(I am already a day behind with my post, but with two older children, a husband and two crazy dogs, life can get pretty hectic around the Childs’ household (I think we may have lost our minds to be willfully praying to add chaos to our lives.))
Day 2: I returned to Dr. Honea’s office for a SIS (Sonar Insufflation Study), which honestly, was much more bearable than the HSG (Hysterosalpingogram) performed Day 1. To prepare for both procedures the Dr. placed me on a cocktail of medications, including a general antibiotic as well as doxycycline (this was a precautionary measure as I have an existing allergy that could have potentially reacted to the contrasting dye used during X-ray. However, thank the Lord, I did not have a reaction).
I forgot to mention previously in my Day 1 post that Dr. Honea’s and her team started me on a prenatal vitamin as well as a CoQ10 supplement. As far as I can understand, this combination is supposed to assist with egg production and various infertility issues associated with “older” age and my potentially decreased egg reserve.
So, as of this morning, I was taking 3 different medications: a prenatal vitamin, a CoQ10 supplement and the remainder of my antibiotic medications. This afternoon, however, I received a call from the doctor’s office informing me that my TSH levels (or my thyroid levels) were at a 3.1. I am told this is within “normal” range, however, it is considered elevated for a woman attempting fertility treatments. So, as of tomorrow morning, I will be adding a 6 week cycle of thyroid medications to my already growing list. This will leave me with a total of 5 new medications prescribed over the course of a 48 hr period. Whew! I know the body is resilient and I have complete trust in my MDs, RNs and most importantly, God, but that still seems to be a lot of new additives to my body in an extremely short period of time.
As I continue to wait for the remainder of my Day 1 blood work, I remain in good spirits knowing the thyroid medications are not expected to delay the process.
So, what’s next? Well, the next step is to sit and, for the first time in my life, anxiously await Day 1 of my “cycle.” Once that time arrives, I am told I will be scheduled for a Clomid Challenge Test to assess the status and potential number of viable eggs available for implantation. Once I “pass” this test, I will then be able to officially begin the IVF process.
As I prepare to wait patiently for this next step, I ask you to join me in prayer. Pray the medications that I am currently taking, as well as the ones I am about to be taking, will perform their appropriate functions and prepare my body for the fertility process. Pray for a successful outcome after only one cycle of IVF. Pray the Lord will guide my husband and I in upcoming decisions we will need to make during the IVF process. Pray for a healthy pregnancy, a healthy delivery and most importantly, a healthy baby (or babies). Thank you all in advance. I look forward to continuing this journey with you.
Dear Lord, thank you for trusting me to be a platform for other women and families struggling with infertility issues. Thank you for equipping me with the strength necessary to step outside of my comfort zone and allow you to use my journey as a testimony to others. I pray a blessing over everyone reading this blog and I ask that as they read these words, they feel inspired and strengthen along their path. I rebuke all attacks from the enemy to discourage or place doubt and fear into these women’s lives. May you bless them each along their journey and I thank you in advance for the children you are preparing for them. In Jesus of Nazareth’s name I pray. Amen.
Today’s scripture…. Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.