Digestive Pyrotechnics

Friday, April 12th, 2013.  CD31, ??DPO?

Hiya folks!

Sorry I’ve been such an absentee blogger lately.  I really haven’t had much to report, but figured I should probably check in so no one thinks I died or anything.  🙂

Here’s what’s what:

  • I’m currently on day 31 of this stupid cycle, which is three days longer than I figured it would last…
  • I’m pretty sure I didn’t ovulate, or if I did, it was so weak that my temps barely made it out of pre-ovulatory range.
  • I felt a little PMS-y for a few days, and this morning my temp dropped way, way down.
  • I know I couldn’t be pregnant, because I never got a positive OPK, and basically didn’t feel like having sex at all.  I’ve also caved in and tested, and of course, BFN.
  • I’m trying to be optimistic about the cycle ahead, but Metformin is kicking my ass, I’m terrified of everything on my plate, and I know I’m losing weight that I can’t afford to lose.  It’s a little bleak, but I’m hanging in there.
  • That being said, my hormones are obviously suffering… just like my sex drive.
  • And my digestion.
  • I’ve recently upped my Met dosage to 1500mg per day.
  • Coincidentally, I have also recently begun suffering from what could only be described as digestive pyrotechnics.
  • Like, shit just got real.
  • Like, I called off work (and canceled acupuncture!) one day this week because I wasn’t sure I could get off the bathroom floor, real.
  • Like, a literal shit-show.
  • I really need to feel better and more like the healthy human being I am, instead of feeling like a constantly-hungover college freshman whose diet is limited to Mountain Dew, ramen noodles, and Taco Bell.
  • I’m going to start referring to my frequent bathroom trips as “border runs”.  Ha.

  • Anyway, I emailed Dr. F and asked what to do, and she suggested splitting up my dosage over three meals each day.  That’s been somewhat better, but I still feel like poo.  Literally.
  • Once the next cycle gets underway, I plan to start taking Femara and Gonal F to see how that works for me.
  • We may do an IUI if the cycle goes well.
  • I found out from the awesome patient coordinator at Dr. F’s office that my insurance will pay for monitoring pretty much without fail, even though they won’t pay for injectable meds any longer.  That’s a huge relief!!
  • Work is keeping me super busy, which is the best thing for me right now.  Distraction.
  • The husband works in the auto industry, and his shift changes constantly.  He has been working nights for the past four months, and that has been difficult – especially on the baby-making front!  He just changed to days, so that will be MUCH better for both of us!
  • We’re talking about going to the gym a couple times a week together, which I’m looking forward to… or I will be, once I feel like I have control of my intestines.
  • We just planned a fun local-ish vacation weekend for right around the Fourth of July, and I’m excited for that!
  • My best friend had her baby, and I’m going to visit her this weekend.  I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.
  • I am attending a very important baby shower two days after my due date.  I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.
  • I’m trying really hard to forget that this is April, the month of my due date, but someone out there remembers that I was once pregnant and keeps mailing me baby formula samples, and coupons for breast pumps.  I don’t know who you are, but I hate you.
  • Oh, and National Infertility Awareness Week is the week of my due date.  *facepalm*
  • I really feel like the next cycle needs to get started already so I can get through the rest of this month without having a woe is me breakdown.

So that’s it.  Not a whole lot of news at the moment, but hopefully the next cycle will bring about some excitement.

And distraction.



5 comments on “Digestive Pyrotechnics

  1. swisswife
    April 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Ugh, that’s the worst, so sorry! Good news about DH’s shift change!


  2. afamilyformcmanda
    April 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Metformin is the devil. Thought I had the flu when I started it because I felt so… shitty. Good luck. Especially with those hard moments ahead!


  3. Kristin
    April 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Are you on the extended release Metformin? I know that a lot of doctors really prefer the regular Met, but I found the difference between the two to be significant. I still pooed all the time, but it curbed any crazy blood sugar swing and nausea. Good luck!


  4. Rachel
    April 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    The only thing that worked for me on Metformin was switching my diet to low carb, low fat. Also, Metamucil helps a ton!


  5. No Baby Ruth
    April 15, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    I’ve never been on met myself but I’ve heard the same thing that Rachel suggests – a low carb diet. Otherwise you’re sort of just throwing fuel on the fire…

    I hope your weekend went well and that it was as painless as possible to see your friend’s baby!


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