PSA

Since I am passing time waiting for the actual “fun” part of my FET cycle to start, I figured I would share 2 quick PSAs with you!

1. Don’t be afraid to check and double check your clinic’s bills and insurance coverage/payment. I realize not every insurance company covers infertility stuff (in fact most don’t) BUT that doesn’t mean that they can’t/won’t cover doctor’s appointments like the consultation or testing result appointments. I just got our estimate for our FET ($2k). That included all of my appointments and saline sonogram before we even get started. I looked at our EOB and insurance covered 2 non-testing appointments at 100% but I had already paid the $40 co-pay.  I spoke with the financial person at the clinic and she said they will have that $80 and apply it to what we owe. It may not be a lot, but it’s something.

2. Not long ago the EWG released a report on BPA free canned goods. We don’t use a lot of canned stuff, but it was still a good FYI. Especially when you read how BPA can affect your endocrine system (hello, thyroid issues.) After having Harper, I am definitely more aware of healthy foods and chemicals/processed things. Now, don’t get me wrong. I can’t afford to feed her a 100% organic grass-fed diet all of the time. And eating out would be close to impossible, but I can at least control some things. (Who doesn’t like control in the IF world?). Along with that, I was recently introduced to a skin care/household line that features natural (no chemical) line of products. I am talking sunscreen and bug spray and even dish liquid. More things I can control! And if I can limit the amount of crap H eats and wears, than I feel like I am doing what I can. Check out the workshop on Wednesday night at 8pm- https://www.facebook.com/events/1441621416146047/ or you can take a look directly at the products here and enter party number 74830 at check out.

In other FET news, one week down of BCP and another 2 to go.

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Bumpy Thyroid & Crazy Ovulation

At my last RE appointment, we were all guessing I would get a positive OPK on Wed/Thursday. Well, I didn’t get one until late Friday. And then I continued to get them through Monday, so not really sure what that means for this cycle. I had some O pains on Friday/Saturday, so I am guessing I ovulated then. I didn’t temp to confirm this month so I could be 9dpo or 7dpo, who knows.

I also had an appointment with my Endo. She agreed that I needed increase my meds to 50mcg. Here is the weird thing- she thinks taking it  7x a week would be too much ( I disagree and told her that) but she said that once I start the bcp I should increase it to 7x a week. I am okay with that plan for now. The last time it was checked it was in the 2 range and that was taking 25mcg 6x a week and 50mcg 1x a week.  I guess she is all about how it averages out over the week. My old endo would just have me take the same dose every day. To each their own I guess. At the end of the appointment she did an exam and said my thyroid felt bumpy. She wanted me to get an ultrasound just to be on the safe side before we start the FET process.

When I went to the ultrasound place, I was surrounded by pregnant people. Since we have been blessed with H, I felt ok being there. They were going to get to see their babies and that made me happy for them.  It’s so incredibly hard to be happy for someone when you are struggling and I think that is perfectly ok and normal. I wish I would have accepted that two years ago. Anyway, the nurse called me and two very pregnant ladies back all at the same time to the changing rooms. While I technically wasn’t there because I am pregnant, I still felt like I was there as part of the pregnancy process. I don’t know how much sense that makes to anyone else.

Anyway, the radiologist said my thyroid looks exactly like it would for someone with Hashimotos. Being an expert in ultrasounds now, I was able to see what she was talking about. It was patchy and filled with black spots (bumps).

Here is what a normal thyroid looks like:

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And this is what mine looks like:

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The radiologist said I should have an ultrasound done every year or two just to make sure nodules don’t develop since I am at a slightly increase risk of thyroid cancer due to Hashimotos. I know there have been studies and publications on gluten and Hashimotos, I should really research more. My very first Endo suggested going GF, but my second one said it wouldn’t matter. I haven’t asked my current Endo. Yes, that makes 3 Endos. I am picky about my Dr’s what can I say?

So besides have a bumpy and patchy thyroid, everything looked good!

Now, we wait for AF to show so I can get on the pill. Happy Monday!

Learning Curve

I am still learning how to be pregnant.

I feel like I struggle to eat. Very little sounds good and get bored of the same stuff. The problem is if I don’t eat, I feel like crap. And little things like snacks are just an effort. I swear I don’t mean to be whiney, I just am lost on what to eat.

Since I take Synthroid, I am not supposed to eat or drink (anything besides water) for at least an hour after that. That’s not the best way to start the day. Yesterday I made the mistake of eating a big breakfast (mmm bagel with cream cheese and chocolate milk) so by the time lunch rolled around I wasn’t hungry. I forced myself to eat fruit and chips. Ok, so that’s not really healthy, but I just didn’t want anything. Anyway, it wasn’t good enough and neither were the stupid fiber one bar or yogurt I had as snacks since I ended up throwing up at the end of the day. Thankfully, I was one of the last people at work so no one was around to witness that.

After a fun filled day of work, I went home and later discovered I was bleeding/spotting. I freaked out and of course Dr. Google only provides so much comfort. There are so many sad unfair stories out about miscarriages. The spotting stopped and then started again this morning. This morning was especially fun since I puked in addition to worrying about the spotting. I called the OB’s office and was able to get an appointment.

The Dr. who saw me couldn’t find where the bleeding was coming from, but did a full scan of the babies (she kept calling them kiddos, sorta cute) and they looked fine. Both had good hbs and were measuring ok. Baby A measured exactly 10weeks with a hb of 162 and Baby B measured 9w4d with a hb of 176. I think I will create a new page for this stuff and pictures so it’s not in everyone’s faces.

Baby B is still smaller, but not anything crazy to be a red flag…yet. The Dr said we just need to keep a close eye on them. I told M Baby A is hogging all of the food.

Maybe I just have small babies? Or maybe I am not eating enough or good enough? I wonder if I can blame my thryoid? So many unknowns.

 

At least I walked out of the office knowing that today the babies look good. And a prescription for Zolfran.