Tuesday, September 28, 2010

All good

Had another ultrasound today and my lining was 5.5...which is good.  It will go up over the course of the next couple weeks and by transfer date, we should be right on the money (they want over 8).

I had to also repeat the FDA labs today (FDA requirement, checking for infectious diseases, etc...) and was again asked the wacky questions like "have you had sex with a man other than your spouse for money".  I told Jill it's just sad that they even have to ask these questions...if you're going to say "yes", I think you've got some issues and shouldn't be donating an organ, ya know?

Anyway, they needed to check the estrogen level again and Jill just called me back a few minutes ago--they want it less than 40 and I was at 24.7, so WOO!  That means that I decrease my Lupron to 10 units beginning tonight (and I get to stop the Lupron on Oct 10th!) and then I start Estrace on Oct 2, 1/2 a pill, 2x a day.

And if you were to ask me what does the Lupron or Estrace do, I would have no idea. LOL  So, here's a bit of an education for you:

What is Lupron?

Lupron is a man-made form of a hormone that regulates many processes in the body. Leuprolide overstimulates the body's own production of certain hormones, which causes that production to shut down temporarily. It reduces the amount of testosterone in men or estrogen in women.

Lupron is used in men to treat the symptoms of prostate cancer. Lupron treats only the symptoms of prostate cancer and does not treat the cancer itself. Use any other medications your doctor has prescribed to best treat your condition.

Lupron is used in women to treat symptoms of endometriosis (overgrowth of uterine lining outside of the uterus) or uterine fibroids.

Lupron is also used to treat precocious (early-onset) puberty in both male and female children

What is Estrace?

Estrace (estradiol) is a form of estrogen, a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries. Estrogen is necessary for many processes in the body.

Estrace is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation. Other uses include prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and replacement of estrogen in women with ovarian failure or other conditions that cause a lack of natural estrogen in the body. Estrace is sometimes used as part of cancer treatment in women and men.

There you go.  Even I learned something.  Oh, and the above information was taken from http://www.drugs.com/.

So, I go back on the 7th for another ultrasound!

Oh, a bit of disappointing news...I learned that Jill has surgery on Oct 8th and won't actually be there for the transfer!! I'm kinda bummed...she's been with me/us this whole time :(  She said she's going to try to pop in that day, though, and say Hi.

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