May 17, 2011

Stimming Right Along

Photo by Erin Fagart
I began my protocol last night with no problems.  The Lupron (5 units) doesn't impact me but as I've experienced before, moments after the injections my lower abdomen began to tingle and bloat.  As I lay in bed, wondering what I might fit into for work the next morning,  I imagined the medications herding my (good) eggs, poking them gently with with long sticks, urging them to get in line and shape up for their trip to market.

This time around I am making some subtle adjustments to improve the quality of the herd:


  • Thanks to new mama Shannon for suggesting Coenzyme Q10 which has has been suggested to improve egg quality.  I've been taking a total of 400mg each day.
  • I have started walking 3 miles a day.  I am very grateful to the re-emergence of an old friend who is training for the Nike Women's Marathon in October.  My fast walking lines up with her slow running so our partnership is working out well!


  • I am listening to the Circle+Bloom IVF/IUI series each night.  I've never been one for meditating but so far I like what I hear and it helps me fall asleep (not entirely sure that's the purpose!).
  • I rejoined Weight.Watchers online.  My eating habits have become deplorable and it shows.  I joined with a workmate and we've committed to 3 months.  I need to regain control and become more aware of what I am eating and why.  WW and I are longtime frenemies so I expect we'll be uncomfortable with each other for a few days but then things will settle down.
  • I opened my calendar again.  I am a paper-calendar type of person and haven't been able to open my pocket 2011 calendar since my first/last OB appointment in March.  I've vigorously clipped all the previous months' pages together and am only looking forward now.  Thank goodness for whiteout for all the milestones that were not to be.
  • With a shaking hand and a sweaty mouse I purchased a ticket for George Michael's Symphonic Tour.   On October 29th I'll be at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Dress Circle P, front row and I'll be happy estatic.  I have to have something to look forward to, something to pull me through all the days before me.  The ticket was expensive and the trip will be as well but all in all, it's a hell of a lot cheaper (and more enjoyable) than therapy and I figure I need some happiness this year.  Who knows, maybe by then I'll be two attending for the price of one?  


  1. Great! You're really taking some steps to bring positivity to this difficult time. I think we've got a lot in common since I'm having A LOT of trouble looking forward and have also bought show tickets to have something to look forward too.

  2. Good for you on treating yourself to a holiday! I'm sure it's exactly the kind of therapy you need.

    I usually fall asleep during the Circle+Bloom meditations, too. I tell myself it's ok because the main point of them is to relax you, so...mission accomplished! :)

  3. Sounds like great steps to me. Best wishes on your stims!!

  4. Good Luck! Looks like you have a good plan. I've been hearing a lot of good things about the Circle and Bloom meditations, thinking about giving them a try myself.

  5. Go splurge! Pamper yourself! These are difficult times and you need to stay positive. Good luck with this cycle.

  6. what a great positive outlook and a wonderful way to be proactive. All of your changes will "give back" to you instead of taking more of you away. The concert I am sure will be AMAZING!

  7. It sounds like you're in a good place right now. I love that you booked those tickets. Something to look forward to can make all the difference!