Smashing a Personal Record

I went out for a leisurely run today, expecting to do about as well as normal. I have my Garmin set in half mile intervals, which means that every half mile it beeps and vibrates, and records how long it took to go that specific half mile, along with the cumulative time. My very best ever recorded mile, while running outside, was 8:23. When I first saw that (at the end of each run it lets you know if you’ve gotten a personal record) I was shocked! How on earth could I have run that  fast over that distance!? When I later looked at the half mile splits on the Garmin Connect website, it let me know that I ran them in 4:12 and 4:10. I was very proud of those times.

So like I said, today I went out for a leisurely run. Well at the first half mile notification, I was at 4:13. I thought to myself that if I could do that again, but just 4 seconds faster, I would get a new personal record. No problem! I was feeling great. So I picked it up a bit. Then I heard it go off for the 1 mile mark. I immediately stopped it because I was way out of breath, and when I looked at it, it had a big fat 3:43 across the screen. I did a mile in 7:57. Uhm, what!?!?!?! The rest of the run was slower of course, but still not bad. So when I went to save the workout on the watch, the personal record medal showed up. It let me know that my new personal mile record was 7:55. Oh my freaking gosh!!! So much for a leisurely run!

Menopause Medication

So as ya’ll know I have a hormonal disorder that affects my ability to get pregnant, which is why we have to go through infertility treatment. I have to take medication to get my ovaries to grow eggs and have several ultrasounds to see what is going on.

Today I had my 3rd ultrasound of this cycle. After my ultrasound on Friday, which had less than stellar results, it was concluded that I should wait 4 days before coming in again. This time there was one follicle that had pulled ahead of the rest and decided to grow. Unfortunately it has decided to grow very slowly. I’m really hoping that means it will be an excellent one!

I got a call this afternoon after my doctor looked over my results and was told that a medication had already been called in for me, and that I should start taking it today. I was out at the time and not totally focused on the call, so I didn’t hear what it was that I was supposed to take. After picking it up at the pharmacy I decided to look up what it was. The first result that showed up let me know that I’m taking a medication typically prescribed for women who are menopausal and want hormone replacement therapy. Oh goody.

I was also told, on the phone call, that I’d be transferred to the appointment lady. And I got to make yet another ultrasound appointment. Lucky me.

The inability to have children is not something I would ever wish upon anyone.

The Waiting Game

By the middle of February I had yet to start a cycle since miscarrying in December. I decided to contact my doctor and see if there was anything we could do about that. I went in for an ultrasound and blood test. Everything looked good, so I was prescribed a medication to induce a period. I was told to give it 3 to 7 days after the last pill. Naturally, it took 6. I would have expected nothing faster! It also happened to fall during our family trip to Disneyland. Luckily I started early enough that I didn’t have to miss any family time due to doctors appointments!

So everything was looking good after another blood test and ultrasound, which meant starting medication to get some follicles growing. I was on the exact same schedule as last time: cycle day one on Wednesday, start medication on Thursday, go in for follow up ultrasound the next Friday. That next Friday was today.

Things weren’t looking too great. The largest follicle was only 9 mm. They usually give the ovulation trigger shot when one of them gets to 20 mm. Because of the slow growth this time around, instead of going back on Monday for another ultrasound, I’ll be going in on Tuesday morning. I’m hoping for good growth!

If all goes well and I get (and stay) pregnant, we’re looking at an early December birth. I’m hoping with all my might that that will be the case!