First off thank you everyone for all the well wishes!! It means a lot. I’ll go back and respond to all of them individually when I get a chance.
So this morning was my retrieval. I was scared shitless but it actually wasn’t as bad as I kept envisioning.
They were able to retrieve ten follicles. I was actually really disappointed in this number and when my wife told me in my drugged, hazy state I started crying. I was really hoping for a higher number but the good news is that out of those ten, nine were mature. I’m really hoping that most of them can be fertilized.
I’m nervously waiting for tomorrow’s phone call with so until then fingers tightly crossed!
Cristine is currently in the OR getting our little follicles extracted. Poor thing was really scared/nervous. When they took her vitals the RN said “you’re really excited to be here! Your pulse is at 123!” haha. My poor wife. I’m sitting in the waiting room where I’ll be for the next hour or so until they call me back in to sit with her during the recovery period. Just hoping it all goes well.
For the rest of the day she’ll pretty much be on bed rest and I’ll be home catering to her 🙂 We will receive a call tomorrow updating us on the number of eggs that were successfully fertilized. Then the big day will either be saturday the 2nd or Monday the 4th. Eeeek! Just days away! I can’t believe this is all finally happening!
On a side note: I would just like to say how extremely proud I am of Cristine. She’s had to endure so much through this whole process and she’s taken everything on like a champ.
Everyone wish her luck! She loves seeing your comments on here.
And we are finally ready to get this show on the road!
My wife just administered the HCG trigger shot fifteen minutes ago which means my retrieval will be on Wednesday at 9am.
I’m excited to get this phase of the cycle over with so we can enter the TWW. Never thought I would say that but it just gets us one step closer to our results.
Anyways, I had a great birthday weekend. Got to spend time with my lovely wife and our families which is my favorite thing to do. On Saturday, we were with my family for my birthday and just went to the movies and dinner. On Sunday we celebrated my parent-in-laws 44th wedding anniversary. We went hiking and had a picnic. Oh and I wanted to share that my wife got me tickets to two concerts that I’ve been bugging her about. Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood. So excited!
Well tomorrow is back to work and probably a very restless sleeping night because I’ll probably be so nervous for the retrieval. I can’t believe the time went by so quickly all a sudden.
It feels like a pretty damn good week to get knocked up if I do say so myself. So let’s gooooo!!!!
Went in today for more bloodwork and ultrasound. My Dr. said that I’m responding perfectly and it’s exactly the results she likes to see in her patients. Yay me!! But my follicles are growing pretty fast so my retrieval has been moved up by a couple of days. Eeeek! I go back in on Sunday for one last check and she said most likely I will do the trigger on Monday which means the retrieval will be on Wednesday, May 30. Its only a two days difference but it made me nervous. Two days is a long time in the TTC world so I’m really excited that our time in IVF hell has been cut down by a couple of days.
It’s all happening so fast all of a sudden!!
It seems like I still have the same amount of follicles so that bummed me out for a minute but the Dr was happy with the amount. Just have to remember it’s quality over quantity. Plus, it’s a good number. Doc said she’s expecting to harvest 12-15 little eggies. I’ve heard about women having up to 20 retrieved and I guess that’s what I had my hopes set on but I’ll be happy with 12. Just as long as they get fertilized and stick who the hell cares how many were taken out?
In other news, T.G.I.F!!!!! It’s been a long week and I’ve been looking forward to the weekend since Monday. Mainly because my birthday is tomorrow! 🙂 Not looking forward to being 2-8 but I’m excited to spend the day with my wife and family. Not doing anything fancy though. Going to my little cousins bday party during the day and then we are leaving with my parents, sisters, brother, nephew, sis-in-law and my granny to the movies and dinner. After, coming back to my house for cake. I’m also really, super excited by the fact that I get to sleep in tomorrow. You know your getting old when you look forward to sleeping in on your birthday. Oh well, it’s the little things that make me happy. 🙂
So I started a new book yesterday called, “Two Kisses for Maddy” and it probably wasn’t the smartest book choice for my situation right now. Other then scare the shit out of me, it has made me a weeping mess! It’s a memoir written by a man who is raising his premature daughter after his wife dies 27 hours, after giving birth, of a pulmonary embolism. She never even got to hold her baby girl. It’s a sad story but you just root for this poor man who must pick up the pieces after experiencing the greatest joy of having his daughter enter the world to just hours later losing the love of his life. It’s a good read if you can get past all the sadness and not be like me and suddenly have a fear of blood clots and never getting to hold my un-conceived baby. I know dramatic but I can’t help it.
