Suppression Phase: Lupron and Provera


So the suppression phase begins! I started my Provera and Lupron today.

Technically, my Provera started last night, as it’s supposed to make you feel dizzy (progesterone), but I didn’t seem to feel the dizziness at all, which sucked because I had another sleepless (insomnia) night last night. I did feel cramps (a common side effect) though, which delayed my workout until dinner time.

[An aside: the gym was ridiculously packed today. Lots of people hitting their New Years Resolutions hard I suppose.]

The Lupron injection went in so easily, and the injection itself didn’t hurt at all, in contrast to the Fragmin (which I start in a couple of weeks) which has a much thicker needle and burns like a BYATCH!


IVF Paid!
We also paid for the remainder of our IVF balance (ouch!). Unless we win the lottery, I don’t think a March Break vacation is in our future. I realize that we are lucky to be able to afford IVF in the first place, but it isn’t without having to really penny pinch in several places over the past two years. A nice side result of this is that we have been forced to tighten up our finances, which is a point of contention for many couples, but has brought us closer. It has actually revealed how similar DW and I are in our priorities, her a little more frugal on herself than I am.

Big Decisions Made Today:
So DW finished her Principal Qualifications (5 components) last month, and I feel that I should give her some props for that because it was HELL working full-time plus staying past 9pm once or twice a week this semester. She has been tapped on the shoulder by a couple of BIG TIME supervisors this past year to apply to become a vice-principal in our school board, but has generally brushed it off because she was not mentally ready for it. There are a few advantages to becoming a vice-principal and many more disadvantages to leaving the teaching profession.

Advantages to Being a VP:
– leadership- be able to affect slightly more change than a teacher
– if you’re into logistics and organizing things, things like timetabling can be fun
– if you’re good with the at-risk kids, you can be an effective disciplinarian and hopefully help those students turn themselves around
– detective work: Classic who-dun-it style- investigating things like theft, fights, drug trafficking in school
– get to see the inner workings of the school board a little deeper (find out secrets)
– get to hire people (pick your team, which makes a HUGE difference)
– a modest pay raise (only about 5000 to 10000 more than an experienced teacher with a department headship)
– no “course preparations” or marking to take home

Disadvantages to Being a VP (and Leaving Teaching):
– no control over your hours: if there’s a fight after school, you may have to be there until all the paperwork, police, and parent issues have been dealt with
– have to be present for more hours than teachers (from 6am to 6pm typically, and later if there is an event- games/arts night/performances)
– generally deal only with the “badly behaved” students- disciplinary role
– deal with unruly parents: I say “unruly” because most issues can be dealt with via the teacher or guidance counsellor, so when it gets to the VP, it’s as a second last resort
– once you leave the teaching union, you can’t go back if you decide that VP isn’t for you

Obviously, there is a lot to consider here, and there’s a big event happening at the end of February, which DW has been invited to attend. It involves all VP candidates being grilled on difficult scenarios, individually in front of superintendents. These scenarios are tough and require on-the-spot decision making skills. The superintendents watch each candidate and decide based on their responses, whose application they are going to support. It is a critical night! I compare it to those reality talent competitions like The Voice.

Anyway, DW decided today that after five years of thinking about it, and almost three years of actively getting her qualifications, she is ready to apply. The application package will probably take almost a year to complete, and she could get placed a year or two after that. So two to three years from now she could be a VP!

This is huge people!

I must also add that doing this allows us to be more mobile in terms of changing boards. We’ve been so unhappy living in the Greater Toronto Area. Too many transport trucks, pollution, ugly commutes, and too expensive to raise kids the way that we want to. We are lucky enough to own our house, but can’t really upgrade to a bigger or nicer home on a two-teacher income, and have absolutely no family nearby to help once we have kids.

So if she goes VP and gets a job in the city where her parents live, I can stay home with our kids for a couple of years, have grandma and grandpa close by, and our cottage a quick drive away. You can’t really put a price on that right?

Pre-Lupron Scan

And so it begins again. Welcome to 2015! I have a super long end-of-year review post in my drafts, but 2014 was such a sad year for us that I’ve decided not to post it.

In short, 2014 was the year of:
– IVF#1
– 4 embryo transfers (2 DW, 2 me)
– 3 miscarriages (5 weeks, 5 weeks, 7 weeks)
– indescribable work stress + clinical depression and anxiety = leave from work
– revealed immune issues (NK cytokines)

But we’ve resurfaced, a bit jaded but still hopeful, and with 2015 we welcome IVF#2.

Today is CD18 of my pre-IVF cycle, and I went for my pre-Lupron blood work and ultrasound this morning. I’m supposed to start Lupron on CD21, so I am guessing that this scan is to make sure that there are no cysts, and that I have ovulated by now…. Which according to my BBT, I have not.

(I am a lazy BBT-taker)

At my appointment, I explored the different options with the nurse. Since I was not put on BCPs at the beginning of this cycle (I believe they can be over suppressing, but make predicting AF so much easier), I was allowed to cycle through naturally, and I usually ovulate on or after CD21, with a 10 day luteal phase after that. Now, if I truly have not ovulated, then I should be starting Provera at the same time as the Lupron, but if I have indeed ovulated, then I should just proceed with the Lupron alone.

The head nurse was supposed to check my blood work from earlier today and let me know if it suggests that I have already ovulated (higher progesterone levels), but I haven’t heard from her yet. She also doesn’t work weekends, so I worry that I won’t hear from her at all before Monday, which is when I am supposed to start the Lupron. Overall, it’s not a big deal because I can always start the Provera Monday night if needed, but I would just like to know ahead of time so that I can fill and pick up the prescription.

I have already spent an inordinate amount of time consulting with Dr. Google over this, and the risk of going on the Lupron without having ovulated is growing ovarian cysts, which can secrete estrogen and mess up the hormones that they are trying to tightly control in the first place. I am also prone to having ovarian cysts.

Anyways, I guess we wait. But yeah, things are starting again, and I’m excited for my Lupron start on Monday!

Otherwise, we have been keeping busy with fun and happy things. My mother came to visit from Vancouver, which was surprisingly very lovely. Having a nice big Christmas dinner with my mom and DW’s family was great too. Everyone gets along so well. Now that everyone has dispersed, my days seem a bit lonelier.

One of our life-long bucket list goals is to hike the entire length of the Bruce Trail, which is a 900 kilometre long path along the Niagara escarpment extending from Niagara to Tobermory, Ontario.

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DW completed some of the Niagara section on her own during her teenage years, some of the Hamilton and Burlington sections during her rock climbing days, and we’ve completed four portions of the trail with the dogs since we met, two of which happened during this winter break.

Here are some photos from the Bruce: