks ahead of you. i've been doing injections for 8 days now, and so far the side effects are much less than i expected. maybe it's about to hit me though! i've had some stomach aches and bloating from the follistim, but really not bad. i felt much worse on clomid. it is exciting to be moving on from IUI.

Al said...

Holy meds!!! I get all excited when I get the drugs in the mail too - it makes the hope of the cycle all bubble up, like, YES, we are actually going to use this to try to make a baby. And it could work :-). I hope that this is it for you!

Hope the spotting is gone - it's so annoying, but I'm glad it's nothing to worry about.

Chelle said...

It never ceases to amaze me just how many meds go into an IVF cycle. It is jaw dropping every time I see pictures of a month's supply.

I am praying with everything I have that this cycle works for you two.

Loads of love, hugs, and wishes!

Baby On Mind said...

Ha ha... the meds look VERY familiar. Glad it was just spotting and you don't have to wait another few weeks. Getting excited I bet.

Ashley said...

Woohoo! :) I got my box on Friday. Bfp's comin' our way!!! :)

an insight into me said...

Good luck with your upcoming IVF and I hope you get your BFP and get to experience motherhood sooner rather than later.

ICLW
#101
http://thegalwho.wordpress.com/

Jennifer said...

How exciting that you have all of your meds! I am sure it makes it real! I'm also waiting for your IVF and a big fat positive! We need some good news! :) ((HUGS))

Crossed Fingers said...

Congrats on the start of the next chapter! I can't wait to hear how it all works out!

Littlest True Blue said...

What a lovely gift you received in the mail! haha! IVF meds are nuts! I also wanted to let you know that I have had break through bleeding on the pill every time that I went on it due to cysts. I never got it regularily on the pill but now I always do but I also get my period (lightly) after finishing all bcps too. I freaked the first time too! I also wanted to tell you I thought your last post was super cute! You and your hubs are gorgeous and a very cute couple! Yeah for IVF starting soon! Keep us posted!
:)LTB

The Millers said...

Woohoo to the box-o-meds! Yeah, i started the Lupron last week. Stims next week.
So excited to go through this at the same time with you. It makes it nice to be able to bounce questions off of each other!

Dear Diary said...

Wow that's a lot of medicine. This is going to be your cycle friend!!! I'm also called my Doctor and he said that the spotting is normal. I'm so excited for you!!!

Browniris said...

I'm glad that the bleeding turned out to not be a big deal. I think it is perfectly normal to be excited about the new meds. Hopefully they result in your BFP!

Myndi said...

I got excited when my drugs arrived as well. It feels like real tangible progress. Honestly, after two rounds of Clomid (the drug from hell!), the injectables seemed like nothin'. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you find them to not be that big of a deal. :)

Best wishes on your IVF!

Glass Case of Emotion said...

Visiting from ICLW-

I recognize that box. Groan!

I hope it's the last of its kind. Best wishes on your IVF cycle!

The (Type A) Nightmare said...

Okay, not to be the silly, naive IF-er, but I haven't even done the IUI thing yet, so I'm kind of new... even though I feel like an "old dog" when it comes to IF. Regardless, I had NO IDEA there were so many meds. Can't wait to hear about them all. Wishing you tons of luck this cycle!!!!

Kristin said...

Good luck with your upcoming IVF cycle.

I also read the last post and what your hubby said about the PB&Js is the sweetest thing ever.

~ICLW #31

daega99 said...

Oh wow! That's a lot of meds!!! All the best!

ICLW
http://daega99-arewethereyet.blogspot.com/

Beth said...

Good Luck with your upcoming cycle...I'll be following you along the way.
Beth #140

BabyWid said...

I bet you are super excited to get everything rolling. I wish you nothing but the best during this cycle. I hope everything goes great and you get a BFP!! I will be sticking around to see how everything works out!!

Happy ICLW! :)