Thursday, December 8, 2011

Moved to Wordpress

Dear Followers,

I know there aren't many of you, but if you will, please follow me at my new blog address: I decided to make the switch to wordpress so I'm on the same page as my other blog for my daughter. I would appriciate the follow!

As part of my new journey with the RE, I am also thinking about doing a vlog to document the process. Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

RE Appointment 12/5/11

At the start of AF this time, I had a decision to make, either take more clomid (which wasn't working) or call the RE. After crying my eyes out and talking to DH, we decided it was finally time to take the leap and get professional help. Going into the appointment I was super nervous about him flat out refusing treatment because of my weight. I had myself sick this morning. I threw up twice!

We get there today and the front nurse seemed busy, has a quiet voice, but was seemingly nice. I got my vitals taken, HR was 99 (think I was nervous?). Blood pressure was fine. We got back to the other nurse, who basically takes down our medical history. I've never been asked so many questions in my life. That must have taken a good 30 or so minutes. She was also super nice. (We're off to a great start!).

So I go back and meet the doctor, in his office, completely clothed (I've read this is good since you'll feel more comfortable talking about things when you're not naked on the table). He asked us more questions about our medical history. Things about my cycle history, the type of pain I have with my periods, about the birth of Addison, and about my chemical pregnancy. He also reviewed my blood work that my OB office sent over (which by the way they did super quickly!!! I called them late Friday afternoon and it was there this morning. I love that office). Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. He mentioned checking for endometriosis. Especially because of the pain during my periods and then also intercourse.

Then he went in to talk about my weight. I knew it was coming, but he did it SO well. He was so kind about it. Didn't talk down to me or make me feel like I'm this horrible disgusting person (much like I was playing it out in my head). He asked some history type questions with that, if I've always struggled with weight, what I've done to try and get healthier, and also about diabetes (Since I had GD with my pregnancy). He wants me to get a 3 hour glucose tolerance test (the same one you get during pregnancy) and he wrote me a script so I can get more strips for my monitor. He wants me testing my fasting and then also 1 or 2 hours after a few meals each day. He really wants to see what my blood sugars are doing, so we can address it. He's also going to order a few more blood tests.

From looking at my history and blood work, he's not convinced that I have PCOS. He said that in order to be diagnosed with that, I need at least 2 of 3 "symptoms," which are elevated testosterone (mine is in normal limits), no ovulation (I ovulate, though late), and poly cystic ovaries (mine look okay). He also wanted me to stop the metformin until after I take my GTT and talk to an internalist about my blood sugar levels. If it is deemed necessary after those tests, then I will continue. He encouraged me to start with a diabetic diet and to get back in the gym.

Since I went in on CD 4, I was able to get a few things taken care of. They went ahead and did 3 day blood tests, an exam, and then also an ultrasound. 
My FSH was 5.5
LH was 2.0
Estrogen was 40 

All normal for CD3. The ultrasound was also normal. Also, since I had great timing with my appointment, I get to hit the ground running...

I have to schedule my GTT this month.

I'm getting blood work to test the following: CBC, DHEA-S, Fasting blood sugar, fasting insulin, free testerone, 17-hydroxyprogestrone, progestrone, prolactin, RPR, T4 (Free), TSH, Testosterone, Thyroid AB, the standard slew of STDs and immunity to vaccinated diseases. He specifically mentioned testing something in my thyroid to make sure that's okay (Since I'm having a hell of a time loosing weight), I think that's the Thyriod AB and the 17-hydroxyprogestrone. I should get this blood work done after they confirm ovulation (they don't want me to have to go and get stuck a bunch of times.).

On December 12th, I'm getting my HSG

December 17, going in for an ovulation scan (which will let them know when I should do the above blood work)

DH has to do a S/A. I think he might get that done this week or so. He also has his own blood work to do.

I think that's it. I'm glad to finally get here. I need answers and I'm so ready. The appointment went great. The staff were all nice, I couldn't ask for better.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 30 of the 30 Days of Thanks Challenge

Today I am thank for....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 29 of the 30 Days of Thanks Challenge

Today I am thankful for those that say thanks.

I work with a lot of professors at the university. I help them do A LOT for their courses in terms of delivery, managing, and handling grades. It's a lot of work and some of them are not fast learners. I don't mind though and I very much enjoy working with most of them. It's always nice to get a gift of thanks. It's nice to be appreciated.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 28 of the 30 Days of Thanks Challenge

Today I am thankful for chocolate, diet soda, and that my dog is still alive. That is all.

Today has been horrible after following a horrible weekend. My dear doggie decided to eat 6 oz of toffee milk chocolate. You know the ones that look like an orange. He ate the entire thing. Well, minus one piece. We're not sure at what time exactly he ate it, but when we saw it, he was already vomiting everywhere. I mean everywhere. It was soupy chunky chocolate vomit and it was disgusting. Thank goodness for my husband. He cleaned it all up.

Now at 6 oz, that is NEAR toxicity levels for the size of my dog. He wasn't showing any other signs of poisoning so we waited it out. I slept on the couch in the living room after being up most of the night so I can hear him if he started seizing or vomiting again. Luckily he stopped and I was able to get some water him and I gave him some bread to help fill his stomach if he was hungry. The night was uneventful and I woke up to all the bread being eaten. We're still keeping a close eye on him but it looks like he's okay.

Last night A decided to have a scream fest and was up until past 1 am. I'm exhausted and I was late for work today. I couldn't stop for coffee AND I hit every single red light on the way to work. Every single one!

So today, I'm going to enjoy my Twix and drink my Pepsi max and be thankful that I have these. I have a migraine brewing and I'm hoping the extra dosages of caffeine will help.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 27 of the 30 Days of Thanks Challenge

Today I am thankful for my skill. Not many people have the skills I have and they really give me the ability to do things many people can't. They allow me to save money, be creative, and to be giving. I love making anything and everything I can. I love capturing moments, designing greeting cards, invitations, logos, and anything else my mind can think up. I also love to sew. It is an amazing feeling when you finish a product. Clothes especially since you start out with just fabric and you eventually turn it into this walking piece of artwork that your kids go around in.

Here is a Christmas card I just designed:


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 26 of the 30 Days of Thanks Challenge

Today I am thankful for my purse. My very large purse. It's perfect and can hold everything. My purse is actually a camera bag, but more stylish. I'm thankful that my husband let me splurge and get one. I use it for everything, it's the ultimate photographer mom's bag. I can hold my camera, two lenses, lens cleaner, filters, my ipad, wallet, keys, magazines, diapers, wipes, snacks, sippies, and a ton of other things. It gets heavy, but I have all I need. I would like to get a smaller version and the other style of bags are just gorgeous: