|From Aft Agley|
And now into the non-sewing update.
I am in the prep stages for our next (and final) frozen embryo transfer cycle. I know this is going to be a really hard cycle. I am ready for it to be the last, but that doesn't mean it will be easy. I'm already noticing some differences between what is in my head (just get it over with) and my behaviour (waiting 4 days to book an appointment).
I have agreed to trying the drug Humira with this cycle. It's pretty controversial, there is no real proof it is going to work but there is also nothing saying it won't. The immunologist we saw last year wouldn't recommend it but my doctor does. May I say it sucks to be at the cutting edge of medicine? No one has a single answer to agree on and I'm left in the middle basing decisions on trust because research sure isn't giving me an empirical reason one way or another.
Humira suppresses your immune system. It is generally prescribed for autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Chrone's, colitis, etc. I've taken other drugs to suppress my immune system but this one is another class of drugs all together. My drug plan will cover it if my doctor fills out a form to say it's needed. Even with 80% coverage, it's not cheap. Injections happen two weeks apart and the start of Humira is the domino that sets everything else for this cycle in motion.
Humira does such a good job of suppression, I can't take it until I've been checked for tuberculosis. So I'm off to my family doctor today for a TB test and booking a chest x-ray. Part of me is annoyed that the clinic didn't mention this back in July, I could have had this done a little sooner but I don't have a time machine so I can't do much about that. I guess I have dragged my feet about it because it highlights again the risks I'm taking to myself with this drug.
I also have to get a sonohystogram done and both of us need STD screening done and given that my last period was September, a pregnancy test. Sonos are not all that horrible, advil worthy, like being hit with the worst cramps out of the blue, but I know it ends and I know the pain is short. They fill up my uterus and fallopian tubes with saline and check by ultrasound that there aren't any blockages, abnormalities, etc. If you have blockages, from what I've read this can be really painful as the saline tries to push past. STD screening is only good for 6 months so it feels like I am always getting this done. I don't care so much, I have to be there for other blood work and ultrasounds, but Mr. Lina drags his heels. He doesn't like needles, they draw a lot of blood for that test, and he has to go out of his way to do it.
And the pregnancy test. My last period was just before my birthday in September. Something is going on with my hormones, my breasts are crazy tender, it is enough that I did a home pregnancy test the other morning to put my mind at ease when accepting a glass of wine. But no, either my HCG level was below 25 or something else is going on. Maybe my period is going to arrive soon and my progesterone levels are rising. The clinic tests are more sensitive, I am okay with them testing for me again to be sure before doing all this.
I am so done with all this poking and prodding. It just feels annoying to me, not exciting that we're starting a new cycle. Usually I don't mind some of this because it means something is happening, hope returns and all that. Now I'm dragging my feet at the same time I'm impatient to get it over with.
I just want to be a mom.