Now that we had a plan of what to do now came the waiting game. The month of October was ruff. I started my period on October 9, 2017. Since I was told to start the HCG shots between 5-7 after my period started, I figured why not start the shots on day 6 of my period. So I started the shots on October 13, 2017. I know, what an ominous day to start my second chance at fertility Friday the 13 is not always about bad things right? Sometimes something happy and good can happen on this day. At least that is what I kept telling myself.
The shots were not bad. I experienced some mild headaches, tiredness, and some nausea from the shots. No symptom lasted more than two days. But some days, the tiredness took over and I just slept all day long. I even called into work sick one day because the nausea had started at 1:00 a.m. one night and it was horrid. I tried to throw up, but nothing would come up. These were some of the most annoying parts of the shots, but I continued to tell myself that this is the small sacrifice I have to endure, to be able to grow our family.
During this time, my husband continued to ask me when my period was due, so he could start his search for a place to stay for our trip to Mexico. Unfortunately my crystal ball was a little fuzzy, but I had my trusty period tracker app on my phone so I went to it to see when I was due. According to the app I was scheduled to start my period on November 6, 2017. So we booked a condo on South Padre Island, which is about 30 miles from Dr. Garzas office. We thought the salt air and the ocean would be a nice calming atmosphere for our endeavor.
We decided to leave Phoenix on November 5, 2017, after a birthday party our son had been invited to. The party ended at noon, so by the time we got home and packed up the car we were on the road by 1:30 p.m.. We wanted to get past El Paso, Texas this time and hopefully make our drive on Monday shorter so we could check into the condo at a reasonable time. We drove all the way to Fort Stockton, Texas. We arrived in Fort Stockton around 10:45 p.m.. As we were following the directions the GPS was giving us to a hotel I booked for us along the way on Expedia, we got pulled over by a cop. As we pulled off the road on an exit, I asked my husband how fast he had been driving. He said that he had the cruise control set to 9 miles over the speed limit. The cop came to the door and asked us where were headed. We told him that we were on our way to South Padre island, and we were going to be doing IVF in Mexico. He asked for my husbands drivers license and insurance card, and told us that once everything checked out, he was just going to send us off with a warning. So if you decide to drive through Texas in a minivan late at night, you can expect to be pulled over and inspected! He had us roll down the windows for the back and he looked in the car with a flashlight, before he sent us on our way.
The next morning we continued our drive to South Padre island. We left the hotel around 8 a.m. and we finally arrived at the condo we were checking into at 4:30 p.m.. You don’t realize just how boring a 17 hour or 2 day drive with nothing to see really is until you do it. You run out of things to talk about with your spouse and you run out of silly games to play. For those of you that are considering where to stay there are may hotels in Brownsville that are very cheap and have kitchenettes. We just choose to book a condo on Home Away, the condo we booked cost us $48/day. It had a pool and a full kitchen, which is what we wanted, as well as a washer and dryer. Once we unpacked the car, we drove to Walmart and got some groceries, with the hopes that we would not be tempted to go out to eat while we were here.
We both also started to panic, because I was supposed to start my period today as it was Monday November 6, 2017. But nothing.. We wanted to make our first appointment Tuesday and get this show on the road, but my body had other plans. We tried what we could to make it start, if you know what I mean, but nothing. We went to bed that night wondering when we were going to be able to go to the doctor, hoping that it would be soon. The next morning Aunt flow had arrived and we were on schedule to go to Dr. Garza’s office on Wednesday November 8. So we decided to explore the island a little bit today. We went to the sea turtle sanctuary, and to the end of the island to check out the shells, and watch the wind surfers.
March 8, 2017. Our appointment with Dr. Garza was today. We woke up a little after 5 a.m. got ready and left the condo by 6 a.m.. We arrived at Dr. Garza’s office by 6:50. We sat in the car and at 7:00 a.m. when the office doors opened, the old man that man’s the street to save parking for Dr. Garza and his staff, knocked on our window to let us know the office was open. At 7:45 a.m. the office secretary started to get a list of patients. I went up and she had me write my name on a piece of paper and she asked what day of my cycle I was on. I let her know that I was on day two, and sat back down. We were called to go back at 8:20 a.m.. The secretary lead us directly to an ultrasound room, with a bathroom. I removed my clothes from the waist down and put the gown on. I then went to the exam table and sat there, a couple of minutes later the nurse came in and had me lay down. She then covered me with a blanket and had me spread my legs, and she left the room. Dr. Garza then came in and asked me how I was doing and he confirmed that I was on the second day of my period. Once I was done with the ultrasound and had changed, we were escorted to the lab room, where there was a sweet girl that drew some labs and then we were brought to Dr. Garza’s office. He then came in and explained that he wanted me to take shots for four days and return on Saturday. He wrote on a script for Puregon and I was supposed to inject myself with 200mg for the next four days. The nurse then met with us in a room and showed me how to load the pen, as well as she gave me a shot already for the day. Off we were, out the office by 9:30 a.m. Now came the hard part, crossing the border. The line was quite long and it took about an hour to get through it and back to the states.
