Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Phantom Pains and Pretend Vacations

Today I started noticing a dull sensation on the right side of my pelvis. I contacted my IVF nurse who assured me it is likely to be one of two things. It's either congestion from all of the estrogen I am taking or implantation spasms. Of course, I'm not getting my hopes up for the latter but it would certainly be perfect if it were the case.

I'm going to tweak this blog for a while before I share it with anyone. I hope once it’s out in the open it will encourage friends, family (and potential readers?!?) to be forthcoming about their struggles as well as receptive to learning about infertility. I have been a bit superstitious in that until we have a confirmed pregnancy I would rather be private about this. The few people who know about our difficulties have been extraordinarily supportive for which I could not be more grateful.

To keep myself distracted, the Type A in me has begun a bulleted list of potential vacation destinations (including handy links!) It includes links to dream cottages in Thailand, Turks and Caicos, Italy, Mexico and more. I’m dropping heavy hints for a 30th birthday celebration in an exotic locale. If all goes well, I’ll have to save the champagne for birthday 31!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cozy In Little One

After unsuccessfully transferring two high quality embryos during our first IVF we were left with one equally high quality embryo left to freeze. With the help of our reproductive endocrinologist, an embryologist, a nurse, an ultrasound tech and an acupuncturist we transferred our lone embryo yesterday through a process called a frozen embryo transfer. At one point there were a total of six people in the room all tasked with knocking me up. Today I am on my second day of bed rest, anxiously riding out the dreaded "two week wait". On July 2 we find out the official results of our efforts. For the time being we are assuming the best while subconsciously preparing ourselves for the worst.