Ladies and gents I’m happy to report that we’re officially back in business!
I got confirmation from my OBGYN this morning (through online messaging no less) that the 3D ultra sound I had performed earlier this week shows 4, not 3 (eep!) fibroids within the walls of my uterus, but not in the uterine cavity! She said the area where an embryo would implant is not effected by the fibroid presence and that surgery is only necessary for reasons of pain or excessive bleeding. She also confirmed that both of my ovaries look normal, which is great because for the second time a tech couldn’t find my left one.
Which means, we’re in business!
I have a habit of creating extensive spreadsheets for important things, like Passover planning. These sheets are color-coordinated, well orchestrated works of art that help to not only organize myself, but create a sense of calm. So it only seems natural that I’ve created a similar spreadsheet for conception. When I shared the Google
Doc Drive with my partner she told me it was a bit much, but I think not. How else am I going to make the craziness that is lesbian conception less stressful?!
Since the start of my current cycle I’ve diligently set my alarm clock for 6AM each morning to take my temperature, sleeping with both my cell phone and thermometer so as to limit movements that could alter my temperature. I’ve purchased a fertility lens and some ovulation pee sticks to confirm ovulation ( I don’t create much mucus) and have narrowed down our potential bank donors to about 8 gentlemen. I’ve spent hours on the phone with my insurance company to see what is and is not covered and have created a formula to figure out how much money I should put on my FLEX spending account for things not covered by insurance.
Not to mention extensive reading on what herbs, supplements and foods help optimize fertilization, exercising regularly, taking yoga, and researching how I can produce more mucus. My Pinterest has been inundated with pictures of things to knit and sew, and I’m contemplating starting a mom-to-be group for my Brooklyn gayborhood.
All-in-all, I’m feeling really excited, really motivated, and really determined to get myself into optimal health to conceive and carry a healthy baby. Which is, of course, a part of the wonderful spreadsheet. I think it’s apropos that we’re entering the Passover season. The story is about our people’s liberation from slavery, but it’s also about new beginnings, new growth, and new life. Both Christian and Jewish traditions use eggs as a symbol during this season. I won’t get into the pagan influence here, but will just say that I’m prayerful that this powerful (female) symbol of the ability to carry and sustain life will be manifested in me.
Wishing all of those who celebrate a Chag Sameach! Happy Easter to those who celebrate!