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TXPATRIOT
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Thanks, ladies. Both of your responses made me feel better. I might have had some implantation bleeding yesterday. We'll see!

Only 2 days, 17 hours and 59 minutes....not that I'm counting. :)

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I know the wait is hard. Try to find something not too physical to occupy your time. And don't get down. I didn't start feeling any symptoms until about 2 or 3 weeks post implantation. So it's completely normal to not feel anything yet. I'm keeping everything possible crossed for you. Let us know on Friday.




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TXPATRIOT - the days must feel endless. Don't lose hope! Fingers and toes crossed for you and can't wait to hear the news (hopefully great news!) on Friday.



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Struggling... emoticon

I guess I'll know either way on Friday, but the waiting is so tough right now. Not feeling any symptoms and that is making it worse.




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Shots twice a week,,,, emoticon emoticon and hopeflly it will work out fine!!!


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Thanks, Zippida. It is getting easier. I've actually been able to give myself a couple of shots left handed into my left hip.

It's hard to believe after this long process that my little ones are finally with me. Whatever the outcome, I feel truly blessed and grateful.


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That's great news! Thinking of you today! I had to give myself shots once a day from 24 weeks on, and when I hit 32 weeks, it was upped to twice a day. It definitely took a while to get used to, but it does get easier.




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Well, today is the day! Two more hours until transfer of my two embryos.

Thank you all for your support.


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So exciting TXPATRIOT!!!

Kristy-

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Yea! Sonogram went well (was between 9.2 and 11 mm), so transfer is scheduled for Tuesday, 4/16.

My husband has a tremor in his hands, so I had to give myself a shot of the progesterone tonight. This was my 1st time and it was so hard. Once I did it, I was fine, but to actually get the nerve to stick the needle in, was tough. Hoping it will get easier.


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Thanks so much for the feedback!

I guess I'll find out more tomorrow. Tomorrow is my sono to see if my endo is thickened and ready....(praying...) If so, tentative FET is next Wed!


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TXPATRIOT - when I needed betas during my last pregnancy in January the nurse was able to order them STAT from the lab and she had them within a few hours. Maybe you can request the same? I can't imagine waiting all weekend for a result.

Best of luck with everything and fingers tightly crossed for you!



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TXPATRIOT - Usually it's a 24-hr turn around (depending on the lab). I sure hope they can rush it for you. That would be an excruciating wait.




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This is my 1st treatment.

How long does it take to get beta test results back? Same day, next day? My tentative date is Friday, 4/25.

I was wondering if I'm going to have to wait until Monday?? emoticon


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HAUSHINKA-It doesn't appear that I ovulated. I never got the temp spike. My doctor had me start the Provera again. She prescribed the Clomid but I'm not going to start it until next month. Things have been really crazy busy and as much as I want another one, I want to enjoy as much of the journey as I can...so next month we'll be officially jumping in again. I didn't want to waste a cycle of Clomid since I can only take it 4-6 cycles. We're praying for a much easier time this go around but we're not guaranteed anything.

I'm battling some mixed emotions right now. Almost everyone that was pregnant when we tried to conceive last time is pregnant again. The anxiety and fear stares me in the face daily. You would think that by now I would have learned to cope. It's difficult when, no matter how much you love them, your friends get pregnant within a month or two of trying. Who knows how long it will take this time. I'm determined not to get in the depressive funk that I fell into the last go around. I'm trying to remain hopeful and optimistic. Good luck to everyone!!!

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Good luck TXPATRIOT! Will be thinking about you as your transfer date nears and especially in the dreaded wait for your first beta.

HAUSHINKA - can't believe you are so close! So encouraging to hear about someone's success story after such a long time of trying and so much loss and difficulty.

ZIPPIDA - I totally don't think you're crazy for wanting to try again. We know better than most that you really can't plan your family and just have to do what feels right.

As for me, we had our first appointment with yet another (that makes three!) infertility doctor this morning and are, for the first time, seriously considering IVF. It feels like a big step to take since we've conceived 3 times on our own, but it would allow us to do PGD to make sure we are transferring a chromosomally normal embryo(s). My mind is reeling a bit with all the choices and decisions we will need to make. This May will mark a full 2 years of TTC for my hubby and I and we are weary. So very weary.

For now, more blood tests as soon as stupid AF arrives and possibly an HSG and then we will go from there...



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Thanks, HAUSHINKA!

Hanging in there. You'd think after 11 years of infertility, two weeks would be a piece of cake. :) Tentative date for FET is 4/16. If that date holds, beta test will be on 4/25.


