The big day is here!!

Today at 10:30am we will have our transfer!! I am surprisingly calm…right now. I have the day off work so I am at the gym this morning to watch Kyle and a few other athletes repeat the 14.1 open workout. After this we will head over to the doctors office and then come home and rest all day. The next big day will be March 17th where I go in for blood work to see if the transfer was successful! I may go crazy during those 14 days but luckily
I have a few things to keep my mind off of it.
Last night our sweet friends The Heads and Ansley gave me a basket of goodies that will help me from getting bored. So many people have shown their support that I am truly feeling the love!

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The Big Day is coming!

Last week I had another appointment for an ultrasound and bloodwork. The ultrasound was fine and the bloodwork came back showing all my hormone levels were normal. This is all good news!! Based on that, and hoping that everything stays normal, we are on track to have our transfer on MARCH 5th! This date wasn’t set, but the nurse said it would be around March 5th. It’s far enough away to make the days go by excruciatingly slow, but close enough that I’m not going crazy! There are a few birthdays coming up so those will be great distractions during this wait.
Kyle and I are so excited and cannot wait! We are so grateful and still blown away at the fact that we are going through this process. I can’t say it enough how thankful we are to everyone who has supported us throughout this journey!

The retrieval was a success!

On Friday January 31, 2014 Dr. Witz was able to successfully retrieve 12 follicles! The nurses called me the next day to let me know that 8 of those follicles were fertilized! This is all great news and we couldn’t be happier. I didn’t know what to expect after the procedure…I assumed that I was tough and wouldn’t feel crabby. I was wrong. On a scale from 1 to I’m dying, I was about a 4. I was able to walk around and move…it was just slow. Saturday I was feeling a lot better! I got myself ready for Dana and Adam’s wedding and was feeling alright. Let me just say Dana was the most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen! Saturday night was a different story. I felt terrible!! Today (Sunday) I feel like I’m back at day 1. I’ve barely moved all day and have felt so lazy! I was advised not to workout for awhile…and with the way I’m feeling I’m okay with that. The nurses told me to call the office on Friday to see how many embryos made it to the freeze. After that we just wait until Aunt Flow shows herself. When she does I’ll call the office to let them know and then we will schedule the transfer!!

A minor setback…

I’m pretty bummed right now. If you’ve been keeping up, you would know that I have been going every other day to get an ultrasound and bloodwork done. After my appointment on Monday the nurse called to schedule my Wednesday (today) appointment and asked me if I could go to the Piney Point location so Dr. Witz could perform the ultrasound. He was walking me through the ultrasound and would point out a follicle and tell me the size as he saw them. Most of the follicles are a little bit bigger than he anticipated. After the appointment he told me that he would like to move my retrieval day up to Friday January 31st! This was so exciting!! Not only was my schedule being moved FORWARD, but this meant I was going to be able to make our good friends Adam and Dana’s wedding on Saturday! I have been so happy all day! This afternoon my nurse calls to let me know what meds I need to take tonight and how to prepare for the retrieval. She then continues to let me know that we have to wait until next month to do the transfer. My progesterone levels got too high and that makes the environment unsafe for the embryos. I am so upset. I have been anticipating this and it’s SO CLOSE…and now we wait some more. So we will still extract this Friday at 12am but instead of transferring them on February 5th, the embryos will get frozen and next month we will have them thaw out and transferred.
I have a few friends who have been down this road before and have been really supportive during this entire process. I texted them both once I got off the phone with my nurse and surprisinly they both had to do a Frozen Embryo Transfer (which were successful!) They both said that frozen transfer have higher success rates!
I am obviously bummed I have to wait but there isn’t anything I can do. I won’t have my new trasnfer date until I start my cycle. For now we will focus on Friday and take it one day at a time. This is the one time in my life where I actually want to start my cycle!

First week of meds…

I’m finishing up my first full week of shots (I started the injections monday January 20th) and it’s not as easy as I thought. I’ve had to give myself shots before when we did IUI but this time I am having to put all the medication into one syringe and that makes me paranoid! I OBVIOUSLY want to do it right but I am always second guessing myself. There have been a few minor bumps in the road with refilling my meds and the costs, but we’ve made it work! I don’t know if I am over sensitive because of the meds…or if that’s just me, but man this week has been AWESOME (Y’all can read sarcasm, right?)
I have been getting an ultrasound and bloodwork done every other day and so far everything is right on track. The retrieval date is still set for February 1st and the transfer date is still February 6th!! UM…FEBRUARY 1ST IS IN 1 WEEK!! I’m borderline freaking out. Kyle and I are so excited and ready for this to happen. This would not be our reality if it wasn’t for the crazy amount of support we have. We are so thankful for everyone who helped us get where we are today!! February 18th is probably the most important date of all during this process. That day I will go in for bloodwork to see if the procedure was successful! I was hoping to know by Valentine’s Day, but what’s 4 more days?!

We have dates, people!

I had been itching for our new IVF schedule and last week we finally got it! With the schedule came some of the meds I will have to be on. Things just got real! I am still waiting for specific times for these dates, but for now I am completely fine just knowing that on February 1st we will have our egg retrieval and then on February 6th we will have our first transfer!! I am FREAKING OUT. I have my first ultrasound and baseline bloodwork along with the “teaching visit” for meds on Friday the 17th. The following week we will start the meds! I can’t believe this is actually going to happen and we could possibly be getting a positive pregnancy test next month! The schedule says to test on February 18th, but lets be real here…I probably won’t be able to wait that long.
Kyle and I are still amazed at the amount of support we received and continue to receive during this process. Without everyone’s donations and prayers I really do not think we would have been able to do this. We are so grateful and constantly remind ourselves how blessed we are to have amazing people behind us. I plan on updating this throughout our journey to not only document everything, but to allow others to be on this adventure with us. I am very open with all of this and hope that I don’t bust out TMI for anyone. My sister and brother-in-law and both pretty smart when it comes to videos and computers and technology, so I plan on having them help me with some videos when the time comes. I look forward to sharing this experience with everyone!

