Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fertility Update!

Dear Family! (And friends),

As you all know, Danny and I have been trying for what seems to us like forever to have a child. After months of trying to get in to see a doctor about fertility treatments, reasons why we haven't been able to conceive, and options we might have, I finally got an appointment. On Ocotber 6th, Danny and I went in for a consultation. This basically was an appointment for the doctors to ask us how long we have been trying, how long during that time Danny has been deployed, and whether or not we 'know how to time intercourse.' After they clearly realized we knew what we were doing, they put in for a referral to see a specialist. One catch, I needed to get blood work done before my appointment with my specialist. When you get blood work done for fertility testing, you have to wait for certain days of your cycle, and mine are crazy, so I never knew when that day would come, where was the light at the end of the tunnel!

On the 19th (our anniversary, go figure!) I got a phone call from the specialist, saying "You have a referral, make an appointment with us!" I told them how my Primary Care Manager (pcm) had told me to wait for my blood work to be done before making the appointment, and they told me nonsense!! and made the appointment. So at 10:20 today, I had my appointment.

I go in, and play 20 questions with the doctor. After 30 minutes of q&a, he decides I'm the most well informed patient he has ever had, and starts me on clomid. He also checked my ovaries for swelling, and booked me for an ultrasound to make sure that I don't have any abnormalities on my ovaries and to make sure that the huge cyst that family practice ignored 10 months ago has resolved itself. He told me my right ovary still feels a little swollen, but not huge, so that's a good thing.

For those who don't know, or aren't sure what clomid is, let me explain. In the beginning of the month, a woman's body produces FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone) to produce a follicle or cyst where the egg will be released from the ovary. If you estrogen levels aren't high enough, there won't be very much FSH in your system, and you won't ovulate, and you won't produce a lot of progesterone at the end of your cycle either, so even if my some holy miracle sperm swam all the way to the ovary and fertilized an egg, your body wouldn't be prepared for pregnancy and wouldn't keep it. Clomid blocks estrogen receptors, and kicks your estrogen production into over drive, causing extra estrogen to produce and basically kick starting the ovaries to ovulate, and produce all these hormones that are necessary.

I hope that all makes sense to everyone. Any questions feel free to email and ask!! Thank you guys all for your prayers and positive energy you have put into the universe for us. We are thankful to all of you. Keep praying, though, we're not pregnant yet!! :) Thank you!!!!

Just to keep you guys posted, fertility drugs have a reputation for producing multiples. So watch out! :)

Nessie & Danny

Sunday, October 18, 2009

4 Years


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Our New Home... well maybe.

This is a home iN Kentucky that we've been looking at buying. I love it, I love that it's so close to base, and it's clean and only 3 years old! The owners say there are no houses across the street, just dense forest, and that the neighbors all keep pretty much to themselves. With amazing views of the sunset and a back and front porch, finished basement, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, I'm in love. We're working on buying it as soon as possible, so we have a home to live in when we move. I can't wait!

Wisdom Teeth

Last Friday, I had my wisdom teeth taken out. This is what I looked like immediately following the surgery! Not bad, though i don't remember Danny taking this photo NOR do I remember how I got home and in bed!
Immediately following surgery, I felt great! I had no pain, I was happy, and sleepy. We watched FRIENDS for a while, while I zoned in and out of consciousness. Every few hours, Danny would give me another percocet or motrin, and I would take a sip of whatever (can't even remember now) and slip back into a sleep.

At around 3:30 am I woke up feeling horribly nauseated. After three bouts of nausea and "sickness" Danny took me to the ER to get some fluids. The doctor for some reason didn't want to put an IV in, so he made me drink horrible tasting hospital tap water which made me run for the bathroom but I didn't throw up, they gave me some sort of evil anti-vommiting meds which make me feel like I will but prevent it from happening, which I think is probably a worse feeling.
Come to find they think I have an allergic reaction to percocet, so they prescribe Vicodin (stupid, it's the same family as percocet). after returning home and taking the vicodin, i vomit even more! Oh dear. I stopped taking the pain killers they gave me and stuck to Tylenol, which only helps so much. The sickness continued for several more days! Luckily, Thursday rolled around and since then (which is only yesterday) I haven't been sick, just in mouth pain. I miss solid foods.
Anyway here is a photo of two of the teeth that came out. i am guessing they were the top teeth, since the bottom ones were impacted, and the other "teeth" I got were just broken pieces of tooth. Check out how big these suckers are! No wonder I'm in pain.