November 11, 2017. Saturday in the office seems to be one of the busiest days there. We arrived around 7:15 a.m., thinking its Saturday, there won’t be a lot of people there to see Dr. Garza. Well, we were very wrong. It was super busy, couples were sitting on the floor as well as on the stairs. Luckily we were the second couple there that morning. We got called back close to 8:30 a.m. and escorted to the same ultrasound room as the previous appointment. I changed and found myself on the exam table being ultrasounded within a couple of minutes. Again we were brought to Dr. Garza’s office where his nurse wrote out the script for the medications. The script this time was for me to inject myself Sunday and Monday with Coneumon (Gonal-f) 225 mg and on Monday I was to also inject myself with Orgalutran (Ganirelix) 25mg. We were then instructed to return on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
November 14, 2017. What an exciting morning, lol. Crossing the boarder this morning the alarms went off and we had the car searched. They opened all the doors, including the back of the minivan. They searched the car for over 15 minutes. They finally realized there was nothing to find and they let us go. We still made it to the office and were the first couple there. I got called back to a different ultrasound room that had a t.v. screen on the wall so I could see what Dr. Garza was seeing. Dr. Garza showed me the follicles and we counted 12 follicles. Wow, double the follicles this time, I was very excited. Once done with the ultrasound, I was brought to the lab where they drew blood to check my estridol level. He then wrote a script for Menopur to be injected today and again tomorrow, as well as the Orgalutran to be done on Wednesday. The nurse then showed me how to mix the Menopur and she did my injection for the day. Our next appointment was to be on Thursday November 16, 2017.
November 17, 2017. I arrived at the office at 7:10 a.m.. I was the first person again in the waiting room. I sat and played on my phone and only one other person showed, up with what looked like her mother. At 7:45 a.m. the secretary started to call us up to put our names on the list. As I walked up I saw that she already knew my name and was writing my name on the list. I then went to sit back down. I got called back at 8:05 a.m. and changed into the lovely gown, I was in the room with the screen where I could see what they were ultrasounding. Today the nurse ultrasounded me and measured quite a few eggs. I was then lead to change and brought into the doctors office. The nurse then came into the room and handed me a script for my new meds, she also brought with her another nurse to translate for her. I was to now do Menopur and Orgalutron today and tomorrow. The English speaking nurse took me back and showed me how to mix the shots and gave me my shots for the day. I was then instructed to come back on Saturday.
When I left I went to HEB the grocery store near South Padre island and got something for salad. I ended up spending the rest of the day in bed as I was so tired and just wanted to sleep, so everyone kind of knew that so they decided to call me and talk to me. Isn’t that how everything goes? Oh well.
November 19, 2017. This morning we arrived and for a Saturday it was very dead in the office. The last Saturday I went there were so many people that couples were sitting on the floor, stairs and wherever they could find a place to sit they were. Today was quite the opposite. However, I was still second on the list. We arrived at 7:08 a.m. at 7:30 a.m. I was called back. I was given a gown and I changed and was placed in the ultrasound room with the t.v. screen so I could watch. The nurse ultrasounded me again today. She measured all of my eggs and at the end of the ultrasound, she told me that things were looking very good. Once I was done changing I was placed in the doctors office to get my script and instructions. Today the office was going to inject me with 450 ul of Menopur, as well as 0.25mg of Orgalutron. Tomorrow, Sunday November 20, I am to give myself 0.25mg Orgalutron in the morning and Pregnyl at 10:00 p.m.. Monday I am not do no shots. Yay what a nice break, a whole day of no needles. Tuesday, November 22, I will have my retrieval in the morning. I am to show up at the office at 7 a.m. and be fasting, wear comfortable clothes, and bring some socks. I am supper excited. I am only worried that I will have OHSS and the embryos will have to be frozen and we will have to do a FET in December or January. Hopefully we can do a full cycle this time. Prayers for success.
I will continue in the next section, IVF in Mexico comes to an end…