We had “Cycle Day 1!” on Tuesday of last week, so we are in full-blown testing mode. I went to the clinic on Thursday for my baseline ultrasound and blood work, unfortunately, without my doting husband. He was training some of his officers and was unable to get away. My sister Emily volunteered to go with me, but I screwed up the times and had to rush out and she was also unable to go. The nurses were correct: if there was one appointment to miss, it was this one, but it would have been nice to have had company for the fifty three minutes that I waited with bated breath for the ultrasound. (Not much more uncomfortable than sitting in an exam room “prepped” for an ultrasound and waiting…and waiting…and waiting for the uncomfortable moment to come.) I kept myself entertained with texts from my hubby and Emily and two of my very dear girlfriends from high school who are unfortunately experiencing some similar issues. Thankfully the ultrasound and blood work were both clear so we were clear to go on to the next round of testing.
In the meantime, we also started Letrozole, or Femara, a drug that’s commonly used for breast cancer but has become more widely used for fertility. It serves the same purpose as the Clomid but with fewer side effects – THANK GOD. The five day treatment cycle was painless and easy – no side effects!
Today was the hysterosalpingogram or HSG or tube test – the test to make sure that everything is clear and open in the fallopian tubes. Shane was able to come with me to this test, so we went to Summa Akron City Hospital to see Dr. Nash in the radiology department. Because of the nature of the test, Shane wasn’t able to come with me into the room itself but it was quick so neither of us had time to get lonely. 🙂 It was uncomfortable at best, painful at worst, but it was absolutely fast, so at least it had that going for it. It wasn’t as painful as a colposcopy but it was rough! The good news is, despite the discomfort (and residual pain as I’m typing this), everything is clear! Dr. Nash said everything looks good so we are thankful for that.
Next up is another ultrasound on Saturday to make sure that an egg is developing. And that’s all I know! I’m sure I was told what’s after that, but to be honest, we’ve been told a lot and I’m a little overwhelmed! Regardless, I am thankful to be on this road to answers – and could not be more thankful to be on the road with such an amazingly supportive husband. I can’t imagine it any other way.