The long and the short

Hey guys. I stopped blogging for many reasons over a year ago. I don’t know if anyone’s still following me, but I figured I want to record this anyway.

Anyway. Since then: I did a Femara 2.5 + follistim cycle October 2015 and then switched doctors and did Femara 7.5 + Follistim cycle in January 2017 (each ovary only had one follicle). And am now about to start IVF.

Here’s my schedule so far:

4/18 mock transfer — done

4/19 “nurse appointment” AKA, IVF get prescriptions/etc time

(4/20 – performance review at work)

4/25 Stop birth control (honestly the first month was horrific, the second cycle has been fine, no random crying or feelings of rage)

4/28 Baseline U/S

4/30 Stim day 1

5/4 Follow up U/S 1

5/6 Follow up U/S 2

5/8 Follow up U/S 3

5/9 Follow up U/S 4

(etc until trigger)

36 hours after trigger – Egg retrieval

We had considered doing PGS testing, but decided against it. I can do a long post as to why (cliff notes version: PGS seems to have a 1/3rd false positive rate, abnormal embryo have yielded normal babies, PGS normal embryo fail all the time, and it’d add a lot to the cost).

Ideally we’ll transfer two blasts at 5 days.

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Pertussis Vaccine

I’ve seen a couple people post about wanting adults who will be around their precious bundles of joy to get the vaccine, and I found this and so it may be helpful to some with family members who aren’t on board.

TDAP is covered as preventative care for adults under Obamacare under the recommended schedule (1 shot ever 10 years to boost immunity).

All Health Insurance Marketplace plans and most other private insurance plans must cover the following list of vaccines without charging a copayment or coinsurance when provided by an in-network provider. This is true even for patients who have not met a yearly deductible. Doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations for these vaccines vary:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Influenza
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
  • Varicella

Source – Also

I hope people find this helpful.

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I have the worst insurance ever

It picked up the tab for only $122 dollars of that surgery. WTF?

I’m beginning to seriously think that I’d save money by just not having insurance…

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Post op

So my ob seems to think IVF is my only hope. I will call the RE and get her opinion. IVF isn’t covered by my insurance at and certainly isn’t affordable out of pocket. My company may be changing insurers soon, I really hope that the new stuff will cover fertility stuff.

Here’s the pictures of the inside of my uterus. The top left is before the d&c. To right is by the opening for over of the tubes, middle left the other tube, then the fibroid or something. Bottom left is the after picture. I don’t know what the last is.


No structural abnormalities. The fibroid is by the cervix, so it shouldn’t cause any problems, it couldn’t be removed.

Anyway, not sure what’s going to happen, I’m guessing foster care classes are in my future.

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Surgery recap

Okay so I’m writing this before surgery.

1.) Apparently I wasn’t supposed to take my fish oil supplements. Nice of anyone to tell me that before yesterday. Yes it was on my chart that I take them.

2.) Nervous about anesthesia, also the code I committed that isn’t reviewed yet (my code reviewer apparently has car troubles today and isn’t in yet).

3.) Worried about how my lovely wife will cope with my impending uselessness. Juggling taking care of me and the puppy will be a bit much for anyone.

When I got home from work yesterday I did the 30 day shred (just starting the 3rd cycle, since I’ve been doing it only about 5 days a week), it kicked my ass. Then I took the puppy on a two mile run. Exercise has become key to handling anxiety lately. The only reason why I haven’t done any this morning is because I can’t eat or drink anything and already feel very hungry. Exercising just exacerbates that.

I hope to finish this post when I get home….

So good news, I feel awake and fine, no drunk-feeling or anything. I mean, I feel like I could take a nap, but not like I’m about to randomly fall asleep. I don’t remember the procedure at all, I just remember them getting me ready on the table and then waking up after everything was done (sorry Speck!).  On the plus side, I got to see pictures of my uterus!

