Monthly Archives: August 2018
Nothing much has really been happening in trying to conceive land for a while and instead I have had some wonderful turning 40 celebrations. I can’t wait to see the photos from my Harry Potter/cake smash session with my friends. Here’s a sneak peek.
Today, however I went for a hysterosalpingogram (HSG)- try saying that three times fast?! This was basically a test to check whether my Fallopian tubes are clear and – I’m waiting for the proper report – but all looks good.
To have this test I needed to have a swab to make sure I had no infection and to take two lots of antibiotics, one the evening before and one the morning of the procedure to make sure I don’t get an infection. The procedure itself is similar to a smear – I know joyful – but hey I paid for the privilege this time! PSA – go get your smears ladies – they may be nasty but they are important.
Then they inject dye into your tubes and scan/X-ray to make sure it all passes through. At this point you do get cramps similar to period pain. Afterwards you need to wear a pad to capture any blood or dye fluid. I’ve had a little cramping this evening but not too much. I had worse on my period early hours of Wed morning when I woke up having leaked. Being a lady is so dignified.
This all means that I should be having at least one round of IUI – Intrauterine insemination with the donor sperm I already have, starting with my next period in September. Supposedly there is evidence to suggest that doing this the cycle after the HSG may be more effective.
I have an appointment with my consultant on 10th September to clarify the process but I should be doing the injections again to boost egg production but with a slightly different protocol. Then after the trigger injection this time I go for IUI with no need for general anaesthetic and we just hope Mother Nature/ Golden Egg and super sperm meet and fall in love and …
The percentages are lower than for IVF but it is less invasive and cheaper and this time, thanks to my sister I have Pax the Pineapple to cheer me on. As well as all my lovely friends and family.
Last month I took part in the catch up of the #OWLsReadathon and I passed 8 out of 12 subjects which means I’m eligible to sit NEWTs for 8 areas (although I started a ninth before the end July so when I finish that I’ve decided that category is free too…and also as long as I read the OWLs book first I can open up that NEWTS catetgory as well 😂). I did read more than 8 books in July but I’m such a mood reader and because of YALC I ran out of time.
Book Roast has set up another fantastic challenge and to achieve Outstanding grades in each of have to read 36 books 😭. I’m going to set a TBR for each prompt below and prioritise Muggle Studies, Astronomy and Transfiguration (for Outstanding grades) but hope to complete the rest over the course of the year.
This should be a yearly challenge so I’m looking forward to coming back to the Hogwarts Library each year.
Check out my TBR below:
Find out more about the challenge here – https://youtu.be/mIe9VCBNAg0
Which 3 subjects most appeal to you?