I’ve Got Numbers – Starting the IVF Journey

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Numbers. They are everywhere.

They float around in my head like balloons precariously tethered to the tip of my mind. They vary in quantities and meanings throughout any given year and there is one for nearly everything you can imagine. Some pop under the pressure, others just slip away.

(A few must be destroyed.)

From travel estimates and account balances to birth dates and gestational milestones, they are all floating around in this noggin of mine right now. And they are driving me crazy.

For example, 14 is the approximate number of hours it will take us to drive to my family’s for Christmas this year. (That is only one way.) Six is the number of days I am taking off, of which only three will be paid. Two is the number of nephews I will get to visit. Two is also the number of cats we will be bringing—we are those people and, yes, we are wondering why right now. We are also bringing along one dog.   

To these, the nurse with our IVF program recently added more. Finally, we are officially scheduled for IVF. Some dates are tentative, because some procedures will depend on how my body responds. See, right there, the ones bobbing up and down a bit more excitedly than the rest—meet the 21st, the 4th, and the 28th. The 21st is the day of my actual IVF baseline in January.

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First and foremost, this means my husband will get to reschedule our hotel accommodations a third time (he’s excited). This date is fully three weeks later than we initially planned, which is disappointing. February 4th, 2013, is when they tentatively plan to harvest my eggs, which would make October 28th our approximate due date. Can any woman actually resist the due date calculator? (As of late, my new addiction is pregnancy calendars.)

With these factual numerals comes some questionable ones, too. Will I be taking multiple shots once or twice a day? For how many days will I be giving myself shots? How many eggs will they be harvesting?

Sometimes balloons that have no business being there show up. One points out that if this is successful, I will be 35-years-old when the child is born; and another shows that when the child is 18, I will be 53.

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Wait, is that math right? I was entering my 30s shortly after my parents entered their 50s. Hmm…

Now I feel crazy and old. 

As soon as I can reach them, I will be popping those suckers. Until then, I will just focus on the 25th—the joyous day in December I get to spend with my family.

Merry Christmas to all…

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I’ve Got Numbers – Starting the IVF Journey

Tammy Miesner recently joined the blogging community, combining her passion for writing and experience with infertility on her personal blog Womb Wasteland. She enjoys spending time with her active duty hubby and fur babies (two cats and a dog). Her interests include photography, reading, and genealogy. ... More

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  1. Janice says:

    It is relief to have my agenda laid out , so it will not escape me.

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