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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Excited About Injectables!

I know, I know.  How can someone be excited about giving themselves shots in the gut?  Well, trust me, they can be!  I AM!

Today is CD4, and I got to go in at 8 a.m. (on a Sunday, how awesome!) to meet with Dr. S.  He was so good to fit us in, because if he hadn't, we wouldn't have been able to see him at all this week.  God really worked it out for us, because I had some very specific concerns that I wanted to share with him.  (Oh, and everyone got "Hoppy Easter" bags of cookies today...yeah, I guess it seems like I'm sucking up; but I'm really just grateful!)

In short, everything worked out exactly as I had hoped - whew!  Dr. S agreed that Clomid was drying me up and wrecking my lining; so, I will stim with full Bravelle injects from CD's 4-8 (5 shots, total).  I've used Bravelle every past cycle to help "beef up" the follies that the crappy Clomid left behind; and each time it's worked like a charm.  So, I'm super hopeful this cycle that I'll have good follies to trigger and a good lining (my lining this morning was 4.32 - not a bad starting point considering the thickest it's gotten the past two cycles is 6.5!).

All of the items required to do the daily Bravelle shots seriously made me feel like a druggy heading out of that office - ha!  I took a pic with everything lined up:

My awesome, Bravelle inject hobby kit - ha!

We also talked to Dr. S about doing IUI.  He said it's totally up to us, and that we don't have to decide until we actually do the trigger.  So, Mr. C and I talked it over and decided that if all looks good at my f/s (follicle study) on Friday (as in, good lining and good follies); then we will definitely do an IUI this cycle!  I'm so excited!  Something about this cycle just feels "right".

Well, I never thought in a million years I'd be excited about having to inject myself in the stomach; but here I am...and I AM excited!

I just can't hide it,


  1. Thank you for posting this! I'm starting Bravelle this cycle and deciding on IUI or not. Hope this is your cycle!

  2. Good luck to you, girl! We're pretty sure we're going to do the IUI even though we don't have MF issues...the #'s are just too tempting. I hope this is YOUR cycle too! MUCH good luck to you! :-)

  3. Wow, we're praying for you Mandie!

  4. Very exciting! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. :)

  5. Thanks, ladies! :-) I've got high hopes and my eyes on God's promises!

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  7. Ummm, AWESOME!!!! Thanks so much! :-)