Stim Day 6

Just got back from another scan. Lining is now 8, which is great and had the coveted 3 layers…what ever that means. Lol he showed me the layers but didn’t explain them, just said it was very good. 🙂
So I guess the Estradiol is doing its job.
We upped my meds, so I will officially be out of meds by Tuesday. (And Menopur will take twice as long to inject. Joy.) Dr. H said he had some extras on hand and that we could have them come Wednesday but we may not need them. Just depends on the follicles.

My tummy is feeling weird…where I inject I am bruising like crazy all of a sudden and the skin feels numbish. I dunno. Dr. H said it was normal. I switched to my thigh and we will see what happens.

Barry made me laugh…as soon as we went into the office, he blurts out, “Is it ok for me to be back here? I know hw you don’t like Ashley bringing family…” lol thanks for sticking up for me!! Dr. H was a bit ruffled I suspect but all is well.

Update on the upped dosage later.
On track for ER on 8/26

Post Surgery

I so did not think I would be sitting here ready to blog only a few hours after having surgery! Please believe me when I say I am not a blog freak so much that I am making myself do this.
I came home from my surgery, ate and forced myself to sleep…which lasted all of 2 hours because my body said it’s time to wake up! I don’t feel any real physical pain, and I am moving around really well. 🙂
I want to say a HUGE thank you to all my friends and family. Just WOW! I felt so covered in prayer and so loved today. My friend Erin even sent me some beautiful flowers! Everyone has been so thoughtful and helpful. 🙂 I am very blessed!!

Here’s the scoop:
I did so amazing with the IV, you guys would be impressed! 🙂 I only sweat a little bit from anxiety (we had a very long wait due to an overbooked OR) and once we had been left to wait, IV hooked up and all, for 90 minutes, I had no choice but to give up my anxiety. It was pretty easy, though…I felt so covered in prayer and peace.
I was scared of the “go to sleep” meds because they usually burn, but they gave me antibiotics first and that actually burned. 😦
They wheeled me down to the OR as they were giving me the antibiotics. Once the burning went away, they had me move to the opertaing table, and then put the clear mask over my face. They were still talking to me and each other…I breathed in twice and was waking up in the recovery room.
The recovery was much faster and easier than any that I have had before. Dr. H said it was a “light sleep” lol…I didn’t feel like I had been hit by a bus when I woke up. Just a bit “out of it” and like my mouth was too big or something. This faded very quickly.
Dr. H said everything went excellent! He preformed a D&C and a hysteroscopy/polypectomy. There were actually 6 polyps in there!! I could hardly believe and I am still in shock! But he reassured me that the issue was now taken care of and that we could move forward. These polyps were a definite issue and might have prevented my IUI from even working, but were most definitely the source of my mid-cycle spotting and a huge hinderance going into IVF.
It actually made me feel better to know that there were 6, as crazy as that sounds.
But I was starting to wonder how 1 small, 7mm polyp could be causing so many issues. It made me think there had to be something else wrong with me. I am so glad we did this!

The staff was so sweet and amazing. My pre-op nurse was very understanding and super gentle. She made the IV a much more pleasant experience. While waiting for my surgery, we spent a lot of time talking about TTC, since her and her husband just started 2 months ago. She is terrified that they will have issues since she works in an environment where she sees it all the time. She was so sweet and I can tell she wants this. 🙂 I’m sure she will get what she wants, because Dr. C is her doctor too lol
My anesthesiologist has been through IVF, one cycle, 5 day transfer and got twins! They are now 2 years old. It was super encouraging to hear her story. 🙂
It still makes me wonder about the 5 day versus the 3 day…but I need to just trust Dr. H (who was amazing as usual!!)

Anyway, I go back to visit Dr. H on Wednesday for my post-op and IVF consult. It looks as if we have everything in order and will likely be starting IVF meds VERY soon. I can hardly contain my excitement! 🙂 All of the tears and the frustration have led me to this point and I am happy to finally be here. He was very optimistic and ready to go. Post-surgery, I am feeling so much more confident and ready to move forward. I can’t even describe it. Thank you, Lord, for giving me the strength and restoring my faith in this situation!
We will know more on Wednesday about our time line and what is next. Until then, complete pelvic rest, no lifting (including vacuuming!!) and rest rest rest.