Well today was finally my ultrasound to see how my body is responding to all the medication and I’m quite pleased with the results so far.
5 follicles on my right side and 7-8 on the left! Woohoo!! I’m hoping a few more will grow within the next couple of days.
Still doing good with the side effects. Just the damn headaches that last all day long. It’s really annoying. Oh, and I do feel a little bloated. Nothing too noticeable yet.
Tomorrow I add another shot to the mix. Ganirelix, it’s supposed to prevent premature ovualtion. Looks like everything is going as planned and I couldn’t be happier. Almost there.
In my last post, I wrote about giving myself my first injection and hoping it would be my last time doing it. Nope! Claudia has been picking up overtime which means I had to poke myself last night, again tonight and tomorrow night as well. Last night went a little smoother but only after I had to give myself a serious pep talk because I was just standing there staring at this needle like it was going to kill me. Hope tonight is a little easier.
Friday is my next scan so fingers crossed for more, beautiful little follicles!!
Day 2 of injections and so far so good. No side effects yet. I’m taking Bravelle in the morning and Menopur at night.
During the medicated IUI cycles, my wife gave me all the injections because I knew I couldn’t handle it.
Then comes today and Claudia is working a 16 hour shift so I had no other choice but to suck it up and do it on my own. To top it off, I’m spending the night at my parents house who do not know we are doing IVF so off I went to the bathroom with my stash of goodies that made me feel like a very naughty teenager. I was so nervous. My hands were shaking the whole time so it took me awhile to get everything opened, mixed and ready. Finally, I’m holding the needle to my stomach and I couldn’t do it. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes (probably not too smart) and poked. It was in and I’m pushing down on the plunger but but my hand was shaking so bad I ended up pulling the needle out before it was empty. So after all of that, I had to re-poke myself! It was finally over and I was quite proud of myself for actually being able to do it even though I wasn’t that smooth. Hopefully, Claudia will be able to do the rest of them.
I’m nervous for my ultrasound on Wednesday. I hope I’m responding well to the medication but not too well. I’m really scared of developing OHSS. I am going to be devastated if my cycle gets canceled because of it so that’s my main concern at the moment.
Haven’t had much to write about since the 30 day challenge ended and it’s just been a waiting game to start my IVF protocol but today I went in for blood work and ultrasound. All good. No cysts!
My progesterone is 0.5 and estradiol is <50. I googled it and the numbers are in the normal range for where I'm at in my cycle according to Dr. Google.
In good news, I took my last birth control pill last night. Thank goodness. It was causing headaches throughout the day. So happy to be off of them.
Today I started an antibiotic pill called Doxycycline. I have to take it twice a day, morning and night. Guess what this pill brings with it?… Headaches! It can also cause nausea, upset stomach and yeast infections. Good times!
Other than that, not much to report. I start stims on Saturday and have another ultrasound appointment on the 23rd.
Yesterday, was our IVF injection class. Pretty much what it sounds like. The nurse/case manager went over all the different medications and how to inject them. We filled out all the paperwork needed for the retrieval, transfer and storage.
And we handed over all our money.
Our balance had to be zero by the end of the day or our cycle would have been canceled.
We also picked up all of our meds. More money handed over.
During our initial consultation with my doctor we explained that we only could afford one cycle of IVF. Which then lead to tears from me. She said she wanted to help us and that she would try to get us some free medications and true to her word, she did! We also picked that up yesterday. We didn’t know how much to expect, we were just really grateful to have some help, so we were really surprised when we saw four boxes of Bravelle, one box of Menopur and two boxes Ganirelix. Saved us a few hundred dollars. Add that to all the stuff we paid for and it looks like we have a pharmacy in our kitchen.
Last night, we also ordered the sperm and it will arrive at the Dr’s office on Friday. More money!
It was a real fun day for our debit card. Never had so much action in its life.
Other than that not much to report. Just waiting to start the stims which won’t be until Saturday, the 19th. Just have to keep taking my birth control and folic acid then on Monday I add baby aspirin to the mix. Next Thursday I have my first round of blood work and an ultrasound. So more waiting. I hate waiting. We are so close but everything still seems far away. *sigh*
On another note, I want to send a huge congratulations to Roxxroxx and Alleycat. Both have found out they are pregnant and I couldn’t be happier for the two of them. They are two of the first women that I connected with when I started this blog and always offered words of encouragement and support so again CONGRATS!
This is the minimum of medication I will need for the cycle so hopefully we won’t have to order more. We are two broke girls!