"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
Today I went in for my baseline ultrasound, baseline bloodwork (all perfect again!) and my "teaching course", which goes through exactly HOW to use each medication, WHEN to use each medication and WHY you use each medication.
Joe went with me, and needless to say... our heads were spinning! Not only are there serious precautions to take and a STRICT calendar to abide by, most of the elixirs you have to concoct yourself! Joe was hilarious, playing with each gadget like Legos and he has a serious phobia of needles but in the end, we walked away feeling pretty confident about what we needed to do.
We start this week and basically, these medicines prepare the body for conception by stimulating the ovaries, giving the follicles extra support as they grow and in one scenario, actually preventing ovulation from actually taking place because you don't want to naturally ovulate after working so hard to nurture those eggs! These injections will last anywhere from 8-12 days and so I'm scheduled to go under anesthesia and retrieve my eggs on Feb 1st.
At the end of it all, did you know that I have to take one final injection EXACTLY 34.5 hours before the embryo transfer? I'm most nervous about that! It really feels like it's easy to screw this up, but at the same time, the doctor will literally see me every other day, running various tests and measuring the follicles to ensure our success!
In the meantime, I am doing smoothies every day and taking prenatals every day, as well. I put everything and anything in the smoothies from fruit, to veggies, to yogurt, to collard greens, flax seeds, chia seeds, turmeric and also ginger. They're loaded with nutritious goodness! As you can see from the picture below, those are my smoothie supplies from just 2 days ago!
And that is why this blog is called, GO BIG OR GO HOME! With all of this commitment, financial investment, discomfort and physical changes, you better be sure you are up for the challenge and have the time to commit!
Luckily, I work from home since we own our own business and WE are totally ready for this experience!
Once the egg retrieval happens, I'll follow up to let you know what the amazing scientists are doing in the lab, how many embryos are viable, and the date of transfer!
So excited! This comes at a cost but it's an inspiration and a blessing to be able to do this!
Below are also all of the medications I received at my door. They were hand delivered and opening them up was like opening a present on Christmas Day! You can see the needles to the left. My tummy will be pretty bruised for a while but who cares, right!? It will be full of baby soon anyway.
With the divorce rate at 50%, that means many blended marriages and "step" children to follow..Someone needs to voice this! It's tough! Nitty gritty! Hardcore and without exception of blame! This blog is to not just inform but solidify how difficult, awkward and how severe the power struggle can be as a "step-parent"