Friday, April 27, 2012

Another week in the books

This was a great week. As I mentioned in my last post DH's test results came back negative. That same day I got home and I recieved a package from my parents. A Kindle Fire that my dad won and decided to sell to me. I downloaded Fifty Shades of Grey to see what the hype is all about. So far it is a pretty good book. I have found myself up till midnight twice this week just reading away. I got the book thinking I would be reading in when I go on my road trip to see one of my best friends in Atlanta next week but at this rate I will be done with the book by then. Good news is there are 2 more books in the series.

Have you read these books yet? If so what did you think? Don't worry spoilers don't bother me. Also do you have any books to suggest? What are you currently reading?

Well anyway my work week is over an I have a weekend where DH will be home for the whole thing so it looks like we have some home improvement work to do. Maybe I will post some pictures to show you the progress.
Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

This just in!!!!

Great news!!!! DH is not a carrier!!!! The test came back much faster than I had anticipated and I am so thankful for that. Words can not express how this information lifted a huge weight off of my shoulders. Now we can move forward with our first medicated IUI cycle which will be Clomid+FSH+Trigger (I think). I will have more information on this as the time get closer. About 3 weeks till go time and I am so excited and nervous. I really have no idea how this whole process works but nurse D told me she would get Dr M to write up the protocol and then she would send that off to the pharmacy and they would be contacting me. From what I understand SG patients always have their meds before the cycle even begins. So then when CD1 arrives I will call and schedule an appointment for CD3 and then leave Nurse D a voicemail to tell her when my appointment is. When I go in for my CD3 appointment they will do baseline bloodwork and ultrasound and give me my calendar for my cycle.
So excited that this is happening!!!! 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Time Warp Please!!!!

Well let's let the real 2WW start. No not the 2 weeks after I O while I am waiting for a BFP or AF to arrive. I am am talking about the 2 weeks for the genetic testing to process. I just got the FedEx confirmation that DH's test has arrived at the lab and they are begining the process. I really wish they did it faster than 2 weeks. I guess I will keep up with trying to eat healthy and also getting my 10,000 steps in a day. At least I have to have something to keep my mind off of this. Please if you can send any prayers, good thoughts or vibes my way I would really appreciate it. I just need this test to come back and say that DH is not a carrier for CF. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

That’s why I’m a Guinness


So back when DH was in college he and a buddy went to the cafeteria for lunch. His buddy happened to be wearing a Guinness t-shirt, yep that’s right a t-shirt with one of the most amazing beers advertised on it. Well once the guys got there food and went to pay for their items the cashier said “Just because you’re smart doesn’t mean you need to have it written all over your shirt”.  :::blank stare from both guys::: Once they had walked away from the cashier they laughed their asses off at the fact that the cashier thought his shirt said genius….Maybe that’s why she is a cashier and not a doctor.

Anyway, ever since DH and I met on the day of a thousand Guinness’s we have always joked around when one of us comes up with a great idea and say “That’s why I’m a Guinness”. Well today I got to tell DH how much of a Guinness I really am. I got the official call from Dr. M to go over the test results that Nurse D gave me yesterday. I guess Dr. M wanted to make sure that we were in the process of getting DH tested too. I’m already one step ahead of you Dr. M. I explained to Dr. M the timeline of when I believe the test will be back and he completely agreed with my theory. The Dr. M and I went over the possible outcomes:

1.       DH is not a carrier, proceed as planned with medicated IUI it will just have to be next cycle since we cannot get the results back in time for my April. This is the option we are hoping for.

2.       DH is a carrier, our option then becomes IVF with PGT. We have talked about it a few times and know it is a possibility. Obviously this is not the road that we are looking to travel but at least we know our options.

