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Game Over

welp

my cycle was cancelled this morning

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i don’t really want to talk about it right now

but basically the doctors didn’t give me a high enough dose of meds

so my progress was too slow

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and they said it would be best to start over with a higher dosage

rather than try to salvage this cycle

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I Haz Sad

i am sad today

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had an ultrasound and it looks like things aren’t moving as quickly as they should

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i don’t really know what that means

or if that will have any effects on the cycle

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the doc just said that since my cycles are usually irregular

it may just take a little longer to grow the follicles

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they upped my meds

so hopefully that’ll help

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sigh.

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If You Hear Hoofbeats, Don’t Think Zebra

ever since my first day of injections

i have been the sleepiest mouse in the world

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so my immediate thought

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was

side effect! side effect! side effect!

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BUT

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i only took my first injection at 11:30pm

and i was sleepy starting at 9:00am!

therefore

it could not have been a side effect!

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so what caused my perpetual sleepiness???

i have a couple suspects

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no. 1:

i stopped drinking caffeinated coffee

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however, my caffeine symptom is normally a pounding headache

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no. 2:

the relief of finally getting my

#period

#period

shut down my body

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tomorrow is my second ultrasound

i’m not sure what i should be hoping for!

i wonder if my lack of side effects is bad news…

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but i guess we’ll see!

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Panic At the Disco!: My First Day of Injections

tuesday was my first day of hormone injections

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it did not go very well…

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first of all, what do I look like,

a nurse?

a scientist?

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they have me mixing my own medications!

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it’s not that I mind

it’s just that I don’t trust myself!

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nurses go to school for this sort of thing

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and I’m supposed to do it correctly from one class that I took back in March?

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my first mistake, was I didn’t re-read the instructions from that class

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if I had, I would have noticed the first step

(which is very un-intuitive):

suck up 1ml of air into the syringe

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BEFORE you stick the needle into the saline

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what I ended up with was a syringe full of meds plus about 0.5ml of air at the top

kind of like this

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all I remember during the needle class

is “make sure there aren’t any air bubbles!”

i didn’t know what to do

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should i throw it all away and start over?

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or risk injecting myself with air?

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i ended up choosing the latter

and obvs i didn’t die

BUT

i had a “vasovagal response” immediately after injection

you know, the kind where the world feels like this

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i only read that nausea, vomiting, and headache were possible side effects

NOT PANIC!!!

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We’re a ‘GO’!!!

guess what guess what guess what

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i got my

#period

#period

last night!

that means

i started my ivf cycle this morning!

starting an ivf cycle means that you get blood drawn,

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an ultrasound,

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ON DAY 2 OF YOUR PERIOD

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and instructions from a nurse

the first medication i’ll be taking is Bravelle

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an urofollitropin

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which is a follicle-stimulating hormone made from HUMAN PEE

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(thanks wikipedia…)

anyway, i guess that means it helps the follicles grow

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follicles eventually mature into eggs

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and eggs are one half of the way there to a baby

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ivf feels like a video game

(someone should definitely make an ivf video game)

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an ivf cycle can be cancelled at any time

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level one was “don’t have cysts on your ovaries”

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and i passed!

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as long as nothing weird comes up on my blood test

i will graduate to level 2!

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for the past month

my life has been on pause

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about a month ago i interviewed for a very important job

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haven’t heard back yet

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i also haven’t gotten my

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period. why can’t i just say period?

in almost three months

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and, if you’ve been following along,

i need to get it to start ivf!

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sigh.

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i think this remote is broken.

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Happy Bookends

a few weeks ago, my therapist suggested that I “bookend” unpleasant activities with pleasant ones

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i think this might be a useful strategy for managing the first two weeks of my ivf

which will likely be filled with early morning blood tests and ultrasounds (up to every other day!)

and lots of sticking myself with needles

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so, let’s brainstorm happy activities!

here’s what i’ve got so far

get a haircut

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go to my favorite cafe

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and get a nutella croissant

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get a mani/pedi

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go see a movie that the husband does not want to see

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#sorrynotsorry this movie was GREAT

have breakfast with a friend

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take a walk through central park

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any other ideas???

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