WE DID IT!

In just 14 short days, we were able to reach our goal!! Kyle and I are blown away by the amount of support we have received. This fundraiser has exceeded our expectations from day 1! When we decided to do this fundraiser, Kyle and I were both a little hesitant because we weren’t sure how people would react. We never want to be a burden on anyone and always try to do our best to please people…especially now that we are owners of a crossfit gym! We want our friends/members to feel comfortable and a part of our Crossfit Annihilation family so take our relationships very seriously. This fundrasier shows just how special our friends and family members are! We would have never made this happen without each and everyone of the individuals who donated. Kyle and I are so excited and wish we could show how much we appreciate these sweet and generous donations. We look forward to sharing the next step in this journey with everyone. Thank you again to everyone who donated, shared, liked, prayed, posted, and sent well wishes! We are so grateful!!

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The beginning…

Kyle's HomecomingI would like to start out by apologizing for my writing skills…or lack thereof. I am not a writer; heck, I can barely speak right. I am starting this blog to not only document our journey through infertility, but to also allow others to get a better idea of our story and who we are. My husband, Kyle, and I just recently started a fundraiser in hopes of fulfilling our dreams of becoming parents. We are wanting to take the next step and proceed with Invitro Fertilization (IVF). “In vitro fertilisation is a process by which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body: in vitro. IVF is a major treatment for infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed.” A friend of mine suggested I start this so people can understand what we’ve been through and why this is so important to us. So here I am…
I guess I will start in 2009 because that was the year that changed our lives. In March of 2009, Kyle joined the United States Marine Corps. He graduated bootcamp in June of 2009 and we got married that same month. Over the next few months Kyle was doing training in Missouri and California, and I was finishing my last semester at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Kyle got his orders and was stationed in Oceanside, CA at Camp Pendleton. We both were so excited because California was our first choice! He moved to Oceanside in October and helped me moved there that December. Shortly after we got settled in the place we would call home for the next 4 years, Kyle got orders to deploy to Afghanistan. April 1, 2010 was the day I had to say goodbye to my new husband. I was alone in a new state and my husband was being taken away from me. I had made a couple of friends, but still had a very hard time being away from him. The deployment was probably the worst thing I’ve ever experienced; and I’m sure Kyle would say the same. During his time in Asfghanistan, Kyle’s vehicle hit an underground bomb (IED) which threw him out of the vehicle; knocking him unconscious. Luckily that was the only major accident he experienced while being over there. Unfortunately he suffered a concussion and a traumatic brain injury and is, to this day, effected by this injury. On October 24, 2010 I got to hug my husband again. He was perfect. Life was perfect.
Shortly after Kyle returned home, we settled into our new routine and then decided it was time to start a family. We had always talked about having a family together, even before we were married. I remember after only months of dating telling Kyle I wanted 6 kids! He, at the time, wanted 1 or 2. We eventually came to an agreement and settled on 3 (or 4). A year went by, (the doctor would not see me for infertility until we had been trying for 1 year) so I went to see a fertility specialist. After a few months of tests and bloodwork, I was finally put on Clomid to help me ovulate regularly. The prescription drug was working, but we were still not achieving pregnancy after 6 months. I was then referred to another fertility specialist in San Diego who performed more tests and bloodwork. This new doctor suggested we try Intrauterine Insemination. “Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves a laboratory procedure to separate fast moving sperm from more sluggish or non-moving sperm. The fast moving sperm are then placed into the woman’s womb close to the time of ovulation when the egg is released from the ovary in the middle of the monthly cycle.” We had 4 failed attempts at achieving pregnancy through IUI. By this time, Kyle’s 4 years were up and we were headed back to Katy,TX. This was an exciting time because we were so ready to be home with our families. We moved back in December of 2012 and by January 2013, I was seeing a new specialist. This specialist did not do treatments such as IUI or IVF, but she did have a certain type of charting method that I found to be very informative. By charting, this doctor was able to recognize signs of endometriosis. ” Endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body. This can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and problems getting pregnant (infertility).”
March 1, 2013 I went through surgery to remove the endometriosis and on March 2, 2013 we had our grand opening for Crossfit Annihilation. Opening our own Crossfit gym was something that Kyle had dreamed of for years and we were so happy that it finally came true. Our main focus was getting the gym up and running, but we still felt incomplete. We were told that I had one blocked tube but that we could still get pregnant naturally. We tried for 7 months and then I decided to go ahead and find a doctor who will do IVF. A friend of mine referred me to this doctor who gave me the green light for IVF…but he wanted to tie my blocked tube first. 4 days before my 26th birthday I underwent another surgery in hopes of “fixing” the last issue causing my infertility. At my post-op appointment I was given the dates that we could start meds for IVF! I was looking at the calendar and January 10th was going to be my trasnfer date…that date could have been the very day we conceived. THRILLED would be an understatement of how I felt. I was over the moon! Weeks went by and bills started coming in. These statements show that I have met my lifetime maximum of fertility benefits covered by my insurance. SUPER. Once we saw these outrageous bills, we put our IVF schedule on hold (hardest thing I’ve had to do in awhile) and are hoping to raise/save enough money to go towards these bills and our IVF process.
I hope this gives people some background to our story and maybe answers some questions. I look forward to documenting the rest of our story!