Monday, March 31, 2008

back in the game

I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted until I got two emails today from friends making sure I was ok! Greg and I have decided to proceed with our Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). We are not making a big deal out of this, so if you read the blog you will know, if you don't well then you won't. A FET consists of pretty much the same protocol of an IVF, but I don't have to take the stimulate drugs and no eggs will be retrieved. I will be on the Lupron, Estrogen and Progesterone. 2 shots, 1 pill. The good news in all of this is that my base doctor has agreed to do all my monitoring, provide the meds and do the transfer ( as long as I transfer on a Friday) at my RE's office where the embryos are being stored. So we are saving almost half by using the military services. Turns out our military RE is now working at my civilian RE's on the side! How convenient for us.
During this process I have also signed us up for Adoptive Parenting Classes. Starting tomorrow for 6 weeks and they count for 12 of the 20 required education hours for adoptions in Ohio. The classes are designed for couples exploring the option of adoption. I guess you can say we are in that stage. I feel that the FET is just something that has to be completed to close that chapter of our lives. When I left the doctor on Friday with two bags of syringes I broke down crying with a revelation that I am DONE. Finished. I will do this FET and either it will work or it won't. Either way it will give us an answer on how we should proceed. I think I have finally come to a point where I can't put my body through anymore of this. Not too mention our bank account.
So that is where we are. Still alive and dealing with infertility in rainy, gloomy OHIO!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

the cruise in review

Ok here goes...I decided to write this in a day by day format because there is just way too much to tell. The highlights will give you a good picture of our long awaited trip to the Mexican Riveria.

Day 1- Wednesday- San Diego- GORGEOUS! We had the best day here sightseeing all around. Ate some fish tacos, and other junk food (this is important).

Thursday- Greg wakes up at 2am with bad diarrhea. By 3 he is vomiting everything he ate the previous day. Is it food poisoning? The flu? He couldn't hold Pepto or Imodium down. Julie then starts to get diarrhea. WE both go in and out of the bathroom for the next 7 hours.Do I cancel the trip or do we get on board sick? We get on board with meds and Gatorade in hand. BAD BAD DAY!!!

Friday- During Bingo the Captain comes on to tell us our ship has a steering problem and we are going at such slow speeds that we are not going to make Acapulco or Ixtapa!! GREAT!! They will substitute for Manzanillo and Mazatlan.

Saturday- Finally getting appetites back. Now our Puerto Vallarta excursion to a private island has been cancelled due to "local logistics". Since we are arriving in PV a day early they can't take us to the island!

Sunday- at 1pm we arrive in Manzanillo. According to the ship shopper lady she says to either book an excursion or go to the spa. We take the free cruise shuttle to town. It was a DUMP. One hour and we are back on the boat.

Monday- PV- walked the boardwalk, got some nachos at Senor Frogs...finally some good food!

Tuesday- Mazatlan- another not so great place

Wednesday- Cabo- best stop of the trip- took water taxi out in some really rough water to see the arch, ate at Hard Rock and shopped. Beautiful day.

Thursday- so windy and cold couldn't lay out on the ship, had dinner at the Japanese restaurant on board. during dinner I break out into hives, welts all over my body from something I ate? $120 to see the doc on board so we say no, take benedryl and pray for the moring to come!! another BAD incident

Friday- caught early flight to DC on JetBlue (love them) and headed home!!

and that was the vacation!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

back on land

We are safe in VA, but it looks like the blizzard of 2008 is going to get in our way of driving back to OH. The trip was an adventure to say the least but I will post later about that! Let's just say when I said I was praying for a safe and sunny trip I should have added HEALTHY in there!