HCG 3 and Asherman’s Syndrome

We continued meds for another couple days and had one final blood draw this morning. It revealed the HCG at 3. We drank a beer and I ate some chocolate. I’ve two beautiful men right here in my arms. I spent Monday mourning the loss and have done my best to celebrate and spoil my two right here.

This journey through IVF with multiple diagnoses and Asherman’s to top it all off, has been an impressive one. We have come so far, especially considering that Asherman’s diagnosis was less than a year ago and had completely incapacitated my uterus with scar tissue. We made it all the way to transfer and even had a positive pregnancy test. I am grateful to have found all the professionals and prayers that brought us this far.

We are not done yet.

I received a message loud and clear Tuesday morning when baby J threw a complete tantrum with flailing arms, crying, screaming, wailing, and kicking. He had a bowl of blueberries right in front of him, but he desperately wanted the bowl of blueberries in the fridge. He wouldn’t look at those in front of him, wouldn’t enjoy them, wouldn’t even acknowledge them because he was fixated on the ones he didn’t have in his bowl.

Loud and clear, I was reminded to take time to love appreciate who I have right here, rather than fixating on who I don’t have right here, right now. I do believe I will meet all my babies one day when there is no more illness, death, sorrow, or pain. When we are all young and healthy for eternity.

 

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Big Day

Today was a big day. We met with the financial consultant (signed papers). We also met with our IVF nurse (medication and injection info AND signed more papers) and I began to chug 32 oz. of water. We were also informed that due to my egg health (low AMH), we would be doing a dual trigger. The additional medicine would be put into our pharmacy to arrive with the other medications. Then, we were off to the trial embryo transfer (TET) with a very full bladder.

Nurse checked it first, then Doc showed up and applauded my “good job” (haha) of filling my bladder sufficiently. I wanted to ask how many ladies pee on him in the process, but I refrained (yes, I was afraid I was going to do this, so I had a change of clothes in the car). The transfer was complicated by an obstruction of sorts and Doc said he would explore further with the following hysteroscopy. He was still able to pretty easily get the catheter right where it needed to be. Doc left and the nurse did our doppler ultrasound. My blood flow didn’t seem to be as free as they would like, so I will continue to avoid caffeine and inform my acupuncturist, increasing appointments to twice a week.

The hysteroscopy revealed the tissue complicating the TET and Doc was able to make necessary changes that will hopefully make our real FET (frozen embryo transfer) a breeze.

A big day. A good day.

An IUI cycle with Injectables

One IUI cycle with letrozole and injectables looks like this:

Day 2: Transvaginal Ultrasound & blood tests
Day 3: Letrozole pills
Day 4: Letrozole pills
Day 5: Letrozole pills
Day 6: Letrozole pills
Day 7: Letrozole pills
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Day 8: menopur shot

Day 9: menopur shot

Day 10: Transvaginal Ultrasound & blood test
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Day 11: IUI

Day 13: luteal hcg foronelutealhcgshot

Day 16: luteal hcg

Day 19: luteal hcg

Day 28: Home Pregnancy Test

First bruise – oops!

The luteal HCG shots were intimidating for me since I had never given a shot to anyone or anything before. After our training at the clinic, I felt that I would probably depend on my hubby since I stuck myself in the thumb almost immediately. Once the day for my first shot came, I decided that I needed to give myself a chance, because if we were ever to venture into IVF, I would need to have confidence in myself to do it.

First shot was just fine! No problem. No bruising. Easy peasy, yay!

Second shot, I did too fast, I think. It hurt and I ended up with a nice little bruise right where the band on all of my pants rests. I was constantly adjusting all day. 

Lesson learned! I’ll try it a bit slower and maybe a little bit further away from the previous injection sites. One more to go tomorrow morning and then progesterone checks and in a week and a half, HPT!

IUI #1

Of course, things can’t go the way that would be convenient… My ovulation tests didn’t detect a surge until I went in for an ultrasound this morning. That means a Sunday IUI it is! Excited, but I feel bad making people work on a Sunday morning.

The ultrasound this a.m. showed one follicle in my left ovary that was as big as my whole ovary! I didn’t know they did that. There was a little fluid around the follicle which evidently means that it is in the beginning stages of ovulation. We could have done the IUI today, but since we were told our best opportunity would be tomorrow morning, we’re going that way instead.

The femara/letrozole didn’t have any side effects that I could tell of other than the extremely sensitive scalp, which the DHEA caused before all on its own. I have the HCG which arrived the other day in the mail. The needles freaked me out. I’ll learn how to do that part tomorrow after the IUI and I might google for some videos just to be prepared.

I am so thankful to have met people along this journey who can share their experiences. I have also relished reading all the success stories and messages of hope. Thanking you all for sharing your journeys!