Nov 13 2009

Staying On The Same Track

Not much to report here.  I had my follow up with the doc, who gave us a better timeline.  We are looking at trying a cycle (with donor back up of course) around late February early March (this most likely means April, as nothing ever goes as planned).  He wants a full 5 or 6 months of the clomid, to increase any chances of me producing sperm.  Along with our talk, I gave my customary gallon of blood, as well as the ever so pleasant and may I add popular, Ol’ Jingle Jingle that comes with every visit to the urologist, but leaves me tender for a couple days!  How many people can say they had another man fondle their nuts on their wedding anniversary!!  😀

 Anyway, I got the phone call of my blood results yesterday.  It seems I am completely on track with the clomid.  The reference ranges for testosterone are approximately between 200 – 800 ng/dl.  My levels in Feb of 09 were 364 ng/dl.  They pretty much stayed right around there until after my varicocele surgery.  They first retested me on 10/13 with a result of 417 ng/dl.  I began taking the clomid on 10/19 and I was retested on 11/10 with a result of 574 ng/dl.  I know that testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day, and I’m no doc, but I’ve never had a result over 400, so the clomid must be working.  The doc directed me to continue with the same dose I’ve been taking, and come back in 2 months.  Has anyone else in the infertility world noticed that it’s never days or weeks, waits always come in multiple months.  That officially closes out 2009 for infertility docs, blood draws, and scrotal exams (thank God on that last one), and goes down as one the crappiest (is that even a word) years of my life.  This does however mean, that it can only get better from here!!  Once you hit the bottom, the only thing left is up!!

On another note, Jess and I made the appointment with the Infertility counselor.  We will be going in the beginning of December to discuss our family building options, and whatever else they do there (I will probably end up institutionalized at the end of that meeting.  Then again, I am probably no more crazy than the next person dealing with all this.  I’m pretty sure this counselor has dealt with people that are bat-shit crazy.  Infertility can definitely have that affect on you!!). I think it will be really good for us.  Hopefully it will lower the stress, and prepare us for the tough choices we are going to  have to make for our family.  I know I’ve said we are both for the donor sperm, and we still are, but it is still tough emotionally.  I want us both, never to regret any decisions that we have made, or will make in the future.  Regardless of the decisions we do make, as long as it comes from the both of us, I’m sure it will be the correct one.

11 Responses to “Staying On The Same Track”

  • AmandaMqn Says:

    Our talks about donor sperm were some of the hardest we have ever had. It just seemed so strange to be faced with that decision but once we were on the same page, it just felt so right.

    I hope the rest of 2009 goes much better for you both! Lord knows that all of us dx with azoo this year could use some good news and smooth sailing!

  • Mommy-In-Waiting Says:

    Good news on the T! This must be a positive sign. Good luck with the infertility counselor. I know we too think we are for donor sperm if we have to go that way, but thinking you are ready for it and actually having to take the step I think are two different things, so maybe having a counselor take you down the road will make the process a little easier. Got my fingers crossed through that you’re not going to need that.

    As for the two month wait… it seems to me that the waiting never ends

  • Mugsy Says:

    Happy ICLW. I’ve yet to go back and read from the beginning, but I LOVE that you are writing. We went through counseling before switching to donor sperm. It was a hard decision (and has yet to pay off) but lots of talking and therapy helped us both feel secure about our decision.

    Kenny Reply:

    @Mugsy, I’m glad to hear someone else has gone the counseling route. I thought we were both starting to go nutty!! I wish good luck for you, and hope that maybe someday, we can both be writing about parenting rather than infertility!!!

  • Marisa Says:

    Happy ICLW!

    My DH was on clomid for a while but he was dealing with a prolactin issue. He’s now on bromocriptine and started acupuncture. We’ll see next year if it has made a difference.

  • Pie Says:

    Just found your blog via ICLW. I also did counseling at the RE’s office during our first IVFs. It was really helpful for me, and I hope it is for you both too.

    Kenny Reply:

    @Pie, Thanks for the support!!!

  • Miriam Says:

    Stopping by for ICLW! I hope the two months go by quickly for you and that the counselling helps.

  • Liddy Says:

    We were given a four month wait (no sex at all) during our most recent visit with the RE and Urologist. We are suppose to see them again to talk about the next step- which the Urologist is convinced an IUI will work and the RE thinks IVF.

    Stopping by for an ICLW visit…
    No. 2: the unfair struggle (mfi, speedskating, nanowrimo)

  • Krystal Says:

    I think I might have said this last ICLW, but it’s so refreshing to get a male perspective on this whole thing. Many men wouldn’t be willing to put themselves “out there,” but you are willing to go the extra mile to have a child with your wife. It’s awesome!

    I pray that the clomid will work it’s wonders with you and you and Jess will find yourselves pregnant VERY soon!

    Happy ICLW!

  • Kristin Says:

    It sounds like it has been one hell of a year. I’m glad the clomid seems to be working and I really hope it makes the difference for y’all.

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