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Medical update: this morning we had an office visit for bloodwork and ultrasounds to check some things before we start stimulation. We’ve never both had US on the same day which was interesting. We both just finished our periods. Endometrial linings were very thin which is what the medical team wants so they can start over – a clean slate so they can have their way with our reproductive systems! I have some endometriums which are painful little things along my lining that I don’t really understand. As long as they don’t get in the way of a pregnancy I’m fine with them. J had 8 follicles on one ovary and 14 on another – 22! We can work with that. Later our IVF coordinator called to say our estrogen levels were nice and low – 35 & 37 – so we can go ahead with our IVF cycle. This is great news!

I start estrogen twice a day tomorrow and decrease Lupron to 5 units from 20. I’ve been getting headaches that may just be from the heat but maybe they’ll go away. J starts stim shots on Saturday and also decreases Lupron that day. I’m going to make her some yummy food and we’re planing a chill weekend so hopefully all will go well.

Next post I will introduce our donor!

Last night we started Lupron injections. We were a little nervous so I suggested an after-work run, as pain is less noticeable after exercise. Upon return, we look at each other fearfully. Where’s the pharmacy bag? J asks. We spent some time watching YouTube videos of other baby-challenged girls giving themselves lupron injections. If she can do it, we can do it! J says.

We open our syringes and bottle of medicine. J cleans her belly with alcohol swab and waits for it to dry and I draw up. She tells me to go steady. I tell her I’m going to just do it so we don’t psych ourselves out. She looks away, I stab the needle in quickly and as gently as possible and push the medicine in. She repeats the process with me and afterwards I lie on the floor on a yoga mat. We give each other high fives. We did it!!!

Now we just have to do it every night for weeks…

In other news, we haven’t picked up J’s medications from MDR yet. For those of you not in fertility treatment, MDR is the fertility pharmacy. Apparently if you walk around LA carrying one of these bags other baby-challenged couples will know you’re in treatment. I know this from the intern at my office whose wife went through three IVF cycles, didn’t get pregnant, then finally got pregnant using IUI. Yay! She’s actually due next week!

Anyway, back to meds – we haven’t picked them up yet because the total cost of them is… gulp… $2,641.30. Wow.