February 09, 2014

IVF Update: Cycle Day 5

Today marks day 5 of my IVF cycle.

That means today is ...

...Day 13 of 13 days on birth control. I'm glad this is over. I can feel myself being a little bit over emotional from this. I have never done well on birth control (I was on it years ago in an attempt to control PCOS symptoms).

...Day 5 of 5 on 10 units of Lupron. I am so proud of how well I'm doing giving myself shots in the morning. I almost look forward to it because it marks progress, and it doesn't hurt. I'm giving myself these in my belly because it's more fleshy than my thighs, and so far it's super easy. Tomorrow I lower my dose to 5 units and continue on that for the rest of the cycle.

...Day 5 of ? on dexamethasone. I'm noticing that this makes me a little hungry, but so far, I'm still ten pounds down since Christmas (yay!), so as long as I continue to be careful, I should be okay.

...four days until my baseline ultrasound and bloodwork. This is how the doctor will monitor my response to the meds and my hormone levels.

...one week until I being the follicle stimulating meds. This will mean adding two more shots to my daily routine. These I will do in the evening, so that if there is a change in dosage instructions based on blood work results, the office can notify me before I do my injections.

...one day since our request to withdraw money from our 401k was approved. I did a little happy dance around the house when the check arrived yesterday.

It's so funny the way time is moving right now. When I think of (approximately) how many days are left until the transfer it seems like forever. When I think of how many days until we need to pay for the rest of my meds, it doesn't seem like very much. When I think of how many days until the end of the school year, it seems like no time at all (despite all of the snow days). When I think of how many days until we find out if we're pregnant, it seems like a lifetime. Not that I don't have experience with waiting. I can handle it, it's just a strange feeling when time seems to be going so slowly and so quickly all at the same time.


  1. Will keep praying for you Lorena! You're a champ with your shots! I don't know how I'd do with that.

    1. Haha, thanks, Kristen. It's amazing what you'll do if you have to.

  2. Still praying! I know your updates are helpful to so many people. And I agree with you about birth control... YUCK.

    1. Thanks, Logan. I can't tell you how much it has helped me to reference your blog just to get an idea of what is coming next and how to handle it!



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