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FET Update: 12dp5dt: Beta Eve

Hello everyone.  Tomorrow is the day.  Tomorrow I will know whether or not I am pregnant.  Guys, I have no idea what the results will be.  I have had bouts of nausea, but I don't know if that is the medication or an actual baby.  I feel slight tugging sensations, but it could be my imagination.  I feel occasional cramps.  It could be my cycle ready to come.  I have had spotting that could have been implantation bleeding....or it could have been breakthrough bleeding.  I honestly have no idea how this will go.

I've still not tested.  I still haven't had a drop of alcohol.  I've cut out the caffeine.  I have paid attention to all the hormones in my system.  I've been keeping a wide eye on all of this.  I'm excited regardless. 

Let's see what happens!

Prayers are always appreciated.

-K


FET Update: 8dp5dt



Hello everyone.  I just wanted to provide a quick update of how things are going on 8dp5dt.  Today was interesting.  While attending an all day meeting, I went to the bathroom on break and noticed that I was spotting.  It looked as if I was about to start my cycle.  Of course, I panicked as it didn't look like typical implantation bleeding.  I contacted my fertility clinic and nurse, but had to return to my meeting and couldn't answer the follow-up calls.  When I went back in the bathroom 20 minutes later, nothing.

I am hopeful that it was implantation bleeding and that everything is now well and a sign that the baby (or babies) has settled nicely.  There are another 5 days before I know for sure.  I've been super tempted to test, but I certainly won't yet.

That being said....keep praying for a sister.

-K

Medications:  Estradiol 3x a day: 1 mg of PIO, Prenatal vitamin

FET CD19: Transfer Day

What a day.  I am currently resting on the couch with two beautiful embryos resting well within me.  Today was our Frozen Embryo Transfer and it was a wonderful success.  This was our first frozen transfer, but it was vaguely reminiscent of our last IVF w/ICSI transfer.

Rocking my transfer booties

FET Update: CD14-We have our date!


Well guys, things have taken off at a rather rapid pace. After a pretty quiet cycle, I went in on yesterday (CD13) for my lining check and to confirm that 1.) I was at a lining of at least 8mm and 2.) I was ready to progress to progesterone in oil. The blood work and lining came back fine and then I received a call from the nurse practitioner.



Just when we had a bit of breathing room...

Hi everyone.  A few minutes ago I opened my email and was greeted with a message from our fertility financial coordinator.  Remember how yesterday I was so thankful that our meds would cost a lot less than last time?  Well, the joy of less income was short lived.

The journey continues. FET #1 is about to begin.

Photo credit: Shady Grove Fertility
It’s been a while since I’ve shared about our FET journey. That’s because there hasn’t been a lot to share. We were delayed for a number of reasons.  First, the fertility clinic was cautious about proceeding after my trip to Punta Cana where I was once again besieged by demon mosquitoes before I doused in repellent and they didn't want to take the chance on Zika (I completely understood).  Shortly after that, I received a diagnosis of PPD.  {I promise to blog about that one at another time.}

Because you never really beat infertility...

This week has been interesting for sure.  Blame it on work stress or hormones, but I've been really dealing with some unique experiences.  A couple of weeks ago, while celebrating our wedding anniversary, the app alarm went off on my cell phone.  I hadn't thought anything of the alarm tone, but when I checked it, my countenance fell.

The alarm was reminding me that our anniversary weekend just so happened to be my fertile week.  I sat there remembering how I used to email or communicate this information to my husband for years, literal years, as we walked in our infertility journey.  I remembered the day the doctor told my husband and I that the chances of our conceiving a child together without medical intervention would be slim to none.  I remembered all of the tests and false alarms and prayers and hopes only to see single lines on pregnancy tests.

When, we received our BFP with our daughter, I never even took a test.  I was too afraid to see what that would look like in case it was no longer there the next day.  So, I went through the entire pregnancy never having seen double lines on a plastic cartridge.  Now, here was with all of those memories feeling a yearning I thought had escaped me.

5 Lessons the American Figure Skaters' Fall and Aftermath Can Teach You (As colored through my experiences with Infertility and Adoption)

I'm such a lover of Winter Olympics, especially figure skating.  I think it is an amazingly beautiful sport with artistry and athleticism.  I know also that the competitors work extremely hard and put in countless hours.  To be able to showcase all of that time and effort has to be an amazing feeling.  To place high and win a medal as a result of all of your hard work has to be an even better feeling.

