Friday, February 25, 2011

Game on!

Ok, its official... The injectable drugs came today! And our First injection is tonight. I will be posting later after the injection. We plan to tape it, it should be pretty funny. ha. we shall see....

Here's the goods!

Not bad, Its the only portion of IF treatment that has any coverage...

 I will post more later, I know I have been slacking. Of course I am sick today with a stomach bug, all which should make stabbing myself in the stomach that much more fun. lol
To Be Continued.......

Thursday, February 24, 2011

We are on the wagon...

The IUI wagon that is!!! I will post more later, but for now, today is day 4 of our first IUI cycle with follistim. I start injections tomorrow!!!!

Thank you God, For encouraging me to persue this doctor and for keeping my faith high.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Dreaming that you take a pregnancy test and it is positive to only wake up and its negative totally feels like shit! Just in case you did not know. ha..

Have not started my period yet, Today is day 31 (maybe 30) I lost track. Its not over till AF shows. Even though I know its over because the test is negative. The prometrium (progesterone) supplement that I am taking is giving me pg symptoms and delaying my period. Hows that for ironic! jerks....
Anyways, I am ok with the delayed period right now, I have an appointment with The Fertility Center in Lansing on Wednesday. I am very excited for this, I want to start injectables and do iui this month. We finally have the funds and I am praying for a miracle (or a few). :) I just hope that this doctor knows that even If I am over stimulated from the injectable drugs, I still want to go ahead with the IUI. There is no such thing as too many blessings in my opinion, even if I need family to move in to help us! God would never give us more than we could handle!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Don't worry I have composed myself

After a glass of red wine and a few tears I have composed myself enough to write down my true feelings....

Ok, well not my true feelings because that could possibly get me kicked off blogspot, but something in comparrison to them....

Today would be 12 days past my first positive ovulation test, which means 12dpo, however I guess it could mean 11dpo if you count from the second positive ovulation test. I have never really found the answer of when you really start counting. lol.
So after holding my pee for like 5 hours at work, I finally made it home, peed in the tiny ass cup they sent me from not to mention all over my hand.( you would think after the many times ive done this I would have much better aim, not so much) I gave the test to my husband to put in the cup and read the results. After he took to long to read the directions I just read the damn test myself. NEG... I held it together and really just shrugged it off..... 

I dont know where I stand at this point. I am crampy, very sore boobs, headache (could be from the wine) :) , and tired. I could test again tomorrow, or just wait untill the witch shows up. I havent decided yet....

Ill keep you posted....Or me, I mean.. Not assuming anyones actually following my ramblings. lol

BFN=Big Freakin Negative

Its true, Getting a negative just never gets easier....
Please excuse me while I go cry myself into hyperventilation and then eat everything in my house...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

wheres the damn USPS man...

Ok, I am officially pissed. I ordered a bunch of pregnancy tests, ovulation tests and some other random stuff from and paid for 3 day shipping. Well I ordered on sat, so Yes I know it wouldn't get processed till Monday, well today is day 3 and no package.... Don't the USPS people know not to mess with the infertile group. UGH!!! I even saved my first pee this morning to test when the damn sticks came! (crazy I know)


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Im a loser!


This morning, I am now down 27 pounds...And I hit a major goal which was to be under 200.... Yes folks, I was over 200 (not happy bout that) But its reality! And why the hell not be real at this point. Struggling with IF is one thing, Being over weight is another. They are both tied to PCOS!

And Hell, Here's a pic from today's weigh in... For someone overweight that is losing, This is something to be proud of! We have been on our healthy lifestyle change since January 3rd! I am not restricting any crazy calories because my body needs to keep healthy while TTC.

Have a wonderful fantabulous overly happy day!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011


How do I feel: Normal.... Honestly I don't feel any different. Makes me think that this cycle is a bust. But I will not let that discourage me. I ovulated! And for someone with PCOS that is more than 1/2 the battle! So for that I am so grateful! On another note, I have my appointment coming up with the RE, so I am excited for this. I have decided that I want to continue on clomid, But also use injectables. I am hoping the RE is good with that as well!

