Got my beta back this morning from 14dpiui- it's 269! Omg we simply cannot believe it...here's why:
DH is 46, I am 39 (for 1 more month, anyway! lol) We have been married almost 6 years, 2nd marriages for both of us, no kids from prior marriages. DH is a testicular cancer survivor, so we have to use donor semen. We tried a bunch of IUIs 'au naturale', resulting in a bunch of BFNs. We took a year off, switched fertility clinics, and due to me being over 35 by then, the new Drs put me on a cocktail of drugs: Clomid 50mg, Estrace, Ovidrel & Crinone suppositories. BAM! 1st cycle resulted in BFP, our wonderful, amazing DS who turns 2 this month. We then stored 3 more samples of same donor at the cryobank. We want our kids to be close in age, so last summer we begin IUIs again, all BFNs. Purchase & store more samples. More BFNs. Repeat labs on me, which now show low ovarian reserve. Arrrugh! Cryobank informs us in spring there are just 3 more samples available, motility of 5-9 million, and donor is not returning to the donation program. We do 2 more IUIs this summer, take a month off, come to terms that DS will be an only child, and seriously, I'm fine with it overall. I'm an 'only', also. We are both burnt out by the emotional & financial roller coaster of infertility, and we aren't getting any younger. We do this last IUI with our last sample, and due to the Estrace making me loopy & the Crinone being expensive, making my lady bits itch & burn (sorry, TMI) & being just plain GROSS(anyone who has used this knows EXACTLY what I mean), I skip those 2 drugs. So, symptoms as follows:
CD10: Follicle check shows 5 follies, 2 lead follies at 17 & 18mm.
CD11: HCG trigger 10pm. Dr told me to trigger next morning, but I'm going all wildcard maverick with the drugs anyway, so I trigger early. Something just tells me: 'Do it tonight'
CD13: leave work early for 3:30pm IUI. (Boss is a bit delighted this is my last try, thankfully he has been patient with me leaving work for all my appointments, ultrasounds, repeat ultrasounds, etc.) Tell Dr I feel ouchy pressure in uterus, hope its not OHS. (In hindsight, I must have been ovulating!!!) DH cracks me up beyond belief after IUI (after Dr leaves the room, of course) making this 'sperm swimming' motion with his hands while humming the Hawaii 5-0 theme. I told you we were both a bit burnt over all this! lol
1-7dpiui: Enjoying (NOT!) all the lovely pregnancy symptoms the 10,000 units of HCG trigger gives me. If that's not a sick joke, I don't know what is. Grateful when I feel them going away, unfortunately by now, I know what the feeling of the drug leaving my body is like!
8dpiui: Ran a 5K, had to walk a few times because I was tired & couldn't catch my breath. Huh??? What's up with that?? Got up in middle of night to pee. Must be all the hydrating for the race...
9dpiui: My BBs aren't sore anymore, but my nipples are WICKED sensitive & not in a good way. Sports bra chafe from the 5K yesterday? Never happened before, and I ran a 15K 6 weeks ago with no problem. Having trouble sleeping, too. Again with the peeing at 3am.
10dpiui: HUNGRY! Oh wow, I'm hungry. Like every few hours. Deep growly hunger. Very tired, too. That's fun with a toddler...not. Spend 2 days in viscious mood. I'm usually grumpy before AF, but this is really bad. Like want-to-rip-people's-arms-off bad mood. Poor DH. :( Go to farmer's market to get my favorite fresh Brie & mango crepe and get all queasy eating the Brie part. HUH??
11dpiui: Wake up in great mood despite being up to pee in middle of night AGAIN. Start to think: 'Maybe??? Nah....' Nipples beyond sore, sides of BBs starting to get sore too.
12dpiui: Still ravenous. Have to spend a lot of time in car driving to a multi-day veterinary conference 2hrs away. Demolish box of Triscuits in car. Can't concentrate on lecture because all I can think of is lunch. Notice my lower abdomen feels fuller under my seatbelt in all the time I spend in my car today. Decide to POAS evening of 13dpiui/ 15dpt when DH gets home from work.
13dpiui: All symptoms continue: sore nips & BBs, hungries, frequent bathroom trips, full lower belly, tired. Also having some uterine twinges I kind of remember from pregnancy with DS, but that was more like 6-7 weeks along then. DH comes home from work, cracks a Sam Adams, then I POAS (FRER) & we watch it together...and the 1st line develops before the wet moves all the way across. OMG we are in shock. We are still speechless as the control line develops...BFP!!!!!!