Author Archives: Kaitlyn

Trying on a break, and prep for FET2

Super-Secret Post Concerning cycles 40 and 41 (January and February 2015)

FET #1 from IVF #1

Super-Secret Post Concerning cycle 39 (December, 2014) We were preparing to transfer the first of our two frozen embryos in December.

IVF Post-Mortem and FET Prep

Super-Secret Post Concerning end of cycle 38 and beginning of cycle 39 (November, 2014) Uh…. Hi. Welcome back. Again, I’ve had to reconstruct a lot of details in the present to fill in the sparse notes I have from back in November. The debrief for our IVF cycle had two sides to it. On the one hand, our appointment was so soon afterwards that we wasted no time at all before starting a frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle. Since I […]

IVF #1 (October 2014)

Super-Secret Post Concerning month 37 (approx. October 2014) tl;dr is at the end (if your instinct is “too long, didn’t read”, there’s a summary)

IVF Prep

Super-Secret Post Concerning month 36 (approx. September, 2014) The protocol we were put on didn’t require any ramp up of medication in the cycle preceding IVF so we could go straight to IVF. But my hubby should visit his grandmothers every chance he gets and there’s a wedding in his hometown next cycle, so we’re taking a short break (and a leisurely pace to get all the paperwork and information sessions out of the way) before we jump in.

Ottawa Testing and Results, Continued

Super-Secret Post Concerning month 35 (approx. August, 2014) There were a few crossed wires when I went in for further diagnosis, but it went OK anyway. First, I was experiencing my regular anxiety over determining if I was really on day one or not before calling. Also I didn’t know how much to drink beforehand (the booking confirmation email said “not empty bladder” but the assistant had said “full bladder”) and when I called for clarification I got the line […]

The Ottawa Test Results…. Part A

Super-Secret Post Originally composed during month 34 Ok — so we only needed this one test result from the Ottawa clinic. Or so we thought. The doctor’s tone immediately after pleasantries was such that I thought for sure my AMH number was terrible. She had some stuttering and false starts and looked generally like she was going to deliver bad news. (“So… we measured your AMH… and…. well…”). And in a way it was bad news — the number was […]

The Ottawa Consultation

Super-Secret Post Concerning May, June, and July 2014 I am catching up to the point where I have to pay attention to when I post these such that I keep the 3 month delay I originally intended. I knew that a couple of posts covering longer stretches of time would help catch up and that’s why things were overly-delayed for awhile. For a short period of time, we were under the impression that the time we forfeited in fertility progress […]

Break for My Work Placement and Our Second Move

Super-Secret Post Pertaining to February through May, 2014 I know how complaining about delays must look. Here I am, with other things I’m prioritizing above treatment (like deciding to do a work placement instead of IVF), and moving cities twice in a year which obviously sets us back. It’s something that you can’t understand unless you’ve been there, and even then it’s a lot about personal coping. And for me, it’s a lot about working with incomplete information and making […]

Gravida 2, Para 0

Super-Secret Post Pertaining to Month 27 (which wasn’t over yet) More terrible news, this time far less expected. When last we left off, we were waiting for my next cycle to start so we could dive into the world of IVF.