First few days of our IVF treatment journey

Since most of you have been following us since the beginning, I wanted to give you an update of the first few days of our IVF treatment.

The first few days of our infertility journey have been a struggle. Shots, tests and drugs have taken over my every day routine. I wake up at 6am, and the first thing I have to do is give myself a shot. The shots continue at 6pm with two more. Although I hate this process, I’m praying that it works.
Jason has been supportive and helpful. I know that he feels bad about all of the shots and doctors appointments, but I hope he knows that I’m ok, and that I know it’ll be worth it. I’m not sure I could go through IVF without him by my side.
He is, without a doubt, the most supportive man I have in my life, and I’m beyond fortunate for him. For everyone thinking about IVF, my advice to make sure you have a supportive spouse by your side, because IVF and infertility are no walk in the park.
So far the tests have been good. At this point, we will be having doctors appointments nearly every other day. Blood work will be done before every appointment as well.
The shots (we have only done 7) are uncomfortable and have left my stomach tender. The blood work has left my arm sore and bruised.
This isn’t what I would have envisioned right before my 30th birthdays, but I wouldn’t want to take it all back.
This journey may not be the one Jason and I had planned, but it’s our journey. We are dealing with it and working towards peace and acceptance of it every day. I’d be lying if I said we have accepted this journey with open arms. We are, however, working together to be supportive and understanding with each other during this process.
Dr. Dodds is great as well as the entire team at the Fertility Center. We are so fortunate to have this doctor and his staff working with us to make our dreams of expanding our family a reality.
Continue to pray for us. Pray for peace, pray for acceptance and pray for comfort through all of the discomfort.

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If you wish to help us during our journey, we do have a GoFundMe account.

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IVF: It’s go time

Sitting in the lobby this morning patiently waiting for this dreaded process to start, I had suddenly become overcome with emotion, clearly overwhelmed. The day before, Aunt Flo decided to visit shattering our dreams of having another “miracle” child. I recalled having to call the Fertility Center letting them know I had started so they could get me scheduled for my ultrasound.

The ultrasound alone would be uncomfortable, but that wasn’t what had me all worked up…

Following the ultrasound, I met the IVF coordinator in a conference room to discuss the game plan. I’d start two of the fertility drugs the next day. She showed me how to fill up the needles and then inject them into the fatty tissue on my stomach. We went through charts and our game plan was finally in place.

The part that terrifies me the most is not the abundance of shots I have to give myself, but it’s the measuring and distribution of the meds. It’s the need to be on a strict (VERY strict) schedule. It’s about discipline. I’m in control of this procedure working, to an extent, and that’s terrifying.

What if I mess it up? What if I screw up the dosage?

I can’t afford to mess this up.

One thing that is a blessing, currently in my life, is that for the first time in my nearly 30 years of life, I will have zero distractions in my way during such a pivotal moment in Jason and my life.

For once, I’m on my time. I don’t have to report to anyone, and I’m free to go to the doctors as needed.

It’s go time. There is no looking back. Tomorrow, June 18th, our IVF journey officially kicks off.

Pray for guidance. Pray for peace. 

For the first time ever, my doctor was scared to let me leave the office because my blood pressure was so high. I’ve never had an issue with high blood pressure, but it was apparent that my nerves and my fears are trying to overshadow all that is good.

I must remember to breath. I must remember that God is control of my life, and HE shall not fail me or give me anything I cannot handle.

Pray for courage. Pray for love. Pray for clarity. Pray for strength. Pray for a miracle for my family and I.

It’s go time.

We are ready. Please pray for us.

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