Keeping Track

**prior to this, Joe had been on injections for 2 years to get us to the point we needed to be to start IVF treatments

Listing of all appointments starting today and going forward
9/19/2012 – Today we have to meet with Joe’s RE at 5:30 PM to discuss options on our next step

10/2/2012 – Scheduled consultation appointment with RE for IVF

10/3/2012 – tube test

10/4/2012 – uterus test for polyps – Antibiotics given for the week from hell’s invasive tests and a prescription for Prenatal Vitamins given, as well as a few sample packs to hold me over until the prescription was filled.

10/25/2012 – Full IVF Consultation

11/14/2012 – Baseline appointment – was able to start medication – officially day 1 of IVF

11/17/2012 – checkup – Scan#1 & blood work – everything looks good, keep medication the same

11/19/2012 – checkup – Scan#2 & blood work – everything looks good, started Ganirelix, bring hcg to Wed appointment to mix and get a date to inject the trigger

11/21/2012 – checkup – Scan#3 & Blood work – everything still looks great.  One more injection of Gonal-F, one more injection of Ganirelix, and Trigger Shot scheduled for Thanksgiving night. Scratch that, phone call revealed that they want me on one more full day of stims, a check on Friday and Trigger Friday

11/23/2012 – checkup – Scan #4 & Blood work – everything is great, trigger to be administered tonight with a retrieval date of 11/25/2012 at 8am

11/24/2012 – hpt in the AM to make sure the hcg was in my system…success!

11/25/2012 – arrive at reproductive unit of the hospital at 7am for prep for 8am retrieval.  Woke up to good news – 16 eggs!  Tomorrow I should get a phone call on how our little embies are doing!!!

11/26/2012 – phone call received – 16 eggs collected, 13 mature enough for ICSI, 9 successfully fertilized! Will receive another call tomorrow with updates and schedule transfer!

11/27/2012 – phone call received – 10 fertilized! 2-4 cell, 3-3 cell, 3-2 cell, 1-1 cell…there are 9 in the range they are looking for at this stage (2 to 4 cells) with two strong guys! They are hopeful that there will be a transfer tomorrow as we have the two strong 4 cells, will receive a phone call around 7:30am with more results and a definitive answer on when we will be transferring!

11/28/2012 – Transfer Day – transferred our 2 strongest embryos

12/10/2012 – Beta test – Negative.

12/21/2012 – WTF appointment.

01/08/2013 – Blood work/Ultrasound to check hormone levels and all the fun stuff…couple things for homework over the next week or so

01/17/2013 – Fasting Blood Draw to create the serum for the Coculture

01/25/2013 – biopsy day for autologous endometrial coculture.

03/26/2013 – Baseline Appointment/Day 1 of IVF Cycle/Start Birth Control

4/18/2013 – Suppression Check complete, start Medication on 4/19/2013 – start at 225iu Gonal F and 10iu LDHCG in the evening

4/22/2013 – 1st Check, blood levels look good, keep medication the same

4/23/2013 – 2nd check, still looking good.  Started Ganirelix and upped Gonal F to 300iu with 10iu LDHCG

4/25/2013 – 3rd check, everything looks great, keep the same medication – aiming for Trigger on Saturday 4/27/2013…we’ll know more after the appointment and blood work results that day.

4/27/2013 – 4th check, one more day of normal medications and trigger to be administered on 4/28 at 9pm (my birthday!)

4/30/2013 – Egg Retrieval Day – waiting for fertility report in the morning

5/1/2013 – 9 fertilized!

5/3/2013 – transferred 3 embryos, 8cell grade 2, 6cell grade 2, 4 cell grade 1

5/14/2013 – 11DP3DT Beta is POSITIVE! We are PREGNANT! Beta Level is 60

5/16/2013 – 13DP3DT Beta is 191, it more than tripled! I love you babies!

5/18/2013 – 15DP3DT Beta is 454, almost triple again!

5/20/2013 – 17DP3DT Beta is 1,128 and I have my first ultrasound scheduled for Friday at 1:30!

6/21/2013 – We lost our baby after he was doing so well – last heart rate monitor on 6/14 showed a strong 174 bpm.

