Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Not been updating much...

I've been trying to not focus on TTC stuff so I've been occupying all of my time making things for my etsy shop. I've spent hours coming up with coaster designs and then the actual making if the coasters. I have also painted some planters. Plus so much time going through my images trying to find ones that maybe somebody will buy. I'm not sure anybody will. I don't seem to be getting a very good response. I post things for my shop on Facebook and nobody even likes the post. So maybe my stuff just sucks.

On the TTC front. I ovulated on cd 20. I'm 8 dpo now and if my temps stay up. I'll test on Friday. I'm not feeling too hopeful, but I want to be past this whole TTC stuff so bad. I yearn for that second baby so much. I'm ready to be a parent of two and I'm so ready to enjoy sex again. For those of you that had pregnancy come easily, I'm not sure you can understand how'd having to have sex completely destroys that sexual relationship. It's no longer fun, it's timed, and most of the time, we do it because we have too. Not my idea of a good time.

I've started my etsy shop because I need money saved incase we need to move into fertility treatments. They aren't cheap and they are not covered by insurance. We aren't rich people and I hate that money can potentially stand in the way of us having another baby. I'm nervous about going to a specialist and I'm worried that they are going to say that I'm too fat to even be considered for treatments. I don't know. Thoughts go through my head that I'm sure are irrational. It's a scary step. Until then, I know we have one more script for clomid and then I guess we will reevaluate then.

I'm having a sale for 20% off for labor day to hopefully just get my name out there. I know I'm probably undercharging myself, but how else's am I going to get my name out there. Here is a link to my store

And if you search for ceebee creations on Facebook, you'll find me there too. That's where you can grab the coupon code. I can do a bit of custom work as well. I haven't made custom slots yet, but I plan to by the weekend.

In other news, I've been feeling crappy and I'm sick with a cold. I took today off because I'm feeling so congested. I slept for most of the day and I really like to be asleep now, but dear Miss A makes that impossible.

I also wanted to talk about As time in the daycare on Mondays, but I'll save that for another day.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CD 14 appointment, ultrasound, and lab results

Appointment for my annual went fine! Doctor was in a much better mood. I told him about my aunt and grandmother having breast cancer, he told me that there isn't much to do right now, but to ask if they have both been tested for the bracka gene(?). He said if they were both negative then my chance is n higher than anybody else. I'm going to call my mom tonight and ask.

The ultrasound revealed a "juicy" follicle on my right side I'm not sure on size, I was too excited and forgot to ask, much better than last cycle where I had nothing on cd 15. I'm glad things look better this cycle.

I also got my lab results back. Everything tested was in normal range. I was concerned about the LH to fsh ratio, but I think the LH has to be elevated and not the fsh. If I could get opinions on it all, I'd be appreciative

TSH - 1.910 (normal 0.45 - 4.50)
T4, Free - 1.07 (normal 0.82- 1.77)

LH - 2.6 (2.4 - 12.6)
FSH - 6.0 (3.5 - 12.5)

Testosterone - 46 (8-48) *this is elevated, anything I can do?
Free Testosterone - 2 (0-2.2) * also elevated

Prolactin - 7.9 (4.8 - 23.3)

Estradiol - 24.7 (12.5 - 166)

Progesterone - 0.6 (0.2 - 1.5)

I think everything looks okay, though I'm concerned about the high testosterone. I am very concerned about PCOS. I read that FSH at 6 is good, not great, but is that high for my age? I'm 27.

Any input on these results would be appreciated especially with personal experiences and lab results.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

A new cycle

I've not been blogging as much, I seem to be down in the dumps lately. A year of TTC will do that to you I think.

Today I went in and got some blood work done. It's cycle day 3 so we tested a few things including

FSH and LH
Testosterone, Total and Free

I think I'm missing something else. I asked them to test my glucose levels and insulin resistance, but I didn't see that on there. So, it looks like I might need to go to my GP and see if they can order that blood work for me. 

I have my well-woman exam set for August 16th, which also happens to be CD 14, so I'll get my ultrasound then.

I start Clomid tonight and then Estrogen on the August 10th. So we'll see. Praying hard this cycle might be the "one."

Also added to my regime of pills, will be some herbs:

  • Woman's One a day Vitamin
  • Vitex Agnus castus to help normalize hormones (though I can't take this while taking Clomid, so I will be saving this one for later, if I need it)
  • Tribulus to help regulate ovulation (specifically helps with LH levels, until the clomid I never got a dark dark OPK)
  • Chromium to help with glucose intolerance
  • Red Raspberry Tea
  • Red Clover
  • Gymnema to help with carb cravings and insulin resistance
  • Magnesium to balance blood sugar levels
It seems like a lot and I might also skip the Tribulus as my LH levels seem better while taking the clomid. I will definitely be focusing on managing my sugar levels with the Chromium, Gymnema, and Magnesium. I'm also going to be watching high glycemic index foods and just overall eating healthy.

Last week my husband and I started walking. He's forcing me which is great. I'm so tired when I get home. We're walking on the days that he gets off early, or has off. Then on days where he's working nights, I'm going to do the steps for as long as I can. I"m at 10 minutes currently as my hips can't take much more. Cardio wise, I'm good and can go longer, but my hips hurt so bad that they burn. It's more in the joints than the muscles. I think my hip problems prior to pregnancy and then pregnancy itself are to blame.

I'm up in the air about temping this month too. I'll decide once AF comes to a close.