Friday, May 9, 2008

Green light, GO!

Mook's chromosome's are normal! We had a nice round of hoopin'-n-hollerin' on the phone--it's been so nice to give Mook good news--but like one smart woman, I reminded Mook it doesn't mean he's perfect ;0)

We are very thankful that this question has been answered, and along with the other puzzle pieces we've been collecting, we feel comfortable to give IVF numero dos the green light.

Big thanks to all who have been praying for us, and keeping this situation in your thoughts!

Thank you to everyone who left feedback about "Chunky or Smooth" After reading, and re-reading every one's comments and talking some more with Kate the IVF nurse, I've decided to stick with the PIO injections.


A few reasons: first one is a bit TMI, but I tend to easily get the infection caused by that thing that makes dough rise. So if I went with suppositories, I might be in for a mess...in more than one way. Another reason is my insurance: they cover PIO like it is baby aspirin, but give me a harder time about suppositories and pills--another lovely insurance mystery. Lastly, I'm used to it. It's one thing about this whole process that is familiar to me--and as weird as it sounds, it's a bit comforting to know I will be doing something I know I can handle.

I will be on BCP until May 21, and then I'll switch over to Lovely Lupron.
I've heard some horror stories from some of you about the headaches...I tend to become a raging mean-machine when I get hormone headaches. I had a really hard time with the estrace pills during the FET. So I'm hoping it will be worth the switch, since I won't be sniffing Synarel this time--headaches plus the taste of hairspray in my mouth was enough to make Mook want to slap a Biohazard sticker on my forehead.

While we're on the topic of crazy hormones, let me share a quick story...
I went into my local Starbucks on Tuesday--this happened to be an un-planned visit, since I've been weaning myself off caffeine. Isn't that the most lethal combination? Load up on hormones, and take away the coffee...not cool. Anyway--I'm so glad I decided to get coffee that morning, because it was free! A customer earlier that morning had left $100 to pay for other people's coffee. I've heard of this happening in other stores, so it was incredibly cool to be there while this was happening. As people found out their coffee was free, they gave over more money to keep the tradition going....I'm sure it lasted well into the day. Once I finally had my coffee, and was back in the car, I burst into tears! Then I started laughing, and then I really had to gain composure, because I know I looked like a crazy person laughing with tears rolling down my face. I need to look into getting that biohazard sticker...

OH! And I am really going to be a raging mean machine if Paris Hilton gets pregnant before I do, so help me God....I just might eat my weight in Big Macs if this happens.

I know it's going to be a tough day for a lot of us out there with what this weekend brings, so to all my future mommy buddies, I'm going to toast you this weekend for our continued journey together. To all of my mommy buddies, I'll be toasting you and and hoping that you will give your wee-one a nose nuzzle for me!


Speaking of Mother's Day, this question has honestly been bugging me the past few days when the commercial comes on TV. What does the owner of 1-800-Flowers get his wife for Mother's Day?

I blame it on those crazy caffeine deprived hormones...why the heck do I care what he gets his wife? He can probably buy her a country, if she wanted it. But it has honestly worried me, and I was running through all the things he might get her since, ummm, flowers are definitely old-hat.






P.S. Thank you sweet Kate and others for checking on us! We had terrible storms and a tornado touch down in our town last night. Thankfully, we will only have branches and leaves to clean up. (Kate also lives near by...glad you are OK!)
I have always been fascinated by tornadoes and would love to see one...in the Midwest, on an open plain...not on my street.

71 comments:

  1. Hey! I was worried about you in that storm last night. Did y'all make it through okay? We didn't have any damage at all, but houses just a few miles down the road from us were hit pretty bad. I saw the storm cell sitting over your area, and I thought about you.

    Other than that, YAY for the green light! I'm so happy for you!

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  2. I am so excited to read about your new cycle. I really care about everyone, but you are one of those that I'm just holding out so much hope for. I just know it's going to happen...I just wish I knew when!!

    Also, I am SO GLAD you decided to go with the PIO. I know they're not always pleasant, but after my experiences I'm always so scared when I hear of another choosing not to use them.

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  3. That is great news!! I am going to keep praying for you guys! I don't know what he gets her for Mother's Day, but I'll bet she is sick of flowers. :)

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  4. Yay for good news for Mook!!

