Sunday, January 24, 2010

Better News

No, I'm not pregnant yet, but here's the better news:
1. Only three more tests and then we're done! And... only one of them is on me! Woohoo!
2. The MTHFR mutation shouldn't mean that I need blood thinners. Just a possible vitamin problem that is pretty easily taken care of with extra folic acid.
3. No thyroid problem - the first test was just a fluke!

I ovulated on Wednesday and it was painful. Here's to hoping that means I ovulated more than once. Although not too many times... I am a pretty small person after all.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Good News

I got good news today: my ovaries responded quite well to the Clomid - my FSH is at 10.5 (down from 10.7 last week) and my estrogen is 748, which is a great response. What they didn't want to see is for my FSH to shoot up, which it didn't, so we're happy with the results.

No thyroid results back yet; I'll probably get them at my follow up appointment next Thursday and we'll see where to go from there. We also have a genetic counseling appointment tomorrow at 1, where we'll figure out what genetic tests we need in regards to the MTHFR mutation.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Problem #4

I went in this morning for my Day 3 ultrasound and bloodwork. I was really impressed by the efficiency of the Shady Grove office. I got to my appointment about 20 minutes early and got seen almost right away. I was out of the building by 10 minutes after my appointment was supposed to start... Wow!

The good news is that on my own I had 3 follicles in my right ovary and 7 in my left. My LH and estrogen were normal. My FSH was still higher than normal at 10.7 (over 10 is considered "high"). My new medical problem of the visit (and, yes, I have come to expect a new problem at each office visit) was that I had an elevated prolactin and TSH levels, which suggests yet another problem (hypothyroidism), if the results were not just a fluke. We'll be retesting those either later this cycle or maybe next month (the nurse wasn't super clear on when) and if they are still high, I get to go see an endocrinologist to get put on medication, hopefully just temporarily to straighten things out.

We're continuing on with the Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test this month - prepare ye the way for hot flashes.

Next appointments: January 14 for retesting of the FSH levels, January 15 for genetic counseling for the MTHFR mutations (to discuss next steps).

P.S. I started a part-time job at Ann Taylor Loft today. Hooray for employee discounts!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Updates on medical stuff

It's Day 1 of my new cycle today, which means it's time for the Clomiphene Challenge Test. I called the Shady Grove office today, but their message said they were CLOSED for the holiday... Is today a holiday?

Anyhow, I need to make an appointment for an ultrasound on Thursday or else I have to wait another month for this test! I do NOT like waiting, so I had better not have to wait again... (Although praise God that my cycles are never longer than 29ish days. I don't think I could do the waiting that some women have to do!)

I also made an appointment with the genetic counselor yesterday to discuss the MTHFR mutation and what needs to happen with that. Thankfully even though I think our insurance won't cover that appointment, the maximum price we'll pay is $135. That's doable!

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, New Hair, New Look

I think this is the hope inside of me roaring up - maybe if I change my hair, my year will be different than the last? If I'm not pregnant now, it's on to the clomiphene challenge test next week. I'd love to be pregnant right now and not need the (somewhat expensive) medical help, but then again, if the clomid will improve the quality of my eggs, I will take it willingly and gladly.

Here's to hoping we won't be staying awake until midnight next December 31.