The pill.

So, while this isn’t big news, we are back on the pill over here. Good news is that I made it through 7 month without ANY medication. No hormones. No pills, patches, injections, ultrasounds, blood draws, nothing. Unfortunately that changed last week because the duration and strength of my periods were less and less, which is not the way we want things to go if we want to avoid surgery and have any chance at building a lining to transfer our final embryo. Good news, again, is that I DID have a cycle of normal length on a regular basis.

So, good news and less desirable news, but I’d say I already beat the odds of being in pre-menopause by my mid 30’s (because I’m there, dude). If it weren’t for physician error, I would have a functioning lining in my uterus and have a very good chance of a successful pregnancy. No lawsuit or anger will ever change my circumstances in that concern.

At the moment, the medication plan is to follow the pill for one month, then estradiol by mouth in AM and suppository by PM for 21 days, followed by progesterone pills for 7 days, then, repeat the estradiol/progesterone protocol for 2 more months. So, four months of medication and another evaluation to decide any further course of treatment.

I feel surrounded by babies. My heart still aches to have another. I pray that we will, but I’m also enjoying spoiling Toddler J with all my love and snuggles. He amazes us every day… and challenges us, too.

Our family is experiencing other hardships on his side and mine. We are praying for his father and my brother. Praying for healing that surpasses all expectations.

We ask for your prayers right now, for our family and for our own future. We pray for faith in His will and guidance. We also pray for the knowledge, foresight and wisdom of the medical professionals who provide care for us and our family. I find myself taking my health, strength, sight, etc. for granted every day.

Lord, we are ever so grateful. Help us use these gifts to bring the glory to You. Amen.

Side effects?

The allergies have got me down. If I hadn’t already been to the doctor weeks ago, I would swear that I have a sinus infection. so. much. drainage. I think it’s seasonal. That’s what I’m hoping. 

I have had headaches off and on, body aches, and extreme drowsiness. This morning, I woke up and feel/look more bloated than the previous weeks. I have found that it is easier and less agitating to sit down and lean forward as well as exhale when I do the injections. 

All in all, the side effects have been nearly nothing. I keep telling myself that this is just a short amount of time in the long run. Tomorrow, we meet with our doc to help us make a decision about putting one or two embryos back. The next day, I have bloodwork and an ultrasound to check the lining. The following day, acupuncture with another treatment this weekend. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. If all goes well, PIO shots start this week, too. 

8 days to FET!