|Wish he was smiling!|
Since Wednesday is my last day to go to Nashville (hopefully until 2012), I figured I'd begin to "celebrate" the fact that I'm about to have a break from injections and blood draws! From this moment, I am hoping I'm down to just 4 more "sticks!" (1 blood draw, 2 Delestrogen injections, and 1 Progesterone injection) Assuming things look good, I believe that I'll be done until 2012!
(Well...I still need a flu shot, but I'm not counting it!)
One day last week (while reading a whiney post on Facebook about pregnancy), I decided to total up all of the "sticks" that I've had this year. Overall, here's the (minimum) breakdown:
18 Repronex (often at maximum doses of 6 amps)
26 Progesterone In Oil (sometimes with Delestrogen)
15 Delestrogen (not counting PIO)
3 Demerol/Phenergan Combos
35 Blood Draws (Countless tubes)
TOTAL: 193 (+19 "Sticks" Under Anesthesia for Egg Retrieval)
Needless to say, I've paid a HUGE price in hopes of getting pregnant at some point! I can't even count the number of ultrasounds and other procedures I've had this year, but trust me...more than most women have throughout all of their reproductive years!
For many of my infertile friends, these numbers are nothing! Several of you have endured MANY more! For my fertile friends, this is just another example of how truly blessed you are! To be honest, we still have many more to go before we get pregnant...and will have 2-3 per day during our entire pregnancy when/if it happens! Perhaps our greatest prize is the fact that we also get weekly ultrasoundsfor the first 14 or so weeks of pregnancy (one advantage, I guess)!
Today, our Nashville visit went well. Our bloodwork looked really good and my endometrial lining is 7.1mm with some "layering." By Wednesday, we need it to be 8mm (though 9mm would be better) and with a true triple layer. In theory, this should be easily accomplished. IF we "pass" (though keep our history of failure in mind), we are officially cleared to cycle in February and could even be pregnant by March. I can't tell you how wonderful this would be!
Have a great week everyone! (And for those who asked...I deleted the "gross" pictures from my phone...Maybe next time...)