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  5. Hooray for a green light! I am so excited!

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  6. Great news abounds in your life today and I am SO HAPPY to read it. You made MY day.
    The Starbucks thing is really cool, if I weren't a broke infertile I would LOVE to do that. Seriously. Pay it forward.
    I hope good news only continues to spew forth from your blog (lovely visual, right?)
    *bighugs*

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  7. Yeah for normal chromosomes!!! Woohoo! Green light go!!

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  8. Wonderful! I'm so glad you got some good news for Mook!

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  9. yay for mook! and yur tow of course.

    hey, has anyone mentioned progest. in ethyl oleate instead of PIO? the needles are smaller. but it's newer so you have to ask for it.

    so glad you can move ahead. and how nice of the coffee benefactor!

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  10. So happy you've got the green light!

    While I stand firm with my decision against PIO, thought I'd let you know I'm switching over to Endometrin tonight because, well, starting to get the itch from the possibility of that infection you refer to. Crap. I hear Endometrin is not supposed to irritate as much as prometrium. I will be sure to post about whether or not I notice a difference.

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  11. I am so happy for you guys! And oh how I wish I told my husband that he wasn't perfect when the SA results came in. To this day, he still talks about his wonderful sperm...

    As for Lupron, in my three experiences I haven't had any awful side effects. I hope the same is for you.

    And as for the 1-800-Flowers guy, I'm sure he's wealthy enough to dole out diamonds and pearls or whatever...My sister owns her own floral shop. And she never EVER wants flowers as a gift. She gladly gives them out for holidays but her boyfriend knows better than to bother giving them to her. Of course, she'd critique them to no end... But I wouldn't worry too much. I think Mr. 1-800 is doing ok and his wife probably is too!

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  12. Yay for a green light! Glad you are okay with all the stormy weather last night.

    We'll keep you in our prayers!

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  13. i love when that happens at starbucks. if i am having a bad day, i go thru the drive thru and pay for the car behind me, it's an instant pick me up.

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  14. this is good nes for you guys! You are always in my thoughts.

    Yah for free $'s coffee. Hormone induced anythings are just awful and tend to make you more crazy, but provide good entertainment for weeks. Boy do i have my share of hormone induced craziness.

    Good luck with the PIO shots

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  15. So glad the chromosomes are normal!!!

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  16. I'm so glad it came back normal! On to making a baby!!! Praying for you JJ!

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  17. Great news about Mook's um, guys...!

    Happy for you that you are moving ahead.

    Funnily enough, being a florist myself...I actually LOVE getting flowers. But no one ever thinks to get me flowers. But, I got into this business because I'm crazy about flowers--and I'm always designing and giving them to other people....but when someone comes along with a bouquet already all made and pretty (that I don't have to do anything to)...wow!! Flowers, for me?! Awesome. Actually, that's how Mister won me over. He sent me flowers. From my own flower shop, with the help of a friend who was working in co-hoots with him. :0)

    Happy Mothers Day to you, and all the women out there who are already Mommies in their hearts.

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  18. Glad things are moving ahead with the cycle and with good NORMAL chromosomes, just one less thing to worry about.

    We just got heavy rain out here.

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  19. Singing praises that IVF is a GO!!!! YEA for great chromosomes!!!! I can't tell you how excited I am for y'all, and I am praying WONDERFUL things for you both!!!

    If the guys brings her flowers I would imagine she throws them back in his face and tells him to put some thought into the gift. I know I would!!

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  20. I am glad you are okay and don't have too much clean up to do. And free coffee from starbucks, bonus! Glad ivf numero dos is all in line too. It sounds like it is a good day for you. COngrats.

    Maybe he helps keep the jewelers in business.

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  21. I love your observation about hormones + lack of caffeine = not good. LOL Too true.

    Exciting stuff going on with you. I'm thrilled!

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  22. Congratulations! I'm so glad to hear that all systems are go. Keep that good news a-comin!

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  23. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! i can't BELIEVE mook had to redo that sample after what the first time put him through - CRAZY! you guys certainly were due for good news!

    how cool about the starbucks thing!

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  24. Yay Mook!

    Yay for the green light!

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  25. Yeah!! Congrats! This is fantastic news!

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  26. You GO, Mook! Well done. Just delighted that things are looking so promising for you both...

