Ready or not!

I’m ready for the onslaught. I have my 5 jumbo bags of candy (560 pieces of candy) at the ready. Wait, your balking at the 560 pieces of candy aren’t you? In this neighborhood, that will last only until about 6pm.

So I went to my RE appointment yesterday and we are gearing up for the next cycle. I am 10 days into this one, so assuming we can get the meds ordered and delivered in time, we will be ready to begin sometime around Turkey Day.

I have to laugh when I think about my RE’s office. They are all so stinkin’ nice there, and when they saw me walk in with my husband they all clapped and yelled ‘woot’! S. was like…what the hell??? They were celebrating my hCG return to zero. Dr. V said they will be posting a plaque in the hallway with my unique distinction as the patient with the most blood draws waiting to hit zero. Yeah, right.

So we went over the plan, which is 2 or 3 cycles of injectibles with IUI, and if that doesn’t work, onto IVF. Dr. V whipped out his fact sheets for everything we are doing, reviewed the process (for S.’s benefit really, since he missed the last consult in August)…. and we are on our way.

We are hoping that going this route will produce better egg quality. Obviously, I’ve been serving up crappy eggs in the last year. Dr. V is optimistic for us. He still thinks my RPL is random bad luck, and I still have a good chance of one of these pregnancies sticking. After all, we have exhausted all the tests (thyroid, clotting, immune panel, etc. etc. which all are boringly normal). Even though getting pregnant has not been a big issue with S. and I in the past (sans the ‘questionable’ right blocked tube which may or may not be blocked), Dr. V suggested having S. do an SA this month just to see if anything has changed on his end.

So, between now and then, Dr. V says… “feel free to try to get pregnant this month on your own”. And I’m thinking, damn, it’s been a long time since we were in babymaking mode. And, should I try to start charting again just this month so I can at least know when AF should arrive (No charting of course during monitored cycles but I guess I should just for this one).

I also need to schedule an appointment with the nurse so S. can learn how to give me the shots. They need to be IM (inter-muscular, preferably in the arm) because I am not a lightweight by any means. I am jealous of all you ladies than can get away with those scrawny SQ pens.

So, there we are.

After all this time, we really are moving forward.

Shall I whip out my Goddess of Fertility costume?

Did you know that there are at least 25 Fertility Deities? Here I am thinking of the obvious ones like Aphrodite and Venus, but upon Googling I found one for every nationality, religion, and ethic background. My choices for Halloween are now endless. lol.

Come on, anything to increase my odds. You know I am game.

Well, now that the hCG drama has reached an end, we are moving forward. I have a consult with my RE this afternoon regarding next steps. On my mind at present, when this current light AF will end (I’m on Day 10), and is it still considered the last of the miscarriage or if it does count as the start of a new cycle.

Hopefully, my body has not forgotten how to get back in gear…. it HAS been 6 months since my last cycle.

And, of course, the topic of medical insurance and how much I’m going to have to ante up that insurance won’t pay for. For all of my readers/friends who have BTDT, I will probably have some questions for you all when I get there. I get the feeling that my RE’s office is above average at the insurance game. They make a point to give you a novel at the start of each segment detailing what is/is not covered, and they do make an effort to get as much covered as possible. When we had talked about injectibles a few months back, I put together a list of all that they use and what is/is not on my formulary, and they laughed and produced an even better form with my cost per avg. cycle by individual med./combo.

And here I thought I was the Type A personality.

So, I will return with an update later on that. As well, I am picking up David early from daycare after my appointment so we have some time to carve a pumpkin. David loves to pull out the insides of a pumpkin (he’s a boy after all), and who am I to not let him get his hands dirty?

This year, David has TWO costumes… one for school, and the other for Trick-or-Treat… because I learned the hard way that the costume he wears to school never quite makes it home in one piece. Or at all for that matter.

He will be a policeman for school (Target 14.99 special, lol) and a fire fighter for Halloween eve. My goal this year (again, learned the HARD way) is to not let him ingest ANY sugar before going out. Last year, he was so hyped up on sugar we barely made it to 6 houses before he started stripping off his pirate costume.

Lessons learned. 😉