October 30th, 2006

Summer Hat

The Plan of Attack

Saturday my period started, which makes today cycle day 3, the day I start drugging myself for IVF.

Ironically, the drugs I start taking today are oral contraceptives. Yep, when you do IVF you get to take birth control pills, usually associated with avoiding pregnancy, to help things along. The package even came with the standard instructions that I remember from way back when. As for after that, I just got off the phone with Julie (the nurse I like at the clinic) and here's what the plan is so far:
  • Take BCPs today through November 19th
  • Start Lupron November 13th, 10 units between 8 and 10pm
  • Continue Lupron through November 22nd
  • Go in for a suppression check November 22nd at 8am

Originally my suppression check was going to be on the 23rd, but the person making the appointment observed that that was Thanksgiving, and while I was perfectly happy to come in on Thanksgiving, she moved the appointment to the day before anyway. Whatever.

We are having people over for Thanksgiving. Warren's mother, my parents, and Warren's brother George and his family. Since my IVF plans are obviously no secret, I imagine that people can just cope with my shooting up habit. I'll just have to find someplace safe to keep the sharps container so the two year old doesn't get hurt. I have no idea how crazy the Lupron is going to make me, but I figure the parents at least can just cope as all involved want me to produce grandkids.

Oh, and about Thanksgiving... I am anticipating that November 26th will be Blame George day this year. You folks had asked for advance warning this time, so there you go.
Summer Hat

Surprise bonus procedure

Remember the big pile of drugs? Well, there was one little tiny bottle in there that I was not sure what it was for. I didn't recognize the drug by name, but it sounded like it might be an antibiotic.

When I spoke to Julie earlier she thought it might be because Grace didn't get a good swab of my cervix on my pre-op visit. Given that my pre-op visit was on cycle day 4 of my last cycle, that was a good theory. I'm light by day 4, but I'm never done that early. It was a good theory, but as it turns out it was wrong. Julie just called me back and said that Grace wants me to have a sonohistagram done, and that was what the pills were for. So, in order to prevent my cervix from picking up any diseases I start on those tomorrow night, and then I get the sonohistagram done on Wednesday.

I am unsure as to why Grace suddenly wants to see pictures of my uterus. I'm certainly game though. Unlike some women, I didn't find my HSG at all traumatic. From what I gather this will be a similar procedure, only the focus will be my uterus instead of my tubes. Maybe this time I'll get to see the pictures myself.