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I'm a wife, mom, and gestational surrogate. I've been blessed to be able to have 2 beautiful daughters of my own and 2 cute little surro babes for IPs. With the support of my WONDERFUL family and friends, I'm doing it again!! Follow me on my journey...

Friday, September 17, 2010


Had my appointment this morning @ 8:30; it went pretty quickly. Didn't even feel the nurse stick me! :) Got in there with the Dr. (he was kinda "different"), did the ultrasound, and we were done! The Dr said my lining measured @ 8.1 so I was kind of bummed about that b/c I was under the impression that it was supposed to be more than that at this point, but about an hour later I got "the call" from my clinic in CO saying that everything looked great! Lining was good, they want it to be between 8 & 12 and my estrogen level was at 1627, they like to see it over 1200. WOO HOO!! So now here's the schedule:
- starting tomorrow I will be on 2 estrogen patches instead of 4
- I will also begin taking Prometrium 3xday for 10 days (Prometrium is a progesterone oral capsule: Progesterone is a female hormone. This medicine is used to prevent the overgrowth of the lining of the uterus in women.) -Thank you Google! :)
- After taking my last Prometrium pill I will take off my patches and 4-10 days later I should start my cycle.
- After cycle day 3, I will begin b/c pills, be on those for 10-14 days
- Start lupron injections (oh joy)
That's as far as I got with the nurse, but I know I will have to do a few more meds leading up to the transfer. So we are tentatively looking at a transfer during the 2nd week in November!!!!!! It seems like it's so far away, but I know it will get here soon enough. My IM is super excited, which makes me even more anxious!! I'm hoping that it will work on the 1st try, but who knows...this first time it will be a frozen egg transfer but if it's unsuccessful we will have to do a fresh egg transfer. We shall see!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Back from the Dr

So I'm back.

Well, I've been back from my appointment for about 2 1/2 hours now, but DAMN it was at 8am so when I got home I went back to sleep! Hey, I had to get up at 6:45am on a Saturday, not cool. Ok, not to mention that, AND DON'T LAUGH AT ME, when I left the Dr's office I totally got lost coming home! I know what you're thinking..."Why didn't you just go back the way you came?" Good question. Well, I did. Sort of. Look, it's a long story and if you've ever driven in the DFW metroplex then you know it can be confusing! (We're not even gonna mention that I'm totally direction senseless anyways!) Whatever.

Back to the point. I got my labs drawn and then had my ultrasound. Ouch! to "Tammy" that drew my about waking someone up in the morning! My lining was measuring @ 6.9mm and my clinic wants it to be between 10-11 to be "optimal for transfer". So of course my clinic in CO called me after they got my results back (thanks for waking me from the best nap ever!) and they told me that I will need to add Estrace to my "regimen" and continue with my estrogen patches as well. Estrace is just another form of estrogen except I will be inserting it vaginally. (Do u know how long I sat here before I typed that "V" word? lol. It just sounds gross to me. Whatever) Anyway, so I'll have to go back to the Dr on Friday to get my lining checked again. I sure hope it's where it needs to be at that point. I kind of expected it to be "thin" today since on my last surrogacy attempts it was thin at this point, but I was hopeful, so I'm a little discouraged. But I guess that's the beauty of a "mock cycle", you get to adjust your meds accordingly.

So that's my update for today. I'm off to help put together a 25th anniversary party! TTYL!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Well It's About Time!

It only took 4 months, but we FINALLY have the contract done!! I know, I're saying "Krystal, why have you been doing all of this stuff without a contract in place?" My answer to that is...well...MYOB! I have my reasons, but all of that doesn't matter anymore cuz we're done! No more negotiations, no more "I'll have my lawyer call your lawyer", and most importantly no more worrying about a damn contract! Whew! You have no idea, that's such a load off my back! Now I can go on about my day without that lingering in the back of my mind.

Just to recap, I go back to the monitoring clinic on Saturday for an u/s and bloodwork and to be quite honest I'm not really sure what's after that...I did receive some "extra" medication when my Estrogen patches arrived. It was Prometrium and if I were to guess, I'd say that I'll be putting those nice, not so little, pills in my, uh, (TMI ALERT) vjayjay, if all goes well after my next appointment. I asked the nurse about them and she said "oh don't worry about those, we will let you know when you need to start on them." Whatever. I'm just ready to get to the transfer already!!! Can't I at least get a tentative date??! Ugh. This whole surrogacy thing is just a lot of hurry up and wait......and I don't like to WAIT! Sigh. Ok, I'm done being a brat.

Have a good night to all (3) of my loyal followers! Lol.

**Hey! Speaking of followers, if you're getting this thru ur email could you at least take the time to click on that little link at the bottom of the email and go to leave me a comment? I feel like I'm talkin' to myself. I'm just sayin'...**

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

All done!

I'm back from the RE (reproductive endocrinologist); try saying that 5 times fast! After waiting (impatiently) [okay, yea, I may have been 15 minutes late (thank you I-35), but in my mind I should have still been called back as soon as I got there!], I was called back 30 minutes later and, praise the heavens, only got one stick! Hallelujah to Nina and the nice silver-haired nurse (sorry can't remember your name even though you had a big, bright, blue name tag on!) that drew my blood.
I go back on the 11th for more bloodwork and an ultrasound to check the thickness of my lining. After that appointment I'll know whether or not my meds need to be adjusted and we will hopefully be on our way to setting an actual transfer date! :)

Oh yea! I forgot to tell you the best news... I don't have to take those BIG A$$ progesterone shots!! WOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The clinic I'm going to actually gives you a choice as to if you want to do the injections or the suppositories. Um, DUH!! I can't believe, if given the choice, that people would actually choose to do the shots. It's like "here, Krystal, you can do these shots, that only have a TWO INCH NEEDLE, once a day in your a$$ muscle that hurt like a mofo, and leave you sore for 2 days, oh and by the way, if you inject them too fast you get a metalic taste in your mouth OOOOR you can do a suppository 3 times a day in your (TMI) vjayjay and be done." Hmmm...lemme think....

Sittin' here watin'

...waiting @ the RE ofc. Traffic sucked getting here!! Please, Lord, don't let them make me a pin cushion!
U know u will hear about it...