Friday, June 1, 2012

In the 2ww

I am officially in the 2ww. This is my last cycle of Clomid, so we shall see what happens. I had an ultrasound yesterday to check if ovulation has occured, and it did! woohoo! At least that department works! The RE wanted to check to rule out a syndrome where the follicles do grow in size but do not release an egg. At least, he clearly saw that I ovulated. Hopefully the swimmers do their job right and catch the egg. And then let's hope that the egg is fine. Fingers crossed!!!
During the ultrasound, the RE really looked at my uterus and he could see a bit of a separation. He said it looks like I have a subseptate uterus. He asked if anyone has ever said anything to me since I have had 3 D&Cs and a HSG test. I told him no. He said that the areas on each side are pretty wide so there is room if it implants on the walls. He is not worried as of yet but he mentioned that this could also be a problem for miscarriages. I guess there are things that can be done to fix that.
Right now, I will focus on the 2ww and hoping to not get cramps after this weekend (it's usually my first sign that AF is coming to visit).......... fingers crossed!

Friday, May 25, 2012

CD 10 Follie Check

Today is day 10 and I had my follie check this morning. There was one dominant one on the right side and a few little ones on the left. The dominant is 18.3mm and my lining is 8.9mm. I have to go back on Sunday to check the growth. He said that because of dimished ovarian reserve, this is most likely why I only have one dominant one (tear) but he stays positive as my body is producing follicles. We also talked about Letrozole and I think that we will be moving on to that if this cycle does not take.
Fingers crossed...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Going forward with the last cycle of Clomid

Hello Everyone,

AF showed up two days ago and I went back to the RE to have my FSH tested again and see if we would go forward with the last cycle of Clomid (@ 100mg). FSH came back borderline (as usual), 10.3, but the doctor says it's fine to go ahead with this cycle. The last time, I did produce follicles and he was pleased to see that. I hope that I get to produce follicles again. I have to go for a CD 10 follie check next Friday..... fingers crossed.
I feel better physically and emotionally, it seems that I am recovering well from the accident. I still cannot believe that I did not have one broken bone and did not suffer major injuries. My neck MRI showed a lesion on disc C4-5 but I am unsure yet as what it means. I will meet with my doctor next week to talk about it. I just keep thinking of all the things that could have gone wrong, especially looking at the pictures of the car, but I am very thankful to have a second chance at LIFE. I need to keep this accident in the past and focus on my future...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Horrible AMH Results and a Serious Car Accident

It has been a while since I have posted anything. I was going to write after I received my AMH results on April 17th but I got in a serious car accident on April 19th which, thank lord, I only suffered minor injuries considering the severity of the crash. That week was horrible and it has taken me some time to feel better emotionally. I have been seeing a therapist who told me that I should keep writing because it is a great way to express yourself and heal.
I will start with the AMH results. In my last post, I explained that I was starting my third cycle of Clomid (if I recall correctly) and I was saying that again my FSH came back a bit elevated. The RE had then decided to test my AMH because of the FSH being high and the fact that it takes me an average of a year in between each pregnancies. I could feel that I would not receive great news but did not think that the results would be so low. At my age, 31, you should receive a result above 1. Mine came back at 0.4. When I got the call, my heart sank. I remember being upset all day, I was struggling at work. When I got home at night, I was really quiet and not talking and my husband could feel something was bothering me. When I finally talked to him, I lost it and was in tears and devastated. I explained to him that most likely I don't have that much time left to get pregnant and did not even know if I could ever have a child. As usual he was very comforting but my heart was aching terribly and felt so sad. The following day was tough but I went to work and tried to focus on other things. This is where the accident comes into the picture. The AMH results came on Tuesday..... Wednesday was a tough day but got through it...... I decided to go to the gym on Thursday morning and take a kick butt spinning class in order to regroup myself and keep going with my life..............
As I was driving to the gym at around 9am, a lady ran a stop sign and hit me full speed driver side. I had the right of way and was on the main road, she came from a side street. She did not stop......... and almost took my life away. The hit was incredible, it felt like an explosion. I will always remember that horrible sound when her van hit me. The rest is a bit blurry but it seems that my car spun and it came to a stop when it hit a power pole (on the back of my car). I can't really describe what my car looked like afterwards, I will let you look at the pictures and see for yourself:

I am lucky to be alive today. I was transported by ambulance on a stretcher as we had no idea what my injuries were . I got cut all over my left arm from the glass. There was blood everywhere. I had an enormous contusion on my left hand, I suffered a black eye and lots and lots of horrible bruises, the seatbelt burnt me and I had a horrible black blue yellow bruise on the left on my neck. I could not move my neck and was so scared. I was in pain and laying down for a week after the accident. I have gone through several scans, testings, and MRIs. We just got the results from the neck one. I have a lesion on one of my cervical disks. I have been in alot of pain, mostly in my neck and back since the crash. As you know, I own a dance studio and it has been affecting my professional life and personal one of course. As I am slowly returning to normal, I am just wondering what I have done to deserve all this. As if getting that horrible AMH result wasn't enough.
Well, I am still here and feeling a bit better. We were finally able to go get my new car on Friday. I went with a mini SUV and it feels so big for me (4 ' 11'' Frenchie) but I feel very safe in it and driving is becoming easier each day. The accident was very traumatic but I am thankful for being here today. If you look at the back of the car, behing the driver's seat, you can see that if I had a passenger on that day, it would not have been pretty.  I keep telling myself that maybe this is the reason why we did not have children..............
I have to go to court tomorrow as the lady is fighting her ticket!!!! Wow, I am stunned but I have to do it. I will keep you posted on my condition. I had to put my last cycle of Clomid on hold because of this horrible chapter but I am now patiently waiting for AF in order to try one last time with Clomid. Will life ever give me a break? I surely hope so.....

