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Friday, July 31, 2009

Test Results!

I got an official re-cap of my pre-post Clomid Blood Tests! I'm going to spend some time researching what each of these means, but if you have experience to share about them, please do!

Pre Clomid Tests
LH: 3.45
FSH: 4.78
Estraiol: 27

Post Clomid Tests
LH: 9.12
FSH: 4.42
Estraiol: 170

FSH level is fine. Around a Nine or below is considered normal. This is the hormone that stimulates ovulation.

LH: Increased levels of LH can be indicators of ovary failure.

Estraiol: Pre Clomid levels should be between 25-75. Post should be above 100 or 2x the Pre Clomid Levels. Again, looks good!

So, what DOES this mean? Well, right now.. not much, other than there really isn't anything wrong that they can see right now! YAY! Does anyone have anything to add about their experiences?


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Thank you!

I spent some time this week really researching other blogs of people going through the same step towards TTC. Thank you for everyone who has stopped by. It's very encouraging to have people officially follow my blog, so if you are stopping by, and you find even something small that interests you, check me out for a bit, and follow me officially.

So thank you, everyone, for being out there for me to find and learn from.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Oregon Medical Board Response

Response to the Post found Here

Dear Julia,

The Oregon Medical Board has received your complaint regarding Dr Jean-Baptiste on July 22, 2009. In order for the Board to proceed with a formal investigation, a medico-legal basis must exist to support the belief that Dr Jean-Baptiste may have violated Oregon law. Following the review by the Board's Investigations Department, an insufficient basis was found to warrant further investigation of your complaint.

By saying this, I am not implying that your contact with Dr. Jean-Baptiste and the staff at the Columbia Women's Clinic was perfect. Problems do arise at times in areas of care, but a single incident such as you described does not constitute a violation of Oregon Law. However, if you have additional compelling evidence or documentation from another physician or health care professional that the care and treatment provided by Dr. Jean Baptiste was substandard, the Board would be willing to review this.

Although the Board will not be initiating a formal investigation, I wish to let you know that this should not be interpreted by you as the Board minimizing or downplaying the concerns which you described in your letter. The information which you provided helps the Board in tracking trends in complaints about physicians, which can eventually aid the Board in intervening with physicians who may exhibit a history of problematic behavior.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to the attention of the Oregon Medical Board.

Randy H Day
Complaint Resource Officer
Investigations/Compliance Unit

OPK Re-Cap for July

OK, so I've reached the end of this batch of OPK's. Now, imagine that this is what you are examining daily, thus have a biased opinion of what is lighter and darker. What do you think?

Here is the whole week against each other.

I think the darkest still is 7/25.

<------- this one <----- today For Comparison, here is Day 1, 4, and 7 (Click the picture to make it bigger)

<--- Day 1 <--- Day 4 <--- Day 7

Day 1 (the lightest day for sure)
Day 4 (When I Think my official O day is)
Day 7 (today, which I think is lighter than day 4)
(Click the picture to make it bigger, I think it makes it pretty obvious)

Monday, July 27, 2009


So, the blood tests came back with some encouraging news... I think.

My FSH levels (which encourage ovulation) came back as a 4.1/4.7. As I'm researching what that means, I've found that a high FSH level (15 or higher) is a barrier to possible conception. My levels are within the healthy range, and my dr is encouraged by that.

See here:
Day 3 FSH level Interpretation for DPC Immulite assay
Less than 9 Normal FSH level. Expect a good response to ovarian stimulation.
9 - 11 Fair. Response is between normal and somewhat reduced (response varies widely). Overall, a slightly reduced live birth rate.
11- 15 Reduced ovarian reserve. Expect a reduced response to stimulation and some reduction in embryo quality with IVF. Reduced live birth rates on the average.
15 - 20 Expect a more marked reduction in response to stimulation and usually a further reduction in embryo quality. Low live birth rates. Antral follicle count is an important variable.
Over 20 This is pretty much a "no go" level in our center. Very poor (or no) response to stimulation. "No go" levels should be individualized for the particular lab assay and IVF center.

This is very encouraging. The Dr also noted to me that I do have an egg reserve, which is also good news! The HSG procedure obviously wasn't a total success, as they were only able to see one ovary's path through my tubes.. but one ovary is enough to conceive. She was saying too, if I ovulate only once every other month, it might take a bit longer to conceive. We are going to try Clomid again next cycle if I get a period (aka, don't get pregnant) at the end of this cycle.

So, all I can do now really is wait... and I hate waiting.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Here's the latest series of OPK's. The last one is from this morning. I'm excited, because the line is definately getting darker! I think this might be one test away from a Bingo!

Friday, July 24, 2009


Ovulation Predictor Kits are now at the point of being remotely useful. After finishing Clomid, I was advised to not use them for a couple of days because the drug might affect the reading. I started to read them on Tuesday the 14th. I've also learned to keep them, regardless of the reading so I can compare them with other days to see if a faint line might be less faint than other faint lines... if this makes sense.

