High on Lupron

I am so excited! This morning Doug gave me my first injection. He did SUCH a good job…no pain.

The drug is called Lupron. Lupron is a GnRH agonist. This drug enables the body to produce a greater number of high quality eggs during the IVF cycle. Lupron also prevents premature ovulation. I will be receiving an injection of this drug every morning for several weeks. Side effects can include hot flashes and headaches. Not bad. I don’t think Crazy Mandi is going to come out yet. In about a week or so, I will be adding the next inject-able medication to my routine.

I can’t believe this is finally happening! We have been waiting since February to start this process. Our doctor had a huge waiting list for IVF, and we have had to postpone- twice.

For the first time, in a while, I feel like our life is really here in Georgia. We have made some awesome friends. I feel so lucky right now. I have the best husband, and I love him so much.

Mandi

Three Days!

On Monday, Doug and I went to have our blood drawn for the last tests BEFORE IVF. During IVF, I have my blood drawn every 3 days. Guys have it so easy! Anyway, we knew we needed to have our blood work done this week, but we had not planned when to go. So, on Monday, Doug came home from work several hours early- and we decided to drive down to the hospital. On the way there, I felt nervous. I guess the enormity of the situation hit me. What if we get disappointed again?! To make a very long (and dramatic) story short, I nearly fainted while my blood was being drawn. That has never happened to me before! It was scary. Of course, Doug immediately began teasing the nurses about it, which made me feel better. He might be the funniest person I know. If I say he is the funniest person I know it will only encourage him.

I’m glad I freaked out. I got it out of my system, and it had been building. Not that it won’t happen again. Just wait until my hormones go crazy…

I have decided to let Doug administer my injections…not sure why I thought I should do them (control freak?). I start in three days!!!

If she can do it…

So, last night I had a nightmare. I dreamed about giving myself the first injection for IVF. In my dream, I was attempting to give myself the shot, and I stuck the needle in too far. I have come to realize that I am not afraid of the pain of these injections- but that I will administer them incorrectly. This morning I mentioned to Doug that I had a nightmare, and I told him what my fear was. He said, “If Octo-mom can do it, you can definitely do it.”

I love him. How right he is!

Prelude

photo boothIn about two weeks, Doug and I will begin the in vitro fertilization process. Most of our friends and family are well aware of our upcoming IVF. I have several reasons for sharing our experiences in a blog. First, I want to document the process. Second, I know other people who have experienced infertility, and the information will be helpful. Third, I am freaking out- and writing will be therapeutic. Fourth, a blog will be an excellent way to keep everyone updated (because I am not a phone person). Last but not least, Jennifer suggested it.

Things I am freaking out about at this time: multiples and needles. I recently made the mistake of watching MTV’s True life, “I’m having twins.” :0 My husband and mother are both twins, so I love twins. I would love to have twins, but I’m not sure my body can handle it. I won’t even let myself think about triplets or quads! Moving on, I am usually fine with needles. After all the labs I have had done over the past two years, I am fine with being stuck. I’m a little worried about sticking myself with needles, but I know I can do it. Strangely, I am not worried about the IVF being a failure. I am at peace with whatever the result is.

Doug and I have been on the fertility roller coaster for two years. We have been to two fertility specialists. We have tried several (less-expensive!) fertility treatments, but no luck. I have been on the fertility drug Clomid, and had some fun mood swings. The cause of our infertility is undiagnosed, but my current doctor believes I have endometriosis. The main symptoms of endometriosis are pelvic pain and infertility. The only way to diagnose endometriosis is to do laparoscopic surgery. We decided to do IVF instead of having the surgery.

I usually like to keep these details within my inner circle, so I will have to get used to sharing!

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