Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Graduation Day

CCRM called today with the news that I have officially graduated!

I might not get a diploma, but this graduation means more to me than anything. After years of fertility clinics, I am now being released to the care of an OBGYN! I can hardly believe the day has come. They said the heartbeats were looking great, a little slow, but that can be expected with twins, so they don't require another ultrasound before they release me. My hormone levels look great and CCRM has officially taken me off all my medication. The Zofran they gave me is lessening the morning sickness, although I'm still feeling fairly rough. But at least I am now able to eat, which is good news because these babies hadn't been getting any nutrition for a while, so it's nice to get something in my stomach for them. And me!

I doubt I'll be enjoying graduation cake tonight, but we'll certainly be celebrating.

HAPPY GRADUATION TO ME!

22 comments:

Nikki said...

Happy Graduation to you Lisa! I'm sure you are ecstatic to move on to an OB!!!

Good luck and I hope the Zofran helps you keep your food in!

Sky said...

Such great news! Congratulations on the twins - you must be on cloud nine (when you're not tossing your cookies, of course)!

Linda said...

No only have you graduated, but you graduated with "honors"!! I bet you're over the moon! Gotta love that Zofran! Again, CONGRATULATIONS on getting to the "other" side. :)

Anniep said...

What an awesome way to graduate! SO glad you got zofran... hang in there. It can be rough w/ the nausea.

babydust81 said...

Happy Graduation to you Lisa.

I am truly happy that you have moved on. All the best for the rest of your pregnancy. Rest well and eat well. Now you have to eat for 3.

My prayers are with you darling. Pls take care.

Jill said...

Congrats Lisa! I'm a day behind on blog news! Yippee for twins! Glad you're able to graduate to your OB! Great news all around!!

daisysmom said...

Lisa - Just wanted to congratulate you and your husband! Enjoy every moment of your pregnancy...you so deserve it!!!

I had been following your story since I am going to CCRM in January after 2 chemicals and 2 BFNs at my local clinic. Thanks for giving so much detail in your posts and on this blog!

All the best to you!

sw said...

I think this answers you question earlier about "when do you offically cross over?" You have made it...you are carrying life ( x 2 ) inside of your womb..you are no long Infertile....this is such GREAT NEWS..I don't even know you and I am rejoicing for you!!! I do hope you keep blogging..I would love to see your story to the end with the birth of your babies..it really does give hope to those still trying...God Bless you and those precious babies!

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

YAY! Congratulations to ALL of you!

And just an FYI with the Zofran, it can cause constipation which can be it's own problem in the 1st trimester and contribute to more nausea. But still a wonderful drug. Ask for the ODT (oral dissolving tablets) too as sometimes the nausea is so bad you can't even swallow the pill! And I know way, way too much about this topic.

Lost in Space said...

Wow, congrats on the twins, Lisa! And happy graduation from CCRM too!!! Great, great news for you!!

Chhandita said...

Happy Graduation day girl...

Annie said...

What a big day-congrats!

Also, quick note...Aunt Bea was smart to speak up about the side effects of Zofran. Maaaaajor constipation. Like rocks that don't move. It's freaky horrible. If you read the cancer boards from people using Zofran there you will see extensive discussion of this issue.
Happily, the magic bullet is a powder that used to go under the prescription name Gylcol or Glycal. I can't remember the spelling. It is now...ta-da...available over the counter but I can't remember the new name. Ask a pharmacist. It a powder with absolutely no taste and you take it once a day and the problem is solved. I worried that I would...ahem...not adjust back to my body doing the work after giving birth (I used Zofran heavily for almost 8 months) but you shouldn't worry.
Also, if the Zofran doesn't get you up to speed with the nausea, try adding Reglan at night. It does cause some fatigue issues and makes you sleepy so it worked best for me at night.
The cocktail of morning powder laxative/Zofran, afternoon Zofran and evening Zofran/Reglan plus a third anti nausea medication that I can't remember got me on my feet and functioning. If you aren't getting significant relief, keep experimenting.
I stressed about impact on the babies but here's the truth: with my first 2 children, I suffered through the nausea and threw up constantly and was constantly in the hospital for dehydration and with the third I was moved to a perinatology group that was aggressive about treating my nausea & the baby that got all the meds was several pounds bigger, healthy as a horse, and is 18 months old on Thursday. Trust the doctors on this..they will NOT give you anything that will hurt your babies :)
BTW, my last cycle at SRM was cancelled last Friday and I was able to get a phone consult with Schoolcraft this morning. I head to Denver for my work-up Jan 5. Thanks for all your great info on this blog. It helped me in a dark cloud of disappointment to make good decisions and move quickly.
Annie in Seattle

mylifechronicles said...

Congratulations! This is amazing news. Wow.. I am sure you are on cloud nine since you graduated. Enjoy it! You deserve it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Lisa! This is great news. Nia

Heavy heart said...

Graduation with Distinction! Many congratulations and good luck!

morris7024 said...

What awesome news Lisa! Happy Graduation!

Emily said...

Congratulations!!! What a wonderful day!!!!!!!!

MamaSoon said...

Congratulations. This is indeed great news for all four of you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,

Congratulations! Just think, you are graduating with two degrees! Way to go! Hope you and Dave have wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!

Amy in Pickering

Doggie Dieter said...

Just found your blog but I wanted to say congrats on the twins!!!

Polly Gamwich said...

Lisa, you are so fortunate! What a major blessing. Congratulations on graduation! Your life is seriously changing ... I'll be interested to see how you navigate through pregnancy-after-infertility ... I hope you share that somewhere, somehow.

Congrats!

Lisag said...

Hi Lisa!
WOOOHOOO!! I am so happy for you and DH. Now you and I can share the twin journey together. I haven't seen you on the other boards so I thought I would post here. Hope you get to feeling better.
Lisa G