Thursday, March 1, 2012
What I'd Give to be "Normal"
On January 6, we signed the usual 20+ forms and legal paperwork. Our medications were shipped ($2400 worth, which was actually cheaper than we had planned for thanks to some help with insurance) and arrived on January 13. The injection protocol began on January 16 and ended on February 28. It included 3-4 shots per day. To say that the cycle was aggressive was an understatement.
In total, this one round included 103 injections/blood draws, 4 ultrasounds, 1 procedure under anesthetic, and 1 embryo transfer. My abdomen and hips resemble a war zone and will take a few weeks to return to a normal color. I believe we made 8 trips to Nashville as well, though it feels like so many more!
On February 19, we transferred 3 perfect Grade A embryos. It was my sister's 32nd birthday and the due date (if we had twins) would have been October 17. This happens to be Adam's upcoming 40th and my Mom's upcoming 60th. Seemed like great signs! We thought that with the new year, a new protocol, a great lining, great labs, beautiful embryos, and perfect dates...we were certain to succeed!
While we've pretty much known since Tuesday, today was the official beta HCG test. Sadly, the result was 0...literally. It's heart-breaking for sure. To add icing to the cake, we've seen 2 pregnancy announcements, 2 birth announcements, tons of photos of other peoples' babies, and countless comments and complaints from/about pregnant women...all since Tuesday. I am even the only "failure" on my entire infertility forum this cycle...talk about being at the bottom!
I know nothing in life is guarenteed, even when everything is practically perfect. This cycle is certainly proof of this! We did manage to freeze 9 embryos this round, though feel that 3 of them may not be as healthy as we would like. Despite being heart-broken, I suspect we'll try again in June and hope for the best.
It's amazing how unfair life is. We paid over $75k in taxes this year to support unemployed women having as many babies as they want. We provide them free everything (carseats, formula, coupons, healthcare, food stamps,etc). Sadly, Adam and I get to support these women AND have had the additional "privilege" of spending thousands of dollars just to try have a baby!
For those who get pregnant without all of this, be VERY thankful. You can't start to imagine how miserable this process is for couples like Adam and I. There are no "easy" fixes or answers, and we are a serious challenge for any infertility clinic.
The whole process just seems so unfair...I guess life is.
Posted by Adam and Loucinda Sawinski at 8:35 PM