I am 33-year-old dame of many talents and interests. I am married to Mr. X, and despite my mysterious allure, live a fairly uninteresting life in the suburbs. I'm a professional working from home (and no, I do not work in my jammies). We have two kitties (aka Fluffy and the Bad One) of whom we take too many pictures. We are in the process of adopting a Golden Retriever. I'm an only child and I share abominally. I'm an Atheist and have been since I was very young. I do crossword puzzles in pen. I love color and my entire closet is organized like the rainbow. I love words, including knickers, zaftig, snorgle, peevish, and eccumenical. I love to read in the bath. I want to take up piano again. As for kids, well, I've been trying to get pregnant since May 2005 with medical intervention since August 2006. We've had two pregnancies and two miscarriages. As of now, I'm enjoying boozing, exercising, general loose living and all other previously verboten habits.
* June 2008 - mock cycle for FET in August. More butt shots! * March 2008 - June 2008 break * March 2008 - fetus found, measuring small, lived for 2 weeks and then miscarried at 8w6d (monosomy #2). D&C #2 * February 2008 - no fetal pole found, miscarriage predicted * January - February 2008 - 1st IVF cycle, BFP (with 6 totscicles leftover) * August - December 2007 - 4th, 5th and 6th IUI w/ injectibles, BFN * April - August 2007 - break * April 2007 - miscarriage at 9w2d (monosomy #1), D&C #1 * February 2007 - 3rd IUI with injectible, BFP * November 2006 - December 2006 - 1st and 2nd IUIs with injectibles, BFN * October 2006 - laparoscopic surgery, tubes cleared, no endo found * August 2006 - saw 2nd RE, HSG found blocked tubes * July 2006 - referred to 1st RE (who I did not like) * January 2006 - first of six Clomid cycles, nada * May 2005 - stopped BCPs, started TTC * April 2003 - married
For the narrative version of the sordid story going back to the beginning click here and here.
Dr. Uterus: our RE and the man who would knock me up Dr. Freak Out: the opinionated and outspoken embryologist Nurse To A T: Dr. Uterus's nurse Sweetie, Mr. X, the Man: my hubby, love, one and only
What Does It All Mean? A Guide to Abbreviations
Here is a list of popular infertiliy abbreviations:
2WW- two week wait (the wait between an IUI or IVF and the pregnancy test) ART - assisted reproductive technology BCP - birth control pills Beta- a blood pregnancy test and number of amount of HCG in the system BFN- big fat negative (boo) BFP - big fat positive (yay!) D &C- dilation and curettage (just know that you don't ever want one or two) Embies - embryos ER - egg retrieval ET - embryo transfer FET - frozen embryo transfer Follies - ovarian follicles which contain growing eggs HCG - human chorionic gonadotropin - pregnancy hormone HPT - home pregnancy test (see POAS) HSG - Hysteroslapingogram (aka Painful Dye Injection into your uterus) ICSI - intracytoplasmic sperm injection (used with IVF) - sperm are injected directly into the egg to aid fertilization IF - infertility Injectibles - stims that are injected (Menopur, Bravelle, etc) IUI - intrauterine insemination IVF - in vitro fertilization PGS - preimplantation genetic screening POAS - pee on a stick (i.e. take a home pregnancy test) RE - reproductive endocronologist SHG - sonohysterogram (with the emphasis on 'hysterical') Stims- drugs that stimulate egg production Trigger - HCG shot that causes ovulation