Amber and Aaron

Amber and Aaron

The Fun We've Already Had...

  • Graham Tomas born July 31 at 5:04 P.M. weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz.
  • December 2, 2011: PREGNANT!!!
  • Paisley Kate arrived August 21 at 5:38 P.M. weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz
  • DUE DATE: August 25, 2010!!!
  • Dec. 14, 2009- PREGNANT!!!
  • Oct. 07,2009- Had elective D&C.
  • Sept 28, 2009- No embryo on ultrasound. :(
  • Sept 15th, 2009- We found out we're PREGNANT!!!
  • Sept '09- Aaron had varicocele repair.
  • July '09- IUI #1 with HCG shot= No such luck
  • April '09- Ovarian drilling surgery, followed by hospitalization for uterine infection
  • Jan-Mar '09- metformin + 3 rounds of clomid= no ovulation
  • Dec. 11, 2008- Hysterosalpingogram (Fancy word for shooting dye through the ovaries. OUCH)
  • Nov '08- Sent to RE. Tried metformin alone for two months (No ovulation)
  • Oct '08- Diagnosed with PCOS based on amenorrhea and crazy hormone levels.
  • June '08- Aaron convinced me to start trying.
  • June '04- Got Hitched!

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Fun that is Provera

For those who have never taken Provera which is also progesterone, let me fill you in on the fun that you have been missing. For starters, I'm taking it to bring on that special time of the month since my body is incapable of even doing that. I always counted that as a blessing, but apparently it's actually a problem. :) So, anyways, I take one pill a day for 7 days. I'm currently on Day 4 and I'm losing my mind. This is the 4th go-round for me on what I call the "crazy pill", so I know what to expect. It doesn't make it any easier to deal with really. What happens is I get incredibly hungry- I mean the kind of hungry where you are trying to decide how moldy is too moldy to eat or if expiration dates really matter. I can't concentrate at work because I feel like I'm starving to death. If that isn't enough, I also get terrible hot flashes. Menopause has nothing on this. My body actually feels like it is on fire from the inside out. It keeps me up all night because I wake up in pools of sweat. Sadly, I have to keep a thermometer on my nightstand along with my ridiculous charts, so I actually took my temperature in the middle of the night last night because I could have sworn it was about 105 degrees (it wasn't). And then the worst mood swings in the world start... This is Aaron's favorite part so I should probably let him tell about it. I go from happy-go-lucky like usual to absolute sorrow and sadness. Sometimes it changes into anger then back again. Lots of fun for about 24-48 hours. You never know exactly what is going to happen! So, enough whining really- just needed to vent some of my frustration! So just 3 more days of fun for me and then I can call my doctor to see when he wants to do my surgery. So much to look forward to!!! Ha,ha...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

How it All Began...

Just for those who are completely new to this whole story, I'm going to give a bit of background info into what's happened so far before I give our newest update. Aaron and I finally reached the point in our lives where we wanted to start a family- we are done with school, have good jobs, own our home, have a fantastic marriage, etc. All the right ingredients to bring a baby into this world- or so we thought. Only problem is- I have a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (aka: PCOS), which interferes with my fertility. So we started seeing a specialist in November for treatment, which has been a bit time consuming and emotionally overwhelming. I take a medicine three times a day that makes me utilize insulin more appropriately, go in for ultrasounds about once a week and take my temperature every morning before I even get out of bed. We've tried clomid which is an ovulatory drug five times now, but my body is not responding to it. So we are done with oral medications at this point.

My next choice to make is either to do injectable medications or have surgery. Neither one sounds like much fun, but it's the hand we've been dealt. I have chosen to have the surgery- called ovarian drilling (who in the world named it???). I never thought I'd go to such crazy lengths when this all started, but when it's the only chance you have... So, ovarian drilling consists of going in laparoscopically in three incisions in my stomach and then lasering about 10 holes into each ovary. It destroys the part of my ovary that is creating the hormonal problems and often restores ovulation. Bad news is: it is surgery which carries its own risks. Good news is: it has great success rates and my doc has performed a ton of them.

I guess the best part of all of this is that it has strengthened our marriage in so many ways. I feel like it really made us a team- us versus infertility. Aaron has been the best support system I could have ever asked for. We are trying to remain positive in all of this and realize that we will become parents one day even if they aren't biological. We've always talked about adoption and even hoped to do so if we had our own children too. So, we're going to give this the best chance we can and pray for a miracle! Thank you so much to everyone who has walked beside us during this challenge and given us such love, support and encouragement. We are truly blessed with wonderful friends and family!!! Stay tuned for the rest of the story...