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Zippida: I don't blame you or judge you at all! :) I wanted 4 kids, too. It has taken us 3.5 years to almost get one baby. I realize that if we are very very lucky, we might get a second one. IF this one survives birth and everything...
I plan on never using birthcontrol again. You are a bit younger than me, though.
But the odds of you having another DS baby should be next to nill. It already happened once! I wouldn't worry about it :) Praying for you as you decide.

Txpatriot: wow, how are you doing?! Getting closer to transfer! When is the first beta test? Wishing you all the best of luck!

Edited by: HAUSHINKA1 at: 4/8/2014 (15:00)
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WOW! That's all I have to say! So much good news.

KATWINDT - Sending sticky, stay-put vibes your way. When do you get to see your peanut for the first time?

TXPATRIOT - So exciting! Can't wait to hear your results.

KLMAYS08 - I hope you can get your cycle regulated. A good friend of mine is TTC with PCOS. It's so hard on her month after month. I can't imagine what you ladies go through.

EMOLESUGAR - Any word on your husband's test results? Are you guys TTC again right away or are you waiting?

HAUSHINKA - You're in the home stretch!!!!! Only about a month or so to go right?

We're doing good. Emma just turned 5 months. And call me crazy, I am so tempted not to refill my birth control next month. I just want to have a healthy, "normal" pregnancy. I was so stressed with all the complications I had with Emma. And because she was so small, I never got the big, uncomfortable belly. I never had maternity photos done, etc. I know in my brain we should probably wait a bit longer. But tell that to my heart/uterus. With me having a baby with Down syndrome before 35, my risk after 35 skyrockets even more so than it usually would. So I'd like to try again sooner rather than later. I'll be 29 here in a couple of months. I originally wanted 2-3 years between kids. and I wanted 4, but I don't think that will be happening now. We'll probably only try for one more, sadly. emoticon But we're leaving it in God's hands. If it's meant to be, it'll be.

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Even though time "seems" to be standing still, it is getting close to FET time.

I will find out Friday if endo is thickened and ready. Tentative transfer date is 4/16. (8 more days!)


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KLMAYS08: that's a bummer, you didn't ovulate at all? Do you have a new plan for next cycle?

TXPATRIOT: Good luck!! Let us know how it goes!

MUFFINZKITTY: hope you have a terrific month, too! :)

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Just saying hello and I hope this month goes well for everyone :) Happy April

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TXPATRIOT: Good luck!

Well...it looks like my body geared up for ovulation but it didn't have follow through :( I'm waiting to see if AF shows before I begin my proestrogen to jump start my cycle. I hope others of you are having better luck this month!

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Just got my calendar today! Started estrogen. Since I don't have ovaries, I didn't have to take Clomid.

Possible transfer on Wed., April 16th. So 3 weeks from today! emoticon



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Txpatriot: woohoo! Keep us updated! I'm so excited for you!

KLMAY08: welcome back! I hope you see success soon!

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KLMAY - all of our situations are different, but the feelings are the same. Best wishes to you as you TTC again.

That's why I appreciate all of you here.



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Good morning everyone!

I'm back in the TTC realm and I'm back to facing the anxieties that I had our first go around. I had blood work done in December and my testosterone levels were elevated (not unusual since I have PCOS). I'm back on metformin and if things don't start looking better on my charts I'll have to begin the clomid again. Two cycles ago I had to take proestrogento get things going again. I got a +opk this month but so far no temp spike :( I know my situation is not as dire as some and I don't ever want to sound like I'm complaining. It's just hard when most people around you try to empathize but just can't understand. I wish you all great things on this journey.

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WOW! What big news TXPATRIOT - congratulations! I hope you'll keep us posted on your transfer date etc. Not a bad way to welcome in the weekend!



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We were just offered our next choice of embryos and we are accepting them! So in the weeks ahead, we will be moving forward!


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Thanks! Shouldn't be any news for a few weeks (er, unless you count the part where I'm still tired, but have mostly figured out how to feed myself...) - I'll be checking in for news from you all!



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BIG congratulations KATWINDT! What exciting news. Sending you sticky thoughts and can't wait to hear positive updates as you go through these first weeks. Yay!



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Congrats, KATWINDT!!!!!
Keep us posted! emoticon

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Katwindt - emoticon
Praying for you!



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I totally agree that infertility is all about waiting, except when it's about hurrying up!

I've been really tired and sleeping a lot - my beta (and two subsequent ones) came back positive + right on track! I'm still a bit nervous about the little one staying "stuck", but so far, so good!

