I kept myself very busy during my last two-week wait. I snowshoed six miles with friends and had a mountaintop seder and slept overnight in three-high bunks. I traveled to a great conference at my alma mater. I made adorable invitations for the baby shower I am throwing for my sister next month. Then I get a negative pregnancy test and my period started.
I decided to explore IVF, and so I am in the midst of what I expect will be my last IUI cycle (#5). If I was younger, I might give it a few more tries before switching gears. But, at 42, I need to be more proactive more quickly. I hadn’t looked into IVF much in advance, figuring I’d learn more when I needed to. Well, now I need to and I’m astounded at the cost and the lack of insurance coverage. Years back, I saved a chunk of money in case I decided to ttc one day on my own. So, I have enough to cover one round of IVF already in an account for just that purpose. But I’m anxious about what I’ll do if that investment doesn’t result in pregnancy. In the meantime, there is hope that this cycle will be my last because I’ll conceive and no IVF will be necessary. Fingers crossed!
The ovulation predictor kit gave me the smiley face on day 12 this cycle, though it usually comes on day 14. Two days isn’t such a big deal, and other signs indicated that it was ovulation time. I had the IUI on Friday and as of this morning, Monday, I still haven’t seen a big jump in my temperature. It is a little higher than is typical for the first two weeks of my cycle, but it’s not yet over 98 which is typical for my luteal phase. I’m nervous, but am also aware that the signs are actually all good. I always have the “stair step” temperature increase, and my temp is definitely up a step. I’d just hoped it would be up another step by today. The fact that it’s creeping up at all does probably indicate that I ovulated yesterday or maybe even the day before.
For now, I’ll wait, and will wonder if I should forego my daily cup of tea or if it’s safe to keep drinking it while hoping for fertilization and implantation.