This update comes a little behind schedule as we’re now well into week 3, but do stay tuned because I hope to post another update by Monday.
Week 2 was the same as week 1 as far as drugs are concerned, we continued with 0.2 cc of Lupron in the leg. Desiree’s thighs are starting to track and become lightly bruised, she welted up a couple times, but that’s normal; well, as normal as shooting infertility drugs into your thigh can be. Apparently it happens when the drug irritates the muscles. One of the side-effects is weight gain, but she consistently exercised and watched her calorie intake so she’s actually down 2 pounds, a small victory.
On Friday we went in for another ultrasound. The goal was to make sure her ovaries and any follicles were sized the way they should be for the time of the month before they had her start the Follistim treatments (i.e. follicle stimulating hormone). It was probably the fastest ultrasound she’s ever done; she passed with flying colors. I’ve been in the room for every one she’s had so I’m getting pretty good at looking at the screen and identifying what I’m seeing. They typically start with the right ovary, measure, count the follicles, move to the uterus, measure, and move to the left ovary and so on.
After the ultrasound we sat down with our infertility coordinator who checked in on us and prepped us for the week 3 drug regiment. We’re still doing Lupron, but at a reduced dosage, and introducing Repronex (another follicle stimulating hormone) and Follistim. That will make for three shots a day – one in the thigh, one in the stomach and one in the derriere.
The only other thing that happened in week 2 was we received the results from our genetic DNA mutation testing. The clinic took both of our blood samples in week 1 and sent it to GoodStart where it was tested for some 14 different mutations. The results tell us what we’re carriers for, if anything, and what our chances are of those carriers passing to or manifesting in any children we might have. I had no carriers; although they didn’t test for things you’d think they would like cancer and heart disease – I highly suspect I have those because they kill everybody these days. Desiree is a carrier for cystic fibrosis. The chances of passing that gene to our child is 50%, the chances of it manifesting in them is 0.06% since I’m not a carrier, another small victory.
Thank God for the small victories along the way, we’ll take as much as we can get.