Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It was negative...It never gets easier.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I stepped in wet grout this morning.....

...and then my sunkist was leaking. Yes, I had one of those embarrassing mishaps at Winn-Dixie this morning. Somehow I did not see the huge section of the floor that was being re-tiled and stepped right in it. Can I say...slip and slide. Right after I looked around to make sure no one saw me I realized I had wet, sticky grout all over my feet, flip-flops, and pants. Lovely. I proceeded to get my 8 pack of Sunkist that come in those "cute" little bottles. I got almost to the cash register when I realized that one of those "cute" little bottles was leaking all over me and I had a left a trail. What a way to start the day. Once I got to work I cleaned up as best I could, but my big toe stuck to my flip-flop all day. It's can laugh.

A little later my nurse called to tell me some information that kind of blindsided me. I'm still trying to process it and not get all worked up. For a while they have been measuring what appears to be a fibroid in my uterus. It appears that it has grown some. A normal ultrasound cannot detect the actual size. The nurse said if I'm not preggo this time, then Dr. Honea would like for me to have an SIS done so that they can get an accurate measurement of the fibroid. Once this procedure is done they will know what steps to take next. I know some options include medication (possibly birth control) or surgery. So, here's the reasons my heart is heavy and I am feeling doubtful and discouraged.

1. I'm probably not pregnant.
2. If I am pregnant, I could have a miscarriage.
3. I DON'T want to take birth control OR have surgery.

Norman was right...satan is trying his best to plant seeds of doubt in my heart. I should probably change my name to Peter or some feminine form of Peter.

10 Things You Should Know about Uterine Fibroids

Friday, October 15, 2010

Look Who's Talking...hopefully!

We arrived at the hospital at 7:30 and were called back for the IUI a little after 9. Once we were called back to our room the nurse told us that all the doctors were in surgery and we would wait until one was available. She assured us it would be as soon as possible. Most of you probably don't know this, but today is the opening day of deer season...Norman was constantly looking at his watch and had the room not been so tiny he would have been pacing.I felt so sorry for him. Not too much later Dr. Houserman came in and did her magic. I had an ultrasound afterward which showed lots of good signs...hazy eggs (which means they are starting to collapse and ovulation has begun), fluid on the uterus, and "swimmers" in my lining! All good signs. Norman and I got tickled because we both kept thinking about the beginning of the movie, "Look Who's Talking". If you've seen the get the visual! Hopefully, that is EXACTLY what's going on right now except the Beach Boys aren't singing "I Get Around" in the background!

Now I am home on the couch resting and relaxing. Norman is in the woods where he will stay all weekend. Thank you for sending sweet texts to me this meant a lot. I go Wednesday (Oct. 20th) for bloodwork to make sure my progesterone level is good. If not, I will increase my dosage. On Wednesday, October 27th we will have a pregnancy test.

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all. --Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

IUI on Friday

Everything went well today. The 2 eggs that were on my left ovary on Monday are still there, but now they are much bigger. The lining of my uterus is measuring where it should be! We go Friday morning for the IUI. If you have a chance that morning to stop what you're doing at 9:00 to pray for us we would be honored for you to pray on our behalf. Norman's appointment is at 7:30, but the actual procedure should take place around 9:00. We covet your prayers.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tubes are Clear!

Today went well. My mom and I rolled out of our beds at 4:30 this morning, got dressed, and hit the road. I'm so thankful we were able to spend the whole weekend together. I can never get enough of my mama!

By 8:00 I was poked and prodded...literally. :)
Bloodwork looked good...on to the ultrasound. I have 2 eggs on my left ovary that are almost ready. My uterine lining is was thin last cycle as well. This is where implantation occurs so it's ideal to have a comfy lining for all that good stuff to happen. Hopefully, it will thicken between now and Wednesday when I go back. I will return on Wednesday to check the eggs to see if they have gotten big enough.

After all that good stuff we headed down to outpatient registration for the HSG procedure. I was nervous because the last time I had this procedure it was painful. The doctor that did the procedure had the best bedside manner of ANY doctor I have ever seen! He was so kind and gentle. He assured me it wouldn't hurt as bad as last time...and he was right! My tubes were clear and my uterus looked good. He said he would look over the x-ray along with my ultrasound and let me know if there was anything to be concerned about. No news is good news, I guess!

We were out of there by 9:15! We headed to Panera Bread for breakfast...I had a ham and swiss souflee and mama had a jalapeno, ham, and cheese sandwich. It was all yummy! We did some shopping at the Summit and Trussville. We topped off the day with lunch at Chili's.

Now, I'm at home and crashing on the couch where I plan to stay until Norman wakes me up and I stumble to bed. If anyone knows any foods or natural remedies to thicken the lining of my uterus please share! You know I already googled it!

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
— Psalm 62:8 (NIV)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Fall!

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Isn't it funny how a new season brings a sense of refreshment and excitement?? For me, it doesn't matter if it's the beginning of spring, fall, summer, or winter...I get a little giddy with each new season. I hope you all have enjoyed a few football games, pumpkins, mums, falling leaves, and cooler weather.

I went to the doctor today and really enjoyed some alone time and the beautiful weather. I left home at 6 am, so I had to drive in the dark for a little while, but it was nice to see the sunrise which reminded me of God's faithfulness every day when he sets the sun in motion. We are starting a new round of treatment this month. This is the first time since July. It's oral meds starting tonight and injections starting Friday. On Monday I will go for an ultrasound, bloodwork, and the hsg procedure.

The HSG procedure is where the doctor will inject dye into my fallopian tubes and use an x-ray to make sure there are no blockages. I had one about 2 years ago, but she recommends that we do another since it's been a while.

I'm very excited about this new cycle, however I'm bummed because I had planned to participate in a triathlon on Sunday. Well, I'm just a little nervous about putting my body under the physical stress a day before the procedure and just a few days before our IUI. It's just not worth the risk! I told Norman there will be tons more triathlons between now and the day I die. Oh well, I'll get over it. I just wish I hadn't put it on facebook...ha ha! Well, I guess that's all for now. Lots of love.