Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sister is Home, and IVF is About to Begin

I want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and good vibes for my sister. She is back home and doing very well! The early indicators show that the liver is regenerating which is fantastic news. I am so grateful for everyone's support through the weeks leading up to surgery and the surgery itself. It has been a stressful last week, and I'm grateful that my sister is doing so well.

Ellen will have to do more rounds of chemo once she has healed enough from the surgery, but chemo seems like an easy road compared to what she just went through. She's just so happy to be alive and be's refreshing to see her looking so well.

As for IVF, it's right around the corner now. I ended up having my ultrasound test and mock embryo transfer on Monday, and they went over every single one of the injections at that time too. It was a bit overwhelming, but at the same time it feels less confusing than it did prior to the injection training. The ultrasound looked good, and apparently I have a, "beautiful uterus," which hopefully means a healthy home for the baby! The mock embryo transfer didn't go quite as smoothly, and it took the doctor quite some time to be able to get the catheter in. We will have another mock embryo transfer the day of the actual transfer just to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

I did have to have another ultrasound to check up on my blood clot. As long as it comes back ok, and I get the clearance from the doctor, I will begin injections on Tuesday!! It's crazy to imagine that it's finally here. I'm so excited for it, and I just can't wait to get through egg retrieval! I'm ready to be pregnant!!


  1. GREAT NEWS!!!! Glad everything went well for your sister. I am excited that you are about to begin IVF! Did your husband go to learn about giving the shots? I gave my wife her injections once the embryo was transferred back in. Nothing like giving a shot to your loved one :) I am a trained nurse now. If you guys ever have any question regarding anything during the IVF process please email us we will be happy to answer. I posted this in a prior post on your blog that described my CF life and the IVF journey.

    Take Care,

  2. Thank you so much John! I appreciate your sweet comments. Sorry that I haven't commented back on the previous post..everything has been so hectic! I am so appreciative for the e-mail address and for the confidence you're giving us. David did go to learn about the injections, and he looked like he was going to pass out. He HATES having to cause me harm, and those needles are HUGE! I'm not at all concerned about the other injections, but that progesterone one will be rough! :) I'm glad you two have made it through so I know it's possible! :)

    Thanks again!

  3. Even though I am laying a little low lately since someone has been distracting me :) I am still trying to keep up with what is going on with your sis. So glad things are going well! I can't believe how strong she is!!!

    I am so ready for you to be pregnant too :) I will be thinking of you lots!!

  4. Thank you for your comment! That's so exciting that you're going through the whole process right now, and you doctor gave you the "ok!" I do not have CF, but a lung disease called bronchiectasis, and get pneumonia frequently. I look forward to reading more about your journey. I'll be sending prayers your way!


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