I went for my first "run" while pregnant today - I don't know wether I slightly hyperstimulated, but I've been having asthma trouble so I only ran maybe 9 minutes of the 30 I was out. But, you have to pick back up somewhere!

I'm hoping to hear more good news from everyone else!!



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Emole - Congrats on your test results. I hope your husband's come back normal, as well, and the blood thinner and progesterone help you bring a little one into the world.

I belong to this Infertility support group at my church and last night the speaker spoke on "waiting". That was EXACTLY what I needed. I also met a girl who hadn't come to the group in a while, she has a 2 yr. old and an 8 month old from IVF. It was great to pick her brain. She actually used the same facility I am using, so it kinda gave me some hope--just when I needed it.


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TXPATRIOT - I can't imagine what it is like to wait and then get info and be forced to make a decision so quickly. There is SO much waiting involved in TTC and infertility. You'd think we'd all be models of patience, but I know that some days feel like weeks and some weeks feel like years.

AFM - the rest of my tests have come back normal. Great even. FSH - 7.6. AMH - 5.07. I gave 18 vials of blood at the lab on Sunday and they've run a whole panel of tests and have found nothing more that is concerning. My hubbie is having his genetic screening done and if that comes back normal we will probably proceed much in the same way as we have before. TTC on our own (seems like sperm meeting egg isn't really the problem) and then do some sort of blood thinner and progesterone supplementation.

I find it a bit terrifying to think about just crossing our fingers and doing what we've already done. After all, we've suffered through three losses - are we really supposed to just keep on keeping on? We have the option of doing IVF (with ICSI and/or PGD) but I also can't bring myself to dive right in to something much more aggressive and MUCH more expensive if we might not need to.

Yikes. Big things to wait for. Big decisions to make.



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Still waiting and preparing as best we can. It's hard preparing for something that may or may not happen.


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Emole: welcome to the board! I'm so sorry to hear about all your losses. I have also had 3. After that we were referred to a specialist and they ran a lot of tests on mostly me. They found nothing wrong. I definetely can relate to wanting to find something treatable. I'm both glad and sorry they found something with you. It's such a dubble-edged sword, isn't it?
At least MTHFR is researched and there are treatment options. I so hope next time will be succesful for you!

Katwindt: Hope you see a +HPT soon! Crossing my fingers for you!

Txpatriot: Wow, paying for it all by yourself, it sounds expensive. I hope you are matched with the "right" little embie soon!

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EMOLE - Welcome! I found out after my second loss that I have an MTHFR mutation as well. I am Homozygous C677T. Not even a month after I got that diagnosis, I conceived my little miracle baby, Emma. It was a relief to get some answers. And that it's something that is easily treatable. Although giving yourself shots daily really sucks! I took pictures of my poor belly to put in her baby book. That way if she ever tries to give me any "you don't love me" bull, I can whip those pictures out. emoticon But it is so worth it. Good luck to you in your journey.

KATWINDT - I am so excited for you. I feel like it's almost irrational to be so excited for someone I've never met. But I know how much you've been through, and I hope this is your time. This seems to be a very blessed board. We've had a few success stories in the last year.

TXPATRIOT - I hope you see an embryo that you fall in love with soon. I'm cheering you all on!




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Thanks TXPatriot and KATWINDT for the nice welcome. KATWINDT - I hope you're feeling very sticky and that the wait until Saturday isn't too excruciating.

AFM, tests so far have revealed that I have a MTHFR deficiency so I'll definitely be on lovenox should I get pregnant again. Like I predicted, I actually feel better knowing that there might be something that is "fixable". Still lots of tests to go, but since I'm repeating CD3 FSH etc. I have to wait for good old AF to show up.

I'll be checking in and thinking of you ladies!



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Wow - I didn't realize that I hadn't checked in here in so long! I don't think I'd realized how much the retrieval took out of me. We did that last Saturday, and I figured that after lying in bed all weekend, I should be good to go like normal all week, right? Well... *mostly* right... mostly I went to work and then to sleep! I got myself to the gym + on an elliptical for a gentle 20 mins on Wednesday, which, in retrospect, was maybe a hair much..

We did get a "beautiful" embryo to transfer on Thursday, which went well, and several to freeze, which is a huge load off of our minds. And now we get to wait until NEXT Saturday to test. The nurse said not to use hpts, and I asked DH how he felt about it. Of course, he says he'd rather wait for the official word... But regardless, we're overjoyed that we have some great embryos to work with - I feel like all the Christmases since we started this have finally caught up to me!