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Past Two Months

I have not been posting much lately. Been really busy and wanted to wait a bit to tell you more.
Well, within the past two months, I got two more FSH testing, one was 9.2 and the other 10.6. So overall, my FSH is higher than what a 31 year old should be. GREAT! This has been so hard to deal with but I am hanging in there. All along I thought that the balanced translocation was my enemy but to find out, FSH is an enemy as well!!! I went back this past Monday to draw more blood. Since the RE was concerned about the FSH, he decided to test my AMH to see what my ovarian reserve looks like. Well, let me tell you that I am not eager to receive that phone call!!! I am terrified to get an aweful result. I keep telling myself "why oh why???" I guess I will keep you posted in a later post about the results.
So at the end of January the RE had me start Clomid. The first two cycles at 50 mg did not work. I am on the third cycle and took 100 mg on CD 3-7. This time we monitored with ultrasounds. On CD 10 my left ovary had 5 follicles, one big one, 3 medium ones, and a small one. Nothing on the right. I went back on CD 12 and 3 had shrunk, there was still a medium one, and the big one had taken over. It was a bit over 22mm and my lining was 9.2mm if I recall correctly. The RE was pleased that my body produced follicles and he said that if nothing is wrong with hubby's swimmers and BD is done on time, we should maybe achieve pregnancy this cycle. Of course, I know it's not a guarantee. (Plus even if I get pregnant, I have to worry about the egg being UBT, ugghhhhh). Anyhow, I got a trigger shot on Monday a.m. It is now Wednesday. I have to go back tomorrow for another one and again on Monday, I guess to boost things up. At least the follie and the lining looked good. I wished for more follies to get more targets but I have to stay positive and remember that at least a few things looked good this cycle!
Fingers crossed...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Another Road Block?!

I called the RE office today to see if they had my results from the day 3 FSH levels and other tests that they had done. I had called once and they did not have them back and then got too busy so I was finally able to call today. Anyhow, my thyroid is fine, the estradiol level was fine also. But now I am worried that we have another thing to worry about. My FSH was elevated (12.7). The nurse said that they like to see it under 10 at their center. I have been doing a bit of reading and some centers like it under 9 or 10 or 11. I guess you have to repeat the test to see if it is an indication of poor ovarian reserve. The nurse was a little concerned since she said it was elevated and I am young (well, 31) but she said it can fluctuate from one month to another. So now I feel like I have hit another roadblock. Could the elevated FSH be related to having balanced translocation?
I have to go in on Thursday to test for progesterone to see if I ovulated. The RE wants to give me a boost once I ovulate.
I was hopeful that maybe Clomid could work for us since trying naturally is our only outlet. I asked the nurse if she thought that I could still conceive given the poor FSH result and taking Clomid and she said that it could happen. She did not seem too positive though (although she was extremely nice with me!).
Well, I guess it's the 2ww game now and more to worry about..... great!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Visit with a RE and the Start of Clomid

I was referred to a RE by a mom from the dance studio who has had some problems getting pregnant a few years back. I was looking for a new OB/GYN office/practice and she recommended this doctor. Although they don't do obstetrics, I still went because I figured that I could get some answers and the opinion of a specialist. He was very nice and sat with me for more than an hour in his office discussing balanced translocation and infertility in general. I told him how when I asked one of my current OB/GYN if they could give me something to boost my ovulation she had said no, there was no reason to do that with me since I was getting pregnant on my own and my hormones were in the excellent range. The RE saw it otherwise. He said that we could try superovulation, try and produce more eggs with the hopes of getting a good one in there and most importantly fertlized. So this is when Clomid comes to this post. He wrote me a prescription and I guess we will see if taking it and trying naturally can increase my chances of a good egg. Let's hope so...... IVF isn't in our budget and the other medicine the RE talked about with possibly IUI does not seem to be in our budget as well. Yesterday's visit fell under specialist so I only had to pay my $30 copay and the medicine had no cost. It was covered. I was suprised about that, I guess I'll see if I get a bill in the mail from the insurance company.
He also drew blood for ovarian reserve. Hmmmm.... I am kind of scared that they will call me today and that the results are poor. Again, we will see I guess. I just happened that I had my appointment and my period at the same time, so the days worked perfect for blood work and all.
So this is the plan at the moment. Trying naturally with Clomid. As anyone had success with Clomid and balanced translocation, naturally? I was hopeful at first when he talked about it but it has been so rough, I don't know if this will help. I hope so.