Humira starts tomorrow…

6 12 2012

I’m doing fine… I must have misunderstood Dr. B but I will not be on neupogen after all.  He said he doesn’t know why I couldn’t be on it with the IVIg/Humira, but he doesn’t want to play polypharmacy with me.  (I am still a big believer in throwing everything at the problem from the get-go, but I accept his choice… for now!)  So I start Humira on Friday– one shot, wait two weeks, another shot, wait three weeks, get my $450 Reprosource bloodwork done again and see if it worked.  If it didn’t, then another series of two shots/five weeks.  If it did, then IVIg by IV infusion, 14 days before transfer. 

As for side effects, the website says: Common side effects of HUMIRA include injection site reactions (redness, rash, swelling, itching, or bruising), upper respiratory infections (sinus infections), headaches, rash, and nausea.  Also,

  • Serious infections have happened in people taking HUMIRA. These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infections. Your doctor should test you for TB before starting HUMIRA, and check you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with HUMIRA. If your doctor feels you are at risk, you may be treated with medicine for TB.
  • Cancer. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including HUMIRA, the chance of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. There have been cases of unusual cancers in children, teenagers, and young adults using TNF blockers. Some people have developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. This type of cancer often results in death. If using TNF blockers including HUMIRA, your chance of getting two types of skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell) may increase. These types are generally not life-threatening if treated; tell your doctor if you have a bump or open sore that doesn’t heal.
 
Sounds like fun, right?  Ahh, the things we’ll do to have children!
 
IVIg is supposed to make you feel like you have the flu while you get the infusion, and maybe for a day or two afterwards, but if you’re well hydrated you can avoid that to some extent.
 
I don’t know how long it will take to get me ready for a FET, I know there’s estrogen and other hormones I’ll be taking, and my linings weren’t the best the last two cycles (only like 7.3mm on trigger day, should be over 9) but Dr Braverman has a plan to improve the lining when we get there, so I’ll just flow with the go.  I have SUCH high TNF and IFN numbers (cytokines that indicate inflammation– stands for tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interferon-gamma) that I will not be surprised it takes more than one series of Humira.  In fact the last time we talked about it the doctor asked me if I would be willing to have a surrogate carry the baby!  (Uh, without any sisters, and without $60k to pay a surro, the answer was “no.”)  So I think he sees me as an uphill battle, too.
 
We go to Dallas this weekend, because my crown fell out while I was eating lunch on Tuesday and my brother in law is a dentist.  I had a local guy temporarily cement it back in place, but we’ll get a new one made (there was a small leak on one side, and though there’s no decay now, that’s not a good situation.)  My husband was going on a hunting trip with his college roommate this weekend, but DH is NOT a hunter, and wasn’t enthused about it especially with the warm weather we’ve been having.  Plus it’s a two-person deer blind, and his roomie is bringing his sons too… so sounded like my dental emergency was a blessing in disguise for DH.
 
Then the next weekend is our Christmas party/open house at our house… eggnog! champagne punch! lots of cookies I can’t eat!  And shortly thereafter we head for Virginia.  For the holidays, my husband and I alternate years with his family and mine.  This year, we’re going to Virginia to be with my side of the relations– we’ll spend 3 days in Washington DC for our own mini vacation, touring the museums especially the Smithsonian and staying in a friend’s condo while they’re away with their girlfriend… then 4 days with aunt/uncle/cousins in Norfolk, including Christmas dinner, then 4 days on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with people who are like second parents to me (they babysat me when I was in preschool with their sons, who are like brothers to me),  We’ll get back in Austin for New Year’s. 
 
How about you? 
Advertisements

Actions

Information

4 responses

6 12 2012
hopefulandhungry

Happy Holidays Georgette! I hope everything goes smoothly for you, I’m thinking of you. 🙂

18 12 2012
iamstacey

Stopping by from here in Austin to say hi! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and the Humira adjustment is going just fine.
I was wondering, what RE are you seeing in Austin? I’ve been seeing Dr. Silverberg at the Texas Fertility Center. He was firmly opposed to most immune testing.
daisy6671@aol.com

24 12 2012
iamstacey

I’m an idiot – I realize you were referring to your out-of-town doc with the IgG. I thought for a minute you might’ve found someone here in town! Sorry!

26 12 2012
Georgette

psh, no worries 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




ourlastembryo's Blog

Endometriosis & Infertility. The road to overcoming invisible illnesses

The Jiu-Jitsu Vortex

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: More Gravitational Pull than a Black Hole

Everyday Mom Style

Fashion and Style Advice for Everyday Moms

WishfulBabybump

My IF Journey to MOTHERHOOD!

ReproRenegade

one woman's quest to repossess her fertility

Conceivable Solutions

Reproductive Immunology and Infertility Consultant

Bring on the Babies...

Adventures in Infertility and Reproductive Immunology

conceptionchronicles

Read my journey through infertility over the last 8 years...

2 Lovebirds + 1 More, Please?

All About IVF with PGS and Reproductive Immunology

My Preconceived Life

trying to add another person to the planet

Adventures in Infertility and Reproductive Immunology

Hyperbole and a Half

Adventures in Infertility and Reproductive Immunology

Two Good Eggs

Two cracked eggs find the sunnyside (and funny side) of trying to conceive

INFERTILIT-HE

Adventures in Infertility and Reproductive Immunology

hopefulandhungry

The road to conceiving a baby....enjoying food and life along the way

Scrambled Eggs

using science to make a baby

Journey To the Finish Line

PR's, toddlers, hopes and dreams; I'm always running after something

The Knocked-Up Hopeful

Trials In Getting Knocked-Up

Kit and Kabooble

A travelogue through the world of breast cancer

Baby Steps to Balance

Finding a healthy balance on the road to baby

Idiotic Infertility

My Diminished Ovaries and Me

These Rotten Eggs

An Infertility Journey

Immotileturtle's Blog

Just another infertile rocking in a fertile world

Why Can't We Do This The Easy Way?

Our journey through the boggy waters of surrogacy

Thought Provoking Moments

He & Me Plus 3: Life With Triplets Un-wrapped

ladyblogalot.com

Okay, so, it’s not like I think everything I say and do is so damn awesome that everyone should know about it. In a blog. It’s just that as if being blind, and a vegetarian, with anxiety/OCD, and having the ability to accidentally break almost anything, and not liking chocolate, would be enough. But no. I also have to have IVF. Could I be any more minority? So it’s like god is playing one big joke on me… and I am not going down without a fight. In fact, God, I’m going to tell your mum on you. Well I would if my knowledge of religion was good enough for me to figure out who your mum is. Eve? Is it Eve? Well, Eve, this is what your son has been up to, and God, I just got you grounded pretty much forever. In your face, God. Ha.

The Quest to be a Mom

Adventures in Infertility and Reproductive Immunology

%d bloggers like this: