06 June 2013

As of Late...

Did anyone ever do those "buns of steel" work-outs?  I did at one point and I am thinking of it now because my butt feels SORE.  I started up a new drug a few nights ago (the progesterone) and let's just say that hobbling around seems like a good idea.  Though goodness...I've been so, so lucky with everything else that it's easier to plow through with this part.  And each day I try to channel all the women that have gone before me.  That helps, too.

And here are a few snap shots from our lives the last few days...

 Danny singing for me one night before the medications.  Oh man.  He makes me melt to pieces.
 
This place is a weird scene right now!  Lots of medical supplies around.  Usually my medicine is garlic, echinacea, and herbal teas.  So it's just strange to be so entrenched in drugs right now.  

Also, we've been living by this calendar.  It's quite a task to stay on top of every dosage at different times of day.  I feel a little bit triumphant each time another day of meds is done. And do you see that number 8 circled?  It's so very soon.  We'll be doing our embryo transfer that afternoon.

Yesterday I had to do a 4 hour infusion.  It was my first experience with infusions and I was a little uneasy about it going in.  But this one turned out to be no big deal.  A nurse came to my home, which was so, so nice.  We ended up having such a good conversation for 4 hours.  :)

And the most delightful part of our week was going to the High Line last night to see the sunset and visit with friends.  Oh, there is something magical about that place.  It truly is one of my favorite places in all of NYC.  Danny and I actually went there the day after we met and strolled around hand in hand.  I always think of that time whenever we visit.

We met up with a dear friend, Melissa (she took these photos).  We met her because of the blog and we're just so grateful for our friendship.  We also got to meet one of her best friends, who was just as delightful.


Just feeling so grateful for a loving husband, this beautiful city, and good friends.

And hoping you all have a lovely day.

Mara


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27 comments:

  1. Hang in there Mara, you're doing great!!! I have done two rounds of IVF and it went really smoothly. One day at a time, one procedure at a time, savour all the milestones. Even though we haven't met I am sending you love and a great big cheer leading high five. Debs

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  2. I love this blog, too cute! I just randomly just found it! I even put it up my my blog.
    www.focusedlivingblog.com
    I love NYC...lived there for several years.
    BEST wishes on your journey!

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  3. Mara you are so so brave. All my love!

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  4. Whoah - intralipids or IVIG? Have you read the blog Life and Love in the Petri Dish? When I was feeling really discouraged after our failed fresh cycle in May I read her blog and was totally encouraged by her perseverance. It really helped give me some perspective! I know the feeling of living by the calendar - mine are always so tattered and grubby from being repeatedly stared at. Hang in there! You are really off and running now!

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    1. Intralipids. Luckily no side effects - (and thank goodness it's also less expensive than IVIG.) and thanks for the comment!

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  5. It seems that most doctors are moving to inralipids instead of IVIG for those very reasons. I've got everything crossed for you and Danny!

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  6. So (this is always awkward to say) you guys were in my dream last night. You and Danny. I don't remember many details but you guys were definitely there.

    Anyway, good luck with everything! I love that you're so straight forward with the play by play... I think it also gives those of us who really know nothing about fertility issues a peek inside the process. I appreciate that.

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  7. You can do it! I had to tell myself to just take everyday as it came...sometimes every hour. Originally I was taking progesterone injections and then I found out they have a gel that is a lot easier and insurance paid for it! You should ask your doc.

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  8. I will be thinking good thoughts for you on the 8th!

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  9. wow, i never knew how intense IVF was (is that what you are doing, IVF?) you are so strong!

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    1. yes - doing IVF + I'm being treated for some related autoimmune stuff at the same time, which is becoming more and more common with people doing IVF.

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  10. I wish you the best and pray for you. Your child is going to be so lucky to have you as parents. whatever way you end up taking to become parents will be the way it was always meant to be.

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  11. The 8th! So soon!! Such a big deal. We're all rooting for you guys!

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  12. I put in my calendar at 7 AM Saturday morning, "pray for Mara and Danny"... you're in my prayers and thoughts!!!

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  13. oh the highline, I day dream of the highline sometimes. it too is one of my favorite places in the city. good luck on Saturday.

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  14. Oh my gosh, Mara! I knew that going through with IVF is tough, but I had no idea how much effort and work it really is. You are amazing. Sending you and Danny lots of love this weekend. Good luck!

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  15. I had a calendar just like that. 4 years later I STILL have a HUGE box of needles! Gambatte, Mara and Danny!!!

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  16. Hi -- seeing your calendar really brings back memories. I still have mine and it is one of my treasured keepsakes. (Weird, maybe, but anyone who goes through IVF I think would understand.) When I went through IVF my husband ended up getting very sick (he had cystic fibrosis, which was the reason for our need of IVF assistance) and I had to start doing the shots by myself. It was scary at first and I was worried about finding the right injection site, etc., etc., BUT, and this is what I wanted to share, it ended up being one of the most powerful, empowering, parts of the process for me. It was never particularly fun, but I got really comfortable with it . I took mine in the morning. I'd get up, draw up the shot, put it in the waistband of my PJs (be sure to warm the PIO before injection, goes in easier, or at least that worked for me) while I got a cup of coffee or folded laundry, and then when I was ready, clean the injection spot, get lined up, deep breath in and then breath out during the shot, and you're done. Good luck!

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  17. That calendar picture speaks volumes as to the strength required for this process. I have friends who have gone through IVF, but your posts have given me a whole new awareness and appreciation. Thank you for sharing.

    Sending every positive, hopeful vibe your way this weekend! A whole lotta people are thinking about you guys!

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  18. Prayers all along your journey, special time set aside for the 8th to give attention to being strong and present with you both as you take the next step on the path....all the best; love reading your blog - a grandmother I totally relate to the wonderfulness of family and support and just being alive.

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  19. You got this, Mara! So excited for you two!

    xo

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  20. Do you have any idea what has caused your infertility, if anything? Sorry if i'm being too nosey...

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  21. Praying for you both--for a smooth procedure tomorrow, for a calm spirit, for trust, hope, and joy. And, let's be honest, I'm praying for a baby to arrive in March, too! :)

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  22. Thinking of you **tons** over the next several days (actually I've been thinking of you and your journey for awhile now). I've been through IVF too and am now incredibly blessed with a 5yr old boy. I've been following your blog since the beginning and it is saved in my "mom blogs" folder. That's just how I see you. One day... a little being will make it's way to you two. One way or another. :) Sending thoughts of peace and patience.

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  23. Oh my, Mara!!!!! It is now the 9th, how was your embryo transfer, how did you feel, and we all can't wait for the great news.

    Congratulations Mara, because I know that you have a little blessing or blessings inside of you. You deserve it sweetheart ;)

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  24. Oh my goodness I have this feeling there will be a curly haired little person making their debut on this blog in 2014!

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