TXPatriot - I can imagine that it's hard, but go you for waiting for one that feels more right for you! Also, OOP sucks in an industry where no one seems to know what anything costs and comparison shopping is impossible..

Emole - answers are so important - I've been really frustrated by how few answers it seems that there are in this process!

Good luck to everyone! I'll be sitting here twiddling my thumbs for the next week!



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Wow-o-wow...We've been given our 1st two choices and we don't feel either one of them are right for us. I'm so excited and I thought that we would take our 1st choice, but we are going to pass this time. I didn't think that I would feel guilty, but I do.

Emole - so sorry for your loss. I can understand your desire to have answers, even if they are not positive. I'm glad you've joined us.

Zippida - I can't say that I will definitely try three times, because I haven't been through the process and do not know the physical and emotional toll, but we are thinking three times, especially at my age (43, soon to be 44).

I just found out that our new insurance does not cover anything, so yes, this will be all out of pocket.

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Hi All. I've been informally stalking your check ins on this board for a while and figured I would introduce myself. I can see you give and get a lot of support and have met some other wonderful women on SP. I've been on a little hiatus recently, but am starting to get back into things.

This past January I had my 3rd first-trimester miscarriage. My hubbie and I have been trying for our first child for almost 2 years and all we have to show for our efforts so far is a lot of loss and sadness and way more information on infertility and pregnancy loss than we ever wanted to know.

This week we met with a new doctor and are gearing up for another round of testing. So far, no cause has been identified from the tests we've both had done. These new tests will include chromosomal/genetic testing which we haven't done before...is it weird to hope that they discover something is wrong?

Anyways, I'm so happy for those of you that are successfully carrying your take home baby and for those that are embarking on transfers or stims soon. This seems like a lucky thread and I'm excited to be joining in!

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Eddy, Welcome. I'm Homozygous MTHFR (2 copies of C677T) with normal Homocysteine levels. I found that out after my 2nd loss. I had no problem getting pregnant, just staying that way. They think that I more than likely threw clots into my pregnancies, which is why I miscarried. Do you follow Dr. Ben? And it's great to hear that Acupuncture worked so well for you. Keep it up! I hope to hear a success story from you soon.

TXPATRIOT - Can't wait to hear when you get your FET. #1 on the list - that's exciting! Will you try multiple times if they don't take right away? Does insurance pay for any of that, or are you paying out of pocket?

Haushinka - 7 months! That's awesome. I don't know where that time went. How are you feeling?

ANEWPAULA - You've been MIA. We miss you lady!

KATWINDT - Any news since you started the stims?

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Welcome Eddy! I'm so sorry to hear about your losses. I also have had 3 so far. But now I'm 7 months pregnant and *hope* to go full term with a living, healthy baby this time.
I can relate to so much of what you are saying. I also avoid people that might be pregnant, just to not have to hear the announcements. I left FB over 6 months ago and have never looked back. It brought me anxiety and nothing else. I hope you won't need IVF, but I also understand the want to try something else.

Txpatriot; number 1 on the list; wow!! Crossing my fingers and toes for you! I have also heard of a lot of DE success stories. :)

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Eddy: Praying that you and I, and the rest of the ladies here will be able to report our success stories some day soon!


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That's fantastic :) I'm better about not getting online, but still pretty bad, lol. I hate reading IVF stats...everyone talks about how successful they can be and I still get negative that I'll be one of those for whom it doesn't work! Success stories about people who have experienced real infertility are the only thing that keep my head above water.

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Eddy - Our clinic uses DE's from it's own facility only. I have 1st choice over the next ones donated. We can pass, but we get 1st choice with each donation. Thank you for your friend story. I don't mind at all. I love hearing that it CAN work. I sometimes can read too much on the internet and read about how it took 6 times to work or worse. Love the success stories!!!






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TXPATRIOT - donor FETs are remarkably successful. I know it's hard to hear "my friend did it, and it worked", but I do have one of those. My friend is 44 and just had her baby by DE. She'd had 2 late-term and numerous early losses in the last 2.5 years. But with DE, she was finally successful! Have you already found a donor? I know you mentioned what place in line you were in...does that mean for a particular donor?

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Eddy - Welcome! I'm glad you found us. So sorry for your losses.

I can definitely relate to all your feelings here. I do not go to church on Mother's Day and usually I just want to stay in bed until it's over, but I do manage to do the "luncheon" with my mom, but it is really so hard.

My best friend just had her 3rd baby in the last 6 years and they weren't even trying especially on the last one. It was difficult, but I made a true effort and commitment to be there and be happy for her. I had my good days and my bad days, but I made it through.

Now, at 43, we are in the home stretch. This donor FET will either work or it won't. My dh and I are going into this full of hope. Whatever happens, we want to be grateful to God for the opportunity and content no matter what the outcome.


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Hi, everyone. It's nice to see such an active team. I don't know why I didn't search for it earlier.

I scrolled through some recent posts...congrats and good luck to everyone on their journeys!

I'm Eddy and I'll be 34 next month. We've been actively TTC since my first miscarriage in August 2011. Before that, we were NTNP for about 1.5 years. Through tracking my cycles I know that I ovulate late and have a short LP. I also only ovulate about 40% of the time on my own. Through acupuncture, we got pregnant for the second time in January 2013 and miscarried - I was not on progesterone supplementation at the time. But acupuncture improved my ovulation to 80% of the time in the 5 months I did it. After that, we took some time off and started seeing an RE in June 2013. We started 100 mg Clomid with Ovidrel and IUI. On the third month, we skipped the IUI and got pregnant naturally (with Clomid and Ovidrel but no IUI) but miscarried in August 2013. This time I was on progesterone but it was a CP, whereas with the other pregnancies I progressed for a bit. We've had a difficult time TTC in the last 6 months because of DH's job and we're hoping that that will resolve in the next few weeks. He's away from home too much.

I have two more Clomid cycles available to me and then we're on to IVF.

We've done just about all of the testing you could ask for, including HSG, chromosomal/genetic analyses and all of the usual work up. My only abnormalities are low AMH (under 1), short LP, high TSH (on Levothyroxine), unreliable ovulation, compound heterozygous for MTFHR (but homocysteine levels normal) and of course, recurrent pregnancy loss.

I don't deal well with all of this. I've all but left FB. I don't want to talk to anybody about TTC unless they are like me and know what it means to really have to try. I avoid people that I think might be pregnant (you know, the ones that have been married a few years and you know it's bound to happen any day or the ones who have a toddler and you know it's about time for another). I am already stressing out that my closest friend is going to start TTC at the end of the year.

I'm in therapy, and that helps, but I wish I didn't care so much about the timing. It's just so hard to watch everyone else succeed where you continuously fail.

I'm not looking forward to IVF because at this point I feel mostly hopeless. It is a rare day that I feel optimistic and usually that is only for a fleeting moment. I keep telling myself with genetic testing on the embryo, our chances will be much better.

I would much rather move on to adoption right now and keep trying naturally with Clomid, acupuncture, or whatever...plus progesterone, of course. I'd like to have something to refocus my energy and I've always wanted to adopt anyway, so why not start with adoption instead of doing it later? My husband, of course, wants his own biological kid but we've agreed that if we're not successful by the end of this year, we'll take adoption head-on.

Anyway, thanks for listening. I look forward to getting to know you lovely ladies and cheering everyone one :)



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Awesome, Katwindt! Keep us posted!


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I did start the stims on Friday - so far, so good! Except that I can't focus on anything to save my life... but that might just be stress!



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Katwindt - I hope everything went well and you can start with the stims. We all need a good story to tell our kids. "Walking through the snow, uphill, both ways!!"


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@TXPatriot - that's exciting! The waiting is one of the most stressful parts of this whole thing.

I could work from home in the snow, but I'm at the clinic instead. If this works, someday I'll be able to tell my kid that I fought my way through a snowstorm just to get pregnant with them! (although that's a stretch, this is just to see if the follicle from last month has cleared out so that we can start the stims, and the snowstorm is really over, but I did get stuck 3 or 4 times getting out of the driveway)



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Ok, just found out I'm #1 on the list now.

Excited! Trying to be patient and grateful during this time of waiting and preparation.


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Congrats, TXpatriot! I'm so excited for you! Hope it can happen soon!

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Thanks, everyone! I truly appreciate your support.

Katwindt - I also appreciate you and dh's willingness to consider embryo donation. It is only because of you and others like you, that some of us receive the opportunity to start a family, who would not be able to otherwise.


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Congrats, TXPatriot!

I'd been a little nervous about talking to DH about what we might want to happen with any "extras" (not to be too overly hopeful...and leaving aside any conversation of how many kids we'd want, ideally) but when we finally had the conversation, he was 100% on board for donation, so that was good :) I feel like it's got to be a very personal/spiritual decision for anyone, and totally respect anyone else's feelings on the matter, but I was very glad that he & I felt the same way on that one!

