I spent Monday and Tuesday last week praying for Aunt Flo to hurry and show up so I could get another cycle moving along. I was also worried about the Thanksgiving holiday coming up. I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to start my meds on time because of the doctor’s office being closed. Aunt Flo showed up on Tuesday afternoon and I was scheduled for my baseline ultrasound on Wednesday which was cycle day 2. During that time I was also dealing with the internet issue. It wasn’t turned back on until the Tuesday evening. On Wednesday I went to my ultrasound, then I went to work. I was only there for about 2-3 hours before I got a phone call that the part needed to repair my washing machine was finally in, so I raced home to let the technician repair my washing machine before the holiday. After that I went out and had a few much needed drinks with a great friend. Thursday was a Thanksgiving so I enjoyed the day with my family. Friday was pretty much a chill day, but I did get a phone call from work in the middle of the day… The problem with being the only person in the company who knows how to do some things is that you never really get a real holiday or vacation. I am literally on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I got more work phone calls starting at 6 AM on Saturday as well. Then, on Sunday, I found out something and had to make a pretty big decision relatively quickly… I’ll tell more about that below.
The ultrasound went well. I was given the ok to start all of my meds on CD 3 and this cycle will follow the exact same protocol as last time. Femara on CD 3. Bravelle on CD 5-8. Another ultrasound and blood work on CD10 which will be Thursday. I got to see my favorite nurse while I was there so I let her know that if this round doesn’t work out, I’ll be putting everything on hold for a while. I also had a few friends put a bug in my ear about considering IVF next summer so I asked a lot of questions. This nurse is great. She answered everything I asked and gave me even more information on top of that. I have to say… I’m not counting myself out for this round, but if it doesn’t work, I WILL be moving forward with IVF next summer.
For those who aren’t very familiar with the difference between IUI(what I’m currently doing) and IVF I’ll explain the differences.
IUI = They squirt the sperm directly in my uterus and hope they make it up the fallopian tube to the egg which then has to travel back down my fallopian tube and into the uterus. The cost is $2,500 and the chances of it succeeding are 18-20%.
IVF = They go in and get my eggs, put them in a petri dish with sperm to fertilize them, baby sit the fertilized eggs for 3-5 days, then put one or two of the best ones back in my uterus for them to get cozy. If there are more than those one or two fertilized eggs, they will be frozen for possible future use(siblings). The cost is $12,000 – $15,000 and the nurse said the chances of success are 50-60%. That seems a little high to me, so I’ll go with 50ish%.
IVF is much more intensive, invasive, and expensive… but with what I’ve spent on IUIs so far, if I would have one more IUI I would have been able to pay for an IVF… So why not just move on? I weighed out my options, and I think that the increase in my chances for success is worth the extra money and invasive procedure.
Now, back to my big decision that I had to make on Sunday. I have been checking my donor’s stash of vials no less than twice a week since I started this whole thing. I decided that I was only going to buy one vial at a time, and if It worked I would buy a few more vials to be put in storage. That way, if I decided that I wanted to have more children(I definitely want more than one) I could have more that would be full blooded siblings. On Sunday I found out that the donor I had been using was down to a limited supply, and they were not expecting any more donations from him. I absolutely had to place an order the very next day so I did a whole lot of baby daddy shopping really fast and I picked a new donor! I’m pretty excited about this guy. He’s handsome and I think he could make some really cute babies!
Maybe it was never supposed to work with the first donor.
Other than all that, I’ve started researching what can and cannot be tax deductible when it comes to fertility treatments, and collecting and organizing all of my receipts. Do I have any blog buddies who know all about medical deductions in the US? I’d love to see a blog about it with some good resources!
Anyway, this is my last shot for a while… I really hope it works.
Coming Soon! How I feel after IUI #3.
The Fertility Blessing
You know my deep desire for a child. A little one to love and to hold, to care for, to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in Your holy image.
Guide me in all my choices so that this conception, my pregnancy and my baby’s birth are in line with Your will.
Heavenly Father and Holy Mother, hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit.