Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Plumerias and Infertility Ramblings

One of the best things about spending time in Hawaii is the beautiful flora. Plumeria, like the ones above, are everywhere and they smell intoxicating. Michael loves them as much as I do, and so we are going to replace a butterfly bush in the backyard with a plumeria sometime soon. While we were on our vacation, my sweet husband frequently picked plumeria flowers for me to wear behind my ear. I had two plumeria leis during our vacation, too - one that his friend Millie made for me from her own tree, and another that I purchased in Chinatown where you can get leis at bargain prices. The leis really don't last more than a day in that heat, but they are so pretty and fragrant. Every girl should have one!

So, it looks like as much fun as we had in Hawaii that we did not conceive a little Hawaiian miracle. My temperature dropped today and I expect to get my period in the next day or two. I'm disappointed, for sure, but it doesn't take away from the great time we had there. However, it did get me thinking that I'd like to take advantage of the fact that I'm still on vacation and Michael isn't traveling much, and return to the RE for another cycle or two of medicated IUIs. Hubby wasn't keen on the idea at first, but after discussing it thoroughly, he conceded that I made my point(s) and told me to call the RE's office. Putting anymore ART off until the fall would mean we have to fit it all in with my work schedule (the first part of the year is so demanding!), and his increased travel schedule. It just makes it more stressful. Now seems like a good time to sort of leisurely attend the doctor's appointments on our wide-open schedules, instead of rushing down there by 6:30 am before work.

So, I called and spoke with the nurse. As soon as I start my period, we'll schedule the first of the appointments - an ultrasound and the receipt of the prescription for clomid. The nurse said that our insurance will cover the injectable medication (but not clomid), but I remembered how well I had responded to the clomid (which is affordable) and chose to try that this cycle instead. If we progress to injectables, Michael has assured me that he will be doing the injecting.

So, here we go again! Please keep us in your prayers, if you would.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

The naughty side of me wants to tell you to sneak over to my old house (right there behind the school) and go "liberate" my plumerias from the front yard. I cried when we moved and I had to leave them behind. I'd love for someone I know to have them. They were huge the last time I spoke with our old neighbor! You could at least go take a few cuttings... ;-)

wzgirl said...

Good idea to try this while youre on vacation - it can be a challenge to get to all of those scanning appts. Sounds like you'll be on your way to this enxt phase pretty soon. Good luck. xo

Shelley said...

Best of luck Joannah! Thinking good thoughts. S

2weeks2much said...

I am definitely praying for you guys and it's great that hubby is assuring you that he will do the injections. Your Hawaii pics look so wonderful!!

OH MY #6 said...

U got it my friend.

Lea
xo

Alyson & Ford said...

Holding you all in our prayers...
peace
fm

Paula said...

Prayers going out that these next treatments will be the ticket!

Tori said...

Good for you...get on with it girl! I feel your frustration...I am waiting for sis's embryos to arrive on the 18th July...

You are wise to take advantage of the less hectic schedule my love. Great Hawaii pics...

Kisses and yes you are always in my prayers...

Shannon said...

You and your hubby are in my prayers, Plumeria Girl! Keep enjoying your summer vacation. =)

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh my gosh! How amazing that this is your post today on my first visit (thanks for stopping by by the way!) I am reading this FANTASTIC book that I got from my midwife - I was reading it for contraceptive purposes but have learned a TON about why so many of my girlfriends have had a tough time getting preggers - anyways - gonna blog about it soon but Im guessing you would find it very insightful. it's called Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler MPH. Let me know what you think! Praying for you and hubby.