Phone meeting with PGD people

They wanted to make sure we knew some things. The RE had already told us that they couldn’t distinguish between a balanced translocation like The Dad has and just normal chromosomes.

New info to us, is that on average, people doing PGD for the same reasons as we are have 15-20% normal embryos. On average, people with normal chromosomes doing PGD have 45% normal embryos. 

Not terrific odds, but much lower chances of miscarriage. We are, of course, moving forward, but I’m less sure it’s going to work. We need 9 day 5 blastocysts (statistically) to get 1 normal one. I know that if we test just one it’s possible it will be good, but I’m scared.

I’ve had two acupuncture appointments, and I feel so much better, nausea, digestively. I haven’t needed nearly as many Zofran for the nausea, and there’s only pain if there’s a cat kneading my lower abdomen. He is an excellent acupuncturist. He asks a lot of questions, with follow-ups, he makes sure each needle is comfortable and that I don’t get too cold with my bare feet and bare belly during the relaxation time.

I also started allergy shots last Friday. I have never in my life had such a high level of nasal allergy symptoms. Usually I just have itchy eyelids that peel and get sick easily. But the last two days I have had the runniest nose and a crazy itchy throat, it’s terrible.

Additionally, there’s another health snag, which hopefully is nothing. I have to have a colonoscopy next Wednesday to investigate the bleeding I had last Thursday. There’s been no new blood, so I’m guessing it’s too late to figure out where it came from. So, low fiber Sunday and Monday, liquids only Tuesday and then a whole bunch of Miralax with Gatorade. I am not looking forward to it.  Also no iron containing supplements for 7 days prior. I assume going a week without the prenatal more than two months before my FET is fine.

Why can’t my body just work right? I mean celiac + some other unknown digestive issues, Depression (19 years now), allergies + colds, and not being able to hold on to babies, is a lot of things wrong at 32.

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Moving forward

We have a bunch of things going on for getting me more healthy and moving forward with IVF and PGD.

First news is that the biopsies from the endoscopy showed that I have celiac disease, so I’ve started a gluten free diet. It’s been a little over two weeks. I haven’t noticed a difference except more cravings for stuff I can’t have. I’ve been nauseous most days, but no pain. But Zofran helps a lot.

All the results from the RE testing came back normal, except sperm morphology, which wasn’t very abnormal and the nurse said it was fine. So good news.

I also did the allergy testing and they found that I’m definitely allergic to cats and dogs, rabbits, dust, mites, and some pollens. So I’m starting allergy shots on Friday. The crazy allergy shot plan is to increase doses every week for four months (we’ll stop the increasing after the FET), then maintain levels for three years of every two weeks, then every three weeks for a year, and finally a year of every four weeks. I’ve told the RE and he says it’s fine.

I’m also starting up acupuncture again on Friday. It’s across the hall from the allergist. Hopefully I like them AND they take my insurance, since I’ve found one of each in Minnesota, but not both. They say they take my insurance, but their website list of insurance accepted doesn’t list mine. RE says that’s fine too. I call them a lot. They seem used to it.

I started the birth control cycle on Sunday. We have a consult with the PGD testing place on Monday. Then we have training for IVF on May 13th.

Finally feeling fine

I was nauseous and exhausted for 23 days. I also had abdominal pain for a week. It finally stopped the day after my endoscopy that showed nothing was wrong. That’s the same thing that happened last February, I waited 6 weeks  in massive pain for an endoscopy, and it showed slight inflammation of my stomach and then the next day I was fine.

I’ve decided to stop taking Nexium, which was prescribed for the slight stomach inflammation. And amitriptyline, which was prescribed for a different time I had nausea and abdominal pain. They obviously don’t prevent me from getting these things. The amitriptyline has overeating and weight gain as side effects, so that’s probably why I can’t stop eating when I’ve reached my calorie limit for the day. Even when I was nauseous, I kept eating. Especially in the afternoon. Super weird. I didn’t even stop eating when I vomited. Still hungry.

On endoscopy day I finally stayed under my calorie goal. Friday too. Only 12 calories over yesterday. On track for today and it’s already 5pm. I may actually start losing weight soon.

Endoscopy

I had it this morning. It was uneventful and found nothing wrong. I have no idea what’s wrong with me.  They did take some biopsies in my small intestine, so we’ll find out next week about those.

It’s supposed to snow 6-12 inches by morning, so my counselor is likely to cancel tomorrow morning’s appointment. I really needed to see her though. I’ve only seen her once since we lost Greg. Once in two months is not enough.

That’s all I’ve got for today.