Saturday, April 18, 2009

Planning and Pondering

Stretching across the air and down beside a tree
A ray of sun reached out and gently caressed me.

Thank you all for finding me and for taking the time to offer your encouragement and support! It is so helpful.

I have a confession to make: I am a Google infomaniac.

I need to know everything...about my meds, normal lab result ranges, protocols, procedures, statistics...everything. I gobble information like a starving dog.

My estradiol and progesterone levels from yesterday appear to be pre-ovulatory (at least according to my research). I will be re-tested on Monday and hope to see my estrogen come down (from its current 218) and my progesterone increase (from its current .73). At least I know what I'm looking for.

In the mean time, I keep telling my husband I'm going to buy that meat for him to practice IM shots on. He just says, "Okay." Hmp. I'm impressed. I did warn him that once the needle is in, he'll have to pull on the syringe to be sure he's not aspirating blood. He cringed a bit at that, but was still okay with it. I've decided to have him practice using water and also trying it with olive oil -- you know, so he'll get a feel for viscosity. I'm going to wait though until we get the go ahead for the FET cycle.

This morning I went and had my hair colored per my usual 5 week regimen. It is now the glorious color of a new copper penny! It will hopefully be my last time getting it colored for the foreseeable future!

Have you been warned not to color your hair once you begin a cycle? Do you color anyway? Do you use natural hair coloring agents that are not harmful? I just wonder what other women do. I mean, I've been coloring my hair consistently now for, oh, maybe 4 years or so. I'll willingly give it up to ensure the well being of my baby, will be a change.

Did I mention that I turn 43 tomorrow? Time just marches on, doesn't it?


twondra said...

Welcome to blogging. :) I've been told I have to use donor embryos. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it helps to know you're not alone.

Good luck on your journey!!

twondra said...

Oh, can I ask where you live? I see you got your embies pretty quick. Everywhere I've asked, it's a 2-year wait, so I was curious.

My e-mail addy is in case you don't want to answer here. :) Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! :)

I'm curious about the hair coloring too. I've read to only use natural products like henna but know of lots of pregnant women who kept up their salon routines. I guess the salon products are safer than the do-it-yourself kits too. Hopefully that will be a question you (and I!) will have for our OB soon!

bunny said...

ahh... the hair coloring conundrum. i haven't found any "good" information on this, so have avoided when I am cycling and treat myself after the failures- not that it really helps... would love to hear something more definitive as i hate being hopped up on hormones and having my grays showing at the same time!

Happy birthday!

osuraj said...

Saw your blog on stirrup queen and wanted to say hi! We're getting ready for an FET too, so I'll be tuning in to see how yours goes. Good luck!