That's why Madison Chock and Evan Bates' fall during their ice dancing/skating competition on Tuesday night was so very hard.  The look on Madison's face after the fall was horrible.  The commentator immediately stated that it was such a rare occurrence to see a fall on the ice.  It was as if their fate had already been sealed.

What happened next reminded me that things happen that will sometimes waylay your best laid plans.  How you respond to those things will define your life and your journey.  Here's five nuggets of truth that Tuesday's fall gave to me. (To my #TTC family and #adoption families, this definitely applies).

1.  If you fall, get back up.  Immediately after the fall, both Madison and Evan popped back up and continued their routine.  Later, Madison stated that everyone was looking at them like injured puppies.  She knew the fall was bad and knew the implications of their medal opportunities, but she got back up anyway.  In our adoption and infertility journeys, S. and I have had our share of "falls" whether through the disappointment of a failed match or through the crushing defeats of recurring #BFNs.  Despite those hard times, we picked ourselves up every time no matter how hard, no matter how difficult.  Remind yourself that you need to do the same. The episode will hurt.  It may require tears.  Do that, get yourself together, and then get back up.

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IVF #2 CD 14: Our Retrieval Story

Hello everyone. Like last time, I’m late in this post, but I definitely needed the sleep. Retrieval began yesterday right at 8am. There were quite a few things that were like IVF #1, but some differences too. So, here is the play by play for IVF w/ ICSI #2.

This time, S. and I were out the house on time at 4:45 am. We had no traffic on the way to the RE office and arrived right on time. We went upstairs and found four other couples already seated. We filled out our paperwork and sat down in the lobby until one of the nurses called my name.

We went back in the pre-op area, presented photo IDs, and verified we were who we said we were, and then I was weighed in. I disrobed to change into the hat, booties, and gown that was presented to me. ID bracelets were provided and I was left with S. to pass time before he needed to leave to provide a sample.

Unlike last time, I didn’t have major cramps. I felt a little full, maybe bloated, but not the doubled up cramps I had from last time. I was worried about that. As time wound on, I did feel some twinges and some discomfort, but not the pain of before. S. told me that because I’d gone through it recently my pain threshold was probably higher. Maybe he is right. I heard a first timer in the room adjacent to mine ask if it was normal to be in this much pain and the nurse assured her it was. No biggie.

In a while, I met Joy, my anesthetist for the day. She set up the IV using the veins in my hand, which was a first for me. My preference is definitely for the IV in the arm. It tended to tug less. 

Hand IVs are not fun
While I was getting adjusted to that, S. was finally called to contribute his portion lol.

I have said before that my husband said it is the most professional thing he has ever experienced. He shared some of what was in the room and how it was set up lol. All I could say was “ewww” but marvel at the efficiency.

Shortly after he returned, my nurse Hope (yes, Hope) came in and told me it was time to depart. I gave S. his departing kiss and I went into the room. The first thing the nurse said was how much they loved my socks! (Thanks @hopefulbb2016!). She then said I was in great hands because I was in the room with Hope, Joy, and Love. (Apparently the additional doctor’s name translates to Love!). They had me lie to the edge of the table, place a mask on my face, and I don’t remember anything after that.

Well, scratch that. I remember waking up beside S. and telling him I love him. He couldn’t hear me because I was murmuring and I remember saying it again. S. tells me that I scared him because he did ask me to repeat what I said and I whispered “I love you” and then looked as if I completely passed out. He actually said he thought he was going to have to assist in something until I started softly snoring lol.

I wasn’t in horrible pain when I woke up, but I did need more assistance to walk to the car than last time. I slept the entire time in the car minus once when S. woke me to ask if I wanted him to pick me up IHOP since neither of us had eaten (yes!). He picked it up and I don’t even remember walking in the house. I do remember eating. I also remember going to my bedroom with my heating pad and then I was out!

I didn’t even remember what the nurse said was our number of eggs retrieved. S. told me it was 19! How awesome is that! 

19 eggs retrieved!!  Woohoo!!
I am so happy. I feel really good about this cycle. I really believe good things are going to happen this time. Tonight, I am a bit sorer than I was last retrieval. My little one accidentally grazed my tummy and that hurt a lot. I am also still nauseous and still moving a bit slow.

