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(IUI # 4)

Day 26 - Thursday 01.14.10:

Late in the day, Thursday, I started my period. It started with lower back pain earlier in the day, going into abdominal cramps and hot flashes. You know all the fun things you love and adore, right?

Not only were those things happening, but this was the 40th cycle that I was experiencing these same sort of symptoms. I was devastated, as I just wanted SOMETHING to click.

And if that wasn't bad enough, on my local nest board there were about 12 pregnancy announcements in the last week and 1/2. Not to mention the one that was made at work and she asked me to send out the announcement!!


Needless to say, it wasn't a good night.

Just before I left work that evening, I called my RE and asked about the next steps. I had to leave a VM as their office was closed.

Day 1 - Friday 01.15.10:

This is an email I sent to my husband on the morning I talked to my RE {around 8:30am} regarding our steps to moving forward. {TMI to follow in the next sentence.} It was my first day of full flow and that is when they want to get the drugs called in and everything so that I'm ready for day 3 of my cycle.

Subject: Moving Forward

I called my dr. last night because I had remembered that the next step takes place pretty quickly following my cycle starting.

Basically what's going to happen is this:

I'm going to go today to this apothecary shop to pick up the medicines that I need. It's going to cost $495.92 for the injectable drugs (follistim) and $45.00 for the other medicine (HcG) that I need right before insemination.

On Sunday I'll start doing the medicines at 75 units per dosage (in my leg). I do this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings. Wednesday, I do 125 units that night. Then Thursday I'll go into the dr. for a blood draw (checking progesterone) and an ultrasound (checking my progress and it will tell me how to move forward with the medicine). From there I might need 1 to 3 more ultrasounds and blood work to figure out when we'll do insemination.

Once they have that figured out and timed properly, we'll do that HcG shot in my leg again and have intercourse that night. The next night we'll take a break and then 36 hours from the HcG shot we'll do the insemination (IUI, costing $350), like we've done before. That same day/night we'll have intercourse again. She said we can have intercourse throughout the whole process just not the night before the insemination or the morning before insemination.

A week later, following the insemination they'll do another progesterone test and give me a booster shot of the HcG. I'll have to wait another 10 days before I can do a pregnancy test.

Does this make sense?

So, without the costs of the blood draws and ultrasounds we'll be paying $890.92. If I'm remembering correctly, the ultrasounds will cost around $111.00 per ultrasound and the blood draws were like $25 so we'll be approaching the $1200 mark BUT this has a MUCH higher chance of working compared to the other procedures that we've done. It's much more controlled and precise.

I hope all of this makes sense and I'm happy to move forward with all of this. It came together pretty quickly as I got the phone call this morning at 8:30am. :)

Love you.

Activities: Bunco at my house with the neighbor girls. First day of full flow with aunt flow.


Sarah said…
Not sure if this will help at all, but this is nearly exactly what I did to get pregant...only we just used intercourse, no insemination. One round.

I hope the same for you!
Allison said…
Sending you prayers and good thoughts ((HUGS))
I am hoping and praying for you!!! Keep us posted. You guys sound like an awesome couple.
Danica said…
I'm sorry. Sending hugs. You are continually in my thoughts and prayers. It hurts. I get it.
Julie said…
I'm hoping this will work for you! Keeping my fingers crossed...
Anonymous said…
what are the statistics on follistim v. clomid or other oral egg-enhancing drugs?
Amy Christine said…
Praying SO HARD for you!!!
My fingers are crossed for you. Big time.

You can do this.

Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES.
Jeannie said…
I can only hope and wish that your dreams will come soon very soon! Good luck with this next go around! You guys are simply one amazing couple!

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