Wednesday, January 5, 2011

CD2 - Stims

Not sure why, but today is officially CD2, but first day of stims. I used a Gonal-F pen for the first time. Or rather, Mr. Jem used it. I've gotten good at giving myself the Lup.ron twice a day, but the pen scared me this morning. Good thing it didn't sting like Meno.pur.evil does. I'm so glad that I don't have that drug in my protocol this time. My next monitoring appointment is on Tue, Jan 11. In the meantime, I have my first intralipid injections tomorrow, to reset my immune system and wipe out those nasty NK (natural killer) cells.

I went to my regular doctor today to get blood drawn to see if my Vitamin D level has improved after 8 weeks of high doses of D. I'm hoping it is way up and in the normal range. there's some research out there that suggests a link to infertility and Vitamin D deficiency. Stork Stalking had an interesting post about vitamin D (now I can't find the link darn it!).

Anyway, I better get back to work. I'll report back on how the intralipids go.

~Jem

Update: since you asked, no, my body doesn't feel different yet. My b00bs were sore when I started taking Estr.ace, but have settled down. No activity in the ovaries yet. No moodiness, spontaneous tears or other emotional issues yet, either.

10 comments:

marilyn said...

Sounds like it is all going well:) Any mood changes? does your body feel different?

Marissa said...

I start stims tomorrow. Nice to have someone on a similiar time schedule! Good luck!!!

HopeBPatient said...

Yay for not having to use the evil Menopur! That stuff burns like crazy. Hoping for lots of follicles on your next monitoring appointment!

lowfatlady said...

Glad stims are going well ;) It took me a while before I could use the pen on myself.

callmemama said...

Good luck with the intralipids - very curious to hear how that goes!

ASP said...

Goooood luck this cycle! ;) Gonal-F is much, much, muuuuuuch easier than that damn Menoburn. I hated that stuff. Every time R would give me an injection, I wanted to slap him in the head when he was down there injecting it. Gah. That stuff sucked. Good luck, Friend.

linda said...

Agree that menopur SUCKS! Those shots burn. Gonal F needles are so tiny I don't mind them at all.

How much Vitamin D are you on? I haven't been tested but I'm doing 3000IU a day. I should get tested, I know....

northern lights said...

I am rooting for you!

Interesting to hear about the Vitamin D corollary. I remember learning - several years into infertility- that there was a connection to thyroid level. I had an old-school male doc who had me on insufficient replacement thyroid meds - got a female endocrinologist who said 'women of childbearing age should be in (this) range' - more than twice what other doc prescribed. And... recently my physician tested my Vit D and I was deficient (like most people). I have been on an extra 2000 a day for several months now, and have noticed a huge improvement in health (except for the fact I came down with a sinus infection this week)- so it's been the healthiest fall on record.

One last thing- so ironic too- after years of infertility and finally one baby, we are now looking into permanent sterilization (vasectomy, etc) since it's too risky for me to get pregnant again since I was so ill during my one & only pregnancy. And we still want to adopt but have to figure out how to pay for it. What a crazy world we live in...

ventingvagina said...

yay for stims being underway! woohoo!

Kakunaa said...

Woohoo stims! And GonalF isn't too bad, and once you get the hang of the pen, nice and easy :) Can't wait to hear how the D levels are and how the follies are cookin next week :) Good luck!