After I had the options from Dr. M I had to ask out of pure curiosity what the cost of the PGT is. He believes it is about $5000. As amazing as our insurance is with all of the IF treatment it will cover the cost of IVF but not of the PGT, so we would be out of pocket for that. Dr. M then said we could go ahead and appeal the insurance company since it would become a medical necessity issue. Hoping that we don’t have to cross that bridge but at least we know that we have some options.  So once I explained all of this conversation to DH, I told him “I think Dr. M was really impressed by my knowledge” to which we both responded “That’s because I’m a Guinness”.   

 Now we wait for DH’s genetic test kit to arrive tomorrow. Hurry up and wait!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Play the game with the cards you're dealt with

Today has been a rather craptastic day. Why you may ask? Well as soon as I got to work I pulled my cell phone out of my purse (as I always do so that I can get all caught up on my Words with Friends) only to notice that I missed a call from Shady Grove, my Fertility Clinic. I listened to the message that was in my voicemail and it was like someone just took the wind out of my sail. Nurse D said in her message that my genetic test were back and that I tested positive as a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis. Come again, What????? How is this possible? Why me? There are so many questions I have and I don't even now where to begin. I called Nurse D back and she explained to me that now we need to get DH tested. So just when I thought I would get to start my medicated cycle next week, it appears that will not be happening. I have gone onto the Counsyl website and ordered the kit for DH so the timeline for this test is that the package will hopefully ship today and we will have it by Wednesday, DH will provide his spit sample and then we will send it back the next day. So it looks like Counsyl will have the test back in their hands on 4/13 to start the testing which takes 2-3 weeks. Ugh!!!! That means the results won't be back in time for my next cycle to start sometime around 4/16. So now it is looking like we will not be able to begin our medicated IUI cycle until my next cycle sometime around May15th, and that will only happen if DH is not a carrier. I don't ask for a lot, but please oh please do not let him be a carrier too!!!!
I know that there is nothing that I can do in the meantime, but it makes me sad. The only thing I can do is play the game with the cards I am dealt with. I guess we will cross the next bridge when we get there.
In case you didn't know this already IF SUCKS!!!!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

10,000 step challenge

Well day 1 is in the books. Not a bad start. The final count for day 1 was 12,260. I can do better.....I hope. Well we must keep in mind that I didn't even get the pedometer until 2:30pm so really not bad at all. With this challenge we are also tracking a few other things like our starting weight, waist measurement and the time it takes us to walk a mile. I haven't done this yet to get my baseline but I plan on completing this sometime over the weekend. Once I have my baseline for this adventure I will let you all know so that we can see the difference 5 weeks of 10,000 steps with make.

On the TTC front......Today is Good Friday or as I am saying "Great Friday" I logged into the Counsyl website and saw the notification that my genetic test results have been sent to Dr. M. I really hope that I hear from him or Nurse D. today. Although, with it being a holiday for a lot of people I completely understand if I don't. My plan is to wait until Monday afternoon and if I have not heard from them by then I will call and see what I can find out. Basically I just want to know that all is good and that I am not a carrier. I also want to make sure that all my immunizations are up to date and that there is nothing that will stop us from moving forward when CD1 arrives. I am currently 5DPO so we only have 9 days or so to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row in order to start my medicated cycle.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

No more standing still, get walking!

Well since I am in the major holding patern of my cycle the 2WW, I have really tried to change things up. As I may have mentioned before I am trying to not think too much about this cycle and just letting things be. So because of this mindset I have decided that I really need to try to lose a few pounds. A little over a week ago I downloaded the myfitnesspal.com app on my phone and I LOVE it!!! In 8 days I lost 2lbs. I figure I can keep focusing on eating better and trying to work out and losing a few pounds so that way I am really ready for the weight gain that pregnancy will bring (when that day comes).

So since I am a little over a week into my new found lifestyle of counting calories it is a perfect time to add in another aspect. My work has just kicked off a 5 week fitness challenge to walk 10,000 steps a day. So starting today my goal is to complete this 5 week fitness challenge. I have my pedometer already attached to my hip and I plan to walk my butt off to get those steps every day. Wish me luck!