Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Other Happenings

Well, we had a great 3 day weekend. We went up north to Prescott, AZ and rented a house for the entire weekend with friends. We have not told any friends what we are going through so it was nice not talking about IVF and infertility for 3 days. We (as in husband and I) worked out the entire weekend. We went running and even did some P90X. The others think we are crazy but how can you not get outside and enjoy the wonderful weather and trails. On some sad news, my new macbook pro was stolen from out vehicle on Friday afternoon. I packed it in the car to take along, someone must have been watching us pack the car up, we kept running up the stairs and left the car doors open. We would be gone for minutes but that is just enough time for someone to take my laptop.We live in a condo and I thought I knew my neighbors, but maybe not.  I was and still am pretty sad about it. We splerged getting a new mac, we mainly got if for our infertility stuff so we could keep everything at our fingertips and for when we travel to Colorado. So I am just sad. I know there are worse things that could happen but it cost too much to replace so I am left with nothing. Tomorrow is my bloodwork and ultra sound. I am not too concerned about it. Whatever happens, happens.

Friday, May 27, 2011

All Finished

I had my mammogram this morning. For prep I was told not to wear lotion or deodorant.  The lady doing the procedure was super sweet. She said, "I am not sure what stories you may have heard about this procedure, but as soon as you are done you will have your own story to tell." The lady also kept telling me how smart I was for getting this test done early. Probably true, but I can't take credit for it. I am required to take this test. I didn't explain any of that to her I just let her think I was being proactive. The entire process was extremely easy. It took about 15min, all I had to do was stand there topless and she would position the machine and smash the ladies down and snap the pic.  It didn't hurt at all. I am however only a B-cup, so not very big. It probably could hurt a little if you have large breasts and if your breasts are sore. So don't go before or during your cycle days if you tend to get sore boobies then. My insurance actually covered the entire procedure not even a co-pay so that was pretty amazing. I am always ready to whip out the old debit card and pay. I thought what a nice start to a nice long weekend.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More Tests

Geez, I thought I was done with all the blood tests and such but it seems CCRM needs more from me. I am not sure if they forgot to tell me before or if it's something new? They are asking for a Vitamin D test and Anti-body screen (thought I did this already). I also need to get a mammogram done since I turned 35 in February. It is schedule for Friday. Good news for the ultra-sound next week, my local gyno office can do it so it's covered by insurance. YAY! Last time I paid $575 for ultrasound and 2 blood tests. I will be going to my local RE for the blood work. Once AF comes it all happens so fast. I know I complained and complained waiting for AF this month and now that it came I wish it would have waited, just a little bit longer, because I am so nervous about this whole process. It is so much work. I just can't imagine being gone for so long for the ER. Don't get me wrong I want it to happen and want to get it done with but, it's just the not knowing on how it will all turn out that makes me feel so nervous about it all. I hate to say it but I probably still have a cyst so I will probably be delayed again. We shall see...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

So It Begins...Again!

I talked to Annie at CCRM today and it looks like I need to get a Vitamin D blood test and since I turned 35 in February I also need to get a mammogram scheduled. I received my calendar and it looks just like the last one. I am starting the BCP's on Saturday. My first u/s & blood work is scheduled for either June 2 or 3. I did not end up getting my meds last time because I wanted to be sure I was going to not be cancelled and since I was cancelled I did not have them shipped.  Freedom Fertility said the meds don't expire for an entire year but I didn't want to hang on to them until the next time, besides, they may be changing my protocal if I have a cyst again and that probably means different meds.

Holy Cow...CD1!

I had no idea when I posted yesterday that AF was even close to arriving. Yep, today is CD1. I can hardly believe it. Isn't it weird how in IF land we cheer on AF at times and beg for her to come. Anyways, I contacted our nurse this morning and will wait to see what she says. I am pretty sure I will start BCP's in 2 days and remain on them for 13 days again, then do U/S and bloodwork to make sure I have no cyst. I am not too confident in that I am pretty sure I will have a cyst but I am happy to know that if I do, they will change my protocol. I hope if works out this month, if it doesn't then we will probably have to wait even longer since CCRM is closed the beginning part of July.  Well...here we go again!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nothing New Here

I wish I had more updates to add but I don't. I am still waiting for AF to arrive. I have been reading on other blogs and forums that it could take a while for AF to arrive since I was on the BCP's for those 13 days. Someone reported it took 54 days for AF to return, I don't think I will have to wait that long but after I read that I decided that I need to just enjoy my life in the moment, right here, right now. Hard to do when someone else is making babies for you but I am going to try.