Other than that, I’m doing pretty well. Stay tuned for our fertilization report!

Now back to Gatorade and Pom juice.

Talk to you soon.

-K

IVF #2 CD 12: T'was the night before retrieval

Hello everyone!

A lot has happened and, while I've been updating on IG, I haven't done the best of jobs updating on this cycle.   So, let me bring you all up to speed.  I posted on IG that my right side follicles were growing like champs, but my left was a bit more sluggish.  That didn't really concern me at first because it has always been a bit more sluggish.  But my right side started breaching 20 mm on Friday and by yesterday (Saturday CD 11), I actually had one trying to nudge 22.  The ultrasound technician actually spoke out loud that she wondered how much further "they would be willing to push it".  My nurse A. happened to be at the weekend monitoring location so after the ultrasound was complete, I went into a separate room with her to discuss trigger information.  I actually left skeptical because my left side still hadn't caught up.  There was one 19 mm on that side.  Everything else was 14-16.

Fast forward to yesterday evening while lounging with S. and the phone rings.  The nurse tells me that I was going to trigger that night at 8PM!  My retrieval has been scheduled for 8AM tomorrow and S. and I have to be there at 6AM.  Wow!  I was NOT expecting that.  I suppose I should have been though.

I am on the same protocol from cycle 1 and I triggered on CD 11 then.  So, I guess it really is history repeating itself.

Tonight, I have developed some sort of stomach bug.  I suspect it is from the burger I ate last night.  It came back immediately after I ate it (TMI).  Today, I was feeling a bit blah, but figured it was just my being tired.  I took a nap after church, had a bit to eat and my antibiotic for tomorrow, and then twenty minutes later I'm in the bathroom.

Ugh.  I am hoping it will run its course tonight.  I can't take anything after midnight and I am rapidly approaching midnight.

Here's praying tonight will calm my belly and that tomorrow will be okay.

Have a great evening.

-K


IVF #2 CD8: Daily Monitoring

Hello.  Today is CD 8, Stims Day 6.  I went for my blood work and ultrasound this morning and discovered that my follicles have been busy trying to grow.  My estrogen count is 1,443.  I have 12 measurable follicles.  My right side is continuing to overachieve with seven follies.  My left side is chugging right along with five.  At the moment, I'm looking like this...

Left Follicles                                                     Right Follicles
  1. 14.6                                                          1. 15.9
  2. 11.8                                                          2. 15.9
  3.   9.0                                                          3. 15.8
  4. 10.7                                                          4. 11.4
  5.   9.5                                                          5. 15.1 
  6. ----                                                            6. 11.4
  7. ----                                                            7. 11.1     
   The sonographer told me I would be in daily monitoring from now until transfer unless something changes.  I already made my appointments.  Things appear to be progressing along.  My back is starting to kick my butt and my level of fatigue is also rising.  I'm about to start inhaling the Gatorade again because these headaches have been returning and there is nothing fun about them.  There is also the nastiest nausea that I have ever felt.  Considering how there has been a stomach virus going around, I'm not too sure of what this is.

Stims Day 6     
  • Gonal-F 112.50 ius
  • Menopur 150.00 ius
Stims Day 6 Symptoms/Side Effects
  • Bloated
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Hot Flashes
Stims Day 6 New Developments
  • Daily Appointments starting CD9 ( 1 Dec 16)
Next Appointment
  • Bloodwork and Ultrasound-IVF CD9
                           
I'll check in tomorrow.

-K

IVF #2 CD7: Tired!

Hi everyone!

Today was the introduction of Cetrotide.  So, I woke up this morning, tried to get everyone out and on time, and then realized I was about to walk out without my morning dosage.  So, I managed to pull everything out of the fridge, and without numbing myself with ice, took my needle.  Ugh.  It's a good thing I was in such a hurry this morning.  I didn't have time to focus on the HURT!!!  UGH!

It wasn't until I was halfway home this PM when I realized that tonight I'll be taking three shots before I lay head to pillow....and I'm already exhausted.

Tonight, I'll be taking Gonal-F and Menopur (double dose).  So how do I feel?

Well, honestly, I'm sleepy.  I am so tired, so fatigued.  I feel exhausted and I would like nothing more than to take a nap.  I remember taking my last shots at 7:30 because it worked well with our schedule. Because my schedule altered this cycle, I'm taking the meds at 9:15.  I wish I could take them earlier now.  I really want a nap.

Other than that, I'm great.  Not much cramping today, so I'm not even sure everything is working today.  But I assume so.

Let's pull today's stats and see what tomorrow's bloodwork and ultrasound bring us.

I'll talk to you later.

-K

Stims Day 5
  • Gonal-F  112.50 ius
  • Menopur 150.00 ius
Stims Day 5 Symptoms/Side Effects
  • Bloated
  • TIRED
Stims Day 5 New Developments
  •   Cetrotide to be added 29 Nov AM
Next Appointment
  • Bloodwork and Ultrasound-IVF CD8, Stims Day 6

IVF #2, CD 6: New Cycle, New Symptoms, New Adjustments, and New Players

So, today is CD6, Stims Day 4. And apparently my body is just itching to overachieve. I went to my BW & US appointment this morning to see if any of my follies are starting to progress. The sonographer said she counted 13 on my right and 10 on my left! 


BUT...don’t get too excited. Only four of those thirteen are measurable right now. I have one 9.9 cm follicle on my left side. My right side, which loves to overachieve, currently has 11.5, 10.6, and 10.3. Looks like we’re trying to hit that 18mm mark sooner than later J. My lining measured at 5.3 and I’m all about making that as healthy and thick and beautiful as possible if it means providing a nurturing place for our baby(ies). I am all positive for this cycle.

If you have followed the blog for a while, then you know last cycle, my estrogen count on stims day 4 was 724. That was MUCH higher than they wanted it to be and they adjusted the amount of medication I took. Well, this time, I’m performing a bit better at 588, but still higher than the RE likes on stims day 4. So, I’ve been adjusted again.

Tonight, I will adjust my Gonal-F by 37.5 ius. I’m only taking 112.5 ius. The Menopur will remain the same dosage tonight BUT tomorrow a new friend joins the party….CETROTIDE!

(Okay, for all the nerdy people like me, I totally heard the ominous echo and had a vision of a Cetrotide transformer showing up. I love my imagination).

Anywho, I start one vial of Cetrotide tomorrow AM. Now, what is tremendously awesome is comparing my first cycle to this one and seeing the similarities. Like my last Stims Day 4, I am starting to develop a headache. I had a nasty one hit me almost immediately after taking my Gonal-F/Menopur cocktail last night. It went away but today, about 1400 (2pm), I started having one live behind my eye. It almost feels like a migraine but isn’t. Also, returning to the party, just like last time is the bloat. I guess the follies really are trying to grow. I certainly won’t complain!

Nurse A. just called and confirmed all of my meds and scheduling. I return to the office on Stims Day 6, IVF CD 8, and we’ll see what happens then. Here is today’s breakdown and I hope you find it helpful.

Stims Day 4
  • Gonal-F 112.50 ius
  • Menopur 75.00 ius
Stims Day 4 Symptoms/Side Effects
  • Headache behind right eye
  • Felt first “tugging” of ovaries. Never knew what my #ttcsisters were talking about until I felt it
  • Short stabby prick in right ovaries
  • Bloated
Stims Day 4 New Developments
  •  Estrogen count is 588
  •  Gonal-F reduced by 37.5 ius
  •  Cetrotide to be added 29 Nov AM
Next Appointment
  • Bloodwork and Ultrasound-IVF CD8, Stims Day 6

I will update you tomorrow!

-K

IVF #2 CD 4: IVF #2 has officially begun (Stims Day 2)



Hello everyone!  Happy belated Thanksgiving.  I should have written a couple of days ago, but it has been so busy in my household that it was next to impossible to do so.  I have my IVF #2 Baseline blood work and ultrasound on 22 November.  Everything was quiet and "beautiful" per the sonographer and I left with my new medication calendar and follow-up appointment scheduled.

While at the RE's office, I met a young woman who was just starting her IVF journey and she and I were sharing experiences as her husband has male factor infertility numbers similar to S.  The young woman seemed appreciative of the fact that I was willing to talk to her and it reminded me of our IG community.  It's nice to have people who understand and can relate to what we're walking through.  I told her she was more than welcome to talk to me about it in the future as well.

