Mar 2 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 11

Today consisted of me running to Hackensack for blood work, and then what I thought would be me running all over Gods creation in order to get pre-op tests complete.  Didn’t quite turn out that way!  I did get my blood test, but my primary won’t  see me until I get the results for it.  It’s not that big of deal, it’s just cutting it real close.  When Jess spoke to her doc this afternoon, she hinted towards the idea of all the procedures happening on Thursday and Friday.  She had a different outlook in the morning, but after she saw the results of the blood test, she was pretty sure we would do the trigger (HCG) shot tomorrow.

Jess results from this mornings ultrasound and blood test were – E2 level of 1958, still 11 follicles, all 13- 15 in size.  They did say that they are a bunch more little ones.  

Jess’ symptoms of the day –   The headache has still not reappeared!  She still has the same tummy pains and sick feeling. Bloating gets worse by the day, as well as soreness from the Tummy shots.  She’s still tired, but is overall good spirits!

Today’s Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur (2 vial and 1/2 cc diluent), Follistim (375 Units) and Cetrotide (.25mg)

Mar 1 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 10 (Arrggghhh!)

What began as an uneventful day turned out to “slightly” piss me off!! (Ok, slightly is an understatement, but I am going to keep my cool!)  Everything was quiet and cool all day. Jess had a little bit of a rough morning at work but she powered through it and took it like a champ.  The day was going good until around noon.  The first major annoyance of the day began when I got a phone call from Jess regarding our Cetrotide refill that we were waiting for.  We refilled our meds a couple days ago and Jess picked them up on Saturday.  She got all the meds except for the Cetrotide.  The pharmacy had called on Friday and Saturday to let us know insurance had still not approved the refill.  Jess called them today and the refill still wasn’t approved.  They said the insurance company had some questions for the doc as to why we needed the meds. Now normally I wouldn’t really care about something like this, but our last box of Cetrotide will be used tonight, and this is the med that prevents ovulation. We need to have it ASAP!!  I got to the point where I didn’t really care about the insurance company anymore.  I am going to pick the meds up tomorrow regardless of the insurance companies determination.  It’s about $500, but I will fight the insurance another day.  This is way to important to screw around and ruin the cycle because of red tape!!

This prescription problem was compounded by a call around 4pm by my urologists secretary. She called to let me know that the anesthesiologists for my surgery were looking for my pre-admission test results as well as clearance from my primary saying I am ok for surgery. Now, In a normal timeline I wouldn’t blink an eye at this request. Considering I am scheduled for surgery in the next three days, I am freaking out, and pretty pissed.  Nothing like waiting till the last minute to wrap things up!!  About a hundred phone calls and 2 hours later (I am in debt for Jess for this, she took the bull by the horns!), I am scheduled to get to Hackensack tomorrow for pre admission tests (which is an hour away), and have an appt. on Wednesday to see my primary for clearance. 

The whole Wednesday appointment is cutting it a little close.  Jess has her RE appointment in the morning for her ultrasound and blood test.  I’m leaning towards them putting her on her meds for 1 more day, and then doing the HCG shot.  This would put my Surgery for Thursday and all would be good!!  The problem is, she could go in tomorrow, and they could possibly want the HCG tomorrow.  If I don’t have clearance from my primary tomorrow, surgery is a no go for the next day!!!!!!  We can’t let this happen!!!   We have come this far, and we aren’t going to let it end like this!  Jess is going to raise hell tomorrow morning, and promises I will have an appointment with my primary ASAP.  I know for a fact that she will be able to do it!!  When she gets her mind set on something, nothing can stop her!!!  Hopefully tomorrow will be filled with me driving all over Gods creation getting the tests and clearances I need!!  I haven’t come this far to throw it all in the toilet over a stupid technicality!! 

Now that I have finished my rant, lets get on to Jess’ symptoms for the day – The headache has still not reappeared (thank the lord!!).  She still has the same tummy pains and sick feeling.  It seems as though she is much more tired than before (It’s only 10pm and she’s in bed, I’m wide awake, which is why I’m writing!)  The bloating is getting worse, and her tummy is starting bruise from all the shots.  She is taking all of this like a champ, and has her eyes set on the goal!!  Hopefully all will work out tomorrow, and things will come together for the end of the week.  We need all your prayers and crossed fingers!! 

Today’s Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur (2 vial and 1/2 cc diluent), Follistim (375 Units) and Cetrotide (.25mg)

Feb 28 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 9 (The Brown Bag)

I got home from work at 7am this morning.  After a brief wake up period for Jess and my sidekick, we hopped in the car and headed out for a wonderful date to the docs office.  Unfortunately the local office is not open on Sundays, so we had to trek on over to the main office in Somerset.  Jess got her blood work and ultrasound.  She had 5 measurable follicles on the left all between 9 – 14, and 6 measurable follicles on the right all between 10 – 14.  This brings us to a total of 11 measurable (all still a little small) follicles.   There was a bunch more smaller (not measurable) ones as well.  The doc had said to Jess that she responded slow in the beginning,  but that she is catching up now.  CD9 from last cycle had only 9 measurable follicles and an E2 level of 1281, so i think we are ahead of the game.  Before we left the docs office, we were presented with our little brown bag of baby making goodness!