In other news, we got some of Barry’s labs back from the urologist yesterday. They showed low testosterone levels but everything else looked great. Poor guy…he didn’t even blink an eye at it. It was just like, “add it to the list”. 😦 Anyway, his urologist wants to do a chormosomal sperm test, but Dr. H does not feel this is necessary. It is expensive and we are doing IVF anyway…he doesn’t think we have a chormosomal issue.
He also did not want to touch the testosterone issue until after we have a successful pregnancy. It could change/mess with different levels we don’t want it to. Everything else on Barry looks good.
Low testosterone can be associated with sperm issues like ours, but is definitely a “quality of life” issue for a man in the long run. It can be linked to depression, low sexual interest/desire and low self-esteem. Non-perscription treatments include added zinc (already doing) and horny goat weed (already doing). So until we get the BFP, no testosterone treatment. Barry doesn’t seem worried, which is good and I am feeling so optimistic right now, I’m just going to roll with it and see what happens.

I met with an old friend yesterday from HS. I haven’t seen her in nearly 10 years! It was so funny to sit and giggle about how we used to be and how much we have changed.
It really made me think about where we are in life right now. I never imagined it in a million years! But here we are…and who knows what’s next? My life is changing so fast and I know in just 5 months I will be in a TOTALLY different place in my life. It’s crazy. But I can’t wait to put some of this stuff behind me and look back one day to see how strong it made me. 🙂
Ok, I am going to rest for a bit and maybe watch a movie. It’s not everyday I get to steal my hubby and have him home with me all day long. I need to take advantage of it! Thank you again, everyone! More good news to come, I’m sure of it 😉

Nifty info: Polyps

Research-Freak…I know :)

Barry is helping at a birthday party for his cousin tonight. Her son is turning 6, and last year they hired a neighborhood boy to play the vil bad guy at his party. He chased the boys around and played some form of war. Well, since they live out in the country now, they didn’t have anyone. Barry is so sweet, he volunteered to be their evil bad guy this year. So he will get some early father lessons tonight 🙂 I had no interest in being in the mansion full of children, but I wish I got to see him play with them. Nothing melts your heart like your man playing with small children. 🙂
So, since I am home alone, I finally did some research to prepare myself for the worst if they find something in my SIS on Wednesday.
All-in-all, it doesn’t sound that bad and surgery shouldn’t hold us back too much. I will definitely be asking about when surgery would be and how it would effect our IVF cycle timing-wise. But this info helped so much.

Endometrial PolypsEndometrial polyps are an excess growth of tissue on the uterine lining. Small polyps generally do not interfere with your reproductive abilities. However, if they become large or there are multiple polyps present, they can impede conception and may increase your risk of miscarriage.
While it is rare for a woman under the age of 20 to develop endometrial polyps, your risk factor increases with age until you start menopause. Irregular bleeding is the most common symptom of endometrial polyps. Women with this type of polyps can have very heavy bleeding during their period, experience spotting between periods or breakthrough bleeding during hormone therapy. In fact, it is estimated that as much as 25% of all unusual bleeding in women is due to endometrial polyps.

Polyps can be diagnosed through a special type of ultrasound, a sonohysterogram, which uses water to open up the uterine cavity, making it easier for your doctor to see inside. Some doctors may use a hysterosalpingogram to take an x-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes. To get a better picture of any possible polyps, your doctor will first insert a special type of dye into your uterus before taking the x-ray.
A hysteroscopy is another common diagnostic procedure that many doctors use. Similar to a laparoscope, a hysteroscope is a small, telescope-like tube that is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix, thereby allowing your doctor to see if there are any polyps.
Getting rid of endometrial polyps is fairly simple. Using a hysteroscope to guide your doctor, the polyps are scrapped off your uterus. Some women experience some spotting for a few days after the procedure but you should be able to return to your normal activities within a few days. Fertility should return to normal after the polyps have been removed.

Asherman’s SyndromeIntrauterine adhesions or scar tissue, often referred to as Asherman’s syndrome, can seriously interfere with your reproductive functions. In addition to preventing conception from taking place, adhesions or scar tissue can increase your risk of miscarriage. Scarring can occur if you have had a dilation and curettage (D&C) after a miscarriage or abortion or if an infection occurred after a D&C.

Treating Asherman’s syndrome can usually occur at the same time as the diagnosis. Using a hysteroscopy, your doctor can look into your uterus to find any scar tissue that might be there. She can then insert small surgical tools into the hysteroscopy tube to cut through any adhesions. An IUD may be inserted afterwards to prevent further scar tissue and adhesions from forming.
(Source: http://www.fertilityfactor.com/infertility_uterine_factors.html)

I’m concerned about the IUD part because I was pretty sure that was a form of birth control…which is obviously NOT what we want. lol But I’m sure all will be explained on Wednesday. Just nice to have some background info before going into it.
In other news, my old OBGYN offered to give me my IVF shots and so did my neighbor! So I don’t have to search too far for some help. 🙂 Nor do I have to give myself a shot. hehe

Ok, I am going to go look for my new haircut online. Getting my hair did tomorrow and then going to Donna’s funeral party (she didn’t want a funeral…lol so “her”).
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!