IVF with PGD round 2

So this happened tonight…

first day r2

This is the start of IVF with PGD round 2.

The next cycle timeline looks like this:

June 23rd- July 7th (about 14 days) Aygestin pill which I will take for two days and then start my Lupron shots.

July 7th- July 15th- ish- Stim injections and Lupron for 10-12 days

July 16th (give or take a couple of days)- HCG trigger shot

35 hours later- Egg Retrieval

July 23rd (ish) 5 day biopsy

July 29th-30th (ish)POSITIVE …Results of biopsy

We are trying to think positively and feel good about this next cycle. I am a little nervous about taking medication for two extra weeks this cycle and I’ve heard from the nurses and my fellow ttcsisters (try to conceive sisters) that Lupron causes migraines. I love a good headache so I’m really looking forward to those if they decide to show up.

In other news, I’ve given up coffee completely for this cycle and those of you who know my Starbucks obsession know I must mean business this cycle. This was tonight’s dessert.

green smoothy

Green Apple/Spinach Smoothy:

  • 1 cup spinach (2 giant handfuls works)
  • 6 frozen coconut water ice cubes
  • 1 granny smith apple (chopped)
  • hand full of mint
  • handful of Flax Seeds

Blend together, add more coconut water if it’s too thick and add to cup.

Life lately: according to instagram.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” – Randy Pausch

Have you ever heard of Randy Pausch? Randy was a  computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  Each year the University would host a series of lectures called “The Last Lecture”. The idea was if you had one last lecture to give before you die what would it be about? Over time they changed the title of the lectures however the year Professor Pausch gave his lecture it was indeed one of his last lectures. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, had one month left to live and was about to give a room full of colleagues and students the best lecture I have ever heard.  If you want to see the lecture it’s here. If you want to see the shorter version from Oprah I actually saw first then go here.

This lecture changed my life.  It may be the fact that he was a Disney Imagineer or it might be that speaks about actually living your life. Either way remembering the lessons that he spoke about makes me appreciate and enjoy whatever the hand is that has been dealt to me. SO that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

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Uncle Mike playing with baby K in park.

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The view above.

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A  Memorial Day walk.

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A wedding in Greenwich…the bride, that dress! Amazing.

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 Road trip: #getmeoutofNYC

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BBQing at Newfound Lake in NH.

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Selfie on our way to the lake!

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Irish legs.

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A glass of wine on the deck. We’re trying not to drink during our cycles so we treated ourselves.

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Looking relaxed.

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Back to reality, dinner in Park Slope Brooklyn before the Jack Johnson concert.

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View from our blanket at the Jack Johnson concert in Prospect Park.

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The Cornell Surgery Residents Graduation. 4 years down and 3 to go, so proud of him.

next steps

So, with all that said we’re looking forward to starting our next cycle. This Friday we are meeting with our old RE (who we love but can’t use because she doesn’t accept our insurance) to get her input on our last cycle and get any advice she can give about the next cycle. We most likely will be starting next week and we’ll meet with our current RE before to discuss a couple of changes to the regimen with the hopes of getting a few more follicles.  We do know that this cycle will be a Lupron cycle which basically means plenty more shots for a longer period of time.

Medication for one person…to make one person.