Yesterday morning started off with an acup appt. I had the owner of the practice this time and she's quite brilliant. She's from Shanghai and has been a Chinese MD for 30 yrs. She felt my pulses and said things were not good. She said my energy to my reproductive organs and hormones were very low and it was not a good time to be pg and to not transfer my embryo this cycle. Instant stress! She put needles in me from head to toe and checked me an hr later. She said that I just wasn't recharging, so she left me for another 30 mins. On a energy scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I came in a 3 and left a 4. I'm worn out and need a new battery.
Today I had my first estrogen level check. They want it >50, I was only at 37. Last time I was at 79. I was shocked, and it turns out my acup was right. Last time I had beautiful estrogen levels but a crappy lining. How can my lining get better with crappy estrogen levels?
After a painful wait, I got the call from my nurse. Dr. Schoolcraft wants me to add in Estrace vaginally every evening at bed time. This will help increase my estrogen and plump up my lining. I've never used this before but it's estrogen in a little blue pill. I've read to be prepared to start leaking blue. Oh fun! Kerry said he's going to start calling me Smurfette.
I went over the details of my cycle with the nurse to make sure there was nothing I was doing wrong. The only thing we could come up with is that I've been putting the patches on my lower stomach right above my pubic area where there's not much fat. She said they require fat to absorb and to move them to a more fatty area. No problem there!
I asked her if this compromised my lining since I starved it of estrogen. She said she thinks I'll be fine, that she's seen people with estrogen at 12 and the Estrace was able to correct everything. Oh please let me be in that statistic!
Now I have to wait an entire week to see if this is going to correct the issue. That will give me a whopping 2 days before my flight before I'll know if I stay on track.
For the last 2 days, I've had a little bit of spotting trying to come in. I asked her if that was from my low estrogen and she said yes. So maybe if the spotting goes away, that will be a sign that the Estrace is working.
Ok, that was all blah blah blah depressing. Thanks for letting me vent. So let me end this on a funnier note.
Last week I went to my 1st acup appt and saw an e-stim machine on her desk. I asked her if she could do electro-acup on me instead. She agreed. She put needles in my lower back, 6 in my butt cheeks and some in my legs/ankles. Any time I have ever had e-stim in the past, they had always put the electrodes on the lower back and calf needles. She did it a little differently. She connected all electrodes to the needles on my butt cheeks.
Now I'm one of those "baby's got back" girls. As soon as she turned the machine on, I could feel my butt bouncing all over the place. After she left the room, I arched my back to take a peek hoping that it just felt that way. OMG, my bootay can dance! It was really hilarious when the cheeks got out of synch, it was like oompa oompa.
I put on my iPod and started listening to my hypno recording. It was really hard to relax and then Lynsi had to say "relax all your muscles, let them be just like jello". I spent the rest of the time trying to get this jingle out of my head... "watch it jiggle, see it wiggle, cool and fruity, jell-o brand gelatin".
Kerry just walked in with my prescription... I'm supposed to insert this dinky thing vaginally??? Oh how the fertile women miss out on so much fun!