Written August 8, 2017
So much has happened since I last blogged! I completed two days of the IVF process when my insurance came back and essentially said “Nope, you cannot skip IUI, we will not cover you.” To say it kindly, I was frustrated, but I felt like, of course something like this would happen to us.
My doctor called our insurance and tried to appeal their decision, but had no luck. We decided to do just do one month of IUI to show the insurance that it won’t work because I don’t ovulate and then we can appeal again.
After 4 weeks of blood work, IUI shots and ultrasounds we still saw no egg growth. On my cycle day 24 I had my last ultrasound. We found one egg that had grown to the smallest measurable size, 11mm. I was over the moon! My eggs could grow, they could do what I needed them to do. I felt like this was the start of me getting pregnant! My doctor, however, thought the egg was still too small and it was too late in my cycle for it to grow much more. We decided to stop medications for this cycle and see if the egg would ovulate and then give me a period. That would give us some evidence when we talk to the insurance for our appeal.
A few days later, a blood test showed that I did in fact ovulate. I was so happy! My body did something it was supposed to do! In two years of negatives I had to find even the smallest of positives to keep me sane.
Alex was in Detroit for work at the time and thought maybe he would need to come home to fertilize my newly ovulated egg. Nope, we were letting this cycle pass. Alex later told me that while he was in Detroit our doctor called him and said he tried to appeal the insurance again and they were still not budging.
A few days passed and he came home, it was a nice reunion (if you know what I mean) and it was good to have him back. He left to go back to Detroit for another week.
About a week after Alex got home I started feeling awful. My first real period was finally happening and let me tell you, women are warriors! It was horrible pain in my stomach and my back. I was at work and felt like I was going to pass out from the pain.
For a few days I had this awful pain coming and going, but still no period. When I was on medication to get a period it was so easy, one day of slight cramping followed by three days of period and then done. It’s usually a breeze, and this was not a breeze. It was horrible pain.
After being in so much pain for three days I felt like maybe I should take a pregnancy test to get that thought out of my head, I have wanted this so much and my brain wouldn’t let me move on from the small possibility that I was pregnant.
August 5, 2017 I took a pregnancy test and thought nothing of it, but it was positive.
I am pregnant!