Tomorrow will mark one full week on the lupron injections, prenatal vitamins, and baby aspirin.
I wrote a little about the side effects I have been experiencing, but every day is a little bit different. Today, for instance, I woke up after having had a very restful sleep. I have no residual headache, though it had been hanging on in a very weak form for most of the week. I did have a bit of a hot flash, but that could be more from my pile of blankets than anything else. I fell asleep starving last night, and I woke up not feeling hungry at all.
Insomnia, Headaches, fatigue, hunger, and hot flashes are all potential side effects of lupron. I have experienced all of these to some extent this past week. None of them have been more than a slight annoyance, so there is still nothing too bad to deal with. Those things are temporary and such a small piece of what I am trying to accomplish here.
The strongest side effect is excitement of the journey I am now a part of. The date isn't set yet, but to know that in three short weeks I may become pregnant for my IPs is just so unbelievable. I haven't quite wrapped my head around it yet. I use the word honored a lot when I describe the relationship between a surrogate and her IPs. That's because it truly is an honor to have someone accept you to carry their child- to many mothers, or hopeful mothers, the most precious thing they have. It takes a lot of trust, and in this scenario it takes a lot of effort.
Because of this, I don't even miss my sushi, soda, deli meat. I have no desire to put those things in my stomach because I know that doing so could potentially lower the chances of a good transfer, and could hinder the baby's development. It's funny how your mind changes when circumstances change. Another example of this is that I generally hate taking medicine of any sort. The only time I ever take pain killers is if I have a headache that is bad enough to stop me from being able to work or care for my girls. I now have a whole tin full of medications and a calendar event on my phone that pops up every morning and night to remind me to take all of the stuff. I have not missed any of my medications- not once. This process is such a big part of my life right now, and the amount of time and money invested- even though it isn't my own- is too much to let something mess it up like a missed birth control pill or thyroid medication. In short, I'm like an actual adult doing what needs to be done.
I am just so excited to get to be a surrogate, and can't wait until I can put that x1 after my name. (on the message boards, surro x1 means I have had one successful surrogacy journey)
If you have comments, questions, or anything, don't hesitate to hit the comment button below and talk to me. :)