Now let's talk about working out. I love running and wake up almost every morning to do it. I try to take at least 1 day off because I know it's good for you but I love running so much! Especially in the mornings the weather is just so amazing right now.
DH & I are going to start doing Insanity DVD's. We tested out the cardio abs and let's just say the warm up kicked my butt. I will update you all on how they go. I love workouts that make me feel pain.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Still Waiting

Right now I am just waiting for CD1 to start. I am totally confused on when that is suppose to happen. I mean I feel like I have AF already, I am having cramps, headaches, salty food cravings and 1 small pimple on my chin. A couple days after I ended the BCP I had a very heavy flow for 3 days, which was very unusual for me. Oh well. I will wait to see what happens. In the meantime I am just keeping up with my exercise routine, relaxing and drinking lots of water. 
Since I have a lot more free time I wanted to share some workout dvd reviews with everyone. I love workout DVD's. I got hooked on them when I started P90X 2 years ago to get into shape for our wedding. Since then I have quite my gym and run outside at least 5x's a week and then mix in the dvd's to get some strength training.

Here is a new video I tried last week; Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes. OK, so this is not the typical workout dvd I am used to. This one brings it back to the basics. Which I like. You do a lot of smaller, repetitive moves. Let me tell you it burned my but like crazy. I had to take several breaks. There are 5, 10 min workouts. You can do them all together or one at a time. It's something I won't be doing daily but will be doing weekly. A few things I didn't like is the voice-over in the video or the dark setting.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Our Second Wedding Anniversary

Today is our second wedding anniversary. Two years doesn't seem like a long time but we met in college in 1996! We did break up a few time between now and then but for the most part it's been just the two of us. We have gone through a lot this year. We finally started trying in May 2010, found out in August that it wasn't going to be easy. By December we had our ODWU at CCRM and now we are just waiting for the timing to be right. In between all of that we are saving every penny just to pay for all of it. On the flip side of things we had some good times this year too. We have been to Colorado twice, snowboarding in Vail & Breck both times and hanging with friends. I also have not had to worry about the 2WW so I can basically drink whenever I want. The best part of it all...we have each other.

Friday, May 6, 2011

...Be Patient!

I heard back from my nurse. I am pretty sure she is probably annoyed by some of my questions. I try not to bug her too much. Yesterday I email her and asked her what happens if I get another cyst. She responded..."If you had another cyst with your next cycle, Dr Gustofson would likely change your protocol. We will have to cross that bridge when it comes as you hopefully will not even have a cyst next time. I was not able to open the protocol you sent, but regardless, Dr. Gustofson will choose a protocol that is best for you based on all of your past history and work-up testing results." I sent her a protocol too...probably pretty annoying I know but hey, the email made me feel better. Going forward I know this is going to work out. I just need to be patient and more trusting in CCRM. I know I am in good hands.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

What's Next?

I finally emailed my nurse today regarding the Prometrium-Lupron Overlap protocol. I will see what they say about that. The only thing that worries me right now is how many cycles will I have cancelled due to cysts? I am trying hard to enjoy my 40 hour work weeks. I am only having caffeine once a week...I am drinking beers still, probably more this week than most. We went to a concert last night. Have to have a few right?! Today is my husband's birthday and it's Cinco De Mayo...HAVE to have a few for that and then it's the weekend so that means sitting by the pool...with a few drinks.  I live in Arizona so it's already Summer, today's temp should be 101. I am not sure when my CD1 will be. According to my 28 day cycle it should be Sunday or Monday. Not sure what will happen with that since I was on bcp's for 13 days.