July/Aug 2009-KD #1 offers to join forces, many conversations commence
Sept 2009-M loses job 3 weeks before wedding day. Horror and anxiety abounds. TTC plan is extended while J and M first ‘get domesticated’ and then ‘get stabilized.’
Oct 3, 2010- J and M get hitched and it was, simply put, an extraordinary day.
October 2010-J’s step-father has stroke, J flies home. More stress, TTC plan further delayed.
Nov-SO of KD #1 balks at plan, KD #1 backs out.
Jan/Feb 2010-KD #2 emerges from the abyss. Many conversations commence. KD partner on board and supportive! J starts charting with plan for summer inseminations…
Feb/Mar/April 2010-Life happens. Charting continues and anxiety grows as charting yields inconsistent results and J’s general practitioner tells her she will have ‘fertility problems’ due to irregular cycle (despite that J has not started trying yet). J sees unintentional but inherent heterosexism in this decree. J sees OB/GYN who reassures J: ‘don’t. worry. yet.’
J begins regular acupuncture, ignores over-anxious nature.
May 2010-Donor agreement signed and notarized!
June 2010-Supposed to start this month EXCEPT J’s parents move from across the country (during week of likely fertility) requiring much assistance-TTC bumped to next cycle.
July 2010-Perfect timing-BFN
August 2010-Timing’s all wrong, KD hs a few ‘no go’ tries, BFN #2 and J starts having acute pelvic pain.
September 2010-Ultrasound reveals 2 large cysts in J’s ovary-Endometriosis scare. TTC break until follow-up ultrasound in one month
October 2010-Anniversary at Orcas Island. Dreamy. Ultrasound reveals cysts have shrunk! Back to original plan. Another KD try-BFN #3
Novemeber 2010-KD try-BFN #4. pain returns, return to MD. Discover new cyst, or cyst that never left. OB recommends cystectomy and laparascopy to diagnose/treat probable endometriosis.
December 2010-Surgery diagnoses Stage IV Endometriosis, removes cysts from R ovary and extensive adhesions on pelvic floor/cul-de-sac. R ovary smaller but still viable. L ovary, fallopian tubes and uterus all clear! Plan to move on to Fertility Factory.
January 2011-Meet w/ RE at clinic. Project plan for 2 unmedicated IUIs, 3 medicated IUIs then, if unsuccessful, move straight to IVF to maximize period of time in reproductive system before endometriosis comes back .
Try one last at-home atempt w/ KD-BFN
Baseline ultrasound at CD 3 shows 12 developing follicles (instead of 14-20)-Decide to start w/ Clomid trial
Feb 2011- Midcycle u/s shows fat folly at 21mm on left ovary, lining at 10.5. No Lh surge detected so trigger shot w/ Ovidrel to induce ovulation
Feb 9-Clomid 50mg IUI #1. 18 million swimmers-BFN. AF comes 2 days early (10dpo)
March 2-Midcycle scan shows premature folly at 14mm. NP estimates growth at 2mm/day. Ovidrel trigger done on March 5
March 7-Clomid 100mg IUI #2. 10 million swimmers-boo. I am convinced that timing was too early.
March 21-It was. CD1 again. Clomid 100mg prep this week for IUI #3 (and the last one).
April 1-Midcycle scan-15mm follicle on right, 13.5 on left, still smallish so plan to trigger on 4/3, IUI on 4/5.
April 5-3rd and final Clomid IUI, begin the preliminary planning talks for IVF (just. in. case.) 11 million swimmers-disappointing, again.
April 18th-BFN, officially moving onto IVF. Awaiting CD1 and the pre-IVF tango.
April-May-Cyst crisis comes and goes, financial crisis comes and stays, awaiting CD1 to start BCP and then IVF stim meds. Waiting, waiting, waiting.
May 23-Start BCP (CD2)
June 13-Last week of BCP, start IVF suppression meds: Lupron 10u, plus dexamethasone, doxycycline, baby aspirin, pre-natal vitamin and DHA.
June 25-Start IVF stim meds: Follistim 225 IUs, Menopur 2vials. Overlapped w/ continued Lupron 10u, plus dexamethasone, baby aspirin, pre-natal vitamin and DHA.
June 27-6 developing follies on R ovary, 4 in L. L ovary tucked behind uterus, uncertain if these will be accessible at time of retrieval.
June 29-Several follicles about 11-13mm, a few 5-6mm lagging behind, 1 16mm that they may have to exclude as it is so far ahead of the others. Estradiol at 550 and progesterone at .1 so sticking w/ f.ollistim at 225 and menopur 2 vials.
July 1-5 good size follies on the R, 2 on the left w/ 3 lagging behind-hormones on track.
July 3-Estradiol in 2000 range, progesterone at .2, same follie assessment though the the 3 laggers have started catching up… Go little guys! Left ovary is now sitting on top of my uterus, still hiding. ER scheduled for 7/5.
July 5-Retrieval! L ovary ‘floats’ into place once I am under anaesthesia, 7 eggs retrieved.
July 6-5 eggs fertilized on Day 1, 5-day transfer scheduled for 7/10. Wishinghopingpraying continues, now for Grade-A blasts on day 5.