I am back, I am scanned, my ovaries are quiet, my lining was thin,my FSH is at 2.3 (2.3?? Must be the zoladex), and I have injected 300mIU of Puregon. Along with all that excitement I've been to the launderette (our basement laundry room is currently being rebuilt due to extreme leakage whenever it rained previously), been to the supermarket in the pouring rain, and made my husband a delicious lunch of cheese and pickle sandwiches with a beefy cup of builder's tea (just what he wanted), myself a watercress and rocket salad with cottage cheese, spring onions and tomatoes, done some work, been to the gym and am awaiting supper (a takeaway curry, H has been pining). Not bad given we only landed back at Heathrow this morning at 705am.
So there you go, that's my news, that's all you came for, right? No, really? Ok, I give in. Yes, we had a lovely holiday, thank you. It had good points and bad points, but all in all it was worth the extortionate amount of money we spent. I've been to this hotel twice before, as a single woman. To be honest, H was a bit nervous that it would all be a bit girly, as it has a reputation for being a place to go and recuperate, with a spa, a focus on healthy mind and a healthy body, and a considerable amount of spiritual therapy as well. In the end H had a great time, doing lots of Thai boxing and throwing himself into punishing workouts in the gym, as well as attending a stretch class every morning and swimming in the afternoon.
He even enjoyed the food, which is all delicious but also designed to be low-fat and low-calorie. To be honest, some of the food is more successful than others. Wheat-free pasta just isn't that nice and why a chef with all the skill of this guy, with all the wonderful Thai flavours he has to hand, even bothers to serve it up for a main course lunch choice once a week is beyond me. Buckwheat pancakes at breakfast, though, are delicious, as were his chocolate sponge cake, and the passion fruit sorbet - some western-type foods do work well in his cooking. Best of all, though, were the more eastern-based dishes, such as the Thai-inspired salads available at lunch, the pad thai, the salmon glazed with red curry, and a miraculous gingered lentil dahl, served with a lid made from naan. The dahl plus naan offered a total of 289 calories (all the food is marked for nutritional content) - I have no idea how he did that, but have asked for the recipe so if I learn anything interesting I will share.
As you know, my back has really been painful over the last year - since I basically started sitting on my butt during IVF#1. The physiologist I saw on day 1 suggested a programme of water fitness and pilates, so I did that along with my daily massage, as well as some sessions in the gym, lots of swimming, and the daily stetch class. They warned me off yoga because of the focus on forward bends, which are very hard for me and could strain the back further. I was relieved to find that I was able to exercise hard despite the Zoladex. I had thought that the fact I got migraines previously on this drug when I got dehydrated would mean that working out hard would have the same effect. It didn't. My guess is that the migraines were more related to lack of sleep than to lack of water, and sleeping was something we did well. I also read lots of books, had some good (ish) nookey, and met some very interesting people.
The consequence of all this exercise plus the healthy eating is that I am MUCH more flexible, although still in some pain (it's going to take more than 2 weeks to cure a lifetime-long back problem), and I am 3 kilos lighter, as well as 2 inches smaller on my waist. My hips, of course, have hung onto most of their fun coating of lard, but I am now only just under 1 dress size larger than when we got married and about 8 pounds heavier. Given I lost about 25 pounds during the year before we got married, and dropped 2 dress sizes, I feel a lot better about where I am now than where I was before we went away - it was so frustrating having shaped up so well and then let it all go to seed again. I had fun trying on clothes when we got back from the clinic this morning, and found I could fit into all but one pair of jeans comfortably, and two suits I haven't been able to wear for a while. There are still a few suits I bought just after the wedding that are too tight, as well as some of the clothes I wore on honeymoon, but this is a bit positive change. I wish I could keep up the losing weight and shaping up, but I feel that trying to work at that through a cycle won't be a terribly good idea. Not to mention there is of course no way I can do that much exercise while working! My aim therefore is to not gain weight or lose any flexibility during this cycle.
The physiologist gave me a pilates-based routine to do every day to continue to build strength and flexibility. The one thing I am slightly nervous of is that I remember various discussions about how strengthening your abs during stims is not really a good idea - anyone kept up a good exercise regime during a cycle and want to comment?
I have lots of ideas of things to write about, but am already getting stressed about work where all hell is breaking loose, just because I've come home. It's like they saved it all up for me, just to welcome me back. Oh how I long for that lottery win.
It will take me a while to catch up with all of you, so please forgive me while I do so.