AFM - I'm CD2, and I was hoping the lupron would somehow magically make this a less horrible cycle than usual, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I'm not being my usual super-sound sleeper, so I was up for awhile in the night with cramps :( Luckily, we have a snow-day today, so I can lounge in bed with my heating pad and movies :)

My blood sugar has been all over the place, and I've given up on tracking my diet+ trying to lose any weight for now - I opened myself up to too many "lows" with smaller meals, and the resulting emergency snacks made the "game" of it too frustrating to be any fun. I'm still trying to make sure that I eat fresh whole foods, with as many fruits and vegetables as I can manage, of course!

I hope everyone is having a good day - and that if you're in this snowstorm, you got to stay home, too!



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Congrats TXPATRIOT!!!! That's super exciting. I pray all goes well for you and that the next couple of months fly by.

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Well, I'm officially on the list for embryo donation and we are #2!

There is no definite time table, but we are looking at FET in 1-2 months. It is all starting to get very real!


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Good luck with both of your upcoming IVF:s/FET:s!! Keep us posted on how it goes.

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Katwindt - Just eating healthy with lots of veggies and fruits. Would like to lose at least 10 lbs. but most experts say to stick to walking and yoga. I'm a runner, so I'm not sure how much I should hold back?? Just doing my best. Leaving it in God's hands.

Best wishes with your process! I will add you to my prayers.


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Haushinka - sorry to hear about that stress! Not knowing sucks.

TXPatriot - I've been trying to figure out some of the same things - I start lupron tonight, and while I fully intend to eat extra-super-healthy for at least the next 2 months (and hopefully a bunch more!), I'm not sure if I should pause on the "loose 15 pounds" goal @ (hopefully) FET time. I mean, I keep hearing that I'd be better off down a few pounds (:P), but I don't want to be stressing my body out losing weight when I'm hoping that it'll be busy making eggs and getting babies settled in? "No calorie restricting" while pregnant seems wise, but when does "pregnancy" start?? I haven't done too much research into specific foods - I'm allergic to a lot of them, so I think that would just stress me out more!



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Sorry, Haushinka, that can be very stressful. I pray your job stays safe.

Reading so many articles about what to do and not do, eat or not eat before IVF. Lots of information to digest and it can get a little overwhelming. I just want to do everything I can to increase my chances and not do anything that might lessen my chances.

Just doing my best. Hope to be "on the list" for FET next week.

Blessings to all of you!


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How is everyone doing?

I'm having a rough time at work. Everybody there is. We found out 2 months ago that there will be massive cutbacks, but we STILL don't know who is affected and will lose their job! They keep scheduling meetings that are postponed; it's driving everybody crazy. Very annoying! emoticon

I'm trying to eat healthier by making a weekly menu plan and then sticking to it. It works good so far! I just need to cut back on sweets and eat more fruits. As usual...

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Zippida: No obvious menopause symptoms. I may have had a hot flash or two, but maybe I just had too many covers?? Not sure. I started HRT, which I think helps. Also keeping my uterus supple.

I should be done with all my preliminary testing by this Friday. So, we'll see if we are a go or not soon. Then the fun really starts. :)

Haushinka: I get Flylady's posts on FB, but I got off email list, because I just wasn't reading them. I could OD on Hoarders, but I haven't seen it in a while. I like the ones where the person changes and truly appreciates the help. The resistant ones get on my nerves.


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About organizing; have any of you tried flylady? I have signed up, but I sometimes get annoyed by the frequent e-mails from them. The tips are good, though! But I actually find I don't need them, I already do most of those things! My home is in order and de-cluttered, but I'd like to get rid of more stuff! I'm a minimalist!

I downloaded the complete series of "Hoarders" from TLC and watch an episode each night. I'm both fascinated and apalled by that. But I like the show! I sometimes even watch while I eat. I'm crazy like that! ;)

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My goal for the new year is also to get organized. We are going to have so many events and doctors appointments, being disorganized is NOT an option. My husband feels that everything could come in handy one day too. We have so many spare bolts, washers, wood scraps, etc laying around. It's insane!

I am starting with my home office. I really need to get that under control. When we were preparing Emma's room, we threw a bunch of stuff in my office, "just for a little bit" until we found a place for it. It's going on 5 months of me not being able to walk in there. And I am just not as productive with my work if I'm sitting on the couch in front of the TV. So I need to start there. Then maybe I'll be able to be more productive and make a little bit more money to start a trust fund for Emma. That's really important to me. I want to know that she will be taken care of in case something happens to us. It's amazing the things we will do for someone else that we won't do for ourselves.

