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IdaBriggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-29-06 10:08 PM
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21. Actually, its been two, and I'm not throwing a fit (yet) -- just reminding
folks I haven't forgotten.


As for the pregnancy, I am going through a donor egg cycle (my sister is donating -- yeah!) in Portland, OR as I have an extremely rare medical condition where my ovaries don't function, but my uterus does. I have now been pregnant three times, and miscarried all three times. This is the last time we are trying, and if it doesn't work, we will be moving on to other means of becoming parents (read: adoption).

God, I wish all I had to do was sit around all day trying to get pregnant! LOL! I am hormonally whacked out, taking four different medications at six different times AT THE MOMENT (the multiple shots will be starting in about a week or so, but I've still got a couple of weeks before the "twice daily" ones kick in), running back and forth to the doctors offices for blood tests and ultra sounds, coordinating the stupid paperwork (because everyone under the sun wants copies of *EVERYTHING* like you wouldn't believe, and after eight years of infertility stuff, my medical records are scattered hither and yon between my regular physician, my (local) reproductive endocrinologist, my regular OBGYN, and the good folks in Portland) AND I'm coordinating the travel arrangements for both my sister and I with our respective others for the big trip to Portland (one week each totally separate because of the fact she needs to be there several days in advance of "retrieval" while we need to be there for nearly a week prior to "transfer" but we won't know WHEN until we see how she begins to respond to the meds, so everything has to be ready to "go" at a moment's notice), AND coordinating her medical appointments (she's been amazing), PLUS getting all of our "stuff" done because I swear to GOD none of this can be easy, or it just won't work (at least that's my current theory).

Today, for example, I spent the morning at two different doctor's office (one for blood work, the other being the nutritionist), and then made an appointment for a recommended series of visits to an acupuncturist (!) who sounds really nice, and hey, if it works and I get pregnant, I'll stand on my head, sing the star spangled banner, while simultaneously reciting the alphabet backwards, so who am I to complain about being stabbed with acupuncture needles, right?

Oh, and I still have to put together a "contract" between my sister and I where she promises not to try to get custody of any beautiful, wonderful babies that result, while I swear I won't dump them on her when they become obnoxious teenagers!

Plus I have a full time contract at the moment, and they keep having this "weird" idea that I should be like, working or something. :eyes:

So, of course I came home to discover that nearly three thousand dollars worth of medication (NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE) which requires refrigeration (!) is currently at the post office, and I can't get to it until 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, which since I'm supposed to be at work in Romeo (I live in Waterford) at 9:00 a.m., and my sister is in Utica, I'm not sure *what* I'm going to be doing about, because she needs it so she can start taking stuff on Monday!!!

(Did I mention this whole thing is extremely stressful?)

But, on a positive note, last week we (my husband and I -- aka, world's greatest husband) met with the psychologist (required AGAIN) so we could explain ONE MORE TIME just why the hell we even *WANT* children (apparently my flip answer of "so we can have little slaves who will run around and fetch and carry for us" isn't really what they are looking for), and we "passed", so we have been deemed by real live professionals to be "fit for parenthood" because due to my medical condition, and the *X(#*& new regulations imposed by Junior's administration, despite the fact we're spending tens of thousands of dollars, turning our lives completely upside down, and putting ourselves through a humiliating series of medical treatments and tests and procedures (which might fail and break my heart), we still need to justify why we have the completely normal desire to HAVE A FAMILY TO A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL!!!

And the moral of this story is: if you can get pregnant without half a dozen people in the room, DO IT!!!

But overall, I am a very lucky person. (Rinse & Repeat) So I just need to keep reminding myself of that.

But I need to keep my focus on what I'm doing right now until we get through the first week after transfer, and the most important thing I am doing is trying to get pregnant / stay pregnant / have healthy babies.

(And on a positive note, the clinic I am working with in Portland has a 90% success rate at the moment, with a 50% chance of twins!)

Oh, and I'm also working on something with Mr. Gore's office, but I'm still waiting for them to respond, so if anyone knows someone who can get my project moved to the head of the line, drop me a PM, because its kind of a big deal, but its got to be "non-partisan" plus its not "a done deal" yet, so I haven't been talking about it on DU.
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