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Happiness Cycle Day 13: Intralipids

I’ve got two hours to kill while hooked up to an IV bag of intralipids, so I thought I’d type up a post with my left hand. It’s harder than it seems!

I had a crappy sleep last night, as something’s up with my digestive system. I had the worst bloating and gas, which continued overnight and into the morning (poor DW). My diet is so clean right now, that I have no idea what could be causing it. My colon felt like a balloon that was inflating and reaching its maximum stretching ability. As I lay here hooked up to a bag of mayonnaise, all I wanna do is fart. But because they’re checking my vitals frequently, and I’m in a closed room, I’m trying to hold it in. Unpleasant!

Anyways, I’m happy to be doing the intralipids. It gives me some hope for this FET. While I wish we had two embryos to transfer, that’s nothing I can change. All I can do is give all of my love and hopeful energy into this embryo. The RE finally reviewed all of my immune results and wants to put me on prednisone, fragmen, and baby aspirin, in addition to the estrogen and progesterone that I will be starting someday soon. I’m happy that it seems like we’re finally being taken seriously now. Fingers crossed that our embryo is a good one, and that he/she thrives inside me.

As for the intralipids, today I’m having 100mLs injected into a bag of saline, to create a 20% mixture. Then the mixture is introduced to my bloodstream via IV cannula. I’m glad that I brought a blanket, because I feel so cold not being able to move. I also brought my iPad, a decaf vanilla Earl Grey Tea almond milk latte, and two slices of the paleo banana bread that I made last night. I haven’t been able to do much other than type on my iPhone.

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Once I get a positive beta, there’s another infusion (approx four weeks), and then one more after the six week ultrasound. Each treatment is $750, and out of pocket.

The cannula hurt going into my arm, but is fine now that it’s in. I can’t feel the intralipids at all, though I feel colder than usual overall.

The nurse comes by every 30 minutes to check my temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate,

It’s been about an hour and a half, and I’m almost done:

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Tomorrow I have to go in for monitoring blood work and ultrasound again. Hopefully we will find out when our transfer will be. We also meet with our family doctor, who will hopefully agree that it’s in my best interest to continue being off work until I’m in the right state of mind to deal with those additional stresses. DW has taken the day off tomorrow to support me.

More updates tomorrow!

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20 thoughts on “Happiness Cycle Day 13: Intralipids

  1. I’m so happy you are starting the Interlipids and a more aggressive protocol going into this transfer. I have no doubt that this will set you up for success!! I’m so excited for you!!
    As a side note, it erks me to no-end that in your province you can at least get Interlipids, even if you have to pay out of pocket. Here, they aren’t even something I can pay out of pocket to get.

    • Yeah, I know. It really is terrible, because if you think about it, it really is best practice for fertility clinics to provide proper treatment for their RPL and autoimmune patients.

  2. Just slip a fart or two out immediately when they leave (if you can force it) and maybe then the smell will be gone by the time they return!

    I’m glad you have a solid plan in place with your RE doing their part, too.

  3. I’m so sorry you’re going through that wish I could give you a hug. So impressed that you typed this with your left hand! This sounds very medical and technical, and I hope hope hope it helps. Good luck with the ultrasound. Oh, and sometimes my stomach gets messed up like that because I’m anxious or upset, could that be it?

    • Thanks. When I’m anxious or upset, it’s more of a diarrhea. This was more like I had eaten a ton of dairy (I’m lactose intolerant), but I hadn’t, which is why it was a mystery. Lol. Thanks for the hug!

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