I'm Back!

Back from our amazinggg vacation and it's been awhile since I've checked in on here. Where to start...

We had the most incredible time on our ski trip and as I thought, it really helped the 2.5 weeks of birth control go quickly! I can't believe tomorrow will be my LAST day!! It's been causing me some mild nausea, so I'm excited to be done with it, although I know the end really just signals the beginning of what's about to be a large amount of injection side effects. Blah..

So here's what things are looking like schedule-wise. Still on the BC today and tomorrow. Thursday at 8am, I go in for my "Pre IVF baseline monitoring appointment" where I'll do blood work and an ultrasound. The point of this is to see my hormone levels and check the status of my ovary follicles as a baseline before we start the injections. These levels will be what we compare future levels to as my body responds to the medications. Also, they want to ensure that the birth control did it's job in shutting everything down and that everything looks as expected. If all looks good, we will be starting injections this Sunday (AHHH!). I'm assuming they could also decide to push the injection date up or back depending on my results Thursday - so we will just have to see!

Last night we (finally) finished up all of our online IVF modules. They make you complete them before you start injections so that you know everythinggggg - and I mean everything. Last night we learned about all of the risks associated with IVF and IVF pregnancies. It's funny, when they describe all the risks, it's like, "this only happens in 1 out of every 5,000 IVF cycles... " which, in theory, sounds like a low risk, but when you've already been told you're 1 in 4,000 with a unicornuate uterus, those odds don't sound so great anymore...

I'm not sure where my head is at this point. I feel refreshed from vacation, but at the same time it's always hectic getting back into a normal routine after being away. I'm definitely totally terrified, but also ready to just get on with it so I can stop anticipating everything.

In other random news, one of our fur babies, Molly, had quite the episode at the vet while we were away this weekend. We boarded them there while we were gone and planned for them to have their yearly shots while they were there. They've gotten these shots every year since they were born, but for some unknown reason, Molly had some kind of reaction to them this time and within minutes of receiving the shots, she went into shock. They said she turned completely pale, had trouble breathing, and was unresponsive. Luckily, they noticed right away and gave her some anti drugs, fluids, and oxygen which got her back to normal. They said it's a very rare thing, and especially rare for dogs to have this on year 4 or 5 rather than 1 or 2 [can we just stop having rare things happen to us please???]. All of this happened while we were on the plane, so I missed all the calls from the vet. By the time we landed and I got their voicemails, they had gotten her stable and under control. Thank goodness - otherwise we probably would have wanted to come home!!! The next day her eye swelled up huge for some unknown reason, but they were able to get that under control too. She seems to be back to normal now, but they sent us home with some meds and we have to keep a close eye on her (and boy was that a fun vet bill to come home to...). For those of you who know Molly, you know she went missing in the woods of WV for 15 days in April and somehow survived - I'm starting to wonder if she's a cat with 9 lives at this point. Oh this dog!!! Sorry not infertility related, but you can see the crazy we came home to!

I'll check in again on Thursday after my appointment! 2 more days of BC! 5 more days till stimulation phase day 1!!!