6/26/2013 – D&E – I am hoping to get some answers in 2-3 weeks

7/02/2013 – HCG dropped from over 77,000 to 1,392

7/09/2013 – HCG 271

7/16/2013 – HCG 68 – scheduled review appointment for 7/30

7/16/2013 – Results of Chromosomal test: Anomaly in 45th Chromosome, 45,X (Turner Syndrome)

7/23/2013 – HCG 22

7/30/2013 – HCG 10, started BCP, review appointment, next round starts Aug 23rd

8/5/2013 – HCG 5.04 – still not negative but so very very close.  It seems BOB wanted to give me as many constant reminders of himself as he possibly can before we start the next round

8/7/2013 – Hysteroscopy

8/16/2013 – Fasting Blood Draw for Mother’s serum and a check to make sure cyst has disappeared

8/23/2013 – Baseline appointment for Cycle #3

8/23/2013 – Begin GonalF and Menopur, 300iu and 75iu

8/26/2013 – Scan #1 – Everything looks good, keep medication the same – 300iu Gonal F, 75iu Menopur

8/28/2013 – Scan #2 – Everything looks excellent, keep medication same – 300iu Gonal F, 75iu Menopur, add in Ganirelix tomorrow morning at 6am.

8/30/2013 – Scan #3 – Major Growth Spurt!  Keep everything the same and come in on the weekend for a final check

9/01/2013 – Scan #4 – Scan looked good, trigger on 9/2

9/02/2013 – Trigger administered at 9pm, report to Toll Center at 8am on 9/4

9/04/2013 – Egg Retrieval!  Collected 12 eggs!

9/05/2013 – Fertility Report: All 12 eggs are mature enough for ICSI and 10 have successfully fertilized!

9/07/2013 – Transferred 3 Perfect Embryos, 7 remaining are still growing and dividing.  Will receive a call on Tuesday, 09/10/2013 to see how many (if any) are able to be frozen

9/10/2013 – THREE FROZEN EXPANDING BLASTOCYSTS!!! So excited! Furthest we have ever gone in the Embryo Stage to date!  Great job, Darlin!

9/19/2013 – Beta Day – Negative

9/20/2013 – FET Day 1 – start BCP

9/30/2013 – Start Lupron @ 10units in the AM

10/7/2013 – Final BCP Pill

10/14/2013 – Blood Work & Scan #1 – all good, start Estradiol 2mg/twice per day until instructed to increase dose

10/21/2013 – Blood Work & Scan #2 – all looking good, keep on Lupron, baby aspirin, prenatal vitamin, increase Estradiol to 3 pills/day – lining looking nice and thick already

10/25/2013 – Blood Work & Scan #3 – perfect! Stop Lupron, stay on Estradiol 4x/day, add in Progesterone 2x/day starting tomorrow

10/31/2013 – TRANSFER DAY!!!

11/6/2013 – Fun Fact – up to today, in the past year I have been stabbed 138 times by my worst fear, probed 41 times by the lovely dildocam, and put under anesthesia 5 times.  Wow.

11/8/2013 – Beta #1 – 113!! WE’RE PREGNANT!

11/11/2013 – Beta #2 – 156, advised we probably lost one but there’s still hope for the other embryo

11/13/2013 – Beta#3 – 89, lost both.  Stop all medications, come in for blood work until levels have reached zero

11/15/2013 – Blood work – 39

11/22/2013 – Blood work – 75

11/25/2013 – Blood work – 152

11/26/2013 – Ultrasound, checking to see if this is tubal. Blood work – 185

11/30/2013 – Blood work – 517

12/03/2013 – Ultrasound & Blood work – located pregnancy in the uterus, scheduled a D&C for 12/4.  Blood work – 860

06/09/2014 – FET #2 baseline – start bcp

06/17/2014 – First acupuncture  appointment – to be continued weekly until transfer

06/21/2014 – First angelversary of our dear BOB – this was a very difficult day

07/18/2014 – Thyroid came back elevated, started levothyroxine to bring levels down

07/24/2014 – Transferred our last frozen blastocyst.

08/01/2014 – Beta #1 – 116!

08/04/2014 – Beta #2 – 437!

08/06/2014 – Beta #3 – 919!

08/08/2014 – Beta #4 – 2,283!

08/12/2014 – 5w3d – first glimpse of the little one, just a flicker of the heartbeat as it was trying to start on its own.

08/18/2014 – 6w2d – emergency appointment due to reaction to progesterone, healthy baby with a heart rate of 122bpm

08/26/2014 – 7w3d  – heart rate 159bpm

09/02/2014 – 8w3d – heart rate 180bpm

09/08/2014 – 9w2d – heart rate 180bpm (graduated from the RE!!!)

09/29/2014 – 12w3d – heart rate 165bpm (NT scan #1)

10/07/2014 – 13w4d – heart rate 160bpm (NT scan #2)

10/13/2014 – 14w3d – heart rate 158bpm

11/24/2014 – It’s a boy!!

02/09/2014 – blood work due to severe case of the itchies revealed Cholestasis.  Prescribed Ursodiol to help soak up bile acids, scheduled Non-Stress Tests for twice/week and will be scheduling induction at 37 weeks – We will be meeting the little man 3 weeks early!

03/21/2015 – 7:22pm gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Joey, weighing 7lbs 1oz and measuring 19inches long

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