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Friday, March 08, 2013

Hi everyone. Sorry I've been so silent lately. I've been torn between sharing everything that's been going on with me - because I know how sweet Sparkers are and that I'd get a lot of support - and keeping it to myself because it's not really SP-related. But, today is a SNOW DAY, so I have some time and have decided to share.

I guess the short version of my story is that I had a lot of fertility testing done to figure out what might have caused my miscarriages, and they actually found a few things that are treatable - hormonal imbalance type stuff. For example, even though my thyroid level wasn't out of the average range, they put me on thyroid medication because for pregnancy they want your TSH to be very low. And the amazing side effect is that I've felt really fantastic on the thyroid medication! In fact, they recently increased my dose and all of a sudden I lost five pounds without trying (more energy maybe). They found some other minor things too, so now I'm in the process of using a bunch of medications to hopefully get my system just right so that my next pregnancy might be more successful than the others. (If anyone had been wondering, that was what I meant in my status when I said that I have a plan, and I hope it works.)

With all this going on I have felt almost zero motivation to track calories or diet. I have read that one of the medications I'm using works best if you lose weight (if you are overweight). As always, I've been working out on a very regular basis and am loving exercise, but lately I've kind of been at peace with my eating. I would say I've been eating healthy most of the time, though in quantities that make me feel good rather than change my weight.

Other than that, school has been busy as always, and my hubby and I have been busy trying to make our house look a little cozier - curtains and rugs and new furniture and stuff. I should post pictures sometime. Anyway, I really, really hope that I have some exciting news to share soon...and I hope you are all doing really well!
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    I have been away myself and so glad to find you still here emoticon
    1741 days ago
  • SHELLY8212
    i also have had several miscarriages and 2 and 1/2 years of ttc. my husband and i are currently going through fertility treatments, and are on our second round of IUI. I am on clomid, ovidrel shot, and now on progesterone...

    i know how hard this is and if you ever need to vent or share message me, i'd love to talk !!!
    1845 days ago
    Sounds like you have a positive attitude, keep your spirits up!
    1854 days ago
    So glad that they are being helpful and I wish you lots of luck on your baby journey. You probably already know about it but I found charting with super helpful, along with buying a billion tests from and reading taking charge of your fertility. But I got a little obsessed with conceiving, it is hard not to..
    1855 days ago
  • MP92001
    one day at a time...and pics. we all want to see the place. glad you posted again. best of luck. emoticon

    1858 days ago
    Well, I hope to hear some good news soon, too!! That's a lot of stuff you've been going through, sweetie. I wouldn't be concentrating on diet and exercise either.

    Here's hoping for some GREAT news!! In the mean time, rock on! emoticon
    1868 days ago
    Maybe you are one of those people whose TSH is "in range" but for you, it needs to be much lower in order for you to actually be in balance. Glad the medication is working so well. Also glad your doctor is being (seemingly) aggressive with treatments etc. Please do keep us updated!

    PLEASE post pics of your house. I am so jealous you have a home to work on! We are renting in Pittsburgh and I really, really REALLY miss our house in Wisconsin and all the work we did. I did paint (yes, paint) our curtains last week...strange I know but it's cute. Not nearly as satisfying as true home improvement though!
    1868 days ago
    Susan I am so happy to hear that you have a plan in action and they have figured out why you were having these problems!! I am keeping my fingers crossed and sending you all kinds of positive baby making vibes!!!! :)
    1869 days ago
    Hallo Susan

    I had 4 traumatic miscarriages (aren't they always) before my 4 year old, and 2 year old were born. Weekly lymph draining massages, and lots of grace did it for me. I had to take progesterone for the first trimester- we called it chemo therapy, because it was horrible.

    I so hope that you find the thing that works for you. Glad that you are getting that thyroid fixed.

    Bless you both

    1869 days ago
    Excellent that you are still focused in exercising. Good luck with the new plan!
    1870 days ago
    Glad to hear they found some small, treatable issues and hope you're back to post happy news sooner rather than later :)
    1870 days ago
    Congrats on the 5 pounds w/o trying! That's great. =)

    I am hopeful for this plan you, Jess, and your doc have! It'll happen when it happens, just try and stay positive and get yourself as healthy as can be in the mean time. The rest will fall into place, I am sure, my dear. Happy to read an update from you!! Blog more! :)
    1870 days ago
    So excited to hear this update and I really hope things go well for you next round. Xoxoxoxo
    1870 days ago
    My very best wishes on your continued efforts to make a baby.
    I think you are smart to just eat well, exercise and relax about it all right now.
    I wish my doc would try a few thyroid meds for me but my #s are 'normal' so he won't.
    1870 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your troubles in starting a family. Having been through a miscarriage myself, I know how hard it can be! You are doing great, so keep up the hard work! :-)

    P.S. Yeah, I find the marble jars really helpful as a visual motivator! Plus they are just kinda fun to peek in on days when you aren't feeling particularly on track... lol emoticon
    1870 days ago
    I was wondering how you were doing! I am glad that you are doing well and have a solid plan in place. Wishing you much luck in becoming pregnant very soon!
    1870 days ago
    POST PIX!!! For sure!!

    Good luck with everything. It always feels good to have a plan!
    1870 days ago
    Wow, 5 pounds without even trying??? SOunds like your thyroid really was out of whack! I'm glad to hear the meds gave you more energy and made you feel overall more energetic!!!

    Good luck with everything, Susan! Baby making isn't always a simple process, I'm discovering!
    ~~~ sending U & Jess + baby vibes ~~~~~
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    1870 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/8/2013 10:50:29 AM
    Yay! I was happy to see a blog from you! :) Sounds like you've got a great plan in place and that's awesome that the medication is making you feel good!
    1870 days ago
    First off, I'm just so excited to see this blog!!!! I missed you girl!!!!!

    And.... I love your plan- I think having a plan and knowing what's wrong and HOW to fix it.... gives you the best shot-- and... I can't wait for the exciting news :-)!!!!

    Love ya!
    1870 days ago
    Way to go on the 5lbs! Hope that these new findings will help you on your journey toward getting pregnant! emoticon
    1870 days ago
    Thanks for checking in with us. I've got my fingers crossed for you 2. emoticon
    1870 days ago
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