Today has been a good day…starting out this morning I wasn’t sure how today was going to go. We had some severe storms last night so we were woken up several times because of the rain and thunder. Zoey (our dog) does NOT like thunderstorms. She thinks that if she barks loud enough they will stop. No matter how often we tell her that’s not the way things work, she never listens. Chris left for work before I woke up. He had a job interview this morning for another role in his department. Fingers crossed!!! That would be AMAZING news if he was offered this position. They say everything happens when it is supposed to so hopefully this is the right time!
I had to arrive at the doctor’s office this morning for 8. I had been fasting since last night and was sleepy because of the thunder storms. Needless to say I desperately needed coffee but wasn’t allowed. I am needle phobic and faint at the sight of blood. That’s what makes this IVF journey all the more fun!! I was taken back for the first blood draw and asked how many vials she was going to take. The answer….was 12!! Yes, 12 vials of blood. They were testing for HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, all hormones and several other diseases that I don’t remember. The phlebotomist was very nice and I was very proud of myself. For the first time ever, I did not feel light headed or nauseous. I did not get hot flashes or feel clammy. Maybe I am getting over this phobia which would be great considering the amount of blood draws I am facing over the next several weeks!!
After the first round of blood I had to drink the glucose drink. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. I wouldn’t choose to drink it frequently, but it was tolerable. I did feel nauseous for a bit afterwards and I think it was just due to the amount of sugar. I sat in the waiting room for two hours watching Netflix until I had my blood drawn for the last time then I was free to go.
I had a relatively uneventful rest of the day at work. When I got home look what came in the mail today!!!
Yup 🙂 my Erin Condren life planner arrived and I LOVE IT!! The IVF stickers from Etsy are still on their way and I cannot wait to get everything organized!! It will seem more real when we are able to get dates on the calendar! Hopefully we will be able to do the HSG and SIS soon, then our protocol will be assigned and we can get our meds. I think that since our cycle start date is May 22 that if I am on the Lupron Long protocol (the most common) then my Lupron injections will start sometime around May 7th. Which is WAY sooner than we anticipated but we will work it out. We are going to Rock On The Range from May 15-17 so the Lupron shots may put a damper on that, but we will still have a blast!!
Yesterday when I came home I also had some surprises waiting for me. It was like Christmas!
The first box I opened was a surprise from my bestie Katie! I love Lush and I thought it was so sweet of her to send me a care package.
Isn’t it cute?! It was so thoughtful! She told me she wanted me to be her guinea pig and bought me products she wanted to try…little did she know that she bought me my favorites! In there is the Wiccy Massage Bar, Twilight Bath Bomb and Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar. If you haven’t tried Lush I highly recommend it!! I had a wonderful relaxing bath last night in preparation for all the needles today.
So the rest of the stuff that arrived yesterday was my IVF Care Package for myself! I bought some coconut water, Folic Acid and Airborne as the doctor requested. I have already drank two bottle of the coconut water! I really like it! I decided it was time to get some new cotton undies since there will be so many doctors appointments and procedures, plus I don’t think I will be wanting to wear anything fancy during the hormone injections. Next, I bought some comfortable clothes that I can wear to work while stimming. From everything I have read I will be bloated and uncomfortable so jeans will be out of the question. I bought a maxi skirt, black palazzo pants, loose jersey knit top and a pretty maxi dress. I am very pleased with everything we have gotten so far. This weekend we are also getting cotton balls and bandaids. We are on our way to getting everything to make this as least stressful as possible.
From here, Chris will have his bloodwork on Monday and then we are just waiting for Mother Nature before we can schedule the HSG and SIS. I hope it is soon! I want to get those over with!! That is all for now!! If you haven’t checked out my previous post Sock It To Me please read and if you are wanting to send me some socks please go to the Facebook page Sock It To Me: Sock Drive for more information!
Much love and baby dust!