Today I underwent a saline sonohysterogram in preparation for more frozen embryo transfers this year. The international IVF program we signed up for requires this procedure to be done before undergoing embryo transfers. Basically, the doctor pushed a bunch of salt water up into my uterus, but instead of using my uterus like a weapon … Continue reading Chapter Thirty Five: Winding Up
Christmas is a holiday focused on what makes life truly worth living - Love, Peace and Joy. For many people those words conjure up images of spending time with family. Commercials take advantage of that, tugging at your heartstrings with children in footie pajamas tiptoeing downstairs with wide eyes. Sometimes they show new mothers rocking … Continue reading Chapter Thirty Four: Menopause and Mistletoe
We’ve picked a new egg donor and I’m really happy about who we’ve chosen. I don’t know her name or even what country she lives in but she has given me a rejuvenation of hope and I am grateful to her. She’s quite young with beautiful green eyes, a lovely smile and a bachelor’s degree. … Continue reading Chapter Thirty Three: Jump-start of Hope
Well, it’s pretty clear that lately I haven’t been “keeping fit and having fun” like those terrible lifestyle commercials from the 90's. The next few months are my chance to regain a bit of healthy balance and I’m actually really looking forward to starting up exercising again. I never thought I’d ever be saying that … Continue reading Chapter Thirty Two: Body Break
I wonder if my child will take after me - like the old phrase about apples falling close to the tree. Does it only apply in reference to genetic children? The last embryo with genetic ties to me (made using eggs donated by my sister) has now been transferred from the lab to my body. … Continue reading Chapter Thirty One: Falling Far From The Tree?
Well I guess you could say the witch's brew of hormones and magic didn't work. I am still not pregnant after the double embryo transfer last month. We are heartbroken; a feeling we have grown very accustomed to month after month. I try my best to protect my heart, but the sting is still incredibly … Continue reading Chapter Thirty: Double Double Toil and Trouble
This morning was another ultrasound in preparation for yet another frozen embryo transfer. The doctor seemed very happy with my endometrial lining at 9.3mm and our decision to transfer two embryos on Sunday. Prednisone was added to my protocol today as well. It's meant more for women with recurring miscarriage to lower your immunity so … Continue reading Chapter Twenty Nine: Strapped in for the Ride