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Cycle #1: Day 8

I took my last dose of Clomid (for this cycle) last night.  I finally figured out what it was that was causing the nausea and it was when I would be in the car.  So, apparently the side effect was really bad when combined with motion so I tried to stay away from the car as much as possible this weekend and it worked out.  I am anxious for the tests on Thursday – I wonder if it will show that things are working or not?  I assume so.  I am getting a bit nervous about doing the Ovidrel shot portion of the process but I’ll have to suck it up and figure it out. 

I think I made out pretty good in the side effect department, all things considered.  Yes the nausea was terrible but I figured out how to avoid it.  I’ve read so many other nasty things that people have dealt with while on Clomid that I am trying to look at the glass half full.

More to come Thursday – hopefully I’m not raped too bad via the dildocam (aka pelvic ultrasound).

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In an hour I will take my third dose of Clomid – and it’s been an interesting experience.

I took the first dose (100mg) on Wednesday at 5:00pm and had a yogurt before going to the gym.  Went to the gym, worked out, then went to my friend Kim’s house for Soup Club (which is just a silly name for me and Kim eating soup she’s made and watching The Biggest Loser and Teen Mom 2).  I got home around 10:00pm and I felt fine…I kind of felt like my equilibrium was off, but I went to bed and slept fine.

Thursday morning I was up early as I was going into my office for the day.  When I woke up I felt “off” but just kind of brushed it aside, thinking it was because I am the total suck at getting up early.  I showered, got ready, and headed out to my office.  I stopped at my favorite coffee shop (Mary Lou’s!) and got a coffee and a little piece of their blueberry bread to go with my yogurt I planned to eat once I got to the office. On the highway, I started feeling terrible.  It got worse and worse as I drove – the nausea was so bad I didn’t even open my coffee.  I thought maybe it was my stomach being empty, so I opened the blueberry bread and ate it while driving.  Once I got to the office, my stomach had settled for the most part and an hour or so into working, I felt pretty good.

We had an appointment with our accountant to do our taxes, so I met Chris there and I was okay.  I took the second dose at 5:00pm (in the driveway of my accountant’s office haha – but it has to be at the same time every day!).  I was planning to head to my dance class but had about an hour to kill in between, so I decided to head to Panera to get some work done.  By the time I pulled into Panera, I felt really sick again.  So, I ordered a salad to eat, sat down and did some work, and by the time I was ready to head to the gym, I felt better.  Not 100%, but better.  Dance Class was good – and I headed home, but Chris had called in a pizza for me to pick up and on the way there I felt terrible.  I got the pizza, headed home, and felt awful when I walked in the door.  About an hour or so later, I felt pretty good so I had two slices of pizza and then headed up to bed. 

This morning I woke up and felt okay – I’m not 100%, but I’m okay.  I haven’t driven anywhere today and I also haven’t felt the terrible nausea that I did yesterday.  I’m starting to think that driving / motion is what is making me feel so terrible with this medicine.  Of course, avoiding my car is somewhat impossible if I want to have a life…  I thought that eating would make the nausea go away, but it doesn’t always seem to do the trick.  I am quite happy that I haven’t puked yet, though, but part of me wishes I could just puke and get it over with rather than walk around feeling nauseous most of the time.

The other bizarre side effect of the Clomid – my boobs, specifically my nipples, are ridiculously sore.  I told Chris if he even looks at them the wrong way I was going to kick him in the balls.  Even leaning against something hurts so bad – it’s like PMS / period boobie pain times a thousand. 

All of this and I’m not even pregnant yet…  *sigh*

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Cycle #1: Day 1

Well, I woke up this morning and had that period feeling – like I knew it was coming or already here.  And as the day goes on, it is absolutely here!

I have this bizarre feeling of being scared and excited at the same time – it’s similar to that of standing in line to go on a rollercoaster.  I know that is a weird comparison, but if you think about it – it’s quite fitting.  I’ve been on a few rides in this Infertility amusement park – but this is the big one, the super loop-d-loop coaster that will either be totally awesome at the end or not worth the ups and downs. 

