Saturday, February 14, 2009

Reading Between the Lines

Get it? Reading between the lines? Like, if I had two lines and you had to rea... oh forget it, they always say that it's not funny if you have to explain the joke. Onward and upward...

ANYWHOZIT: The point, for those still reading (and I wouldn't blame you if you'd stopped bothering after that lame-assed joke), is that I recognize that I've obscured the facts somewhat in the last few posts. So let me clear it up for those who have emailed me (though, to be fair, most of you HAD seemed to understand where I was going with it all)...

Yes, I have POAS'd. No, there were not two lines. Well, I mean, if you took TWO of the tests and put them together, you'd get two lines, but I doubt that's what any of you meant. Yes, this was a direct violation of my doctor's orders. But it's not like it was going to change the end result. Wednesday's beta will still be whatever Wednesday's beta is going to be. Plus, SuperNurse said I could pee on anything I wanted, so long as I was going to be sane about it (e.g. not call her every five minutes with the latest test results freaking out).

I'm very uncomfortable, both because of the giant lumps on my, ahem, posterior, and because I am extraordinarily crampy. I have little question in my mind that if it weren't for the blasted PIO, I'd be on CD-something right now based on how I'm feeling. Yes, I've tried a heating pad for both pains. No, it's not helping. Thanks for the suggestion. The warm heating pad sure is snuggly, even if it doesn't help. And the cats like it, too (bonus).

And now I get to hang out until Wednesday when I have my beta and can ask what my next steps are. I might call on Monday to schedule an appointment for a consult with SuperDoc, preemptively. I know it'll take a while to get an appointment with him, so I may as well get it on the books. I could always cancel it if (hah!) today's test results were somehow mistaken.

To answer Lori's comments....

I know my clinic did not allow back-to-back cycles. Your body needs a little downtime after all that.

Different clinics have different protocols. And some are satisfied that the month on BCPs = sufficient downtime before starting over. That isn't the same as going straight into another stim cycle, which is what back-to-back IVFs would actually be. A month of BCPs IS actually time off between cycles. I just don't know if that's sufficient for my clinic because in my efforts to be more "go-with-the-flow" than I naturally want to be, I just forgot to ask.

If your beta is negative do you have a consult before the next cycle? My clinic did. You should SO push for a cycle without Lupron.

They don't require a consult between cycles - that's really my call. I don't currently have a consult scheduled, but I might schedule one. I haven't really decided what to do. As for pushing for a cycle without Lupron... to be honest, I'm tired of pushing. I pushed and pushed through my first round of infertility treatment, and I'm really done with that. I have full faith and confidence in my doctor and his expertise. I don't have the emotional energy or the mental capacity left to play back-seat-patient. Certainly, I will ask what he thinks of doing an antagonist protocol instead, but I will not push for it. If he has a reason he doesn't think that's the answer, I'm not going to rock the boat. The headaches from Lupron suck mightily. There's NO question. I would love to be without them. But the fact of the matter is that if the protocol ultimately works and I get to hold a baby in my arms sometime in the next year or two... I won't give two hoots about the headaches (though I reserve the right to complain about them here, while I'm going through the process).

Finally, I know it ain't over 'til it's over, and the fat lady hasn't sung yet (wait, I *did* sing bedtime songs to my kids tonight...), but I know that the reality is that this isn't going anywhere. Many of you have emailed me directly to express your sympathy for this (and boy, will *I* feel stupid if I end up with a positive beta on Wednesday! Hah!), and I do appreciate it. I'm okay, though. I'm sad about the lost time and the lost chance and the fact that only 2 opportunities remain without some seriously creative financing, but I'm really okay with giving this another go. I'm eager, in fact, to keep moving. And like I've said all along - the good news is I love SuperDoc, SuperNurse, M (sonographer extraordinaire), J (Marketing Supervisor Extraordinaire)*, and everyone at my clinic. So is it really so bad to have to spend some more time with them?


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*Er, not that J has anything to do with my treatment cycles or anything, because of course he does NOT. But at least I get to barge into his office now and again and drop random boxes of cookies on his desk and harass him. That part is fun for me. :)

6 comments:

battynurse said...

So sorry. I hope you get answers you need as far as when you will cycle again.

triLcat said...

*hug*

Gibson Twins said...

Does your clinic have the shared risk option that might buy you more than just 2 more cycles (though hopefully you wouldn't need more than two, just thinking ahead).

My cycle is over, and not even having done ANYTHING invasive, I feel mentally drained so I can't even begin to imagine how much a toll this takes on you.

Thinking of you!

Cassandra said...

Sorry to hear about the negatives.

Have you been massaging the PIO site? I've found that helpful in preventing lumps and pain.

Hang in there...

barrenisthenewblack said...

I'm so sorry. I'm here for you. Sarcasm. Lawn repair discussions. Hugs. Whatever you need.

JamieD said...

I'm so sorry . . . thinking of you