Fast forward past the 30+ people in our home and the controlled chaos of the Thanksgiving holiday (not to mention the gratitude of God) and yesterday found me at the start of ovary stimulation.  The first dosage was a bit tricky logistics wise because I had to excuse myself from all of our guests to take the dosage.  I also had a couple of changes from our first IVF cycle.

And so it begins...
Last cycle I was started on 225 iu of Gonal-F and 75 iu of Menopur.  I responded much quicker than expected and the RE ended up reducing my Gonal-F to lower my risk of OHSS.  (My estrogen numbers were high!). This cycle, I have been started on 150 iu of Gonal-F and 75 iu on Menopur.
I'm interested in seeing how my body will respond though I have to admit I have already felt ovary twinges and I'm familiar enough with them by now that I know it's not my mind playing tricks on me.

Here's my breakdown for the Stims Day 1:

Stims Day 1
  • Gonal-F    150 iu
  • Menopur     75 iu
Stims Day 1 Symptoms
  • Definite recognizable twinges in my ovaries, particularly right side
Stims Day 1 Developments
  • N/A
Next Appointment(s)
  • IVF CD6:  Bloodwork (Monday, 28 Nov 2016)

I'll see if I can post again tonight with an update on stims posting today.

I love our community

I've said it more than once.  Our #TTC community is amazing!  I've had more support in my virtual family than I could have ever imagined.  But this latest episode?  Oh my am I overwhelmed.

There was no way S. and I could afford another $4K in meds.  I told S. that I was going to contact the #TTC community on IG for assistance.  My honey was skeptical.  I told him it couldn't hurt to try and we'd be no worse off than when we first started.

So, I put out the call for Menopur, Cetrotide, and Gonal-F pens.  Several ladies contacted me.  We were able to connect and discuss what was needed.  Some ladies just contacted to let me know they were sharing my request with others.  Two ladies in particular became saving angels.

In the past four days, I have received all of the items requested plus some beautiful notes of encouragement and #TTC goodies.  I've also shared some laughs and encouraging words behind the DM screen.  I tell you I am humbled.

This community really is amazing.  I don't have enough thank yous in me because there are simply not enough to show the gratitude I have for you all.  This journey is hard.  It's especially hard because S. and I are in this solo.  With the exception of one girlfriend who has successfully walked through this journey herself and one #TTC supporter who successfully delivered her own healthy bundles, no one knows we are having these issues.  Even the supporters don't hear from me often.  It gets frustrating.

Every day I log on to my phone or computer and I see messages of encouragement from #TTCsisters worldwide to each other.  I see you all mourn when a baby receives angel wings.  I see you celebrate when a baby is born.  I see excitement when a #BFP is announced.  I see fierce Mama Bear protectiveness when someone comes insensitively to another sister or brother (I see you all out there and love you too!) walking this journey.  I also see the shared devastation  and support when a #BFN is shared.

If our entire world could embrace the support and love that is found in this community, it would be a powerful thing.  I thank you for that.

I plan to edit this post to include pictures of the meds received and the gifts attached.  I think it is important to see that there are still wonderful people in this world.  S. and I still needed to make some additional purchases, but no where near $4K and that is a HUGE blessing.

Thank you very much and may God Himself cover you with His love and blessings.  My husband and I thank you.

-K

IVF CD14: Musings--What I didn't know about Stims

Hello!  While, we're waiting on additional information about our eggs, I thought I'd share a couple of things I've learned for myself in this journey.  I will do one for STIMS and one for the actual egg retrieval. Hope you enjoy!

IVF CD13: Retrieval Day (long version)

Good evening.  I apologize for not writing or checking in earlier.  I'm a bit tired still, but RETRIEVAL IS DONE!!


I thought I've give my boring play by play for those who may be interested.  I hope this information helps someone.  As a disclaimer and a reminder, I am not a doctor nor nurse.  I might get a term incorrect, but I'll try my best to remain accurate to my experience.  Also, your experience may be different from mine depending on fertility clinic, protocol, etc.  Happy reading.

This morning S. and I were to leave the house at 0645 for our 0830 arrival and 1000 procedure.  We were running slightly behind, but fortunate to be on the road by 0653.  The procedure center is an hour and some change on a good day, but with our notoriously awful rush hour, that could switch up badly Thankfully, the first leg of our trip was uneventful (the Interstate moved pretty quick), however the second part not so much.  We called the center and were ten minutes late, but the receptionist told us not to worry and that was a relief.