Hope everyone's new years are going well so far. Mine started with Emma needing surgery, my brother in law wrecking his car (he's living with us, so he's using Tom's truck for right now), and Tom getting the flu. So much for a less eventful 2014. Hopefully this is just a rough patch and the rest of the year will go smoothly.

TX Patriot - I saw you're back to running. Congrats! I'm sure that feels great. Have you had any menopause symptoms or are you still feeling like yourself? When does your new insurance kick in so you can start your embryo transfer journey?

Paula - What's the newest with your situation? When do you go to Hawaii?

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Haushinka: I have one of those husbands. :)


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Oh yes, I forgot organization! I definetely need to work on this area. I'm trying to get rid of things we don't use, but it's hard with a husband that thinks almost everything "might come ine handy". I like both of your goals, Txpatriot and Paula.
I hope this will be an exciting year for everybody on this team!

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Paula: I can relate to your post. I'm at a now or never place right now, as well. I pray we both get that opportunity, as well as all of the other ladies who desire to have children.

I've scheduled all my preliminary tests over the next 2 weeks. At my age, I have a few more to do. Then I'll go on the waiting list. We'll see how it all goes.


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Just checking in to say "Hi!" things got so hectic with the holidays and travel that I got thrown off my workout and nutrition plans. I go back to work tomorrow and I'm feeling ready to get back to all of it.

TXPATRIOT I can relate to thinking whether we end up with a child or not that I will be in better shape emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Being more organized would be nice too! I do feel like it is now or never which is exciting and frightening at the same time.

I have so much to be able to offer a child. I hope I get the opportunity to share it!


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Haushinka: Doing well. I've started doing some of the testing, but I'm hesitant to do everything. We are about to change insurance and I don't want to spend a lot on one deductible only to change and have to fulfill another deductible again. So I'm doing all the stuff that I can't bill to insurance.

Thank you for giving me the acronym FET. There are so many to learn. :)

I hope everyone had a great new year! My resolution/goal this 2014 is "to ready my body, my home and my life for whatever God brings us this year."

My thinking is, whether we have a child or not, at the end, I'll be in better shape emotionally, physically and spiritually and more organized. It's a win either way.


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Txpatriot: how are you doing now? Any further plans for the upcoming FET?

How is everybody? Any new years goal (I don't like resolutions. Goals are for reaching!).
My goal is to spend less time by a screen, more outdoors and be more crafty.
So far the weather has been horrible and I have spent way too much time by my computer again. But I've also knitted so much that my shoulders and neck ache! Lol.

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Thank you everyone. I do feel much better. Almost 100%. Go for follow up 26th. Looks like testing for embryonic transfer won't happen until January, but we are going to be changing insurance soon, so that might be best. After 11 yrs of heart ache and heart break, I am ready to go.....right now...but this is not a fast process. So I'm trying to tell myself that I need to relax and be more patient.

Haushinka: The 4 robotic arms do the surgery, but surgeon controls them, with amazing precision. Truly amazing!


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Paula: Oh, wow, you go to the gym a lot?! Good job on the weight loss! I can imagine having a PT kicks up the motivation a notch? I have wanted to try one, but I'm too chicken...is it worth it, in your opinion? Is it expensive?
When are you going to Hawaii?! Lucky you, that is a big dream of mine, only the flight would take me like, 24 hours to get there I think? Hope you have a fun and relaxing time! Have you been there before?

Zippida: how is Emma? Is she home now? I can totally see how having a difficult pregnancy and then an unexpected diagnosis like you had, can be extremely stressful! It is a lot to handle and process in a short time. I'm glad you are doing better, and I'm glad Emma has you for a mom! I believe that is no coinsidence! :)

ETA: A merry Christmas and a blessed new year for everyone in this group! I won't be able to check in for a few days. I hope your holidays will be peaceful! Love; Anna

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I'm just now getting caught up on all of your situations.

TXPATRIOT - I'm glad the surgery went well and that you're not in too much discomfort. I'm praying that the embryonic transfer goes well and that you're able to carry a healthy pregnancy.

Paula - So glad to hear about your weight loss. Keep up the good work! When do you leave for Hawaii? P.S. Vacation is very good for reducing stress and upping the chances of conception. emoticon My first pregnancy was conceived on or very shortly after a trip to Jamaica.

