11/20/2015 clinic received application. completed and submitted hubby and my medical and treatment history.
12/04/2015 phone call with my coordinator Valerie to discuss details of treatment, cost and ask questions. scheduled a phone appointment with Dr Zeringue.
12/07/2015 phone consultation with Dr Zeringue ro review health history and discuss options. Very knowledgeable and super sweet doctor. Informed him that we are ready to proceed. We will receive email with the next steps and required bloodwork.
12/09/2015 received email from Valerie with paperwork we need to sign and lab requirements. completed and emailed back all paperwork needed.
12/10/2015 OB appointment annual checkup. Discussed what i will need locally from my Doctor as far as ultrasounds and monitoring. they'e on board and ready to help any way they can. Dr Seligman and Omega OBGYN are the best. Blood drawn for OB Panel and homocysteine levels.
12/14/2015 blood work all normal per Debbie and she faxed it to California Conceptions. Valerie confirmed receipt and will contact me once the doctor reviews the results.
-- Happy New Year --
01/07/2016 Cycle Day 1.
01/09/2016 Started Birth Control.
02/17/2016 Saline Contrast Ultrasound 10:30 a.m. California Conceptions w/Dr Zeringue - got the all All Clear. The staff at the clinic is nice, they seem to be always behind schedule wise, my appointment was about an hour late.
02/22/2016 Psychologist Skype sessions with Tice Elkins.
-- all prerequisites have been completed -- now we wait for a donor profile --
02/25/2016 Valerie sent us a profile today and we accepted it. Signed all the papers and returned them back to the clinic that same night. It is a seamless profile we couldn't have asked for anything better, provided both donors are being truthful about their history they are both young and healthy and have a relatively medically healthy background. It is a frozen/vitrified profile so we will have a little flexibility when it comes to booking flights and scheduling Dr appointments. But if all goes well we are looking at an April transfer. Sent payment $12,500 no turning back now.
03/01/2016 Apparently Valerie sent me my meds calendar and prescription on the 26th but since they switched to a new computer system they have been having issues and i never got her email. I got a call today from the Pharmacy they sent my script to asking for more details that i couldn't answer. Needless to say it has been a frustrating day. Also found out that the embryos we were offered are not available yet and i was asked if i would want to do a fresh transfer. Honestly with all the logistics issues they are having i don't want to risk another miscommunication so we are opting for a frozen transfer which means my calendar is going to change.
I ended up finding a different pharmacy i would like to go through for my meds and hopefully Valerie will get my email and fax the script to WinFirtility but i guess there's no rush now cause it seems we will be an April transfer instead of March.
03/02/2016 I received a tentative calendar for a frozen vitrified cycle. Tentative transfer date is April 18. If baseline Ultrasound goes well i start meds on the 23rd of March. Baseline Ultrasound scheduled for Friday March 18th.
03/07/2016 Medication all paid for through WinFertilityRx and set to be delivered on Friday $560.
03/14/2016 Received medication on Monday due to weather delays.
03/18/2016 Baseline Ultrasound all clear will start Lupron injections on the 23rd of March.
03/23/2016 First Lupron injection, taking 10 units subcutaneously in the morning.
03/24/2016 did some reading and these seem to help people build a good lining. my dosage was off for the vitamin D so i'll be taking 2000 IU (5 pills).
03/30/2016 Started Estrogen patches and reduced Lupron to 5 units per day.
|i kept myself entertained at the airpot making hexies|
*** a photo for comparison: the difference between the Lupron needles (far right) and the Progesterone needles (pink one is to draw the medicine and the grey one is to inject).
|Carly and I in front of the clinic|
|Day 5 Grade 2 Expanding Blastocyst|
|Baby Shaffer is the little white dot in the center of the uterus|
04/25/2016 I was planning to document all the symptoms during my 2 week wait but i didn't feel much up until today. I felt period like cramping throughout the day. Around 10:00 a.m. when i went to the restroom i noticed some very light pink spotting and that was it, just that once. Obviously i did some googling but all i have read so far can be interpreted either way i am praying for a positive outcome. i keep remembering that song "waiting is the hardest part".
This is the first time i feel stuck in a situation where i can't eat or take anything that can improve our chances. I can't fix it and that's new to me.
04/29/2016 Second Beta did not bring any good news unfortunately. My numbers didn't double at all in fact they barely went up to 9.93 so i received a call from the clinic to stop my medications and retest next friday to make sure my numbers are falling back down as close as possible to 0 before we get to start again.
I must say we are very disappointed. We, again, let ourselves get delusional and believe that this is going to be easy for us like it's been for some other couples who have taken the donor route. We wanted to be part of the success stories instead of the statistics but for now we take comfort in knowing that i CAN get pregnant. In the last 7 or more years trying to get pregnant this is the first time we have gotten a positive even if it didn't last.
For now all we can do is wait and hope that somewhere out there our baby is still waiting to join us.