Side-note:  Now, I've told you all that I've had mild cramping all week.  Nothing major, kind of like menstrual cramps, but not a big deal.  Ladies, oh my!  This morning, I was cramping and in such pain that I could barely walk straight.  I actually had to stop and breathe through those jokers.  It was progressively worse by the time I walked from the car to the main lobby to the pre-op area.  It should be noted I get bad ovulation cramps anyway.  Really bad ones.  I can always tell which side is ovulating because the cramping is real.  This time my right side (which has been the most active) was kicking my butt, but there was an equal dull ache on the other side.  NONE of this was felt yesterday beyond minor twinges/cramps.

We walked to the lobby area, presented our photo IDs, and the reason and time for our appointment. The receptionist was very pleasant and told us we were checked in and to have a seat.  About five minutes later, our nurse H. greeted us, verified our info, and walked us back to the pre-op area.  I was asked to jump on the scale for weight.  ( Four pounds are sitting there that were not there last week. I'm blaming the bloat!) I was then invited to void if I needed to (as many times as I needed to), strip to the hospital gown with only bra and socks on, given the hair and sock covers, and told to get into the bed until vitals could be run.  An identification bracelet was placed on my arm with my name and info for the day.  Fever and blood pressure were run thereafter.

S. was escorted to the donor area to do his part of the retrieval.  I really have to get him to write his experience.  LOL.  He said the donor area was the most professional thing he has ever seen in his life. LOL.  While he was gone, a new nurse came and introduced herself, verified my information, and went over the procedure, the post-procedure, consents, and verification of information.

Post-retrieval instructions
So, there are two types of triggers for this procedure--Lupron or HCG.  Because my estrogen counts have been so blessed high and the RE and staff are trying to keep me from overstimulating, I triggered with Lupron.  The nurse explained to me that when I went in I may or may not receive an HCG shot in my arm.  It would depend on my levels and the directions received from the doctor.  She wanted me to be aware so if I woke up with a new bandage, I'd know what had happened.  I asked the nurse if my cramping so badly were normal and she said it was.  She informed me that when I was done I would need to inhale Gatorade even more so than water with my levels.  If I'm doing 64 oz of hydration a day, 40 oz. need to be Gatorade or some type of electrolyte.  She also told me to up my protein A LOT.

Soon after, S. returned to the room just in time for the anesthesiologist to arrive.  I loved him.  I mean he was one of the highlights of the day.  Funny and quick.  He verified my information, explained what he was going to do, saw my bruised arm and the tape burn, informed me he would have to use the same site, but it wouldn't hurt (and it didn't--the guy is good), and then had me all set up for my IV.  It didn't take him anytime at all.  He told me he would see me in the room in about fifteen minutes and he went to set up.

Meanwhile S. is doing an awesome job of rubbing my belly and holding my hands through these nasty cramps.  We decided it was time to pray before the nurse came back to get me, and pray we did. I love my husband.  There is something wonderful about having someone love you so much that their prayers sound like a love letter for your soul.  Anyway, a few minutes later, the nurse who took my vitals arrived and escorted me to the bathroom for one more void.  We then went by my area to say my goodbye and love you to S. and the nurse led me to the room.

Once inside, the anesthesiologist was in place and introduced me to the embryologist who verified my information and the name of my husband and left the room, I assume to get the sample.  The nurse verified my information once again and then asked me to sit bare bottom on the covered table.

I heard the anesthesiologist give the time.  I thought he said 20-25 and I turned to ask if he was referring to egg count.  He laughed, so no, just giving the time, and the nurse asked me to move up just a bit, and then I was out. (That stuff is GOOD).

I woke up back in the recovery area with the nurse beside me but no S.  He'd gone to the pharmacy to downstairs to collect my prescription for pain meds. (The nurses had sent him to do to keep me from having to wait on the way out). I felt a dull cramp that bothered me when I moved.  The nurse saw the discomfort and asked if I wanted my IV med for pain.  We agreed on half the dosage and that helped quickly.  S. arrived from downstairs, asked how I felt, and I told him I thought the nurse told me we'd had 9 eggs.  S. told me I must have been groggy and asked the nurse again in my presence and found out we have 12!  Yay!
Whoohoo!  12 eggs!

