Thursday, April 28, 2011

National Infertility Awareness Week: Paraplegic vs. Infertile and IVF 2.0 Update, CD3

Today was my first RE appt for IVF 2.0. I'm hoping that nothing comes up with the bloodwork that will keep me from proceeding. Not because I am totally gung ho about this cycle, but because we've already spent the cash. :/

UPDATE: Bloodwork looks great! E2: 63, Prog: 0.8, LH: 3.7, FSH: 6.0 - we are a GO! This is totally coming together.

I was super nervous and borderline freaking out, but seeing my RE did calm me down, and I had a good conversation with the Insurance Coordinator, so I feel slightly better. Trying not to stress, trying to take deep breaths, trying to stay positive. It probably helped that I ran a virtual 10K this morning for Nike's She Runs LA.

Anyway, I have 5 follicles on my right and at least 3 on my left. Since my left ovary is a hider, I am hoping we will get a few more out of it, but at least right now we have potential for 8 eggs. Let's hope the obscene amount of stims we are going to be pumping into my body will do their stuff.

So, barring any unusual bloodwork (please E2 and FSH, be normal), I will start tonight with 0.2 ml lupron, 225 IU's of Menopur, and 225 IU's of Follistim. Next monitoring appt will be Monday, May 2. Go team!

And for NIAW, this is an oldie but a goodie. Plus since I'm a runner, it reminds me to remember the gifts I do still have in life, namely, the use of my legs.

So, what do you think people would say to you if you were paraplegic instead of infertile? (author unknown)

1. As soon as you buy a wheelchair, I bet you’ll be able to walk again!
2. You can’t use your legs? Boy, I wish I was paralyzed. I get so tired of walking, and if I were paralyzed I wouldn’t have to walk anywhere!
3. My cousin was paralyzed but she started shaving her legs in the other direction and she could walk again. You should try that.
4. I guess God just didn’t mean for you to be able to walk.
5. Oh, I know exactly how you feel, because I have an ingrown toenail.
6. Sorry, we don’t cover treatment for paraplegia, because it’s not a life-threatening illness.
7. So… when are *you* going to start walking?
8. Oh, I have just the opposite problem. I have to walk walk walk - everywhere I go!
9. But don’t you *want* to walk?
10. You’re just trying too hard. Relax and you’ll be able to walk.
11. You’re so lucky… think of the money you save on shoes.
12. I don’t know why you’re being so selfish. You should at least be happy that *I* can walk.
13. I hope you don’t try those anti-paralysis drugs. They sometimes make people run too fast and they get hurt.
14. Look at those people hiking… doesn’t that make you want to hike?
15. Just relax, you’ll be walking in no time.
16. Oh do my legs hurt, I was walking and walking and going up and down the stairs all day.
17. I broke my leg skiing, and was on crutches for weeks, and was worried I’d have a permanent limp, but I’m 100% healed.
18. I’d ask you to be in my wedding party but the wheelchair will look out of place at the altar.
19. You’re being selfish, not coming on the hike with us, and looking at all of my track & field trophies.
20. Don’t complain, you get all the good parking places.
21. If you just lose weight your legs will work again.
22. If you would just have more sex, you could walk!
23. You don’t know how to walk? What’s wrong with you? Here let a real man show you how to walk!
24. You are just trying too hard to walk. Give up, and then you’ll walk.
25. Here, touch my legs, then you’ll walk!
26. Just take a vacation, and the stress-break will be sure to get you walking!
27. When *we* were young we only had to worry about having to walk too much.

Last, I bet a paraplegic going to a bookstore doesn’t find books about paralysis stacked next to all the books on running…

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  1. Excellent (and hilarious) list of comments any self respecting parapalegic would be horrified to hear. Why should anyone battling fertility issues not be horrified as well? Thanks for posting!


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