On April 27, I was put on the schedule for my next attempt at a frozen embryo transfer! I was shocked that I was on the schedule so fast, especially when just three days prior, I had shared a blog post saying it was not a go. I was fully expecting this to happen later in the summer, but obviously feeling incredibly grateful for this opportunity! I decided to keep track of everything in one big blog post, kind of like last time, but in journal style. 🙂
April 27, 2020
I can’t believe that it’s April 27 when I am starting this blog post. I’m going to wait to publicly share about our transfer because let’s face it, we’re in such a strange time right now… a very emotionally-charged time. I’m excited to have my FET scheduled so quickly after my last attempt was canceled. It was just five weeks ago that I got the call that due to Covid-19 and our governor’s mandate, I would not be able to continue with my transfer. I was literally days away from it happening, and the rug was pulled out from under us so quickly. While it was fully expected and I was just counting down the days, I felt numb from it. So disappointed and so numb.
And now here we are. Cycle Day 1 and scheduled for a baseline in just two days. I don’t know how to feel about it so I’m just making sure I get everything in order. Between my meds and the extra things I do to boost my lining, I feel like I’m in a whirlwind of preparation. I think I’ll keep this quiet for a little while because it’s such a sensitive time. I’m cheering on everyone else’s journey and am so glad they’re sharing it! But I feel like I should keep it quiet for a little bit.
April 29, 2020
Today was my baseline ultrasound and labs (estrogen and progesterone). My transfer is scheduled for either May 19 or 20, depending on how my lining grows! I am praying it does as well as last time. I was at 9mm when I got canceled, which was a huge celebration and then a huge bummer. I am hoping I can get my lining that thick again!
My nurse is so sweet and gave me an entire box of estrogen patches to help make up for what we wasted on the previously canceled cycle. I nearly cried! I was so thankful that she did that. It saved us so much money!
My baseline measurements:
- CD 3 Lining: 2.53
- Estrogen: 40.84
- Progesterone: 0.49
I started my estrogen patches!
May 4, 2020
Today I had my estrogen and progesterone labs drawn to make sure I’m on track. Nothing exciting to see here, but I did drive down to my clinic for the labs instead of doing them locally because with the current gas prices, it was actually cheaper to drive down there to do it. My insurance changed in January and it’s been horrible. My current plan denies all fertility hormone blood tests, so it’s cheaper to pay the clinic’s cash price and make a 6-hour round trip right now than it is to walk into my local lab. So ridiculous.
I’m drinking a ton of pomegranate juice, Ningxia Red, and red raspberry leaf tea. I’m also still taking my vitamin E. I hope my lining builds up…
- Estrogen: 31.23 (level went down, but no concern with this yet, just bumping up my patches)
- Progesterone: 0.067 (level went down, no concern with this, it needs to stay low)
May 11, 2020
Today I had my lining check and labs so we can confirm our transfer date. I went in so incredibly nervous, but was met with good news! Lining is THICK and transfer is a GO for Wednesday, May 20!
- CD 15 Lining: 10.5mm!!!! I’ve NEVER had it so thick!
- Estrogen: 81.49 (not as high as they’d normally like but because my lining was so thick, doctor isn’t concerned)
- Progesterone: 0.116 (just fine for this point in the cycle)
Today I also had my first intralipid infusion, which means I am one week away from my transfer! I also decided to announce what we’ve been up to on Instagram and Facebook today. It was hard to keep this all a secret for this long, but it also felt necessary for some reason. It’s just a weird time we’re in.
In terms of how my first infusion went: it was a piece of cake! It was this milky white liquid and it didn’t bother me at all. They checked my vitals every once in a while, which showed that my blood pressure is still high, even on my medication, so that’s something I need to get addressed. Otherwise, I handled it all just fine! My infusion took an hour.
May 15, 2020
Early this morning I started progesterone injections! We switched to progesterone in ethyl oleate after my allergic reaction to the sesame oil injections during my first transfer. I am praying that I have a much better response this time. We had to get up at 4:30 AM for the first shot, which I was not a fan of, but the doctor wanted a certain number of hours of progesterone in my body before the transfer so are were willing to do whatever we need to for success.
Transfer Scheduled: May 20, 2020
I’m going to do a separate blog post dedicated to the transfer because it’s definitely a worthy occasion and something I want to have documented. Stay tuned for that, and thank you for following along so far!