Friday, February 22, 2008

BCPs.....IVF Stage 1

Well, I am well into my birth control pills which is the start of the IVF process. Today I have what seems like 800 zits on my face, a killer headache from trying to decrease my caffiene intake (to eliminate in the next couple of days), and just the stress of trying to get all the things done to get this going. GRR!!!

Meds.....still waiting to hear from insurance. Injection class for Andrew and I is on Thursday.....with injections set to start next Saturday.

I am calling today to discuss the IVF deposit.....and this is SCARY-----I want to deny the cost in my own mind, but I guess I can't any longer. YIKES!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I have gotten BAD

So, I guess I have gotten bad at here is a marathon update. Last Thursday we had a consult with the RE and Andrew and I both agree IVF with ICSI is the way to go. ;) I had my mock transfer, so they can determine the best placement for the embryos. And we came home.

Friday, Andrew returned to the urologist, where we got a mixed bag of news. The gest of it being there is a blockage, but surgery may or may not correct it and may make it worse. If we do IVF with ICSI it will eliminate any concerns of the blockage. So that was easy to cope with and goodness knows Andrew didn't want surgery!!!!

So we are on course----tentatively, I will add Lupron Injections on 3/1 stat stimming within 10 days after that and then the Egg Retrieval will be roughly 3/20 with Embryo Transfer on 3/23 or 3/25. These are rough dates and could move a bit, but it is a guide. ;) YAY!!

I am still working with insurance on the meds, so we'll see on that front. And I now need to go to SC for a doctor's appt with my mom on 3/11 so we have to see how that effects the monitoring. So fun and nothing is easy!! I have a call into my nurse on both these things, so we'll see what she says.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I talked to my nurse and I forgot one important questions, but here is some of what I found out.
- My protocol (calendar) will be in the mail today
- My meds were submitted to the lady who coordinates this today
- Thursday is IVF consult and Mock Egg Transfer

So, this is really starting. I totally forgot to ask about the birth control pills, which I need to start in the next two days. I am so bummed I forgot to ask about that, so I left another message and she should call back today about that and also the IVF injection class I need to take---but there are none open....

But I got some answers and the bcps could be with the other meds, but since they are super time sensitive, I want to make sure we have everything take care of. We'll see.

YAY, I can't bleieve this is really starting.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

I feel like that is all I do these days. Wait for this, wait for that.

So, I can't believe it has been almost a week since I posted. Bad me! Anyway, last week was a long one. I found out on Wed that my grandmother passed away:

Ruth H. Brittenham

Graveside service for Ruth H. Brittenham, 82, of Decatur will be Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at 4 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery with Dr. Judson W. Hurt officiating and Shelton Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Brittenham, who died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at Decatur General Hospital, was born May 8, 1925, in Henry County, Va., to Lee and Lena White Halbrook. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Decatur. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.S. Brittenham, and her son, Stewart Brittenham. She is survived by her son, Dr. Gary Brittenham of New York, N.Y.; three granddaughters and one great-grandson.

Then I was feeling crappy due to AFs pending, prolonged arrival. She was not being my friend by being SO slow in arriving. Finally Saturday I started spotting and was good by Sunday. So this morning, I called my nurse to elt her know. They then have to get final insurance approval and get me started on birth control pills, which is the start of the suppression phase of IVF. It is now, 4pm and I am still waiting. ;) I guess I won't be hearing from her today. Trying to be patient. I can start the bcps between days I just hope she calls tomorrow, before I get ansty and call her again. SIGH. This is where I sit.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

IVF #1 is a GO!!!!

So happy right now. The BFN from IUI #3 was confirmed, but we got the OK from Dr. S and from insurance (we believe) to move on to IVF. I will start birth control pills after AF comes. My nurse is hoping to get the protocol out this week and we have a sit down meeting with Dr. S on Valentine's Day. I am so psyched. I haven't told DH yet, since he is in Jacksonville, but I will tonight.

I was feeling like we wouldn't get the OK, but we SO did!! YAY!! this may be our first real chance at a BFP and a little Holmes' to add to the family.


So, this morning I went in for my beta. It is going to be negative....I already POAS and it was, but I was OK with going in anyway. I have a new nurse at the office I actually go to and she was hoping to have my new game plan for the up coming cycle. Sadly, Dr. S was in surgery and then seeing patients yesterday afternoon and my nurse had no luck talking to him about me. ;( Thankfully, I do know now that some work has been done on my case and figuring out what insurance will cover. I am crossing my fingers that means we are onto IVF, but I am not super confident about that but trying to be optimistic as much as I can.

Nurse is supposed to call....later today with the scoop and the results of the beta---which I am sure will be a big negative.

I'll be back with an update later.