Not quite the Incredible Hulk

So, I started my ‘roids yesterday morning.  After three unexplained miscarriages, a whole host of autoimmune diagnoses (Hashimoto’s, endometriosis, Raynaud’s) and suspected diagnoses (Lupus? Rheumatoid Arthritis?), a full battery of immune testing, and a visit to the reproductive immunologist, it was decided that a low daily dose of steroids might be beneficial during this IVF.  The theory goes that, by quieting my haywire, over-active immune system, we might actually be able to trick my body into holding on to a pregnancy for once.  So, bottoms up.

I’ve heard of others having difficulty sleeping as a result of steroid use, so I asked my clinic if it would be wise to take them in the morning.  They agreed with that plan, so that’s what I’ve done.  I’m laughing at that now, of course, as I initially started this post last night and promptly fell asleep at around 9:30 before getting the chance to finish it.  Insomnia my ass.

I also did my first go-round of injections last night.  225 Gonal, 75 Menopur, and 5 units Lupron.  Other than a little bit of a learning curve with mixing the Menopur (how genius are Q-caps, by the way; why don’t we get them with HCG?), all went smoothly.  It dawned on me then and there, however, how dang much Gonal I’m using this time around.  My first injectables cycle I only used one 900 Gonal pen for the entire cycle.  This time?  I’m going to kill a 900 pen before I even go in for my first monitoring appointment on Monday.  Sheesh!  (And, I totally don’t even have any right to complain seeing as I’m actually a pretty good responder… or at least we think I will be?)

I think it’s pure coincidence, but I’m already crediting my ‘roids for some super human healing powers.  I totally screwed up my knee at my fitness class on Wednesday (see people, this is what happens when you exercise! Much safer on my sofa…).  Yesterday I was hobbling around like an awkward fawn, and moving my heating pad with me to each new desk I had to sit at.  (Luckily, my colleagues are used to my “quirks.”)  Today?  Yea, still a teensy bit sore, but honestly much, much better.  Sure, it was probably just a pulled muscle that corrected itself as pulled muscles are prone to do, but I’m gonna believe it was the healing elixir of my new little pill, the baseballer’s best friend.  Cause, you know, I’m hardcore like that.

I’m glad the knee is on the mend as well because we are headed out of town tonight to make the drive down to the in-laws.  Mr. But IF’s home town agricultural fair is happening, so we’ve got a long day of wandering around looking at barnyard creatures and eating fried things to attend to.  It’s funny how our pre-marriage negotiations went.

Me: “I want kids.  At least 2.  When we’re young.”

Him: “Sure.  No matter where we live, though, I want to get back to the Fair at least every other year.  K?”

Me: “Yea, why not.  I’m sure the kids will love it!”

Well, at least one of us is winning at life, eh?

So, to summarize, drugs flowing, knee mending, fair going.  Happy Friday!

9 thoughts on “Not quite the Incredible Hulk

  1. I haaate steroids. They make me sleepy… and then make me jump wide awake out of a dead sleep. But when I sleep, I have violent, vivid dreams.

    You are making me scared for my cycle. It’s my first and they are putting me on 300 Gonal and 75 Menopur.

    Good luck and I hope all these drugs gives you a take home baby.

    • No, no reason to be scared! Sounds like a great plan! Your doses will likely go up and down a few times based on the results of your monitoring. When is your next ultrasound?

      I slept soundly last night (aside for waking up grimacing in pain from me knee a few times). I think next week’s three early wake-ups to get to the clinic on time should help with any insomnia!

  2. Prednisone (or other corticosteroids) are powerful anti-inflammatories, by virtue of the fact that inflammation (such as the swelling/pain/redness in your knee) is a reaction of your immune system, and corticosteroids are immunosuppressants.
    Your knee may not hurt anymore but it may still require rest to fully heal. The corticosteroids stimulate your adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline, so some people have an undercurrent or a sudden burst of energy. Corticosteroids also stimulate the release of cortisol–the stress hormone–so steroids can make you ‘jumpy’ and ‘moody’, but not so profoundly at low doses (I’ve taken a lot of it). Best of luck on your cycle!

    • Thanks for all that!

      Unfortunately, my day at the fair on Saturday was not kind to me. A week post injury and I’m still a little limpy. My RE is unconcerned, but all I keep thinking is OF COURSE I need something else to think about right now!

      I wish I was getting those bursts of energy. I’m tired all day, every day (but that may have something to do with the regular 5am wakeups to get to the clinic and back in time for work!).

  3. Glad that you’re feeling good on the steroids so far. Sounds like it’s a wise choice for this cycle. So hoping you see some good returns on your efforts!

  4. Trying something new always seems like a good plan for this fabulous journey. I think every IVF cycle needs something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for good luck. Wishing you luck. And love your pre-marriage negotiations with your husband. Way to look on the bright side!

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