Thursday, April 30, 2009

IVF #5 underway

Here we go again! I'm on day 3 of stims today and so far all is well.

Day 2 FSH = 7.0
E2 = 30
LH = 7.5
AFC = 4-6 on each side.

Numbers look great, same as always. But we aren't fooled this time. We're just hoping that somehow, some way, the result will be different than all of the other times. Of course you know how the saying goes about doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different outcome? Hmmm...I think we might be slow learners. Or maybe, just maybe, the laparoscopic surgery for endo will make a difference?

As Will mentioned, we're both busy, but I'm insanely busy for the next 8 weeks or so with finishing my internship, defending my dissertation, and launching this grant project off of the ground (not sure if I mentioned this before, but I was awarded that grant I applied for a while back that will fund a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. I will be the principal investigator of a clinical research study implementing a novel treatment for trauma. The grant also includes a scholarship to get an M.S. from one of our local medical schools. The masters is a required part of the grant, or I would opt out. How many degrees do I need, after all?! It's getting embarrassing to even tell my family. They think I have an addiction to academics or something. Oh well. More on all this later.

For now, while Will is busy smelling the lilacs and remembering our baboon friends (ah, we're a complementary pair, aren't we?!), here is a short list of things I must do:

Must complete IVF cycle.
Must defend dissertation.
Must complete grant acceptance process for myself and team.
Must see patients.
Must bathe. At least occasionally.
Oh, and must not stress (snort!).


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  1. I think you're an amazing woman.

  2. I am so impressed! Seriously, Mo, you inspire me. And I, for one, am hoping you get a totally different result this time. It aint out of the realm of possibility, you know.

    (And it's not about who deserves it most or anything, but, if anyone deserves it, it's you!)

    Seriously, fingers are crossed so tightly for this cycle that they're already cramping up. Keep us posted how everything's going? Thinking of you & Will.

  3. Sending you best of luck - I really thing my laporoscopic surgery made a difference when I had my son. My RE assures me this is not something I should do again, but I haven't gotten pg again either! So hopefully it will make things work out this time.

    Try not to kill yourself with all the projects! Thinking of you and Will.

  4. I love that you're a professional student. My husband would to the same if I didn't kick him out the door to get the bacon. ;) Hooray for cycle #5!

  5. Good luck! I hope this is the miracle for you guys!!!

  6. I can't believe you are doing all that. Me = in awe of you.

  7. Wow, lady, you are truly a wonder woman! Wishing you low stress and lots of luck!

  8. Congrats on the rockin grant. AND wow your numbers look great after a lap, to have all those follicles still hanging around is great. To a new cycle, may you feel the good vibes comming your way.

  9. Whew, I'll echo what Bottoms Off said! I can barely keep it together throughout IVF with a fairly low-stress, not-terribly-demanding job. I can't imagine doing all that you do! I'll be crossing all crossables that this cycle does the trick for you two. Hooray for a good start!

  10. A lot on your plate is not necessarily a bad thing during a cycle...Good luck juggling it all. I so hope this is your happy ending :)

  11. Congrats on the grant!

    Everything crossed for this cycle:)

  12. I am a new reader. You are an amazing and very inspiring. I am in the middle of my 2nd ivf . all the best for a successful cycle.


  13. Well Congrats on the grant! You have some list. I am hoping for you! I really hope this works this time for you! You both deserve. You are an amazing person!

  14. Wow, you aren't kidding about alot on your plate! Congrats on the grant and good luck with #5!!!

  15. Oh my goodness, I'd drown for sure! Get some of that off your plate, crazy girl!

  16. Good luck Mo! Don't forget to take it one day at a time if you feel like you are sinking.

  17. Wow... you have a lot going on.

    You can never have too many degrees. My DH shot down law school after my phd but I was aiming to stay in school at least till my 40s. He wasn't on board so much. :) At least when you have finished and defended a disseration a masters will seem easy!

    I hope this is the cycle for you. 5 is certainly enough suffering for one person. I was a glutton as well since it took me 6. Take care and good luck.

  18. Oh many things to do. I've looked forward to this for so long I'm surprised that life hasn't stopped for this cycle. I have more meetings booked over the next week than I have in the last month. Figures. I'll probably be on a conference call during retrieval.

    But oh yeah...there was that head above water thing.

    Hang in there.

  19. Glad to see that you added the snort at the end of your to do list because I literally snorted out loud when just *reading* your list!
    Wowza! I am in awe of all you are juggling AND that you are actively pursuing parenthood via IVF in the midst of that. Amazing! You are my hero and continually inspire me to remember that I can do this!!!Wishing you allll the very best on this cycle!!

  20. Mo - the numbers do look great and I hoe that the surgery made a difference. I am keeping it all crossed for you and Will.

  21. Go Mo, Go Mo, Go Mo!!!!

    I'm not sure how you manage to keep it all together with all that you are doing ... but being that I work at a university, although I am not a student, I can relate to the types of things you need to accomplish ... the whole showering bit - just let it go - deoderant is all you need ;-) ... and keeping your head above water? for it's me it's living for the weekend!

    I hope this is it for you. This has got to weigh so heavy on you - so my heart is with you.


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