Monday, August 31, 2009

TTC: This waiting completely stinks!

I had my doctor appt this morning at 8:30 a.m. It was for some bloodwork to check my estrogen level and for a follicle u/s to follow up the pills/injections I have been taking. I had one follicle on my left ovary, but it was only around 8mm and it needed to be between 17 ½ - 18mm or higher to be considered a mature follicle. The nurse couldn’t see anything on my right ovary, but Dr. Gentry said it could have been because my ovary was higher than normal. I had to have my estrogen level blood draw done this morning too and he said they would check it this afternoon and if it was high enough, he would have me come back in and get my trigger shot to make me ovulate and we would start getting groovy tonight. If it was too low, then with my next cycle, I’ll do the injections again, but with a stronger dose of medicines.

Monday, August 24, 2009

TTC: It's a Go!

I had an appointment at Dr. Gentry's office on Friday at 8:30 a.m. and by 9:45 a.m., we were actually hearing them call our name. Sometimes, there is nothing fast about that place. Although Dr. Gentry and the girls there are great, they are usually overbooked and you always have to wait. Once we were back in the room, the nurse did a baseline u/s to make sure I didn't have cycts or polyps which were causing me to not get pregnant, which I didn't. So that meant everything was good for me to get started on my fertility medicines. The nurse gave me a calendar plan, my prescription for Femara and told me that the drug company would call me to get my Follistim injection order, and showed me how to give myself injections. Bleh! I also got a new prescription for prenatals cause the ones I have are old and I really need to start taking them again. The drug company called me later that day to get my order. I had my credit card out handy to pay the bill. I knew the injections were going to cost anywhere from $600 - $900 so I was ready to hear the cost and pay the price. I couldn't believe it when she told me that all I had to pay was my $20 co-pay. I asked her if she was sure that's all it was? She said that's all your insurance said you had to pay. I was so excited I was doing a happy dance! Of course, I needed the injections by Tuesday so I choose to pay $20 for them to be overnighted, so the total cost was $40. Saturday morning around 10:30 a.m. the FedEx man showed up with my box. I was so excited. My sister is going to give me the injections. I really thought I was fine with giving them to myself, until I saw the size of the needle at the doctor's office. Like I said earlier, bleh! Shawn could give them to me, but he gets home too late at night and I honestly don't think he could do it either. But I trust Tootie to do it, plus I'll get to see my little nephew for the next 6 nights. I started the Femara pills on Sunday. I have to take two twice a day for 5 days and then I start my injections on Tuesday night and get a 100cc unit shot each night for 6 nights. She said it's better to take the injections at night that way I am crabby while I sleep instead of during the day. Everyone should thank me for that. LOL! Then on August 31, I go back to Dr. Gentry's office for another follicle u/s. If there are any mature eggs that are 17.5 mm or bigger, then I'll get a trigger shot of HCG to make me ovulate and then we get "groovy". LOL. I laugh at that word cause a friend on Facebook asked me when our "groovy days" were so she could concentrate on prayer on those days in particular. LOL!! So if I get the trigger shot on the 31st, then our groovy days are that night and every other night for the next week. That seems like a lot of groovy to me! Please pray that everything works the way it should work with this first round of medicines.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

TTC: I'm Ready to Move Forward

It's been a couple of month's since my last entry about TTC. I decided to put the fertility medicines on hold for a while and spend more time "trying"TC. To read more on my last entry, click

So I didn't have a period in May - now I know it was because of the medicine and not because I was pregnant because I took a home PG test and it was negative. We had a vacation scheduled in June and thought that relaxing at the beach and spending some much needed alone time with my husband would put me more in the mood to try harder on our own. WRONG....I started my period the morning we left. I couldn't believe it. I was SO MAD!!! I even planned the vacation so that we would be gone the entire week before I 'normally' started. I guess not having a period the month before and the Clomid messed my cycle up. In July we took a little trip with some friends to Gatlinburg. We had our own cabin so I was excited to have some more alone time with my husband. Yeah right! Aunt Flo decided to come along that trip too, only on the second day this time. Are you freaking kidding me???

This whole time I have been testing my urine each morning hoping and praying for 2 pink lines to show that I am ovulating. Every morning, it was nothing. So Tuesday of this week I got tired of all the testing and the waiting. I threw the rest of the strips in the trash and made up my mind that I was going to call Dr. Gentry and get started on the next step towards trying to get pregnant. I was supposed to start my period last Friday and thought that I would wait a few more days before taking a pregnancy test because I was having some of the same symptoms that I do when I would have a period. I told myself I would wait and when I did test, if it was positive - wonderful, and if it was negative, I would call Dr. Gentry and try to find out what was going on with my body and find out what all I needed to do to get started on some new meds. Well, don't you know that on Wednesday, I started my period. BLAH!!! So last night I told Shawn that I was ready to move forward and he told me that we could.

This morning I called and talked to the nurse at Dr. Gentry's office. Tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. I am going in for a baseline U/S. It's a transvaginal U/S and they will check for fibroids (which I know I still have one left that they didn't remove from my surgery), cysts, and pollops. If everything is ok, I'll leave with a calendar and a plan. I'll start Femara pills and then come back in 9 days for a follicle U/S to look for follicles. If I have 17.5 or above, I'll get my HCG trigger shot that I have left from the previous visit. So that's all I know for now. I'll blog more tomorrow after my doctor appointment.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Meet Bella. She's the newest member of our family. We decided to get another dog because I felt like Hershey is lonely during the day, so he'll have someone to play with, and to hopefully calm him down some. Shawn's wanted to get another dog every since we got HB, but I haven't been very keen on the idea. However, here lately, I've been feeling differently, so we decided to start looking for another mini-doxie. They are hard to find in our area, but easy to find in other parts of the country. However, I didn't want to have to have pay hundreds of dollars for the dog, and then another couple hundred more to fly the dog home. By word of mouth, our friend Heather found out that a girl she works with had a doxie that had just given birth and had five puppies, three females and two males. I called her and the next day we went and picked out Bella. She's only two weeks old in the picture and has to be at least eight weeks old before we can bring her home. So for now, she's with her mommy. Hopefully by the end of August, we'll be able to bring her to her new home.