“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
– John Lennon
I just have to mention how much I love my husband, and how thankful I am for him. Through this whole long, sucky struggle with infertility, he has been by my side. Holding my hand, crying with me, experiencing the roller coaster ride with me. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in this. I know infertility can break couples apart, but I truly feel it has brought us closer together.
Okay, sappy ode-to-my-love aside…when we decided to go back for a second round of DE IVF, we put the process into motion quickly. It didn’t take much to liquidate a portion of our retirement through TIAA Cref (a phone call and some papers to sign), and the funds were transferred to us within a few days. Based on where I am in my cycle, and because my husband’s work schedule is going into overdrive in mid-April, we will be traveling to Brno separately. It’s definitely not ideal, but as he said, we’re going for a reason; this is technically a business trip.
I picked up our tickets through Justfly, as they have consistently given the lowest prices I’ve seen vs. other travel sites (Expedia, Kayak, Priceline, etc.). I also decided to fly Aer Lingus this trip instead of Lufthansa. DH and I have always wanted to go to Ireland, so I scheduled a 22-hour layover in Dublin for both of us. We’ll both get to spend the night there, and see the city before flying back to the US in the early evening. It’s not the long trip we want (and will eventually take), but it will be amazing to walk around Dublin even for a day.
DH will be in Brno from Apr 9-13 to give a sperm sample at the clinic for freezing (and use to fertilize our eggs). He’s planning on spending a day or two in either Vienna or Prague again, as well. Our first trip there was 1) the first time he’d been to Europe and 2) the first time he had ever been in one of the huge, grand art museums. He’s excited to walk through again! (Not even kidding…he started packing his backpack a few days ago! Looked like a kid in a candy store…bless. 🙂 )
I will be flying out Apr 24-29, with the plan to explore a bit, as well. I also have already scheduled a 90-minute IVF relaxation massage with Henry J. Bartonek. He’s well-known among Brno’s international infertility patients, and for good reason. First, the massage is only 800 CZK, which equates to about $33 USD. Second, it’s just amazing. I walked out of my massage feeling open and airy, without a care in the world. I felt like puddy. Basically, like I had just smoked a bunch of weed. I highly recommend.
As for hotel, I’ve cut out the hotel for us in Prague since we know our way around a bit better; arriving early and taking a train (which I’ve already booked online) straight from Prague to Brno will save us a little over $400 in hotel expenses. I’ve booked the Grandhotel Brno again because we both love the location (across the street from the train station…SO convenient for later arrival into Brno).
I’ve done something a little different for travel with electronics this time. DH and I lugged a laptop over the last couple of times, and it was 1) heavy and 2) a giant pain in the ass with airport security. So I picked up a folding bluetooth keyboard with a smartphone/tablet stand to pair with our phones or iPad, and an Anker Power Bank with ancillary cords. The folding keyboard means our mini-computer (who are we kidding, that’s what phones/iPads/tablets are these days) can be easily stashed in a purse or the front of a backpack for easy access. The power bank allows us to recharge our devices up to 6-7 times before the bank itself needs to be recharged. Games on the plane, y’all!
I had a consult with my stateside RE yesterday, and I feel the need to reiterate how amazing Albrecht Women’s Care is if you’re in the Denver area. Still under the fog of having to fight for every step with doctors in infertility, I walked in with my plan from Eva, ready to push hard, lie, beg, etc. to get kitchen sink-type treatment. Totally not necessary. Dr. Albrecht took my plan from Reprofit and tweaked it to make sure it suited my particular case specifically. I felt SO very taken care of, and it almost made me cry! He laid out a plan for me, answered questions, and even did an endometrial biopsy/scratch while I was there (and the timing was right) so I didn’t have to come in again today or Monday. This is what he set up for me:
- CD 19 of current cylce: Endometrial biopsy
- CD 21 of current cycle: Microdose Lupron 10 units daily (for suppression)
- CD 1 (first day of full flow): Start Estrogen 2 mg tabs (am/lunch/pm for a total of 6 mg daily); 5 mg Prednisone daily (for immune issues); Lupron goes down to 5 units daily
- Sometime during the first week of my cycle: Intralipid infusion (for immune issues. Also see Care Fertility for more information.)
- CD 13: Lining check
- CD 15: Start Crinone 8% (am and pm); Start Heparin 5,000 units (am and pm); Stop taking Lupron; Start 5 days of Doxycycline (antibiotic) for prevention of uterine infection during transfer. ***For the progesterone, the clinic recommended starting with the lining check on CD 12-13, but Dr. Albrecht wanted me to start so that I would have 5 days of progesterone on the day of transfer. He said there’s a specific window for the endometrium to be receptive to implantation, and he didn’t want to blow it. He said an embryo can chill in the uterus for a day or two to wait for the lining to be “right,” but the receptive lining will not stick around for the embryo.
- CD 19: Transfer day
That’s it for now. More to come as this cycle progresses!