Here We Go Again…

“Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breathe, and then try again…”
~KT Witten

  
I started my period on Wednesday, and despite the fact that my periods are still incredibly painful, it was the first time I was happy to see it arrive in years. 

This period is a good one. This period means I had started my third cycle since my surgery. This period means we can start fertility treatments again…

This cycle! 

I called my doctor’s medical assistant Wednesday afternoon to give her the news, and she instructed me to start taking Letrozole again on Monday (tomorrow). My ultrasound will be scheduled for the following Monday, so we can check the progress of my follicles, and schedule our third IUI. 

I’m scared. I’m not sure if I’m ready for another heartbreak, but I know for certain that if we don’t try, we will never get pregnant. 

I’ve been slowly switching gears into healthier eating since last week (which was probably not soon enough, but I’ve been so busy working two jobs that it’s been difficult). This week I will be overloading on veggies, whole grains, fruit, and lean protein. I’ll also be cutting out alcohol and cutting back on caffeine. I’ll be back to one cup of coffee a day, and I’ll supliment with B vitamins if I feel my energy waning. 

I also need to boost hydration, cut out sugar (which I don’t consume much of anyway) and increase whole milk dairy products (which I will get mostly from yogurt). 

I cannot say with any amount of certainty that these things will help in any way, but since this is common dietary advice for boosting fertility, and since none of this is bad for me, I’m going to give it a try.  

In our past two IUI cycles, I did a great job of cutting out alcohol and sugar, and I ate fairly well. I somehow managed to forget about caffeine and I probably drank too much of it. Coffee is my favorite. I’m really going to watch that this time. I also really want to specifically boost vegetables, and Omega 3 fatty acids. 

Aside from dietary concerns, I also want to focus on my relaxation. I have an anxiety disorder, a high intensity job, and a second job (that I love) which puts my work week at well over 60 hours a week. 

I am not sure how my relaxation will manifest yet, so if anyone has any advice I will happily listen.  

I am cautiously optimistic going into this third round. I’m excited to get started again, but remain guarded to help prevent too much heartbreak. 

I’ll be back soon to talk about how I’m progressing on my meds, and I’m hopeful I can post another blog about my furry children soon. I do have two others to tell you about. 🙂 

~Sam 

2 thoughts on “Here We Go Again…

  1. You’re doing all good things. I can relate to having an anxiety disorder and working lots of hours so I’m a fellow sister in exploring relaxation techniques. 🙂 one thing I’ve been doing is listening to relaxation meditations as I go to sleep. Be well 🙂

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