Saturday, 29 October 2011

Where are my meds??

The last couple of days have been good since we celebrated Diwali. We had friends come over to celebrate the festivities, we decorated our house and all in all it was some wonderful time spent at home with friends. 

The doctor called back to inform me that my CD 12 lining looks good at 11.2 mm (Well that better be good!). I have also started my Duphastone (progestrone) tablets from yesterday. I suddenly realized that the total number of tablets that I take in a day now stands at 11 (3 tabs in the morning, 2 in the afternoon and 6 in the evening). I really hope my liver is strong enough to put up with so much of medication! Just for the record here is my list:

  1. Metfomin 500mg
  2. Estrogen 10mg
  3. Progestrone 2mg


  1. Metfomin 500mg
  2. Estrogen 10mg


  1. Metfomin 1000mg
  2. Estrogen 10mg
  3. Progestrone 2mg
  4. Ecosprin
  5. Folic Acid
  6. Arachitol o (for vitamin d3)
The issue that I am facing these days is getting these medicines. Since my doctor is in Mumbai, she prescribes tablets that are not that easily available in my town and I need to search (thanks to google) for distributors to get the contact numbers and finally the requisite dosage of my medication. It is a pain to go from pharmacy to pharmacy looking for my prescribed drugs though with little success. I generally end up looking up for the distributor in my city and calling them up directly for the medication.  Guess we'll be making a long trip tomorrow to get my Estrogen tablets tomorrow from another part of the town.

I also need to get my sugar levels checked tomorrow. But the annoying test that I will be doing tomorrow is my Vitamin D3 test. The thing about vitamin D3 is that it takes atleast 2-3 months for the levels to improve even after we start the medication. For eg, when I checked my levels in early september, they were at 15 and in early october they were at 18 inspite of me having taken regular medication plus 3 shots (yes one shot per week!) of vitamin D3 injections. For now I am only taking a supplement and my Arachitol Tablets and have very little hope of the levels improving at least they won't reflect in the blood so soon is my guess. 

However, my doctor insists that I keep checking those levels and well keep getting disappointed with it! It sort of has a very negative impact on my overall psyche coz I feel like I am lacking somewhere but to think about it that may not be the case really! The other part about vitamin D3 tests is that they are expensive. It costs me Rs.1600 per test. I can claim medical reimbursement at work but given the amount we are spending on tests and prescribed medication this year I am going to run out of my quota of Rs.15000 per year very soon.

I sometimes wonder how do the doctors subject us to such expensive tests without being hopeful of seeing any results. For one thing, I am sure that vitamin D3 may contribute to the infertility on the whole but not sure it affects the chances of conception, not with IVF! I think the doctors here don't feel the need to discuss this with the patients, it is like once you have jumped onto the IVF wagon, you should be ready to bear any expenses that come your way and you "have to" be able to afford it, else don't get onto the wagon at all!

Monday, 24 October 2011

TVS Scan Results: CD12

A little background: 
We are planning to do an FET in November 2nd week. My RE is currently monitoring my ET lining to ensure that everything is looking good. I got a CD 9 scan done to determine the lining and it was a 7.1 mm which I thought was good for a CD 9. However, my RE was not very happy with it ad asked me to increase my Estrogen dosage from twice a day to thrice a day! 
Well this left me feeling a little annoyed and more nauseous (I have developed nausea after starting the estrogen tablets). Anyway so here's the update after having administered the increased dosage:

I went to a radiologist today and got a TVS (trans vaginal scan) done to determine if my lining is any better (CD 12). Well, it is at 11.2 mm which I think is again gr8! though I am not sure what the RE will have to say about it. 

Also, I am ovulating a little late this cycle. I generally ovulate around day 10-12 of the cycle, however this time around I am at CD 12 and my follicles ( I asked the radiologist to measure them as I was a little concern as to why i am not ovulating yet!) are measuring a good 16mm on the left and 12mm on the right. So well, nothing to worry I think, I should be ovulating in a couple of days!

It is strange how we still continue to have timed sex although we know the outcome will not be what we expect it to be. I somehow cannot tear away hope from fact..So much for the "intelligent human mind" !!

In other news, I found out last week that two of my younger sister-in-laws (my cousins got married pretty early) are pregnant. So my aunt is going to have two new born in her house  and she cannot stop asking anyone who is even remotely married, "So, when are you giving the "good news""?? ( In india, this is the most decent way to saying, you are growing old, better start TTC) and if they already have a child, she asks, "So , when are you planning your second child"?? God!! some people have a way with getting on people's nerves.
As for me, I simply don't call her, not on her b'day or their anniversary nor to congratulate them on the "good news"!!