So, moving on. I've done three tests... One Tuesday, 7/22, this morning 7/24 and this evening.
Here's the pictures of them:
So, as you can see with a bad picture that I just couldn't make better... 7/22 is a WAY faint line, then both 7/24's are much more solid. I'm going to keep testing once a day to see if there is any change... but to me, I think that 7/24 or last night might have been when it happened! TMI, maybe, but 7/22 and tonight are scheduled TTC nights. I'm hoping that we can hit it this time!

I will be photographing and saving each series, so I can start to track what my body says when it's ovulating.

In other news, I spent the afternoon yesterday talking with Quality Control from Providence about my experience I had with the OB/GYN there. I felt great about the conversation, I was heard, and I didn't sound like a bitch... but I definitely got my needs and concerns out in a cohesive manner. Phone calls are not my forte, so I'm happy about how it went.

I'm quite happy with the new OB/GYN that I have at SWFP and I'm hoping to ask more questions of her as I actually get closer to being pregnant, about hospital privileges and such.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Medical Re-Cap

Basically, yesterday was one of the most painful things I've done. The procedure was a success though, as I got to see that there is a clear path to one of my ovaries at least. This is great news, because, really, one ovary is all I would need to conceive.

I spent today at home recovering, as my insides were screaming. As of right now, things are ok, except for walking around. I'm glad I took today off to recover though.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cycle 4, day 9

Tomorrow is my ultrasound procedure. Basically, they are injecting dye into my reproductive system then make sure that "all the pipes work." I've tried to convince Jon to go in my place, and he gave me some lame excuse like "I have no ovaries" or "But I can't get pregnant."

I'm not buying it. I think he's a wuss.

Joking aside, I'm not super excited about this whole thing, but I'm hoping that this month is the charm. I've been on Clomid for 5 days now, and I just took my last dose tonight. People had warned that it had big mood side effects, but I haven't noticed anything. I suppose you'd have to ask Jon.

Tomorrow night I am getting my blood drawn to measure the affect of the Clomid on my blood, and to get the official go-ahead to start trying for this cycle.

I'm going to be asking about when I can start pregnancy testing. I think that the end of the trip to Canada will be when the calendar says I can test.

A large Update post

I've been slack in crossposting to here from my personal blog. But, there is a lot to tell, so here it is... the past week or so. (In order of least recent to most recent;)

July 15: Failed OB/GYN Appt
Okay, I've had a chance to breathe. So here we go.
For reasons that are apparent to most, my first OB/GYN appt was less than exciting to go to. thankfully, the person who was my nurse asked great questions, and thankfully was also very understanding. I wish I could say the same about my dr. I knew what I came in there to get, a medication to help me ovulate, but I felt like I couldn't just go directly there. So, I answered her stupid non-relevant questions, and then she wanted me to wait 60 more days until she would prescribe the clomid, because she just "felt like it." Her reasoning was because it was day 4 after my last period, but through my research, and friends who are going through the same thing, I can start clomid up to day 7 of my period. She wasn't understanding, she didn't tell me what she was doing during the exam, and never really seemed to care about my symptoms or my questions.
I'm currently out of the furious stage, and tomorrow I am planning on calling the minute they open and requesting (and by requesting, I mean telling them they will prescribe, in so many words) that I get the medication I need. if I need to go in and see someone else tomorrow, I will drop everything and go. Time is an issue, and I'm not waiting 60-80 days to get what I know I need to get to regulate my cycles. I'm really feeling empowered. I spent some time talking with Kristy who is also TTC, and is on Clomid, so I feel very confident in what I am requesting. Thankfully, her dr is in the same office, so if I am denied by my current (though no longer my) doctor I will be moving to him, regardless that he is a boy.
I'm relating very much to the "pack leader" mentality, as I am feeling like such a bear right now. needless to say, my appt did not go well, and phone calls will be made and "not leaving the dr office until i see someone else"ness will be happening tomorrow.

July 16; New OB/GYN
Yup, that's right. I met with another Dr today, and finally got the clomid I needed! I took my first dose tonight. The dr was really sweet and really talked to me about my concerns.
I had my blood drawn today, and will again on Tuesday (last day of my Clomid for this cycle). I also am going into have a ultrasound where they inject dye (EW!) into my reproductive system to make sure all my "pipes" go where they should blah blah blah. I'm not looking forward to that, not really sure where they actually inject you.. cough cough. there? or through my stomach? I haven't a clue.
I'm thrilled with today. I still haven't heard from the 1st dr office nurse manager, and I spent part of the afternoon filling out an official medical complaint against the OB from yesterday.
So, theory has it that I could do a pregnancy test BEFORE the trip to Canada, and still be able to one up my 80 year old newly wed aunt! ;)

July 18; Ultrasound
I'm nervous about this ultrasound procedure.
There is a varied amount of pain associated, anywhere from IV drugs to nothing at all.
I'm nervous that the next step of my life, having a child, may never be achieved.

July 19; OPK
Today I bought an ovulation predictor kit. Thankfully, and hopefully, this month will be the first out of the past 7 where I can actually use one of these to help me plan. My last day on clomid is tomorrow night, then I have the ultrasound (of doom) and a blood draw in the evening. I'm going to most likely start using the OPK on Monday. (ETA; I can't start Ovulation Prediction until Thursday.)