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  27. great news all around ('cept for the tornado that is...so glad you are okay).

    i, too, have to wean myself off the caffeine for like the 1001th time in my life for this IVF cycle (stimming starts sunday - whoops, waited too long this time!). the joys of taking hormones with your morning decaf. UGH.

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  28. That is great news about Mook's chromosomes!

    I am glad you are ok after the storms. How scary!

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  29. That is great news!! I'll be thinking about you this cycle!!

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  30. Congrats on the good news!

    Ah yes, the demon spawn that is caffiene. Doesn't it suck how all of our vices are taken away when we are having trouble conceiving, and we become terrified by things the non-fertility challege gulp down by the gallon?! GRRRR!

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  31. Yay! Good chromos and free caffiene! There ya go!

    Damn. I miss caffiene. GonalF makes me sleepy AND I can't wake myself up with coffee or tea. :P

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  32. I love good news! And I love coffee! I love your blog! It just put a smile on my face. :)

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  33. Go Mook go!! As you know, I am THRILLED everything came back ok. Can't wait till the nitty gritty of Numero Dos starts darling!

    The story about Starbucks was fantastic, things like thta make me emotional too. Think I need to start drinking coffee again!

    And I noticed you sneaked the photos on.....they are great, you did a fab job. Left you a few comments.

    Hope you are enjoying your Saturday (green with envy!) and hope Sunday is filled with tons of love, I know Mook will make you feel special.

    Hugs.

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  34. Hiya. I'm a random stranger who got here by K over at The Only Bee in Your Bonnet. I just wanted to say I'm glad you made it through the storms safely!!!! And good luck with IVF #2!

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  35. Congrats on the green light! Good news is always, well good. Free coffee, wow that is a good day, since i'm not cycling i treat myself to decaf coffee.

    I think injecting is much better then syneral, i did that stuff for a year, and hated it, the superfact that i injected for my ivf was much nicer, and always good to practice injecting needles, ye know, in case this doesn't work out and I'm ready to drown my sorrows in some serious drugs...hee hee

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  36. Congrats on the green light!

    I think I read somewhere that IVF cycles in the springtime are slightly more successful somehow. I ignored that when I was doing my first IVF in winter, but now I'm clinging to that -- hoping it's more evidence there's hope :)

    Best of luck! Looking forward to being part of the ride.

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  37. Glad to hear Mook is normal... at least chromosomally :-). Great news that you are getting started again, here's hoping the lupron doesn't cause havoc with your headaches...

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  38. YAY! You are gonna be cycling soon! I can't wait to cheer you on. Sounds like Mook is celebrating too! (i kinda disappeared. miss reading your posts)

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  39. Fantastic news, JJ and good luck with your new cycle!

    J

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  40. Yay! I am so glad to hear about Mook's results. I am so hopeful for you my friend. I sent you a little something , I hope you get it soon!
    Thanks again for the gift you set Lyla.
    Hugs

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  41. Glad to hear its all clear! I will be thinking positive thoughts for you!

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  42. Glad to hear all is well with Mook. I'm excited that you guys are getting started again and I wish you all the best of luck.

    The Starbucks thing is very very cool. I love it.

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  43. Fantastic news on the chromosomes! So pleased you're good to go.

    Re the headaches - drink and drink and drink! i had to drink 3l of water and 1l of milk (for protein) during my cycle and i'm sure that helped. Every time i moaned about a headache a Dr would tell me drink more water.

    Loads of luck with this cycle - go girl!!

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  44. Congrats on Green Light GO!!!!

    Lupron wasn't really that bad for me, so I am hoping the same will be true for you!

    Another happy update for my sidebar! Can't wait to start posting those betas soon!

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  45. YAY! Congrats on getting the green light! WOOHOO!!! :)

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  46. Congrats on the normal karyotype!! That is fantastic news...

    I get those yucky infections, too, and I agree that the PIO shots (even though they hurt and have left my rear with several bruises) are BETTER than the nasty (itchy, burning, irritated) effects of the suppositories.

    You're so funny about the biohazard sticker. I think I have one already... on my "sharps container!"

