5 pokes later…the mock cycle begins!

Finally, I called in for my ‘day 3’ test to start my mock cycle this week. I decided day 3 would be today. So they had me come in at 7am to do my blood work and ultrasound (it takes me about an hour to get to my clinic from home, and then another hour to get to work. Ugh).

Bloodwork – all they needed was a tiny little tube of blood but my veins were having none of it. It took 4 pokes to get enough blood to fill one vial! Ridiculous. To be fair I have notoriously difficult veins. The poor nurses. One tried twice, and then decided to pass it on to the other nurse, who also had to try 2 more times before bagging a vein that wouldn’t play hide and seek with the needle. Ive decided next time i will draw a bulls-eye where the succesful prick was so that we dont have to play this game again. Human pin cusion is not fun at 7am in the morning.

Ultrasound – luckily there was only one poke for this one. But not a very fun one. They always have a hard time finding my ovaries. It is just a lot of uncomfortable pushing.

An hour and a half after I arrived, (way too long, will try going in at 6am next time to see if that makes it faster) I finally saw the nurse to discuss the particulars of my mock cycle:

  • April 30 – begin Estrace 4mg pv (per vagina – how fun!) 2 times a day
  • May 5 – Endometrial Biopsy
  • May 13 – Bloodwork & ultrasound
  • May 20 – Bloodwork & ultrasound
  • May 21 – Add Prometrium 200mg pv 3 times a day
  • May 30 – last doses

Ofcourse I am not sure what I am supposed to after May 30…have sent her an email to ask about that. Since I dont get a period (and dont expect to get one after this), it is hard for me to gauge what happens next)

They emailed me my results:








No big surprises there.

Next step. Endometrial Biopsy. This is going to be a Fun month.



Instant Mom

Instant Mom By Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos (yes that chick from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and a Canadian! love her!) is currently promoting her new book: Instant Mom.

I will definitely be putting this on my K*ndle.

While I am not there yet, I am open to the possibility that IVF will not work and adoption may just be in the cards for me. Nia went through many failed IVF attempts before adopting her daughter at age 3. But she still claims that she would do it all over again if it meant that she would get to be her daughter’s mom. I think that is such a great sentiment.

Love Nia.

Coming from the east…

Increasingly now, it seems that TCM and acupuncture seem to go hand in hand with  IVF or ART in general (you need to look at that handy-dandy abbreviations chart now don’t you?). I have never really been one to use ‘home remedies’ to cure any of my ails. I grew up around western medicine. Western medicine cured me many times. My body responds well to drugs. So why fix what aint broke?

Until now.

I am definitely broke, and while western medicine has its ways to fix me. These are not 100% for sure. So I am opening up my mind to TCM. I know it wont be a quick fix. And I know it wont get me ovulating, or restore my period (but a little part of me wishes it could), but maybe, just maybe it could be that little push my body needs to build a lining cushy enough for an embryo to call home…

I have been perusing ratemd.com for reviews of Naturopaths in my area. One who comments regularly on ivf.ca seems to be the only one whose site really focuses on infertility. She also has been trained by Dr. Randine Lewis, whose book I am currently reading.  Of course, like all things in my life, she is one of the more expensive ones, and her office is about 30 mins drive away from me, without traffic, (and let’s be real, when is there ever no traffic in a big city?)

There are others. An acupuncturist that is locates much closer to home that specializes in infertility, but then he doesn’t do naturopathic medicine, so what little my health insurance will cover will be unavailable.

A few naturopaths closer to home list infertility as one of the areas they treat on their website, but it does not look like it is an area they ‘specialize’ in. They have decent reviews, but none with regard to infertility.

So what do you think? Do I go to someone who is trained and licensed, closer to home, but may not be fully experienced in my particular problem (but with good reviews of course). Or do I splurge and go for the one that I am pretty sure has seen this all before? Does experience really matter with TCM? They do say that they treat the root of the problem, not the symptoms. So does experience really matter?

Cat piss, no bananas and chunky milk

That’s how my day got started.

Woke up to work out as usual. Went to my basement and there I smelt it. The cat piss. Stupid cat has been all worked up lately since we havent been letting him out to play. I never really wanted him to be an outdoor cat, but my dad (against my protests) let him out a couple of times last summer, and then one day he came home with a bloody paw (lost his nail somewhere). He was fine, but I put him back on house arrest and now that the weather is getting warmer he is not a happy camper. I assume the pissing in the basement is a protest to that.

So I am left to deal with the protest pee. Workout scrapped. Early morning laundry it is.

Finally, ready for work I decide to make myself my usual oatmeal breakfast shake, pour some oats, chia and milk into my magic b*llet, go to grab a banana to throw in, and we are out! Gah! What is a breakfast shake without the banana. Ugh. Down the sink it goes. Decide to pour myself a bowl of cereal instead, had to go for a new bag of milk, and sure enough, Chunky milk comes out. Fan-friggin-tastic!

I dumped it all in the sink and just bought a breakfast sandwich on my way in to work. So much for staying healthy today.

Lets hope the day gets better from here.