We checked out shortly thereafter complete with menstrual pad and heating pads and stopped for something to eat. As soon as we were back in the car, I fought with nausea from potholes.  I came home and chugged Gatorade.  To the young lady I told that it didn't work for me...LIES.  I felt so much better.  I used the heat pad given to me at the center and lay down for a very long nap..interrupted by the need to frequently pee, but I did keep chugging Gatorade.

When I woke up this PM, I felt much better. A bit slow and still crampy, but not enough that I have used the pain meds.  I've eaten protein, taken my post-up Estradol and will start Endometrin tomorrow.  I'll work a half day tomorrow and will get back to you all with updates as soon as I can.

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope I didn't bore you.  Tomorrow, I'll post some things I didn't know, but for those who are coming up on retrieval, the immediate.

1.  Be prepared for the possibility of major cramps on retrieval day.
2.  Make sure you have your Gatorade ready.  It really does help.
3.  You will be given a pad to wear home.  There will be spotting.  It will not be lots.
4.  Rest.  I slept for about four hours and my body appreciated it.  I also took it slow because getting up and laying down HURT.
5.  Let your lovie spoil you.  It was nice to have S. beside me and making me feel super special.
6. Try to relax.  It's out of your hands.  Whatever happens, will happen.  You've done your part.

Have a great evening!
-K

IVF CD11: I'm triggering today!

Hi everyone.

I woke up this morning and made an early morning trek to the weekend monitoring location.  The sonographer told me that she was fairly certain I wouldn't be seeing her again. She said my follicles were beautiful, uterus looked perfect, and I looked ready to go.

Great news and I went on to church not even thinking about it any more.  I enjoyed a good service even though the church didn't have power after an area outage, came home and did some follow-up bible discussion with S.  Incidentally, it is such a wonderful thing to have a husband loves God as much as mine does.  We spent a few minutes discussing topical questions and scriptures from today's sermon.  My father-in-love is a reverend and taught his children the Word of God very well.  When I need help with interpretation or just want to discuss the Word, I know I can count on S.

Anyway, right after we'd finished the last conversation and had turned on the DVR for Sunday football, the phone rang and, per the ID, I knew it was our fertility center.  She told me my estrogen count is 4528.  My lining is 13 today.  I also have 13 measurable follicles with the largest being 22.4 mm.  I trigger tonight at 10:00pm.  I'm usually in the bed or going to be about that time, but trust and believe this is one appointment I will not miss :)

I'm fortunate that my trigger is subcutaneous, which means I can just slip it in the skin under my belly like my other shots.  I go to the doctor for blood work tomorrow at 7:45 a.m.  I take my zithromax with dinner tomorrow and then show up Tuesday at 8:30.  I am so excited and so nervous.

But I'm ready!  I'm also stopping on the way home for pineapple.  Got to get this core!

I will talk to you all soon.

-K


Stims Day 10

  • Lupron Trigger (To be taken at 10PM)

Stims Day 10 Symptoms
  • Crampy on the right ovary side
  • Sorest nipples in ages!  I haven't felt nipples this sore since I was pregnant with my first.  I don't know where they came from, but go away!
  • Not as frisky as yesterday, but my S. looks so handsome and amazing to me today.
  • Hot flash.  This is new.  Every one else in the house is comfortable.  I feel like I'm in a sauna.  What in the world?!

Stims Day 10 Developments

  • I get to trigger tonight!

Next Appointment(s)

  •  IVF CD12:  Bloodwork (Monday, 10 Oct)
  •  IVF CD13:  Retrieval (Tuesday, 11 Oct)

IVF CD8 and CD9: Tired and Trigger?


Bringing you up to speed..

Hi everyone.

I'm so very sorry for not posting yesterday.  All of the early morning blood draws and appointments finally caught up with me and I was exhausted.  That didn't mean I got to rest, quite the opposite actually since S. and I had company last night which put me to bed at 11PM.  Combine that with my alma mater's game on ESPNU and yep...I was done.

So let me bring you up to speed.  Yesterday's estrogen level was 2025.  I had 17 follies, up three from the 14 the day before.  There were a couple very close to the magic 18mm, but not quite.  My dosage was maintained at 150 ius of both Menopur and Gonal-F, and the Cetrotide this morning at 25 ius.  I had an interesting development yesterday when my left arm decided it wasn't going to play anymore.  I developed a small bruise and irritation from the bandage and the arm generally wasn't interested in producing blood.  However, it's sibling would not produce even the hint of a vein, so after some coaxing, the left arm remained my go to.

