Faith & Medical Intervention: My Story of Seeking a Doctor

Faith & Medical Intervention: My Story of Seeking a Doctor

I’ve gone back and forth about writing this post for a few reasons. First, there are components of my faith and personal walk with the Lord that are private. There are prayers that I pray, convictions that I work through, and even celebrations that will remain between He and I. I’ve wondered if God’s words to me about seeking medical intervention were just for me.

Secondly, coinciding with the first reason, while I want to encourage women and couples in their own journey I didn’t fully trust that some who came across my blog (especially if I don’t know you and your faith) would read my post and use it as a rationalization for them to seek treatments. I know how us infertiles can get. We look for any reason and approval to do something that maybe we ought not. Read more

Update: RE Appt Dec 2015

Update: RE Appt Dec 2015

Good morning all! We wanted to give you a brief update regarding our appointment with the RE and what our plans are going forward. Before we start, here are a few acronyms as reference:

RE – Reproductive Endocrinologist (Fertility Specialist)

IVF – In Vitro Fertilization (our pre-created embryo is transferred; aka test tube baby)

IUI – Intra-uterine Insemination (artificial insemination)

SAHW – Stay at Home Wife

TWW – Two Week Wait (time between ovulation and the start of next cycle)

TMI – Too Much Information

AF – Aunt Flow (a woman’s period/menses)

We met with our first RE, “Dr. A”, almost a year ago. He had said that, given we were 9 years into our journey, our best option was IVF . This procedure is roughly $25,000 and covers up to 6 attempts (or transfers). The cost could be up to $30,000 depending on if an additional egg retrieval is needed. If the transfers don’t work, the office offers a risk share program and we get a very large portion of our money back.

We were so disappointed to hear this but understood his reasoning. He also explained other options available to us but said this one would render the highest chances of success. Throughout this year, Brooks and I have been praying and talking through possibly giving IVF a shot… no pun intended… Ha! Read more

Infertility Update: Our Next Steps

Infertility Update: Our Next Steps

Hi guys! I wanted to share an update with you about our infertility efforts. It’s been a while since I’ve posted much of anything related to our infertility walk. I’ve been posting some of the more fun life outside of the struggle stuff as well as hitting our 10 year infertility anniversary, depression and drawing closer to God in the process, etc. But, as far as our efforts for pregnancy achievement, I haven’t said much.

November was a hard month. It was all so distracting that I found I just didn’t feel the motivation to follow my fertility protocols. Taking my temperature every morning, gulping down all those pills, recording every detail of my personal, bodily happenings, and timing everything just so was going to be too much for me that month.

In a nut shell, I just didn’t have the mental capacity to think about it 24/7 as is required. Read more