Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Operation Jellyman Kelly: IVF

DISCLAIMER: Any blog posts titled "Operation Jellyman Kelly" will no doubt gross you out. These posts will describe our current treatments for infertility...so if you have a weak stomach or don't know how you'd have a conversation with me in person after reading this....stop reading now. ; )

Yesterday treated me to my first Sonohysterography.  This is where saline liquid is injected into the cavity of the uterus (enlarging it) while an ultrasound is being conducted to look (real time) at how the uterus fills, to measure the uterus, to look for cysts, polyps or any other abnormalities that could cause infertility or miscarriage.

This procedure wasn’t nearly as horrible as the HSG I survived 5 or 6 years ago as a first crack at figuring out why we weren’t getting pregnant…..but it was still uncomfortable enough that I wouldn’t want to do it again.

Filling the cavity of the uterus with saline caused me to cramp up a little….but what really got me was the sudden and overwhelming urge to pee!

I survived the urge and Dr. T said everything looked good.

Next step was a pretty intimidating walk through with the head nurse to go over all the medications I’d be taking throughout the cycle and how to administer some of the new injections.

After that I sat with the financial advisor and we calculated approximately how much we’d pay for this cycle (trust me, you don’t want to know).

Then it was back to work (bloated and uncomfortable) to finish out my tasks for the day and then an evening of phone calls with the pharmacy department to get the medications straightened out and paid for so we could get them shipped in time for my first dose on Thurs.

Injections begin on the 18th.

Labwork on the 25th.

Ultrasound on the 26th.

Possible stimulation from the 29th through the 5th of Sept.

Egg retrieval between Sept 7th and 10th.

Egg transfer between Sept 10th and 15th.

More medication.

Two week wait.

That’s what my life is going to look like for the next month.

Here we go……….


  1. I'll open up a Pina Cola / Smoothie Stand and sell these drinks to the neighborhood kids. Any profits will be sent your way to off-set the cost of these procedures. Don't worry Amanda, I'll get their lunch money one-way-or-another:) Stay positive and keep the faith.

  2. Sept 5th is an auspicious and lucky day! Fingers crossed!

  3. omg amanda, i had noooo idea! extra love to you for the next month!

  4. I will be with you in spirit the whole way....

    We love you soooooo much. Call us any time day or night.....

  5. @Mom--thank you! I know I can reach out anytime to you. =)
    @Dad--don't you dare steal any lunch money for me! LOL! We'll be ok!!!!!!
    @Anonymous--thank you!
    @Jasmine--it's no problem! it's never come up in conversation! LOL! thanks so much!!!!

  6. I would like to order a Pina Colada from your dad, as well as a smoothie too probably. It's a good cause! I'll be thinking of you, but would rather get coffee sometime soon. ;)

  7. @CD--LOL! thanks so much! and YES! coffee date soon!!!!!!