This is the third blog post in a series from a client that is experiencing infertility and undergoing her own IVF experience. Her writing bares all, is funny, brutally honest, and hopefully helps you feel less alone on your own fertility journey. (If you missed the first part you can find it here.) Enjoy!
Fertility Journey – The IVF Experience: Part 3
6 Days of Stims: Still Crying!
Today I had my second sonogram after starting stims. I’ve taken 6 days of stims so far. My symptoms include: mild cramps, extreme exhaustion, and fury for no reason. I am also prone to fits of despair followed by incredible joy followed by tears. Yes, I think it is safe to say that crying is totally a theme here!
The appointment was quick. The doctor measured my follicles (all growing slowly but surely) and told me the date she estimated my retrieval would be. It was one day later than she originally thought. I didn’t mind about the delay, but the date the doctor estimated was significant for me.
First, the estimated day of retrieval is my husband’s birthday. I hope this brings good luck, even though I am not superstitious. On birthdays, my husband and I like to go all out in spoiling the other person. The birthday guy/gal is King or Queen for the Day. This will be the first time I am not able to really pamper him on his birthday. Of course, he doesn’t mind at all. Didn’t even blink an eye, and is excited about the retrieval and concerned about me and my well-being above everything else. I’d like to think that I would be as giving and supportive as he is…but I do have princess tendencies. I told him he should follow my lead–this is why I declare every February my “birthday MONTH.” You gotta spread it out so it’s not so dependent on one day! lol.
The other significance of the retrieval day is that it would’ve been my due date for one of my previous pregnancies. Again, not superstitious, but weird, right? I try not to get caught up in what-could’ve-been, but it is still strange to imagine what it would be like to be nearly due right now.
My mom had three miscarriages before having me, and when I was growing up I would tell her “I just wasn’t ready yet, that’s why it took me so long to get here.” I hope that my future little one is ready, but if not, I will be patient and gather up my love and save it to shower on them later. The fertility journey is long and the road is bumpy, but, today at least, it feels worth it. Grow, follies, grow!
Until next time, don’t stop dreaming,
Misty M. Reed, Fertility Consultant & Coach
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