If you’re visiting for the first time, welcome to my little corner of the blogiverse.
It’s been a while since I participated in ICLW (International Comment Leaving Week, or I Com Leav We, see red button at the bottom of the page). Mostly because I felt like my blog was pretty boring, with no news to share, just a lot of me whining and complaining about being stuck in the limbo of my husband looking for a job and not making any (or enough) progress with fertility treatments. And while I realize that ICLW is not all about me, signing up to participate is essentially inviting others into your space, which, for a long time, felt like inviting people over to watch home movies of grandpa napping on the couch. Not a good time.
Things have changed recently. With what we thought was an impending move for a job starting in January, we hurried up to schedule an appointment with Dr. C. Turns out the job was a bust, but at least we’ve made some progress with treatment and are currently in the midst of our first (and likely only) IUI cycle. I’m taking Clomid for the first time, but I’ve already been all kinds of bitchy lately (just ask my poor husband), so that little pill shouldn’t make much difference.
How did we get here? Hubby was diagnosed with hypogonadic hypogonadism as a teenager, a fact he shared with me early on in our relationship, and which we knew would mean heavy-duty fertility treatments to add to our family of two. We waited and waited and waited….to begin treatments, almost a year ago to the day. He went from zero sperm to 19 in April to 150,000/ml to 700,000/ml last month. Still technically not enough for IUI, but our RE was willing to try it anyway, and my insurance covers half (which came as a pleasant surprise!).
Realistically, we have a 1-2% chance of this working, and then we’ll move on to IVF. But it feels like dipping our toes into the kiddie pool before jumping into the deep end, and I think I needed this warm-up before moving ahead with the big, scary IVF.
So that’s where we are. What’s going on with you? I’m so looking forward to meeting all of you and discovering some cool, new blogs this week!