I called Boston IVF and of course, they’re closed due to the holiday.  So I left a message with the answering service who will get the nurse on call to call me back.  I don’t think there is anything to do on Day 1, but I assume I’ll have to go in for some blood tests or maybe I simply start the Clomid on Day 3 as directed?  Either way is fine with me – I picked up the Clomid on Sunday so I had it on hand when it was needed.  I have to call Village Fertility Pharmacy to schedule the Ovidrel to be delivered – I should do that now before I forget…hopefully they’re open today?  I honestly don’t understand how today is a holiday, but that’s probably because I don’t have it off LOL.

Okay – called the pharmacy and it will be sent out today and delivered tomorrow via UPS.  I guess the individual who originally called me and said it had to be signed for was wrong?  This chick said it had a shipper’s release so I didn’t have to be here – wonder who will be right? 🙂  I should be around so hopefully it won’t be a problem but that is a bit confusing.

I guess I am in a waiting pattern now – I’ll know more when the nurse calls me back, but probably will know more specific tomorrow when Nurse Karen is back in the office.  Until then, I’ll sit here and try and concentrate on work when really all I can think about is “is this really happening?”, “will it work?”, “will it work the first time?”, “HOLY SHIT”.

**EDIT**:  I just warned my boss that I will start the fertility meds this week and not to fire me.  The side effects can be pretty bad with regards to emotions, so I had to give her fair warning! 🙂

**EDIT #2**:  The on-call nurse just called back and we’re getting the party started!  Here’s what I have to do:

– Start Wednesday night (Day 3) and take 2 tablets of the Clomid between 5:00-10:00pm
– Take 2 tablets (total of 100mg) at the same time every night for 5 nights in a row
– Sunday (Day 7) will be the last night of the Clomid
– Pelvic ultrasound (oh my favorite!  BAH.) and bloodwork on Thursday, 3/3 in the morning (which is Day 11)

I don’t know how to feel right now – it’s all a bit overwhelming and scientific but hopefully it will all be worth it…

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I went for my bloodwork yesterday morning at 7:25am.  It’s never a good thing to be pricked so early in the morning, unless it’s not a needle ifyaknowwhatimean. 😉  For some reason, it really burned when she put the needle in – but it was over quickly and I was on my way to the office.  I swear, I’m getting worse at getting my blood drawn – I can’t imagine how people become heroin users.  Needles are the worst!

At 1:00pm I had a voicemail from Boston IVF saying that Dr. Zimon looked at my bloodwork and I didn’t ovulate (clearly), so they were calling in the Provera for me to begin today!  Modern technology is astounding to me – how quickly things move and results are available!  The Provera script they called in is twice the dosage and for 2 additional days – 10mg for 7 days versus the 5 mg for 5 days that I took for over a year.  I hope it doesn’t make me sick or anything – the previous times I’ve taken it I’ve been fine but we’ll see.  I guess this should really bring down my period and then we can get this party started!

Once my period starts and it’s Day 1, I will call Nurse Karen and she will advise me when to start the Clomid and schedule my monitoring.  I will also have to call in to the pharmacy that delivers the Ovidrel so they can get it to me.  I will take Clomid days 3-7 with monitoring and they will tell me when to give myself the shot of Ovidrel (UGH – I’m still questioning my ability to do this…), and they’ll monitor and then schedule the IUI accordingly.

Chris made his “deposit” this morning.  Much to my disappointment, there wasn’t any “helpful aides” there for him and it was just a room, a cup, and his thoughts.  I’d like to think he was thinking of me the whole time but I’m sure it was more along the lines of Jessica Alba.  Whatever – as long as it got the business handled.  Unfortunately, that’s the one thing not covered by the insurance so we paid $350.00 for the freezing.  I’m pretty sure I could have put them in an ice cube tray for much cheaper but, alas, it is what it is.

Let’s see if we can make a baby!

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And I really wish Nurse Karen would stop SAYING IT.  Anywho, I am booked for bloodwork tomorrow at 7:25am at Boston IVF to “prove” that I didn’t get a menses period and then we get to take Provera, bring on my menses period, start the Clomid, monitor, Ovidrel, monitor, and round one of IUI!  Today is day 31 and no natural menses period has come so this is the route we’re taking.  Watch it friggan start while we’re waiting for the bloodwork or something…

This time we’re prepared, though, should that happen.  The insurance company approved three rounds of drugs, IUI, and monitoring so we’re covered!!!  I am remaining cautiously optimistic as I know there is a pretty good chance this may not work.  I am forever hopeful that it does but I have to be realistic, too…

Ahhhh…the process of “making” a baby…

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