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My story, The latest installment. (Part4)

The month of June brought even more tests and more bad news. I was required to do a sugar fasting test to determine the degree of my endocrine problems. I couldn't eat anything for 12 hours and had to spend 4 hours in a blood testing lab with three very miserable nurses who acted as if I was hugely imposing upon their schedule. Each hour I was asked to drink a disgustingly sweet "juice" and have my blood drawn. I think they drew blood five times in all and I had to pee into a cup as many times. Between the dizziness, nausea and boredom I managed to make it through.

When I returned to my RE's office the following week he tried to explain that I did, in fact, have an endocrine problem and it could potentially lead to significant problems, both with fertility and my general health. He thoroughly scared the crap out of me and then told me that he couldn't explain further, I needed to see the endocrine specialist at the practice to get more details. Of course, this led to further waiting, another month to be exact. So, for several more weeks I waited in fear to see Dr. W, a kindly Asian man with a wonderful sense of humor.

I brought my mother to the appointment because she is more knowledgeable about medicine than my dear husband. Dr. W explained that in addition to PCOS, I also have Insulin resistance (IR). My body can't process sugar or carbs so it continues to make insulin in huge doses. This impacts fertility and can cause diabetes, heart disease and in fact my cardiac enzyme was higher than it should be. All this was bad news in itself, but the fun didn't end there. He then told me that I had to take a three month hiatus from TTC in order to lose weight and control my insulin. Now, that may be the most sound advise from an endocrinologist but they certainly don't have any medication to shut up the Gonging sound of my biological clock. I was now at a crossroad.

The RE said that at the end of the three months we would CONSIDER moving on to Inter-uterine Insemination (IUI). WTF? CONSIDER? Does this guy realize that I am speeding towards 30 and there is no baby in sight. What the hell am I supposed to do?

At the end of the previous months tragedy the doc prescribed B a ton of vitamins and minerals in hopes that his "boys" would be more plentiful and healthier. After a month of taking these he had to repeat his Semen Analysis. This time the number was up from 9.5 million to 10 million. Not a huge jump, but we felt optimistic. We now know that the numbers were only temporarily higher.

We now realized that moving on to IUI's was our only chance of having a baby any time soon. We spent the next couple of weeks figuring out where to turn next. And then, a phone call from my sister...



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Over 8 years we have struggled through 3 IUI's, 6 rounds of IVF, several RE's, hundreds of appointments and the loss of three little angels. Now we find ourselves the proud parents of two perfect little girls and a wonderful little boy!!

Both of our girls struggle with some disabilities but that won't keep us down. Each day has it's own brand of insanity but we love it. Most days I am more monkey wrangler than mother but I do the best I can. Todays goal - getting to tomorrow.

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