I’m 8 days into taking Estrace. I find it fascinating to see how you react to certain drugs. During our IVF cycle, I was typically on more than one drug at a time. It was hard to determine which drug was causing which side effects.
After being off all fertility meds for 3 months, I can’t believe how much estrogen makes me bloat and swell. I know this won’t go away once we get pregnant (positive reinforcement), so I might as well get used to it! I’m also experiencing dry eye, but it’s nothing that hydration and eye drops can’t resolve.
As for the progesterone, I decided to go with the PIO ass shots. They are less mess, less to remember, easier for me – not for my husband! Ha! I don’t start the shots until sometime next week.
Today, the ultrasound clinic left me a message to remind me of my appointment on Monday and to tell me they didn’t have my requisition. In between meetings, I called them back and waited on hold for 10 minutes. When someone finally answered, I told her I’ve never had to bring a requisition. She gave me the run around and basically didn’t seem willing to make an effort to resolve it for me. So, I contacted my fertility clinic. They followed up with the ultrasound clinic and re-sent the requisition (meaning the ultrasound place lost it). I’m glad we got this sorted BEFORE Monday’s scan. It’s a common theme that we always have to be our own advocates during treatment. I am glad that my clinic is so responsive when I’m being monitored remotely.
I’m currently on a 3-day business trip. It’s been hard to stick to my low-sugar, gluten-free diet while staying in a hotel. I’ve been trying to make the healthiest choices possible to compensate for the few diet breaks I’ve had in between. I have been using digestive enzymes if I have a cheat and they seem to be working well at keeping things moving (if you get what I mean – haha).
Last night, I had an amazing home-cooked supper with my co-worker, his wife and their one and a half year old son. He was so smiley and cute. I enjoyed catching his gaze across the supper table and hearing him giggle. Tonight, I had a long overdue supper with good friends of mine and their son and daughter. My friend’s daughter – who I haven’t seen in 8 months – ran up to me and gave me a big hug. She’s only three and a half, but she’s brilliant. After supper, we took the kids for a walk by the river. I felt so loved and appreciated both nights. Both nights reminded me of how important it is to surround yourself with supportive and loving friends, and also of how much I want to experience the joy of having my own children.
I hope that Monday’s scan shows everything is on track.
Less than 2 weeks to go… but still taking it one day at a time. 🙂