Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day 4 - Cycle 5... Injectables

I've not been sulking all week, it's been busy... I couldn't make time for blogging.  

Today is Day 4 of my 5th cycle.  I decided not to wait until next month to move to injectables (when my good insurance kicks in), rather I'll be changing things up this cycle.

The plan:

  • Femara (pills) Day 3 - 7
  • Gonal-F (injection) Day 8, 9, 10, 11
  • Bloodwork/ultrasound Day 12
  • Ovadrel Trigger - probably Day 12 or 13
  • 2 IUI's (new bank & donor)

I have to travel for work this week - which means I have to travel with the Gonal-F pen.  I remember Paige went through this over the summer and had no problem at airport security.  I'm counting on that also - but do have a doctors note, just in case.   

I'm not excited about self-injecting 5 times this cycle...  but we must do what we must do!

On another note... my favorite nurse, S, was explaining the medication to me and said something about not having to pay for the Gonal-F...  I told her that in fact, I paid $200 for the Gonal F (plus all of the other drugs and the Progesterone suppositories - my total was $608).  She said she'd call the pharmacy... when my prescriptions arrived the next day - my credit card was only charged $348.  S saved me $260!!  I don't know what she did... but I'm sending her a thank you note!!

I'm praying the new protocol works... but I'm also coming to grips that moving to IVF may be a reality.


  1. What a great plan - I'm so excited for you! And that's awesome about your injectables. Cost is something I've been thinking about since my good insurance doesn't kick for another 5 attempts. Hopefully, my nurse will be as awesome as your S!

    Here's to our BFPs this cycle!!

  2. I like the new protocol... I'm ordering my Gonal-F next week so hopefully it's covered by my insurance too. My insurance has been good though.. they have covered everything except the donor vials. Good luck.

  3. This is the protocol that worked for me! I'm hoping it works for you!

    I travelled with my Gonal-F pen - I kept in the original box with the prescription attached, but didn't even pull it out of my carryon. Not one question was asked.

  4. Yep it's true. I had no trouble at all flying with the meds. I'm sure you won't either. Sounds like a great new protocol and yay for saving so much money. More money for shopping while you travel!

  5. That is a good nurse. Good luck with this cycle:)

  6. It's nice to have a new plan in place, isn't it. I found out today my new insurance includes some coverage for drugs, so am a little less worried should injectables be in my future. Wishing you luck on #5!

  7. What great news on saving money on the drugs. It's so awesome that someone is looking out for you. Wishing you the best with this upcoming cycle and good luck with injectables!

  8. Try not to think about IVF just yet...try to focus on this cycle alone...this very well may be THE ONE...I'm hoping & praying for you that it will result in a of luck!

  9. I can totally feel the excitement in you. Good luck then and congrats!

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