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.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Freaked out

Okay, don't let that title scare you.  I'm not freaked out by anything bad.  I'm not freaked out by getting pregnant or needles; I'm not freaked out that nearly half of the RE's office has seen my va jay jay--no, I'm freaked out that everything has been running so smoothly.  Something is bound to happen and that scares me.

I was supposed to get AF yesterday.  AF is extremely important during this whole process.  She didn't show.   So, I got on the phone with Jill and was asked to come in for an ultrasound and lab work (estrogen levels)...last night, I though she might have been starting, but when I woke up, nothing.

...so this morning I drove up to Green Bay for that appointment; prior to my ultrasound, I had to use the restroom--so I did--and guess what....AF!!  Very happy she showed, kinda pissed because had she done that yesterday, I probably wouldn't have had to drive up there for the ultrasound today.

Anyway, my lining is thick (expected) at 13, so I need to go back next week for another lining check and then they'll also repeat the FDA labs.  They took some blood today for the estrogen and just got a call--they want it under 40 and mine was at 47....so, I need to stay on the Lupron at 20 cc's for a bit yet.  I'll have a re-eval next week, but I'm still projected to start the progesterone on the 2nd.

Back to the freaking out part.  We're still on schedule with everything-the only "major" thing that has gone wrong was that polyp--but that's no longer an issue.  I truly hope that everything else continues to go as smoothly as it has been!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Colds suck.

Ug.  I'm miserable.  Summer or fall-whatever season we're in now-regardless of the time of year, colds suck.  My kids have wee bits of cold symptoms but mommy (me) has a full blown crappy nose runny, feel like I've been run over, cold.

I'm so tempted to take something, but I don't want to as to not interfere with the Lupron.  I should really get the okay from Dr. Mark but it's Sunday afternoon and he's likley celebrating the Packer victory.

I'm not a complainer, really.  I just feel like crapola.  Ug.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Needles are cool

No really, they are.  Good thing I'm not freaked out by them...seriously.

So I did my first Lupron shot on Saturday and really, it was no big deal at all.  Of course the needle is pretty small.

So, I really think I'm going to survive.

Nothing else new on the surro front--just doing the meds and counting down to transfer!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Meds

Last week Thursday I went to the RE's office for my med training.  Little did I know I had to get an ultrasound, also (good thing I "prepared" in the morning! LOL).  According to the doc, my uterine wall is nice and thick (which is good)--I had a cyst on my ovary, which I couldn't quite understand meant that I just ovulated or was about to.  Regardless, all is good.

They took a blood draw to determine a level (and I can't remember what it was for)...if I was over 3, I was good to go to start the Lupron injections that night.  If it was below 3, I had to wait to start the Lupron until today (Saturday).

A few hours after my appointment, Jill called with my level--a 1.3...so I start the Lupron tonight.  In the meantime, I've been taking Norethin (which I have to stay on for a week).

After my ultrasound, Jill took me back to the conference room and we laid out all the "stuff" I had gotten via Fed Ex last weekend.  Jill had ordered it all for me and it was delivered to my home--I hadn't even opened the package.  I didn't quite know what to expect--here's what I received:


Yeah, a little intimidating...but Jill walked me through everything and I'm pretty comfortable with it all.  The Lupron shots have a pretty tiny needle--but when I start the Progesterone, those needs are quite a bit bigger.  I'm going to give all the shots myself because, though my husband is totally willing to help, I don't see him at the same times every day and these need to be pretty consistent....

So, I'll keep you posted on my first Lupron shot tonight!!