20 March 2018

3rd day of Lupron, so tired...

So far my injections are going well.  I am dealing with side effects though.  The first and least annoying is nausea.  It's a short little mild bout of it and it passes quickly but still within say 2 hours of the injections I do have about 5 minutes of nausea.  The real side effect for me is fatigue.  I have MS and one of my main MS symptoms is fatigue.  I once saw the level of MS fatigue described online where someone had said they had mono and didn't even realize it because they were just always so fatigued that it was normal.  I feel like MS kind of prepared me for this side effect but seriously, it's annoying.  I feel like I have enough energy to lay down and try to take a nap.  Been like that since I woke up.  I keep telling myself that it's worth it.  It totally will be.  That doesn't make me any less tired now though.

19 March 2018

Started Lupron

So apparently STAT lab results are awesome.  I did the bloodwork Saturday (yay to labs open on the weekend) and within a few hours our IVF clinic called to say that my progesterone levels were very low so I could start Lupron on Sunday as planned in our calendar.  Before starting the patches, I need to take another blood test to confirm we're still good.  For now we're still looking at a transfer in April.

I have now given myself two shots.  Pretty proud of myself as the whole time I was on MS meds that were in shot form, I never gave myself one without the use of the autojector.  So while I am a pro at shots, I was kind of a wimp when it comes to administering them.  I think it helps that this is a small needle.  I'd probably not be handling it so well if it were the larger needles.

16 March 2018

Baseline ultrasound done...

We did the baseline ultrasound today.  Everything was "beautiful" except there was a large follicle on the left side.  Not the end of the world but it could delay things.  I'll be having a blood test to see if the follicle is producing progesterone.  If it isn't, then everything moves forward as planned, just starting Lupron one day later that the calendar suggests.  If it is producing progesterone, then we'll have to go from there but the current calendar would be out the window.  Fingers crossed.  Gonna be a long weekend.

03 March 2018

I had cheese last night because I am dumb.

So we ordered pizza last night because Friday and Saturday are the nights the hubby walks to pick up food and it was raining. I was good as usual and got veggie, no cheese pizza. But since we're currently mad at Pizza Hut (their app kept screwing up, changing prices on us mid-order, got rid of our fave crust and topping, etc), we went with Dominos and their breadstick options all have dairy (unlike Pizza Hut who has dairy free cinnamon sticks) so we went with the spinach feta ones (which probably would have been fine except I forgot they also top them with cheddar). Today my guts are revolting.

Also, today the hubby brings home boxes and boxes of Girl Scout cookies. All of the non-Vegan ones. I'd be tempted but after last night's dairy goof, I am thinking the hubby has four boxes to himself. Who doesn't bring home thin mints? At least I have a safe cookie mix to make at home if I get jealous of his junk food.

So while I am technically vegetarian? There's a reason I eat vegan foods most days and it's not to be difficult, it's because my innards are pure evil. The no meat side is ethical. The super limited dairy is because I don't like being in pain.

02 March 2018

I love Amazon except for their craft section

I know, I know, Amazon is an evil corporation.  Thing is they have the bestest customer service.  Usually they have the best prices.  I have found one exception.  Crafts.  Their craft department is not able to compete with the likes of Joann or Michaels or even your local mom and pop shop (and they're usually the highest priced).

My crafty brain is heading back toward cross-stitch / embroidery.  It's been years and years since I've done that.  I think the last cross-stitch I completed was for CynDee... Maybe because she died just as I was about to send it (still sent it to her mom), I just didn't bother picking up a new after that.  Nothing against cross-stitch, that was just a tough time and I wasn't in the mood.  By the time I was something new grabbed my attention.

I am currently waiting for some yarn from Joann's because that was the cheapest way to get the yarn I need to finish the hubby's 2017 Christmas present (shush, I had some setbacks last year - he still got a present).  Decided to start looking into what it's going to cost me to get back in the groove.  I started with the cheapest and most necessary part of the equation.  The floss.  If you had to you could use any fabric, and you could get by probably some needle you have at home if you're already crafty, but floss?  Necessary.

I checked Amazon first and about choked over how much they're selling single skeins for now.  Then I remembered -- it's Amazon.

I went with Amazon as the seller but some of the third parties there are just as insane.  This single skein of white is an add on product (which usually gets you a really good price) and is currently $4.72 here (they do claim the list price is $10.44 so maybe at one time they sold it by the box and never fixed the page, but most reviews say it is a single skein as does the description).    Even with inflation that seemed insanely high, but some other colors were as high as $9+ for a single skein so maybe prices really did go that high at some point?  Let's check the official DMC site, shall we?  73¢ at the DMC site here.  Well that's the official site.  Obviously they're probably the cheapest.  Let's try the two bigger chain craft stores that I have been known to visit.  What does Joann think this should be priced? Honestly, I don't know.  They don't seem to sell the white 6-strand embroidery floss online but they do sell the more expensive multi color DMC embroidery floss for $1.49 here or a 12 pack of "snow white" for $11.88 (99¢ a skein) here.   Michaels? They list them for 52¢ but they have a 12 skein minimum so while you pay 52¢ per skein, you're paying out $6.24 here which is still way cheaper than either Amazon or Joann's (it does say that Michael's sells the skeins individually in stores but doesn't say if they're the 52¢ or if that is the bulk price only).

I have found a few crafty items at Amazon as competitive as craft stores, but for the most part, don't buy your crafty stuff there.  Or at least price check before actually purchasing.

01 March 2018

It's getting real

Baseline ultrasound and lining check are now scheduled locally.  If the baseline goes well then onto meds, lining check, and then if that goes well it'll be transfer time!

The medications arrived today.  It's getting real.  We may be pregnant in the next few months!  I feel like I should be nervous, as this journey has been long and painful and often didn't go how we expected it to go.  But honestly, I am just excited.

26 February 2018

We have a calendar

There's still a lot that can go wrong or change or whatever.  That said, we have a new transfer date. Not making it public yet and it's not exactly tomorrow for obvious reasons, but it is soon'ish.  Just need to wait for the clinic we're using to fax the local clinic orders for the tests we're doing here and we'll be on our way, with appointments and everything.

I am so freaking excited!

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