Once again we're in a bit of a waiting period. After the total failure of the "bean diet" recommended by our doctor, we decided to try another round of IUI (Insemination) before we jumping straight into IVF. Since I've been off of my Relafen since mid February, our doctor is hoping that my eggs have "softened" enough that our chances of a successful IUI may have gone up. So now we just wait until my next period and then the fun begins. More ultrasounds and hormone injections...but I'm actually looking forward to the hormone injections this time. I'm still completely worn out, dealing with hot flashes, mood swings, etc., all signs of low estrogen levels...so bring on the hormones!
The last couple weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster with my JRA. I feel pretty good one day, miserable the next. I feel like the longer I'm off of my birth control or hormone injections, the more my JRA seems to effect me. Plus the fact that I'm only taking 2.5 mg of Prednisone doesn't help. It's mostly effecting my wrists, knees and ankles making it hard to lift or even stand for very long. Thankfully my husband has continued to step in and take care of the daily tasks that feel completely overwhelming these days. My husband and I have started walking for about 15 minutes every night and it's helped curb the pain and made my legs feel a little stronger, but I still have my bad days from time to time. Hopefully sometime in the near future I'll be able to look back on all of this and feel like it was totally worth it. Until then, we'll just keep trying and waiting.
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