Tuesday, October 23, 2012


I feel like I've written a post about waiting a hundred times already. But, here I go again! 

 I woke up early this morning and don't have any therapy sessions scheduled until 9:20. I only have to drive ten minutes down the road to get there. It's rainy and gloomy outside this morning and it looks chilly. The leaves are just a little past peak, but still amazingly beautiful. Even though I have tons of time this morning, I will still find a way to be late. 

Here are some photos I look the other day (when it was sunny) of the leaves in the finger lakes. 

It's hard to believe I'm actually "cycling" right now because I'm just taking birth control pills... Again. This protocol for the FET cycle is long and complicated. I don't go back into the clinic until halloween at which time I likely add in Lupron the following day. From the 1st-5th I overlap with birth control pills and Lupron. On the 5th I stop bcp's and on the 6th I'll drop my dosage of Lupron in half. Then I go back for more blood work and a sono on November 8th. If all goes well I start estrogen, Lovenox, baby aspirin, and Neupogen the 9th. I return for blood work and sono on November 14th and 19th. We have a tentative transfer date for November 26th, which feels like a lifetime away right about now.

This is Dr. Br.averman's preferred protocol. He said that the Lupron aids in implantation. I was happy at first to see we would be using Lupron. The main reason? That would be because we bought an entire kit ($199) for a 30 unit trigger. I was glad to see we would be using more of it. That was until I looked at the complete calendar and became completely overwhelmed. I know I will be okay as long as I take it one day at a time.

At my clinic the plan was to bring me back one more time (Oct 29th) for a lining check. As long as everything looked good I would start progesterone that day and transfer 5 days later (Nov 2nd). I'm bummed we are adding in essentially a whole extra month, but I'm trying to convince myself it is a good thing. I emailed Dr. B this morning about trying to fit in an endometrial biopsy since I'm guessing I will get another period before we transfer.

The days are once again dragging as I wait on birth control pills. I'm thinking I need something fun to look forward to, I'm jut trying to figure out what that is. Any suggestions? We had talked about visiting W's cousin and gf in NYC.

I'm not really too great at waiting. I can't find productive enough ways to fill my time. I started quilting a few months ago and have pieced together two of the fronts of two different quilts.
Quilt #2- I started it because I LOVED the fabric and had to have it. 

 That is the part I really enjoyed. Now I have to finish the backing and edges and its just not as rewarding or fun. I recently finished an amazing book and now don't know what to read. The pick for book club this month looks pretty awful. Any tips or tricks for combating boredom?


  1. What a beautiful place. I would love to have that view.

    Your doctor really sounds amazing. I think that a good percentage of them don't really have their heart into us. Your doctor does and I think that is so wonderful. You are very lucky.

    I love your quilt so far. I am still reading my "quilting for beginners" book and then off to work I go. Pretty darn excited about it. With the exception of the actual quilting work :)

  2. Love the quilt!

    As someone who is now on "the other side" and crazy-busy all the time, I have so many ideas of ways for you to spend your free time! LOL. Something like quilting is great. I love to read, too, and am currently reading a good book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I'm only about a third of the way through it, but it was highly recommended by a couple of my friends (and by Oprah, LOL).

  3. You sound like you are in good hands. I'll be anxiously waiting to hear whats in store!!!

  4. I would have suggested books to get you through. (Can I mention how jealous I am of your FALL weather?)

  5. Good luck with your cycle. I also seem to be reading a lot these days. But the books are all baby related, I'm sure you don't want that.

  6. Hello fellow ICLWer. What gorgeous pictures and what a super lovely quilt! I'm a wannabe quilter but you're much more advanced. Huge good luck to you this cycle.

  7. Happy ICLW! AS an avid reader, I could recommend TONS of books, but particularly this month - I'm reading anything and everything Stephen King (even if it's for the second time!) I have aall the books for e-readers, let me know - I'll be glad to share some!

  8. Wow, that looks like an amazing drive. Beautiful photos!!

    I know another month SUCKS to wait, but it sounds like Dr. braverman has a great protocol in place for you. *fingers crossed* this is it for you!!

  9. Wishing you the best of luck with this cycle.

    As for books, since you recently took up quilting, Have you checked out the Elm Creek Quilts books? I absolutely adore the books (number is coming out next month). The first book is called The Quilter's Apprentice and is here is the summary found on the Fantastic Fiction web site (which has a chronological list of the books)...

    "After moving with her husband, Matt, to the small college town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, Sarah McClure struggles to find a fulfilling job. In the meantime, she agrees to help seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate, Elm Creek Manor, for sale. As part of her compensation, Sarah is taught how to quilt by this cantankerous elderly woman, who is a master of the craft.

    During their lessons, Mrs. Compson reveals how her family was torn apart by tragedy, jealousy, and betrayal, and her stories force Sarah to face uncomfortable truths about her own alienation from her widowed mother. As their friendship deepens, Mrs. Compson confides in Sarah the truth about why she wants to sell Elm Creek Manor. In turn, Sarah seeks a way to bring life and joy back to the estate so Mrs. Compson can keep her home-and Sarah can keep her cherished friend. The Quilter's Apprentice teaches deep lessons about family, friendship, and sisterhood, and about creating a life as you would a quilt: with time, love, and patience, piecing the miscellaneous and mismatched scraps into a beautiful whole."

    ICLW #74

  10. Hi from ICLW! I too am in a waiting period! Impressed by your quilts, I've been doing some sewing :)

  11. I am so impressed by your quilts. I started quilting last year, it has been so relaxing.

    An ICLW Visit from #2
    liddy @ the unfair struggle (mfi, speedskating, life)

  12. Those pictures are beautiful The fall colors from the northeast are absolutely breath taking. That quilt is beautiful too. I have so much admiration for talented people! Best of luck to you for this cycle. I've heard good things about Dr. B.

  13. LOVE LOVE those photos!! Beautiful! Will be thinking of you as you cycle. (here from cyclesista)

  14. Hi, I have a question. I go to the same clinic as you but in another city, unless I need a procedure then I am in your town. Anyways, I also have had no success with 2 fresh IVF cycles and 2 FET's. Did you ask them if there was anything else to test for or did you just choose to get a second opinion in NYC? I am frustrtated and see that you had some new abnormal labs and wonder since they are commonly abnormal why they don't test at our clinic.