Saturday, February 28, 2009
That's the plan. We'll be administering the HCG trigger right before bedtime tonight. I must admit a part of me is a little nervous about the idea of giving myself a shot, but, I figure, if thousands of women do it everyday, I can too :)
Oh, and I started to feel much better yesterday. The O-like pains went away, as did the stomach distress. Yay for that!
I will update this afternoon!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Also, I’m suffering from the side effects of the antibiotics I am taking: constantly nauseous and going to the bathroom. Fun times! I'm so glad tomorrow is Friday!!!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
“Hi Kristen. I just wanted to let you know all of your vitamin levels are normal.”
(Thinking in my head. Come out with it – you didn’t just call me to tell me I’m healthy.)
“But, your vitamin D levels went down. They are still in the normal range, and this is probably just because you haven’t been in the sun as much as you were last April (the last time I had them checked). But we need to keep an eye on it because it could lead to bone loss if it continues to go down. (Women with CF are prone to early onset of osteoporosis.) And, you especially need to keep them up when you are pregnant. Luckily, your levels will be checked each trimester during pregnancy. And vitamin D is something we cane easily supplement.”
I guess I am going to start being more diligent about taking my Viactive!
Monday, February 23, 2009
My tubes are clear!
Overall, the procedure wasn't too bad. It did hurt and I am thankful I took the ibuprofen beforehand (oh, and no near-puking! ;). Apparently I have a curved cervix, which meant the doctor had trouble getting the catheter in. For most of the procedure, if felt like bad period cramps. There was just one moment when the dye went in that really hurt. But I still acted like a pansy and was squeezing the tech's hand and breathing really hard :P. I did feel like I was going to faint for a minute, and the doctor said that's normal when there is pressure on the cervix.
I also asked about Greg's SA, and the doctor said the count was 109 million (anything over 20 million is considered normal), morphology was right at normal, and motility was about 20% below normal. He told me that, if I didn't have any issues, he wouldn't recommend IUI at this point because the high count would make up for the reduced motility. But, because of the SA results combined with my CM issues, he definitely thinks IUI is the best option for us.
So, now my fingers are crossed that my body will gear up to O right on time. Last month I O'd on CD 13, which would be too early because my ultrasound isn't until CD 14. And hopefully my body doesn't decide to delay O this month either. We will see on Saturday!
I must admit I am a little nervous. I've heard it can hurt a lot. My RE prescribed me 800 mg of ibuprofen, which I am supposed to take at 1:00. Which leads me to another reason I am nervous - the last time I took this much ibuprofen, I threw up, and, as I've mentioned in a previous blog post, I have a severe vomiting phobia. Luckily, now I know to take it with food, so hopefully I will be ok. The third reason I am nervous is simply because I hope we don't find some unforeseen issue. I really want the HSG to show I have clear tubes!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Here's a brief run-down of my visit:
- FEV1 = 112%!
- I don't have to go back on Advair, considering it gave me the almost-invincible thrush and my lung function still looks good.
- My CF doctor said he has cared for other pregnant CFers, and he said some got pregnant on their own, and others needed fertility treatments.
- Once I am pregnant, I will keep going to CF clinic every three months like I already do now - no need to increase the frequency of visits as long as I stay healthy.
- He made a comment that makes me wonder if I might stop Colistin in the future - when asking about my meds, he said "Colistin....hmmmm...you haven't cultured pseudomonas in a year and a half...." Fingers crossed that my cultures continue to stay clear and I can go off it!!!! I think I would throw a party! (For those new to my blog, Colistin takes 15-20 minutes to nebulize, and I have to do it twice a day every other month.)
- I weigh more than I ever have in my life, thanks to my excessive wine and soft cheese consumption since starting TTC (you know, the whole "I might not be able to do this again for a while!" attitude).
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Now it is back to obsessing, and I am excited because we will be doing our first IUI in a few weeks! I know the chance of success is only 25% maximum with each IUI, but I am feeling very hopeful that we will get pregnant sometime within the next 3-6 months.
Of course, this is all assuming the HSG goes fine. I'll be doing that on Monday. If everything looks good, we will do an ultrasound and HCG trigger shot next Saturday, and the IUI will be done the following Sunday or Monday.
In none-TTC related news, Greg and I went to San Francisco over the weekend. It was my first time visiting the city, and we had a great trip. I didn't get much sleep, though, and now I am sick. I think it's just a sinus flare-up because I just have a low grade fever and overall crappy feeling - no lung issues - so hopefully I will be back at work tomorrow.