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The journey continues. FET #1 is about to begin.

Photo credit: Shady Grove Fertility

It’s been a while since I’ve shared about our FET journey. That’s because there hasn’t been a lot to share. We were delayed for a number of reasons.  First, the fertility clinic was cautious about proceeding after my trip to Punta Cana where I was once again besieged by demon mosquitoes before I doused in repellent and they didn’t want to take the chance on Zika (I completely understood).  Shortly after that, I received a diagnosis of PPD.  {I promise to blog about that one at another time.}

Through the amazing assist from a wonderful neighbor/friend and subsequent counseling and medical care, a host of emotional issues were released.  Strain on relationships–marital and familial was able to be addressed and countered.  I was able to finally “hear” myself again and fell back into my love groove and back in like (because LOVE was always there) with S.
That bought us to the discussion we’d still been having throughout the entire process…”are we going to try again”.  S. and I knew we wanted to expand the family again whether adoption or conception.  One or both would happen.  It was just a matter of when.  After talking and praying, it looks like we’re going to try conception again.
So, where do we start?
Yesterday, I started my first birth control pill to begin the journey to FET #1.  The birth control pills should suppress my body’s natural ovulation schedule and allow time for medical appointments needed to assist in the procedure.  For me, I will continue taking birth control for about 17 days and when then have a baseline blood work and ultrasound appointment to see how to proceed.
Medication is going to be introduced early November and, if my lining responds, then I’ll start the dreaded Progesterone in oil (PIO).  For the record, I have never had to take PIO and haven’t heard great things about the insertion process.  I’m nervous as heck about that one, but I’m still willing to go through.
If all goes well, our FET transfer will happen right before Thanksgiving.
Our schedule
Are we nervous?

Yep.  No need to sugar coat it.  I am nervous.  While the nurse, staff, and fellow bloggers all tell me that the FET is far less stressful, I’m definitely nervous.  I don’t know if it will work the first time.  Neither our IUI nor our first IVF did.  It wouldn’t surprise me if our FET decides to follow suit.  What happens if it takes…and then doesn’t.  A person could go bonkers over that thought process.
Earlier today, I posted a reminder that Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.  This is something new, something unknown, and something out of my comfort zone, but I am determined to keep my focus on Christ throughout it.  I’ll continue to live my life the best way I can and come what me, a BFP or a BFN, I’ll still praise His name.
Keep us in your prayers, guys and shhh for those who know us in the real world.  Keep it to yourself please. Thanks.
Edited to add:  These guys work quick!  I just got a call from the fertility pharmacy.  Our total cost?  Less than $200.  That’s thousands less than the original meds for our IVF.  God is so good!

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