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  47. Woo-hoo for Mook. Nothing like good news to get you feeling better. Well, that and coffee...
    BTW, that caffeine paper from earlier this year was a complete bunk. I give it to my students now as an example of a very very bad paper. And my OB has explicitly stated that as far as he is concerned I can get my coffee on my way to see him. So I have, a few times.

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  48. Yeeha for the green light!!! Glad you are all right after the storm :)

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  49. You are one amazing gal... I'm so glad his sperm chromosomal analysis came back normal (especially since he had to suffer through....you know what.... TWICE). He's a keeper!

    I figured I have about 150 left of Follistim, maybe 20 units Lupron. Lemme know if you need it!

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  50. I'm glad you came through the storm ok. My mother's boss lives in the neighborhood in Clemmons that was devastated, so she and my stepfather spent all weekend helping them clean up. I can't believe we had such strong tornadoes here. I've also been fascinated by them, but like you said, way far away and not in NC!

    Yay for the green light! I hope yesterday was an ok day for you.

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  51. I'm glad you guys are okay with the storm, and congrats on getting the great results! I am so excited for you both. A side note...if you want in the meantime, I can slip Paris some fat pills in disguise for some rapid weight gain so that she's bound not to get pregnant before you. If that would help, just let me know :-) Now that I'm on couch arrest again, I'm at your beck and call. Hope you had a nice weekend and go green light go!

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  52. Wonderful news about the chromosomal testing! So now, you plow forward! I think you and I will be on very similar cycles...I start stimming in early June. So I'm crossing fingers, toes, and other appendages for both of us!!

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  53. Hey JJ, I am so happy for both of you that Mook had great results. I am feeling very hopeful for you guys that this will be you lucky ivf round.

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  54. I didn't have any side effects from the lupron. I had awful headaches from the BCP but the lupron was a breeze. Now I am on the stims (Gonal-F, menopur, and more lupron) and I am waiting for the hormonal mood swings to rear it ugly head! I am excited for you and Mook!!

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  55. I'm just stopping by real quick while I have a few spare minutes and I'm so glad to hear you are moving ahead with your next cycle. I'm so happy for you and wishing you all the best!

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  56. Green is a wonderful color. I am so glad it is figuring predominantly in your life right now.

    Thanks for sharing the Starbucks story. I thought it was an urban legend, but now I know someone who it has happened to.

    Best of luck to you as you start the cycle. Thinking of you!

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  57. Glad to hear your doing well sista.

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  58. So glad you are safe from the storms and that you are going to give IVF #2 a try!!! I'll be obsessing over your blog for the next month or so. =D

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  59. Yeah for a green light! I'll be watching and praying that this time around works.

    What a lovely bloke at Starbucks! It is really nice to think there are still people like that in the world. It give you hope doesn't it.

    You are always in my thoughts.

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  60. I know I haven't checked in in forever but I am so happy to hear the news of your cycle. This is just wonderful and definitely put a grin on my face :)

    And how lucky on the Starbucks?! That is awesome and so generous. Makes it much more enjoyable! XOXO

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  61. I've been reading your blog still and I just wanted to wish you all the best on your second try...may it be the one for you, you so deserve it!

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  62. YAY, I'm so happy that Mook's tests came back all clear!!!

    Congrats on getting started with IVF numero dos! I'll be praying for you!

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  63. Sorry I am sooooo late in commenting. Yeah for Mook's great results and for getting the go ahead. Lots and lots of good thoughts are headed your way

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  64. I am glad that Dh's chromosome's are good. That is great news.
    I never thought about the suppositories causing the nasty itch. I am also prone to that and I will keep this in mind if I have to use progesterone. yuck.

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  65. COngrats on the ok chromosones! My husband had to take the same test, and we were happy(and a bit surprised) that they were ok.

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  66. I feel you JJ. THAT girl just brings out all the wrong feelings in me. If she gets preggies, I will lose half the nobility in my heart and just spew expletives for the next 9 months.

    Glad you got the green light. Good luck girl

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  67. Good news! Hoping the new cycle is the one - the start of something entirely different for you and Mook.

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  68. Do you even have time for a job with the number of comments you get? LOL. I've been singing Stevie WOnder songs since your last pre-bday post.

    As for the drinks comment on my blog, I'd love to have a glass of wine with you or two and then head over to catch Sex and The City. Maybe all us hopeful moms should move to the same city.

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