Are you ready for this? We found out two weeks ago that our second IUI was unsuccessful. During that two-week time period, I have developed not one, but THREE additional medical “issues”:
1. A cyst – I was expecting this because it happened after the last IUI cycle as well. I didn’t have any unbearable pain to deal with, but just general abdominal discomfort and back pain for a couple of days. I haven’t had any issues in over a week, however, so I’m hoping it/they are long gone and will not present any issues once it’s time to get everything started for IVF!
2. A urinary tract infection – This is the FOURTH one I have had since going off of birth control 2.5 years ago, prior to which I had never had a single one. Again, I can’t be all that surprised because hormone changes can cause you to be “predisposed” to getting a UTI, but it still feels like adding insult to injury. Actually, no, insult to injury is the fact that the antibiotic they prescribed me made me want to vomit for 3 days straight.
And now for my personal favorite:
3. Hand, foot, and mouth disease – No, I am not making this up. And no, it is not the same as hoof and mouth disease. The weekend before last, I interacted with a total of 9 children under the age of 7. About 3 days later, I developed a headache, fever/chills, general flu-like achiness, and a sore throat. This was all taking place at the same time that I was dealing with the cyst, so I (wrongly) assumed it must have ruptured or was in some other way upsetting my system.
All of the symptoms disappeared after 2 days, just in time for me to notice a strange rash on my hands and feet. I very rationally declared to Brian that I had contracted the West Nile virus (although at this point, would you have been surprised?) and spent the better part of the weekend trying to get google to tell me what my problem was.
At some point I stumbled upon a description of hand, foot, and mouth disease, and my symptoms fit the bill perfectly, from the weird bumps to the sore throat and everything in between. What did not fit the bill perfectly, however, is the fact that THIS VIRUS TYPICALLY AFFECTS BABIES and it is apparently “very rare” for adults to catch it. Apparently my body’s immune system is just as useless as my reproductive system.
Honestly, I’m not sure why anything surprises me anymore, but thankfully, I have gotten better at rolling with the punches instead of crying on the floor and asking Brian why God hates me so much. (I don’t mean it.) (But sometimes I sort of do.)
We are hoping and praying that all setbacks are behind us and that we’ll have smooth sailing from now until approximately 10 months from now when we give birth to the most perfect baby/babies that ever lived. Otherwise I think I might just change my name to “Job” and call it a day!
PS- If you have the swine flu or SARS or something, please stay away from me. Thanks.