IVF Goes on Vacation

Making babies (our way) in paradise.

Stim meds and tropical vacations might not seem like the best or most logical combo. Honestly, we think this plan worked out beautifully. 

After the stress of the last few months, coming to Hawaii feels positively therapeutic. Our friends live here, and we don’t get to see them often. Chris and I are having a blast catching up with them. We’ve been exploring land and sea, and eating our way through the island. 

On Tuesday, I had an appointment at the Fertility Institute of Hawaii to check my estrogen levels. The clinic is friendly and wonderful. They took care of me like I was one of their own patients. They sent the results back to my clinic back home, and we got the “all clear” to start stims. 

Yesterday was my first experience with stim injections. The Follistim is so easy–just dialing in the correct dose, and it goes in smoothly. The Menopur isn’t too bad either. I have heard it is a little uncomfortable, so I was anticipating a bad burn. To me, it felt like I was continually putting the needle in the whole time. It’s a little weird. 

We woke up early this morning and went on a quick hike to watch the sunrise. I had an achy head for most of the hike and the meds made me feel like I was a little hungover. A scrumptious breakfast of liliko’i pancakes made me feel a little better. What’s the word on coffee? I’m not going to lie, I had a couple cups of locally grown coffee with breakfast (and it was fantastic). My doctor never said to stop drinking it, but I’ve heard mixed reviews. I hope I feel better soon so we can enjoy our last two days here!

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