Daily Blessings

Throughout this fertility journey, no matter how much life has thrown at me, I will remember my blessings & affirmations each day.

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A Quick Update

CD1 (cycle day 1) has finally arrived. For those non-TTCers, that means my lovely period has started and a new cycle has begun. This month will be sans thermometer, opk’s, acupuncture, and herbs. I will be taking my Reishi twice a day to keep my immune system in check. For more info on Reishi and its benefits, see this link: Reishi Mushroom benefits

I also stumbled upon some information that Reishi acts as a natural substitution for immune suppressing meds like Prednisone. **remember, I am not a doctor, these are just personal findings & things I feel work for me**  So, I’m excited to start a new self-medicated protocol maybe in July, maybe in June…. we’ll see. I will keep you posted.

A summary of the “protocol” I’m referring to is a certain California doctor’s medical protocol for IVF patients will implantation failure issues. I’ll link his blog below.

1) 81mg aspirin per day beginning at the start of cycle
2) heparin 2000 units 2x day beginning at the start of cycle
3) medrol (which is a prednisone-like med) 16mg daily until transfer then 8mg from that point until positive pregnancy, then stop
4) increase progesterone to 50mg injection plus Endometrin 100mg 2x day vaginally. Start injections the day of retrieval & the suppositories start the day after transfer.

He states that this regimen will cover most immune responses that may prevent implantation.

Now I know I am not doing IVF, but I do have immune & clotting issues. So using baby aspirin & aspirin, progesterone cream, and Reishi as a substitution for Medrol, I am going to try to follow this protocol as a personal experiment. Wish me luck!

IVF blogspot

Hello Friend, Its Been Awhile

*Sigh* To say it has been a crazy 45 days is an understatement. I am CD45, 14dpo and awaiting AF’s arrival. A huge part of me felt relief when my body finally ovulated on CD31. But now that this month has come to an end without a BFP, I’m feeling just so ready for it all to be over. Its been a rollercoaster of emotions and frustrations, including the occasional hopeful and excited moment, but i am mentally drained.

I started this blog to always take a step back & remember I am blessed and thankful for my life. Today, I am having a hard time finding something to be thankful for ” TTC-wise.”

I just need a little break from my own emotions, from others’ emotions and drama, from arguments & feeling hopeless…. I need to hit the reset button.

For my friends who read this blog, these feelings are not from my inability to handle a BFN. I haven’t even tested since 11dpo. BFN’s don’t really phase me anymore in such a tragic way. Things going on in life, sorrows friends are facing, just having to BE PRESENT for everyone everyday on a constant basis, without being able to express my own sadness, struggles or frustrations has posed too much for me this week.  I feel like I need (and am being encouraged to by my DH) to withdraw into my cocoon, alone, for a couple weeks. This is more of a last resort than a choice.

CD21

*sigh*

CD21

I am in desperate need to revisit my mantras.

Things are not exactly going as I had planned this cycle. “Planned” isn’t exactly even the correct word….not going normally. Nothing about this cycle is typical as compared to basically every cycle I’ve had. I’m CD21 now and still haven’t confirmed ovulation. My signs & symptoms looked great – I even thought I was going to O early this month. I had 2 rounds of +opks [one group is pictured in a previous post], but still no distinct temp rise. 

Well, today I want to tell FF and my BBT to suck it.  Hopefully they will not be offended & will understand my annoyance and  disappointment. We can all regroup for my June cycle and make-up then.

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