Stims Day 8
  • Gonal F- 150 iu
  • Menopur- 150 iu
  • Cetrotide- 25iu (1 vial)

Stims Day 8 Side Effects/Symptoms
  • Cramping in my abdomen
  • Moody (I cried at every article I read yesterday)
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Bruising on the arm and leg
  • Feeling "frisky"
Stims Day 8 New Developments
  • Estrogen levels have increased to 2025


Next Appointment
  • Blood work and Ultrasound-IVF CD9

This morning was CD 9.  I woke up early and made sure to take the Cetrotide.  It's much easier now that I have had a couple of days to get the hang of it.  No new side effects that I could tell.  I went to my appointment and was expecting a small growth, nothing major.  Boy was I shocked.

Not my ovaries.  Not my follicles.  Example via: Google Search
Several of my steadily growing follicles had decided overnight to touch the magic number of 18mm.  Two left ovary follicles and three right ovary follicles.  There are three other right side follicles that are at least 15.2.  This was the number the slower ones were yesterday, so I think these will grow as well.

When the sonographer saw my follicle numbers, she told me that she believed I would be possibly trigger tonight and that she wouldn't see me again.  That shocked me.  I was not expecting to hear that at all.

My awesome nurse A. met me in the patient room with a trigger instruction packet and just-in-case instructions.  She told me that the doctor would need to review my estrogen count today before determining whether I would trigger, but that if I did not trigger tonight, it would be a given that I would on tomorrow.

A few hours ago, I received my phone call.  No trigger tonight.  So, we are pretty sure that we're going to do so tomorrow.  I'll keep you updated.  We're getting close and man, I'm getting nervous!!

Stims Day 9
  • Gonal F- 187 iu
  • Menopur- 150 iu
  • Cetrotide- 25iu (1 vial)

Stims Day 9 Side Effects/Symptoms
  • On and off again cramping in my abdomen
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue (took a two hour nap today and would have lasted longer if not for duties)
  • Feeling "frisky"

Stims Day 9 New Developments
  • Trigger shot looming
  • A prescription will be ordered tomorrow for Progesterone in Oil (PIO)


Next Appointment
  • Tentatively IVF CD10

IVF CD7: Getting close and I want a nap

Hello everyone.

Exhausted tonight...

I'm kind of tired tonight, so I'm not planning a long post.  Just some of the basics.  This morning's appointment was at 7AM.  I had 14 measurable follicles this morning. Right side:  10.0, 13.9, 16.3, 10.9, 9.8, 10.4, and 14.5. Left side is 12.9, 13.8, 15.2, 12.8, 10.4, 10.7, and 12.3.

The sonographer stated she wouldn't be surprised if we trigger this weekend for a retrieval on Monday or Tuesday.  We'll see.  I'm a bit nervous, but I just have faith that everything is going to work out however it is supposed to.

I have been getting a bit more uncomfortable.  Not terribly, but if I sit for a while my back hurts and I find myself feeling cramping.  It has been hitting pretty consistently about 2 PM and 5PM respectively.  So has the desire to sleep.

Want to know what else hits?  The friskiness.  I would LOVE to baby dance with S., but I am way too sore and bloated to even think about it, plus it would have to be protected so we don't risk ruining the IVF.  No need to risk that.

In other news, I need a nap desperately.  Between all day meetings and early morning blood draws, I'm looking forward to some downtime to sleep just for a little while.

Here's today's breakdown.  I'll keep you posted and check in with you later.

Stims Day 6
  • Gonal F- 150 iu
  • Menopur- 150 iu
  • Cetrotide- 25iu (1 vial)

Stims Day 6 Side Effects/Symptoms
  • Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables (or estrogen)
  • Cramping in my abdomen and back
  • Mood swings
  • Medium Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Bruising on the arm and leg

Stims Day 6 New Developments
  • Estrogen levels have increased to 1,225 (increased by 100)
  • Gonal F injections increased by 37.5 iu
  • Cetrotide now taken in the AM.


Next Appointment
  • Blood work and Ultrasound-IVF CD8