Bad news – there was no polyp. It was just a fibroid that was under the endometrium. So, my infertility is officially unexplained. That makes the prospect of trying again not appealing enough to spend any money on. :-/ I was kind of hoping they’d find something that would explain it at least. At least I had only felt this was a hail mary and not anything that’d be a definite stepping stone to a baby, so my disappointment isn’t as bad as March’s cycle not working out.

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Doctor’s visit

So, I talked the doctor into a D&C and polypectomy. It’ll either be a week from Thursday or the following Thursday (the advantage of having a male gyno is less wait time). So, that’s good.

I *still* feel oddly ambivalent about trying again. Maybe I’ll call the RE at some point and figure out my what all my options are. The earliest we can try again is in June.

Also, veggie sushi is yummy.

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Clear as mud….


This is new and different.

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It could be worse

I could be as cuckoo as these people

I’ve started using myfitnesspal, and holy crap I eat too many carbs (but I do hit my fiber goal most days which is good for someone who’s gluten-free), and not a lot of protein. That should get fixed.

Also I’ve noticed I tend to be only eat a little under 1200 calories a day most days. I should fix that (my BMI is around 21, I’m not underweight and don’t think I need to lose weight, I’m just not a very hungry person). Apparently on days I don’t work out I should get just under 1600. And because I’ve been doing 30 day shred + either running for 2 miles or walking 2 miles(which takes twice as long) five days a week, I should be hitting closer to 1900 calories on those days.

My goals are currently to keep up the 5 day a week  workouts, and to increase the amount of protein in my diet and decrease carbs, particularly sugar, while keeping the same level of fiber. Eat more healthy food and less junk.

In reproductive news, I have a doctor’s appointment with my obgyn on the 28th. I set up the appointment to be about the polyp. I should get the RE to send the initial data to them I guess. The RE just wants too much for additional testing, which wouldn’t bother me except things like the HSG seem to fall under “things they don’t cover until my deductible is spent”, my deductible isn’t small, and the further testing they want is over a grand.

I bleed/spotted for all but two of the first 18 days of this cycle, it’s been fun. I think it’s done though, but that type of spotting is unusual for me and Dr Google says it’s a symptom of a polyp. So hopefully insurance will be like “yeah, this is a life shouldn’t suck expense, let’s cover it at a higher rate.”

I may ask if they’ll do an endometrial biopsy. Make sure my lining isn’t wonky. I don’t know, I want answers and to know if there’s something we can do so that if we try another cycle we can have decent odds. Right now I doubt another medicated cycle would be anything other than a waste of money.

So yeah, that’s where I am.

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So I’m still alive. I’m busy at my job which is great, I’m trying to keep busy at home. I’m obsessively reading old comics I like and blogs. It’s good as long as I don’t think too much about how I’m doing.

Yesterday I ran with my puppy for the first time since November. I’m going to be sore tomorrow, even though we only did about a mile and a quarter (she was pulling way too much and I wanted a short run). I feel a bit sore from it but look forward to running again tomorrow (it was cold today and I feel like being lazy).

I’m going to call the RE to get her to look at my polyp thing, hopefully to get it removed. I know that it’s probably nothing but my mom did have uterine cancer (stage 1) and needed a hysterectomy.

My mom also had trouble conceiving. It wasn’t until she had what they told her was a miscarriage (she had a month long period), and they did a D&C and pretty much boom, I’m here.

Part of me hopes the doctor finds something fixable to explain why I haven’t gotten pregnant yet. Seven cycles with only one test with two lines that was probably an evap line is really depressing. Part of me thinks that if we won the lottery and wanted to continue TTC, IVF would be the next step. I really regret how long it took us to get to an RE.

I may start the 30 day shred tomorrow after my jog too, just because I love hating Jillian Michaels.

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Still here for now

I don’t know what’s going to happen. I just know it’s not TTC for now at least. It’ll be good if we have money occasionally going to other things like home repairs, and advertising for Latte’s business, for a while. We’re still talking about foster-adopt (but not this year or even probably next year). I wish we knew more people who went that route…

I may prune my reader. If you notice I’m not commenting much anymore, it’s not because I don’t care, it’s because babies/pregnancies are hard for me right now.

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