HERBIE26 - Welcome. I can't say I'm glad to see you here, because I know it's because of infertility struggles that you're here. But I've said it before, and I'll say it a million times again - this is an awesome group of very supportive ladies. Feel free to vent here - it's a safe, judgement-free zone.

ELISAJANE - I am so sorry that you can't get any answers. That is very frustrating. And I'm sorry your husband isn't being more supportive. I think counseling is a great idea. I have spoken to a counselor a couple of times. The month-long NICU stay really threw me for a loop. And the Down syndrome diagnosis after all I went through losing two pregnancies and the complications with this pregnancy was very hard to handle at first. I felt like after all I went through, I was entitled to a "normal" baby. I very quickly snapped out of that mindset with counseling. The counselor let me know that it was fine to grieve the loss of the baby I was expecting to get, and that it didn't mean I loved her any less. And I'm realizing that Emma's perfect just the way she is. She has already taught me so much.

Haushinka - I also want an update on your peanut when you're ready. Either here or on the success board.

Much love, hugs, and baby dust all around!

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TXPATRIOT- Glad everything went well and your not having any menopause symptoms! THAT ROCKS!!!

HAUSHINKA- I met with her twice the first week and 3 times this week. I lost 2 lbs last week between that, my cardio, and eating with in range (most of the time)! I really want to be strong and slimmer by the time we go to Hawaii so I can do better with my surf lessons and other activiities! How is your bun in the oven doing???


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Paula: good job working out with a PT! How often do you go to the gym?

Txpatriot: I'm glad to hear your surgery went well. Was it a laprascopy made with a robot? That doesn't even leave much a scar, does it? Hope you recover quickly!

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12/15/13 12:52 P

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PAULA - Feeling pretty good. I'm up and around and pain and discomfort is diminishing. I saw a YouTube video of same surgery I got with the Davinci robot and I was amazed. When they wheeled me into the operating room, I saw the huge device in the corner.

I don't have all the details, but yes, I will try to carry the embryonic transfer. I asked dr. if I would be menopausal and pregnant (Lord willing) at the same time. She said yes. My friends are suggesting my husband might need to get a hotel room for 9 months. haha

So far, I haven't felt any menopausal symptoms. Read that some feel them within days, some within hours. So, not sure what to expect. I will keep y'all updated. I will be going through all the testing over the next month or so, to establish if I'm even eligible for treatment--counseling, cardio, pap, etc. If all goes well, then we will be placed on the waiting list. Lots more questions, than answers at this point.


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12/14/13 11:28 A

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TXPATRIOT- I just staffed a very similar procedure with the Davinci robot the day before yesterday except we left one fallopian tube and ovary. It is such a small world! But since you will not have any ovaries did they discuss how the pregnancy would be affected? I thought since they were taking everything that you would be using a gestational carrier (someone would be carrying the pregnancy for you). When you are feeling better we can discuss it more. I hope they are managing any pain you might be having well and you recover quickly & safely!
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12/13/13 12:42 A

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Thank you, A-NEW-PAULA for the prayers. Yes, going into full menopause is a little scary, especially when you are then going to try to get pregnant.

Surgery is tomorrow at 11 a.m. He is doing it by robotic laproscope. Hopefully, he won't ultimately have to cut. If he doesn't, I should be going home same day.

Lord willing, I will let y'all know how it goes. emoticon


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12/11/13 8:31 P

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I had surgery 10/10 for endometriosis, cysts on fallopian tubes, and a small polyp in my uterus the doctor thought was blocking one or both fallopian tubes keeping the sperm from being able to get to the mature follicles. It took a while for me to be able to get back into his office for my follow up appointment. Plus, we decided we wanted to try on our own for 1-3 months before starting all of the pills and injections again.

In the meantime I started going to a personal trainer at the gym. I told them of my plans to get pregnant and wanted to make sure they were comfortable with me doing strength training while pregnant and they are. So, hopefully I will lose some weight and get fit before or during my pregnancy!

TXPATRIOT- I'm a surgical nurse so I know that surgery will be tough on you because it will put you into full menopause overnight but there is no point in having a baby if there is no Mommy to take care of him or her! You will be in my thoughts and prayers to have a speedy recovery!
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12/10/13 3:09 P

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Haushinka1: They are taking both because I keep getting these large cysts and I have a family history of ovarian cancer. My surgery is this Friday (12/13). Thanks for the prayers!

It really is a blessing having a place to share what's going on. It seems like all our situations are different, yet we share a common thread.

Herbie26: I also want to welcome you to the group. I am new, as well.


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