IVF #2: Feeling the Love…and the Burn!

The gate has officially dropped on our second cycle, and we are in the full swing of stimulation injections. Today is day two of stims, and this time around my injections are much more intense than they were in our first cycle.

For now, I have two injections per day (our doctor will likely add more on Friday). First, I take .25ml of Omnitrope, which is a growth hormone that is sometimes prescribed to patients with previous failed IVF cycles. I administer this dose with an insulin needle, and it is super easy, and nearly painless.

The itty, bitty Omnitrope

My next shot is a little more complex. I feel like I should be on an episode of Breaking Bad as I mix up a pretty potent concoction of 300iu of Bravelle and 75iu of Menopur with 2ml of diluent. This one is not as kind to administer. Thanks to the Menopur it burns the whole time I’m injecting it.  It also leaves my stomach feeling pretty sore around the injection site even by the next day.

The big Daddy shot

I’m reacting well to the medicine so far. I felt a little lightheaded throughout the day today, but otherwise normal. I walked the short distance from our house to the nearest grocery store this evening, and I could already feel my ovaries were a little sore. I can’t wait to see what I’m going to feel like in a week or so. πŸ˜‰

In other news, one of my best friends did something so nice that really lifted my spirits. I’ve been talking to her a lot about my feelings on IVF and life in general. She’s an awesome listener, and is incredibly empathetic.Today we got together for lunch at a cute new cafΓ© in town and she gave me a gift. I opened the wrapping to find an adorable handmade journal.

The cover of my new journal–this girl gets it!

My friend’s grandmother gave her a gratitude journal when she was a young girl, and encouraged her to jot down the things she felt grateful for. The act of recording her gratitude made a profound impact on her life, and she still keeps a journal today. The journal my friend gave me already has some awesome quotes on the pages, and she left me some blank pages to fill with my own gratitude or inspiration. I’m an avid quote pinner on Pinterest, so I will have a blast transcribing my most-loved quotes onto the pages of my new journal. I love the quotes my friend picked out, so I will end with some of my favorites.

  

πŸ’—

39 thoughts on “IVF #2: Feeling the Love…and the Burn!

  1. Amanda says:

    So excited for you! I had just posted to my blog when I got the notification that you had a new post. Went to the dr today to start round 2 of IVF as well! I absolutely love the journal your friend gave you!

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  2. ashleykyleanderson says:

    So glad you have such a wonderful friend to be there for you, especially as you guys start this new round of IVF. The journal and quotes are so sweet and very special! I’m thinking of you and hoping that this new doctor and clinic make all the difference. Does Chris have a date for his procedure yet? You both are so strong and I absolutely agree with the last quote especially– you will be a wonderful mother and your child will be blessed by the love you have already displayed in your courage and determination to fight for your family. xx

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    • heatherhopeful says:

      I’m grateful everyday for those who make the load a little lighter. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your sweet words, Ashley. Chris is going to be doing his TESE on the same day as my ER this time. We’re scheduled for almost a week from today–either August 5 or 6. Thanks for asking! Sending you, Kyle, and your precious Anderson baby lots of love!

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      • ashleykyleanderson says:

        Thank you πŸ™‚ I hope everything goes well next week and that you have someone who can take care of you both on the 5th/6th while you’re recovering! Is the plan to do an FET later in August or is there a way to do fresh? I’m already praying that everything goes according to plan and for no surprise bumps along the way– just lots of beautiful embabies!

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          • ashleykyleanderson says:

            I believe it! It is hard to go “all in” for a second time when the first time didn’t go as planned. I felt like there were phases I went through following our failed transfer: the initial grief and pain, regrouping and planning with determination, and then overwhelming fear of failing again once we started to get close to actually going through with it. On top of all that, you guys have had a longer wait in between transfers than we did and have to go through the brunt of it again (injections, ER, not to mention Chris’s surgery) plus you’ve done the work of switching clinics! It has been a lot for you and a long road, but I truly believe that someday (soon!) it will all be worth it for you. I’m starting to tear up about it now just thinking about it actually! But I seriously can’t wait to hear when you have your good news. πŸ’—

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