Monthly Archives: February 2008

HSG results are in…

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So I had an HSG (the dye test) on Thursday and got the unofficial results today. According to the nurse, all looks normal. There were no complications from the surgery, whew! When we last met with the Doc he told us that he recommended that we wait a cycle after the D&C to do another round of fertility treatments…I asked the nurse today if we could try on our own this month, and she said YES! So we won’t have to waste this cycle!

So off to the drugstore I go to purchase the Ovulation Kits! Oh, and I go Thursday for acupuncture, so hopefully the timing is right!!

Photo clarification: That is a uterus which also happens to resemble UT’s longhorn. I am a graduate of UT and still a huge fan! Hook ‘Em!

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Tank is so scholarly.

Tank was reading up on the 100 best companies to work for in Fortune Magazine.  So smart!!!

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Heading home to New Orleans!

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Yeah! I just booked my flight to go home to New Orleans during my Spring Break! I have not been home in a loooooong time and am missing my NOLA friends! One of them has an adoreable almost 1 year old little girl, one of them is pregnant, one is about to finish Medical school, and another is a mother of 3 year old twins.  Wow, we are so grown up!

Anyway, I am so excited, and I know it will totally take my mind off of other things!

Gary gets some practice with Blakeley!

I know Gary will be a fantastic dad, but he likes to push my buttons and ask questions like “can you add flavors to breastmilk?” Well, he got to hold the precious cargo and was a natural! Whew!!!

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Blakeley is just so much fun to hold and look at! She really smiled (not just gas) for the first time this weekend! What a doll!

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Oh Happy Day!!! Aunt Flo came early!

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Aunt Flo came earlier than expected! Last Thursday I finally got a negative HCG result after a miscarriage, and the doctors were guessing that it would be another 4-6 weeks before I get my period. Thankfully they were WRONG… hopefully in a month I’ll be giving myself shots again, IUIs, vaginal sonograms, and scheduled intercourse…can you believe I am actually looking forward to this!?! Hey it is all worth it in the end!

So today I made a trip to the pharmacy to pick up my ironic combo purchase of tampons and pre-natal vitamins (after a year and a half I should be okay with it, but I’m not)!

I have emailed Axis Acupuncture and am wanting to get started ASAP to make sure those ovaries are good and ready for when the time comes!

Thanks for all the well wishes and fertility vibes! Keep ’em coming!

HCG is negative…FINALLY!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had the D&C Jan 17th, and on Feb 14th my HCG level is 2. When you are pregnant your HCG level doubles daily, so eventually it is in the thousands and so forth.  After you miscarry, it needs to dwindle back down to negative (according to docs, below 5 is negative…whatever). So for the past 4 Thursdays, I have gone to check my level…152, 34, 7 and finally TWO!!!!! The nurse informed me that typically women have a period anywhere from 4-6 weeks…WHAT…another 4-6 weeks?

More waiting…I have never wanted Aunt Flo to come more than I do right now! My body is just seems like it is taking FOREVER!

Anyway, I got good news today, which is now a baby step forward (no pun intended)! Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

More needles…Acupuncture and Fertility.

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After so many women, who have defeated infertility,  recommended that I try acupuncture, I am going to do it.  There is an acupuncturist here in Austin who specifically focuses on “women’s health and fertility”. Unfortunately, the first time I went I was waiting to miscarry, so she just helped me relax and calm my emotions, and boy did it work!

Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some causes of infertility. For example, acupuncture and herbs will not work to address tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. However, in this situation, an individual could still benefit from acupuncture and herbs because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, it is shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining. American Pregnancy

While some may be skeptical (uh, Gary) of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I am going to have faith and hope for the best for the next go round.

So once my HCG level gets to zero, I am going to book my next appointment and move forward!