Sunday, February 24, 2008
The problem, however, is that this show was a rerun and this puppet was probably created ten or more years ago; he had a handset atop his "head" and large numbered push-buttons on his "face."
Max had been following the gist of this particular program pretty easily, as he uses the phone on regular basis. However, with the appearance of the telephone puppet, he looked at the television with confusion, looked at me, and then asked, "What is THAT, Mommy?"
"Well, that's a telephone, Max."
"No. It's NOT."
"Yes, it is. Today, Elmo is talking about using the telephone. And that is a phone."
He looked at me as if I were slow. "You are WRONG, Mommy," he said with certainty. And then he got up and turned off the TV. The end.
That little exchange just got me thinking about all the everyday things I grew up with that Max, in his lifetime, will never even see. Records, 8-tracks and cassette tapes, Instamatic cameras (which I just heard, BTW, are being discontinued forever this year), tape recorders, typewriters, VHS tapes, VCR's...the list goes on and on and on.
Instead, I have a kid who wakes up every morning and, immediately after peeing, heads straight for my computer, saying, "I need to check my email," or (even better), "I need to read the paper." Real newspapers, too, printed on PAPER, are another thing he doesn't recognize. For him, the morning news is delivered online.
Now, I'm sure every parent has this same revelation at some point--that they, as adults, are going to eventually have to ask their children for help understanding the machines and gadgets that run our lives. Technology continually marches on, leaving those who don't conform as casualties in its wake. And I'm okay with that. What I'm not okay with is how old it makes me feel. I guess I better get used to it, though, just as I will eventually have to get used to that sweet baby telling me, "You're WRONG, Mommy!"
What are some other things you took for granted as a kid that your own children and grandchildren will never know existed?
In this type of stimulation, the Lupron (or other GnRH agonist) is started on cycle day 2 in the same menstrual cycle that eggs will be retrieved - instead of starting it a week prior to the start of menses. This protocol takes advantage of an initial "flare-up" response of FSH and LH release from the woman's own pituitary gland that usually occurs in the first 3 days of Lupron administration. Continuing Lupron for more than 3 days temporarily suppresses the pituitary gland so that it has very low output of FSH and LH.The FSH product (e.g. Follistim, Gonal-F, Repronex) is then started on the following day (day 3). Lupron will stimulate release of a large amount of FSH (and LH) that will jump-start (flare-up) the follicles to promote a better ovarian stimulation, with more mature follicles and more eggs to utilize with IVF.Birth control pills are usually given for the month before the flare so that there will not be a leftover cyst (corpus luteum) that could become reactivated by the high LH levels at the onset of the flare stimulation.There are variations to the protocol. This is one example:
1. Birth control pills for 1 month (I will be taking them for three weeks, starting 2/22.)
2. Stop birth control pills - no meds for 2 days
3. Start Lupron on the third pill free day. We use a 50ug dose of Lupron twice daily -AM and PM- for these flare cycles. 50ug is a very small dose as compared to the usual Long Lupron protocol dose of 0.5mg (500ug). The Lupron needs to be diluted by the pharmacy or the doctor's office in order to be able to inject such a low dose.
4. Start injections of the FSH product (once or twice daily) on the day after starting Lupron
5. The Lupron is usually continued at the same dose until the HCG trigger shot is given.
Our egg retrieval is tentatively scheduled for March 30; and if all goes according to plan, our embryo transfer will happen 5 days later. I should be able to get an accurate HPT result by my birthday on April 14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (I hope)!!!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
HOWEVER, there is GOOD NEWS: Dr. Dunn and his staff are phenomenal, and he has declared our situation to be a personal challenge for him. He feels like because he helped us before to conceive Max that he can definitely do it again. I told him that was great, but we are tapped out financially; $3000 to $4000 more for new drugs is simply out of the question (we have no insurance for infertility treatments). He told me not to worry--he will get his nurses working on it, and they will make sure we get enough donated meds to try at least one more time. He told me he already has enough Lupron and at least two 900 iu cartridges of Follistim for me (almost $1500 worth of free meds right there!!!), and by the time I'm ready to start again, they can probably have it all covered for us. God bless 'em!
Here, the amazing Batman shows off his serious punching power...and then gets some support from his trusty sidekick.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Anyway, stay tuned as I get it up and running. I'll be filling it with amusing (again, probably only to my friends and family) anecdotes about life in the 'burbs with Billy, Max, and three (oftentimes four) dogs. To start us off on the right foot, I've included a picture of Max in full Spidey regalia: his new motto is, "Don't leave home without it!"