Yesterday we finished the decorating the tree and I thought it would be nice to post an updated photo of the exterior with our tree in the window.
The first secret I'll share with all of you is that my tree is a bit of an illusion. But you'll have to look at the next photo to see what I'm talking about.
But this means its time to tell you the second secret I had promised to share.
Yesterday while decorating the tree I was unwrapping the special ornaments, not all did I make mind you. As I was unwrapping a glass angel I started to choke up with tears. I bought that ornament for my first pregnancy loss. I decided it was too painful to put on the tree this year.
See the secret is that I did get pregnant this past cycle natually and I did lose it. Two pregnancies lost in such a short period of time. One via IVF the other naturally and both meant so much to us. We did have hope. But I knew that it was futile as the reason why I lost the babies the first time in 1996 was the fact that I didn't have enough progesterone in my system and going natural meant running that risk again. Still it was nice to know we could create one of our own without help. I guess I just need to have my hormone levels watched more closely for a dive in progesterone next time.
So last night I was angry. I decided to put up just one gold angel to represent all the lost babies we've had. J stood by me and he hung the angel. I was so angry at myself I just wanted to destroy the tree but I didn't. I held back the rage and just let the tears slip down my cheeks.
We are still going ahead with the IVF for January. I'm on the pill. I'm cranky with the bloat. Weight loss is an uphill battle right now. If I can maintain or lose a bit I'm good.
I've gotten my blood work back. My numbers are as normal as can be for CD3, I'm on CD7 now.
|Luteinizing Hormone (LH)||Day 3||< 7 mIU/ml||A normal LH level is similar to FSH. An LH that is higher than FSH is one indication of PCOS.|
|Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)||Day 3||3-20 mIU/ml||FSH is often used as a gauge of ovarian reserve. In general, under 6 is excellent, 6-9 is good, 9-10 fair, 10-13 diminished reserve, 13+ very hard to stimulate. In PCOS testing, the LH:FSH ratio may be used in the diagnosis. The ratio is usually close to 1:1, but if the LH is higher, it is one possible indication of PCOS.|