Also, I am in desperate need of your help to pick a name for my Boutique. My great friend Amy and I have seriously been trying to chose one for months if not almost a year! LOL. So I have linked my survey to the left hand side of this page at the top. Please check it out! Thanks!

Back to the pregnancy thing, I ordered like 15 tests. LOL, seriously who does that. Heres to hoping I will only need 1, but lets be for real. That probably wont happen. I also ordered some stuff for TTC, just in case. I seen a quote the other day that really made me laugh, " Only people with infertility think it is completely normal to buy tampons and pregnancy tests at the same time" LMAO, this cracks me up, Its beyond true!

So I decided that I will test when they come in the mail..... Maybe tomorrow?

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I failed to track symptoms yesterday, I guess I was just to excited for finally receiving good news! That and I had tons of homework that I totally waited for the last minute to do... Sometimes being a procrastinator sucks!

Anyways, Yesterday really I didn't have many symptoms. And to be honest there isn't many today either. I have mild cramping on the right side very low down. Not sure what it is, but its hurt there for a while now. I was super tired this morning but I am pretty sure that it is because of the prometrium that I have to take now to keep my progesterone up. Other side effects today would be feeling bloated and very thirsty.

I have also came to the conclusion that being crafty has totally been my savior! Woo Hoo for everything crafty! Its not only a great stress relief but it is time consuming which keeps my mind busy and also I really just love everything crafty! I have decided to change my neglected "everyday life of Sarah blog, to something more spunky. It would be nice to write about something fun for once. Stay tuned. Ill update when my blog is ready!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wooo Hooo, I love leaving the doctors encouraged!

Today was our appointment with the maternal fetal medicine doctor. Let me just start off by saying, he is truly amazing. Having a doctor tell me that their main priority is to help me have a healthy baby is enough to completely melt my heart. He was not only my superhero, but he understood where I was coming from and how much we have searched for someone to help us. He may not realize this, but he is truly a gift!

Okay, enough of the emotional part. Here is the results!

Today I am on day 20 of my cycle, 4 days past ovulation. (For those of you that have just started following my blog, Ovulation is huge!!! ) The treatment plan is based on keeping my blood from clotting so much, therefore the baby and my uterus have enough blood supply to sustain a pregnancy. I will take folgard, baby aspirin, prenatal, prometrium, and expectra until a positive pregnancy test. Once that stick shows positive I  drop the baby aspirin and switch to a better blood thinner that has less risks for baby. This is called Lovenox and is a low molecular heparin. I will remain on this until the 36th week of pregnancy. At that point we will switch to regular heparin so that I can have an epidural (you didn't think that after all of this I would do it naturally did you?) I will also remain on the prometrium until about 20 weeks. (It helps keep the uterus nice and fluffy for baby.)

It took a long time to get to this point, and alot of advocating for myself and my future baby. I knew what needed to be done as I have researched high and low the best treatments there are to treat MTHFR.  I kept up while being told doctors didn't want to help me, and I finally prevailed!

Here is the break down of what MTHFR is and how it effects you.
 Methylene-Tetra-Hydro-Folate-Reductase, also called MTHFR for short is a genetic defect that greatly effects your blood and how much it clots. Blood clotting is very serious in general and even more damaging when you are trying to carry a baby as it reduces the nutrients to the baby and does not allow them to grow. This essentially results in a miscarriage (which is what happened to us). The reason that I was tested for this was because we had 2 pregnancy losses and one after we heard the heartbeat. Once a heartbeat is heard, there is a less than 5% chance of pregnancy loss. Could we fit into that 5% without having MTHFR? Maybe, But testing for a bunch of genetic disorders would rule that out. Low and behold, 20 some vials of blood later, I tested positive for the most severe MTHFR called  homozygous C677T. This means that not only do I have one defective gene, I have 2! ( to bad my chances weren't better in something good, like winning the lottery, lol) Having both mutations means that both of my parents carry this genetic defect. Think of the punnett square in high school. This also means that there is a chance that my sisters carry some part of the mutations as well. Or maybe they got lucky and will not get it at all. ( I pray for this all the time, that I can deal with it all so they don't have to). Neither of my parents have been tested, so I do not know at this point if one of them is also homozygous, or if they just have one mutation. It is important that they all remain aware that its possible they have it, because this genetic defect can cause stroke, heart attack, blood clots, aneurysms, deep vain thrombosis, and some other things. I did write about this more in some earlier posts when we first found out. I have came a long way since then and plan to continue to keep up my positive vibes!

