Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October's path

Today in relevant history:

  • 1987 — Knew my October AF was everything but normal. Couldn't begin to fathom that the things that do/don't grow inside my uterus would so profoundly affect not just that year, but the next 20+.
  • 1995 — Married my sweetheart.
  • 2000 — Knew I needed a second myomectomy.
  • 2003 — Started TTC for our 8th anniversary.
  • 2007 — "Skipped" our 12th anniversary because I was in the hospital for surgery that would allow us to try IVF.
  • 2008 (that's today) — Hugged DH extra hard at 5:58 am when he whispered "Happy anniversary," then teared up when he added a soft "thank you."
Cycle status:
  • Day 4 of stims.
  • Feeling strong and not too stressed.
  • Bloating is trying to start.
  • Headache pops up about an hour before my shots each evening. (Can you say, "Hormone dip"?)
  • Day 5 monitoring tomorrow.
Things I'm doing to help myself stay calm and focused:
  • Staying ahead of my work.
  • Listening to meditation CDs and music.
  • Reading books.
  • Watching movies.
  • Flipping through magazines.
  • Using the "good" lotions and potions.
  • Going to twice-weekly acupuncture sessions.
  • Soaking my feet nightly in warm water. (Gotta get that blood and good Qi moving!)
  • Taking fistfuls of vitamins and supplements.
  • Consuming IVF-/fertility-friendly foods.
  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Getting enough sleep.
  • Walking the dog (see photo for today's path).
  • Cooking and baking.
  • Consciously choosing positivity.
  • Planning for an "IVF #3 failed" future.
  • Trusting that an "IVF #3 worked" future is possible.


Tara said...

IVF #3 worked is the future I am hoping for.

You take the most beautiful pictures!!!

Good luck - I am pulling for you!

Polly Gamwich said...

What a neat post. I like the pic, the reminders of yesteryear, cycle updates, and positive thinking ... I too agree with Tara ... I love it when things finally go right, I hope that is just that case!

Joonie said...

Happy Anniversary sweetie! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you for this cycle

Lots of Hugs

Lisa said...

Your plan sounds wonderful. I think it helps to have a "protocol" to rely on as you move through the phases. Best wishes this cycle!