Sunday, March 30, 2008

Do Not Pass Go or Collect $200..Go Straight to Jail...


Okay, so since my last post, I've experienced a tinsy-whinsy set back, or two.

You may remember that I was on birth control pills because I had had a cyst on my ovaries. Other than the occasional homicidal tendency, once I started the menopur injections, I was plugging along just fine on the way to my 7th IUI. Then, as the days progressed, Dr. Feelgood didn't seem too optimistic for IUI cycle #7 (aka unlucky 7) because I wasn't really responding well to the medication.

While on menopur, I only developed one viable egg. At the same time, he did not want to increase the dosage because he noticed some additional fluid that he said was being exacerbated by the medication. He said that the fluid pocket could be due to scarring from my surgery.

Needless to say, I am not a very happy camper.

Nadia and I talked about it—ad nauseum-- and we decided to skip that cycle. I mean, why invest so much moula, energy, and time when there was only one egg in play? Dr. Feelgood totally agreed with our decision.

So now I am desperately waiting for Auntie Flo. But in my heart of hearts. I am trying to decide if I should do another round of IUIs—rounding out the number to numero 8-- or if I should just wait until I get on Nadia's insurance this summer. Should I skip go, the $200 and go straight to jail, I mean IVF?

IVF is scarey because for me it really represents the final frontier, a frontier that I really didn't even want to consider a few months ago. But I am trying to get used to the idea and I am trying to convince myself that it represents a ray a hope.

Nadia keeps reminding me, 'You are not out of the game yet, my dear, not yet."

4 comments:

eggdance said...

I understand your feeling that IVF is the "last stop"-- when talking long-range plans with my doctor I mentioned that I felt the same way and she was really reassuring, reminding me that IVF success rates are generally pretty great and that there are many levels of "aggressiveness" in terms of IVF-- so really it is a series of stops. Anyway, I agree with Nadia. You are still very much in this game. Don't forget it.

oneofhismoms said...

I'd try one more Menopur time and try not to think of IVF as some last stop. Think of it as a 46% ray of hope.

Sarah said...

That 'last frontier' feeling hit both my husband and I as we walked out of our first consult. At least there is insurance on the horizon...

Anonymous said...

The thing with IVF is... that it works. I felt the way you do about IVF for a long time, but after 6 IUIs we decided to just try it and it worked the first time. We're now 3 1/2 months pregnant. We have a friend who tried for years and only tried IVF as a last resort before she and her partner looked into adoption and it worked. It is invasive and their are a ton of drugs involved, but at the end of it all it was beyond worth it. And really not that bad (especially compared to how grueling it is both physically and emotionally to go through months and years of IUIs).