As you can tell, I have now decided to share our journey with the world. Not because I want pity of any sort, but because there are so many women out there who are going through this that are to embarrassed to speak up and advocate for what they believe. You are the only one who knows your body the way that you do.  There is nothing embarrassing about infertility, everyone has their journeys, and this is ours!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cycle day 19 / 3dpo

So prior to this post I thought that your 2ww actually started after you ovulated. It appears that most people start this the day of a positive ovulation test. That makes me 3dpo.... Only 11 days till I can test.... Who the hell am I kidding, I am so going to test way earlier then that. I am thinking around 10dpo. And I cant buy any tests until then, because, well, I have absolutely no self control and will pee on them all in a matter of days. Obsessive: yes, But the 2ww makes even the normal people crazy (not saying that I am normal, hehe)

Out of boredom I have decided to wander in the world of internet humor during the 2ww. Its absolutely halarious to read everyones comments on this. One because I feel the same way, and two because I cannot believe we are all that crazy!

Here are some funny quotes that only the people struggling with IF would think are humorus.

- every twinge is a potential sign: ovulation pain OR perhaps implantation

- it no longer strikes you as the least bit odd to check out at the pharmacy with both HPTs and tampons in your cart.

- you schedule your social events around your ovulation day

- if your OPK comes up +, you cancel all social engagements that night so you can BD & lie with your legs elevated and butt up in the air afterwards

- you talk using mysterious acronymns that only your ttc buddies understand: ttc, BD, ewcm, bbt, opk, 2ww

- your morning motto is: "Don't talk to me until I've taken my temperature"

- you take your temperature more than once a day (committed TTCer)

- you refuse to finish decorating that 3rd bedroom in your new house, because you can't stand the thought of getting it just the way you want it only to have to tear it apart next month in order to make room for the nursery you'll be needing.

- you put off buying any fall/winter clothes, because you hope they won't fit by the time the weather gets cooler.

- you clip coupons for OPKs and HPTs

- your doctor says, "Now take these home and inject this needle into your stomach every day" and you don't even flinch.

- you spend more on OPKs, HPTs, and fertility supplements than you do on clothes

- the thought of nausea makes your heart skip a beat!

- you make a mental note of what day of your cycle it is before you say "ok" to a drink

- you get sick but make sure you can take the medicine in case you are pregnant...and would rather stay sick if you can't take the medicine..

- you finally look forward to mornings! Another opportunity to take and record your temp!

- you refer (and think) of your husband, not as his real name, but as the letters "DH" in real life

- you suffer silently from Infertility Vision (IV) - defined as the ability to see pink lines that nobody else can see. It's a very common condition among POASers during the days leading up to the official test day. Research is still being done, but at present there is no cure for it! Read more at

I didn't come up with these, But Humor is the only thing going to keep  me sain for 11 more days. lol

 Just for my record:
Today, I am crampy. But my sides no longer hurt, which means I already ovulated hopefully. I did have a headache for alot of the day, but I think that is because I forget to take all my drugs today and I was stressing out about it. The cbefm did not ask me to poas today, :(. lol This saddens me, because I like being in control. I also feel like my boobs may be a bit tender, but nothing crazy. I will also start temping in the am, just to watch where my temps stays at and if it changes.

Officially In the 2ww!

Its A bitter sweet moment in the "C"  House today!

This month of clomid has given me hope that I did indeed get the big "O". Now, for those of you who may be new to peeing on every stick in your house and tracking ovulation. The big "O" no longer stands for orgasm, However it does stand for a more important word: OVULATION! WOOO HOOO

I use this monitor to check for ovulation. Yes it is more expensive than the sets you can buy at meijer, But, Its way better! It allows you to keep track of your days as well as monitoring and remembering your cycle. It helps predict what days you will need to test! I have so much on my plate that remembering what days to pee on the sticks is so confusing! This monitor makes that easier! I would highly recommend it.

