Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Second Time Around Part I

September 13, 2012

   The title of this post comes from a song that I used to dance to and sing, way back was I was a little girl in 1979 and 1980. I remember the song, because it was good music, but also because the words have been extremely apropos for me, during many of life's experiences. And the words came rushing back, again, when I started this 2nd round of IVF.

     This round has been COMPLETELY different than round #1. Not that I thought the first round was gonna end up to be the bust that it turned out to be. It started off very positively. I had good growth at each u/s visit and my E2 rose appropriately. By the end of the stim cycle, I had a good 12 or 13 follies. But then, I jacked up my trigger shot by simply forgetting to screw on the syringe tightly. So, I was helpless as 90% of my Pregnyl rolled down my backside, and my husband kept right on going..even though he could see what was happening, and I couldn't. Though, in all fairness, I could feel it, but it was 3am, and I wasn't sure what exactly was happening. I did call my nurse right away and tell her about the mishap. I did go into the office at daybreak. But they assured me that HGC was present in my bloodwork. They felt that everything would be fine.

     It wasn't. The day of retrieval, they got 3 eggs. All of which were immature. The next day, one matured. The next day, it fertilized. The following day, we transferred a four-cell embryo back into my uterus. Nine days later, I started my period.

     This time, my body responded to stims crazily. By my day 5 u/s, I had a follicle at 15. They reduced my dosage once, then twice, then a third time. They feared OHSS. They told me to disregard the Pregnyl trigger that had come in my box of meds. They had me come to the office and pick up a Lupron trigger. Pre-filled, no chances of screwing it up...I was a happy, if not nauseous camper. They scheduled an ER date, I couldn't do it. Had to push back the retrieval by a day. They were nervous. Thought I would ovulate on my own.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 5 of Stims

September 5, 2012

     Today is day #5 of stims. I already have several measurable follies, with the largest being 15. My E2 is over 1000. They are dropping my dosage of Follistim tonight, and even more tomorrow night. The nurse says we might be looking at a Monday retrieval. How scary is that???

     Things are moving way more quickly this time. I really hope this is it. I really hope this time is the time that I get to complete my family.