The picture above is the crude container given to us by the docs office, of sperm media.  This is what my doc will fill with whatever they slice and dice off of me.  If I remember correctly from last time, it just has some test tubes with fluid in a styrofoam holder. It has to be refrigerated until my surgery day.  Not too sure why they staple it, I guess they don’t want someone to accidentally mistaken it for a bagged lunch.  That would make for interesting workplace conversation!! You would think with the technology that is around now, they would put it in a much cooler container.  Oh well, I kind dig the old school vibe!!

This bag is a symbol that we are about to turn the corner.  It is all becoming real now.  I’m still not too sure what day this is all going to kick off, but I’m leaning towards Thursday.  Jess’ doc called with blood test results, and instructions for meds. Her E2 level is 901.  They are keeping her the same with the meds.  What I was was surprised about, was that usually at this point in the cycle, Jess would begin going everyday for her blood work and ultrasound.  The doc said no and to come back Tuesday.  I’m assuming that since they are not going to see her until Tuesday, that she won’t have her HCG shot till Wednesday.  This would put my Surgery for Thursday and her retrieval for Friday. 

Jess’ symptoms for the day – I’m going to try something new here.   Here is a quote directly from Jess herself, as I am writing this!! “I’m Tired, have extreme bloating, abdominal pain, I’m dying, this sucks!!” (brief pause) “I don’t want to go to work tomorrow, and I can’t fit in my jeans!” (another brief pause) “It’s giving me – no, you don’t have to write that, stop, I’m going to punch my husband in the face!!”  OK, that didn’t go over well.  That is my cue to stop quoting her!!  I think I’ll stick to my interpretations from now on!  I’m going to take a little from break writing for now, I’ll jump back in and publish this after tonight’s stab fest!!

Ok, I’m back.  The shots went well, and I’m still alive!!  Nothing new to report here, same burning from the Cetrotide, and the tummy gets more and more sore every shot we do!!  Just a couple more days of this and then we will have the intramuscular shots to complain about!  That is a whole nother ball game!!

Todays Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur (2 vial and 1/2 cc diluent),  Follistim (375 Units) and Cetrotide (.25mg)

Feb 27 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 8 (Doing it alone)

Today is the second, and last day for Jess to do her injectables alone. I’m stuck at work until 7am tomorrow. Today is however, my last day of work before I go out for surgery. I have kept myself real busy tying up loose ends and preparing my guys for the absence. I’m still not too sure what day my surgery will be, but my doc called me personally a couple days ago, saying that he booked the operating room for for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week. (So I am assuming it will be one of those days) It all really comes down to when the docs decide Jess is ready for HCG shot. When they decide this, my surgery will be the day after.

This whole cycle has gone so fast. It has been like a whirlwind of activities, and emotions. One day I’m lying on the couch with MRSA, the next, I’m jabbing Jess with a needle. This day 8 post feels like it’s only day 1 or 2. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like next week. Things are going to start moving real fast, and get real crazy. Jess even had to run out to pick up the refill for the stimulation meds. If I can remeber correctly, Jess got her HCG shot on cycle day 11. Thats only three more days!! It’s all starting to come together, and become real. I’m just hoping for the best!!

Jess’ symptoms of the day – No real news here, it was just about the same as yesterday. Headache was again bearable, and her tummy is getting more tender by the day! Those damn Cetrotide shots are still a kick in the stomach!

Today’s Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur(2 vials and 1/2 cc diluent), Follistim (375Units), and Cetrotide (.25mg) . Kenny’ last dose of 200mg of doxycycline! WOO HOO!!!!!

Feb 26 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 7 (Snow Day)

First I must apologize for this post being a day late.  I was busy cleaning up from the Snowicane, all day, and then shuffling the cars around at night for the plows.   Anyway, Jess got a call today from the doc with the results of yesterdays blood test.  Her E2 level was 278.  The doc wants her to increase the Follistim dose to 375 for the next two days, and see where we are on Sunday. 

Jess’ symptoms of the day – Her headache was completely bearable today.  This was nice because when she gets the migraines, she’s really not able to do much but sleep.  Her stomach was really upset all day. This combined with the bloating made what I could only see as, a very uncomfortable situation for her.  The area where she has been doing the shots is getting  tender.  The 1 Menopur Follistim cocktail isn’t too bad, but the real crappy thing is the Cetrotide shot burns for at least an hour after it is administered.

Oh, I almost forgot that we had to call in a refill for the meds yesterday.  The pharmacy called today to let us know they didn’t have any couriers, because of the snow.  We need the meds by Sunday, so Jess is going to run out there tomorrow, to pick them up.  It’s only a half hour away, but I’m stuck at work tomorrow, so she’s gonna have to make the trek alone!

Today’s Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur(2 vials and 1/2 cc diluent), Increase Follistim (375Units), and Cetrotide (.25mg) .  Kenny  200mg  of doxycycline