So My first peak day was Sunday and I also got a peak day on Monday. Today was a number 2 reading which is considered high but not peak. So we have BD like crazy every day since like last week. We made sure not to miss an opportunity! Relaxed for 20 minutes after, and ofcourse prayed!

So we keep our fingers, toes and every other possible body part crossed! Honestly of course I hope that this little eggie sticks, but reality is that it may not. I am still very happy that I ovulated, and hope that everything keeps on this positive train!

I meet with my obgyn in the morning for a progesterone check, hopeful she will give me something to supplement because the last pregnancy had a hard time maintaining the progesterone level. I also want to discuss further treatment with her. I have appointments with RE's and I want to see what she thinks. I also have my appointment with the MFM doc. Treating the MTHFR is my main goal, once that happens every possible thing that I could do to help my body I am doing.

These next two weeks will be all about obsessing over every twinge, pain, cramp, tenderness and change in my body. I plan to track this lovely information for my reference later. I want to be able to compare cycles.

Friday, February 4, 2011


I have decided that its time for change. Well, actually it was time for change January 1st. So let me update you on this months many unexpected adventures. Hope your ready, This isn't going to be pretty.

January started another month of clomid treatment after the last cycle failed. Shocker I know. I was pretty down in the dumps as I always am after a failed cycle. My positive-ness (is that even a word?) surely returns about mid cycle and then crashes again with a negative test. Its an endless cycle of ups downs and the in betweens. Anyways, This month was different. I regained my positive outlook, started eating very healthy and losing weight (they say that this really helps PCOS, we will see) and even got the hubby on the healthy lifestyle wagon. Everything was looking up. Then, Of course something beyond shit-tastic had to happen. Someone close to me is pregnant. Talk about getting punched in the balls type feeling. I was crushed, hurt, bitter, and pissed for lack of better words. I separated myself from her for a little just to compose my own feelings and figure out what the hell I was going to do now. I surely cannot just pretend that I am OK, and that this is going to be all lollipops and dandelions.

My wonderful and extremely compassionate boss gave me a week off work to figure everything out. I try to not let personal life ever interfere with work, but at this point I was screwing up left and right. (Good thing I catch my own mistakes, lol) I knew that this week off would help me make appointments and call the insurance company that covers nothing and hope that maybe something slipped through the cracks and could be covered. So I did just that.

Today is the last workday that I have off, and I will be returning to work on Monday. My new schedule is now only 4 days a week. This cuts back a little bit of money, but the sanity I will get to keep maintaining doctors appointments will be worth it. It also gives me alone time because my husband still works on Wednesdays. Don't get me wrong, But you cant blame a girl for wanting alone time to gather thoughts and veg out on the couch and cry to every sappy movie on lifetime.

I have a new hope that things will work out eventually. I have made appointments with 2 different specialists.  One is close to home and has some great reviews from other women who have went to them. This place seems to have it all, and the doctor is female. I usually prefer a female because they seem more compassionate and caring, I used to prefer a female because I didn't want the world seeing my who-ha. I'm over those shenanigans, I automatically assume that every doctors appointment will involve me dropping my pants. The second fertility place I made an appointment for is in Lansing, It is far from me, but they are supposed to be one of the best in the us. Dr. Leach is who I will be seeing, Yes it is a male. But at this point I just don't give a damn! The one downfall about this great office is that any major procedures need to be completed and the Grand Rapids location. Not exactly a hop, skip, and a jump away. Benefit is I would see my Best friend and her adorable little princess. I am missing them to pieces! As much as visiting them is what would make me happy, I hope to do that without having to make an appointment in grand rapids. Making the appointment would mean another failed cycle, Here's to keeping my fingers crossed.

So... Today is a new day. And with a new day is new goals....
I am going to remain positive (keeping telling myself this)
I will update more
Try not to fly of the handle as much (just to justify this is totally Clomids fault)
Support my friend who needs it more than I do right now.
Remembering that keeping amazing people in your life help you cope with ones who are screw ups. And although our babymakers are broken, We are still amazing for pursuing one of the greatest challenges.