Monday, September 19, 2011

The Saga Continues

The cycle from hell continues on. The nurse manager was pretty sure that she was going to be canceling my cycle today due to the bleeding that started over the weekend coupled with the lack of response to the meds. Much to her surprise, and mine, I had a tiny bit of growth in my follicles (still <10mm) and my estrogen skyrocketed from 24 to 62 (note the sarcasm.) The bleeding that I had over the weekend, which was similar to AF, has stopped as well. The fate of this cycle will be officially determined at my next appointment on Wednesday. They are keeping me on the 600 of Follisitm so I am hoping that I respond so we can at least have a chance this cycle.

Okay, now on to the complaining...
I have figured out that the horrible migraine type headaches that I have always attributed to the Lupron are actually being caused by the Follistim. I am about 5 seconds from blowing my head off, actually, I am about 5 seconds from taking a Percocet (no joke.) I thought for sure that the few hours I went without this headache this morning signified the end of them, but I could never expect to be so lucky as it came back with a vengeance. The other thing that I have been having a tough time with are my blood sugars. Thursday I unfortunately had an episode while driving. I was driving down the local Interstate when I suddenly became nauseous and started sweating profusely. I ended up pulling over off into a parking lot. I decided to check my sugar and it was 54. I called my PCP and he had me come in the following morning. Since I am not too keen on more injectable medications, he is sending me to an Endocrinologist to see if we can get this under control. He isn't exactly sure what is going on as my blood sugar fluctuations are not in any way related to my eating patterns. He said that something is going on with my pancreas but we shall see. In the meantime, I have completely overhauled my diet. I have thrown out every bit of processed food that we have in the house. All of my produce, dairy, and meat is now all organic. I have also replaced all of my condiments, cereals, and protein/fiber bars with organic substitutes. Every single morning I make myself a smoothie which consists of a half of banana, 1/4 cup organic frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup organic plain yogurt, 3/4 cup organic orange juice, 1 1/2 cups organic spinach, 1 heaping teaspoon of ground flax seed and a scoop of powdered wheatgrass. All of these things are what my RE recommends for a morning "fertility" smoothy. I thought that they would be gross, but I am finding that I actually enjoy them. The rest of the day I eat nothing but salad with grilled chicken, fresh sliced organic veggies with organic balsamic dressing, V8, organic fruit, and organic sliced pita chips with different organic seasonings. I am turning into a first class tree hugger!! In addition to making me healthier and ridding my body of all the toxins from the crap I used to eat, I am hoping that I will drop some serious weight. Not because I am trying to diet (because I am not) but because for the first time in my life I am eating well and taking care of myself. I am also determined to make this change permanent so when I do have a child I can teach them what proper nutrition and healthy eating is. I don't want them to go down the same road that I have!


  1. How frustrating! But, I love the steps that you are taking. I need to get a blender and plan to once we move to Seattle. Once I do, I'm going to start your morning smoothie routine. It actually sounds delicious!

    I hope that Wednesday reveals good news for moving forward.

  2. I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you this morning and hoping that your appointment goes well.