Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Game plan


Hang on to your follicles, Internetz, I gotz me a gamez plan!

Met with the RE today at the fertility clinic. Can I just go slightly off course to say that I found it really difficult to be there. That surprised me. I guess having been 'away' for a couple of months, all the uncertainty, potential joy or despair just hit me all over again. Fun times.

That said, I had a really great chat with the RE. She is good people. We talked a little bit about my break and I confessed my venture into naturopathy and acupuncture. I say confess because to be honest, I had no clue what her feelings would be about all of that. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to give it up, but I've heard of others who did not have the support of their RE and I was hoping I wouldn't have to deal with that. As it turns out she's a big acupuncture fan and is pleased with the "lifestyle changes" I have been making.

So the plan now is to start another injectible round when I get my period in September. We discussed the fact that my periods have definitely NOT been cooperating while I've been on break and Internetz, yours truly got her very first prescription for Provera that I will be cashing in by cd-35. Though since I'll be continuing with my weekly acupuncture (I see a new car in ND's future thanks to me!), I'm hoping that I won't have to use it.

Then we will attempt a round of Follistim via intramuscular (IM) injections - fun bloody times. Expect me to blog a lot about ice packs and singing the Roger Ramjet theme song.

The good news is that the RE and I are on the same page. We need to up the dose of Follistim, like now. Not on cd-10 or later, like the minute we start. Our goal: to produce more than one mature follicle. My body responds slowly to the meds and to date, my two injectible cycles have only produced one pretty follicle. Here's hoping kicking things up a notch get things moving in there. All being well, we will once again go for a dIUI.

So that's the game plan. In the meantime, I need to focus more on what I've been trying to do over the past few months: eat better, exercise (more than once a year), relax, and take a bit of 'me' time without feeling guilty for doing so.

I'm sure I'll be a wreck once we get going again (it's the drugs, I swear!), but for now I'm feeling, dare I say it, optimistic?

13 comments:

jenicini said...

Game plan - you are bringing out the big guns! Whoohoo for the plan. That's exactly what we will be doing for my next IVF. Follistim maxed out right away. :)

twoweekwait said...

That sounds like a good game plan and it sounds like your RE is supporting you very much. I look forward to reading your journey.

Jennifer said...

Yay for optimism! I'm jealous of your plan of action while I sit here biding my time waiting for my own.

It goes without saying that I'm a total believer now w/r/t acupuncture. I have no doubt it helped us and I can't wait to see if it helps you! Shame about the whole elventy billion dollars a month part though. SAD TROMBONE.

Beautiful Mess said...

WOOOHOOO!!! Sounds like a great Game Plan! Optimistic is GOOD! I'm right there with ya, love!
*HUGS*

Busted Tube said...

Congratulations on having a plan and a supportive, open-minded RE!
That happened to me when I went to the RE's office again after a break- I was hit with unexpected sadness and it knocked me off balance for a whole day. I'm hoping that one of these days I'll have happy memories of the RE. I hope your period starts behaving and the plan can get underway when you're ready!

Dot said...

I always like a good plan. Sening you some positive vibes !

ICLW

lowfatlady said...

Good luck! I hope this game plan gives you a positive!

Kristin said...

Sounds like y'all have a great plan. I hope everything comes into alignment, your body responds to the new levels of meds, and you get that beautiful, sticky BFP.

~ICLW

wifey said...

I'm glad you're feeling optimistic. Optimism is hard to come by in the IF world, isn't it?

And your RE sounds like a rock star. When I mentioned acupuncture to mine, he kinda shrugged and said "It can't hurt."

nh said...

Having a plan is always better than not! And plans that bring optimism are good plans.

ICLW

Hillary said...

I always love getting a plan. Yours sounds like a good one -- good luck this cycle!!

ICLW
makingmemom.blogspot.com

Gabby said...

Found you from ICLW - what a great post! Glad you have a game plan and glad that RE was supportive of your acupuncture. I am doing it, too regularly, in combination with my IVF cycles. Hard to say what it does, but i think most REs agree it definielty can't hurt, but it might help.

Sandra D. said...

Congrats on the game plan! and it's nice to hear your dr. is on the same page with you. Makes it so much easier when you don't have to drag them along :-)

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