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Last night was probably the most uncomfortable I have been so far in this process.  The pressure that has built up in my abdomen is a little beyond annoying so sitting in a comfortable position does not exist when you feel like that.  I could not wait to go to bed so I could just lie down.  When I woke this morning, I felt much better which, naturally, made me nervous…”did I ovulate???”…”maybe this isn’t going to work today?”.  It only took an hour of being up and about for the pressure to return, so I feel like I did last night (bloated, uncomfortable) and never thought I would be relieved about it!?

We are leaving at quarter to twelve for the clinic because I am a nervous nelly that needs to be early for everything.  I am gathering all my energy to put towards many healthy, strong, mature eggies to be retrieved today!!  Crossing fingers!  I will update later on…


**5:35pm:  Back from retrieval.  They got 8 eggies and apparently there were a few more follicles but Dr.C was pleased with the haul and besides, the follies were in a precarious position on the ovary which would have made him pass directly through…something he was not inclined to do.  All in all everything went smoothly and now we await the call to see how the pitri dance goes.  Hopefully we will do a transfer on Sunday!

intramuscular shot locations

We have our next ultrasound tomorrow morning.  Crossing fingers for healthy, good lookin’ follies and a smashing E2 result!!!

Physically: Bloat.  Feel like I slept on a full stomach…that sour, full feeling?  Ugh.  Can we talk about appetite??  I can’t believe how my cravings took over the past few days.  We got pizza last night because I needed cheesy, bread with sauce.  It was like…life or death.  Between my eating normally smaller meals and the swelling ovaries taking up more room in my abdomen, I was stuffed like a thanksgiving turkey.  Of course it didn’t help that the calzone was the size of my leg. 

Mentally: Trying to just stay calm.  I think of things I could accomplish should this not work out.  The garage frame could use repainting and I can get back to working out.  Just making lists in my head to keep realistic.

Oh, and by the by, maybe it’s that my backside is sensitive from all of these shots or I am getting worse at taking them…but the evening Menopur injection BUUUUUURRRNED like hell tonight.  I am starting to corner myself up against our kitchen counter so I won’t flinch away from Chris when he administers these scorpion stings.

Sitting in the Dr.’s office reading Elle one becomes keenly aware of how life is measured when in the midst of infertility treatments; Silk Oscar De La Renta Pumps $680.00 OR one Follistim pen, Black Leather Dolce & Gabbana Satchel Bag-$1,600.00 OR our third shipment of meds.  The price factor has been just terrible, god awful, horrible, no good, pah-tooie.  Thinking you’re going to be paying a ballpark sum of around $2,500 then realizing it will be double that?  Um, not the most ideal situation…unless your Bill Gates and wipe your ass with hundred dollar bills.

We had our third ultrasound today.  So far so good.  Started naming our Follies just for shits and giggles…Wally, Polly, Molly.  I am glad to see we have a few more than last time but am still waiting to hear back exact details along with my E2 stats hopefully later today.

Physically:  The bloat continues.  I am beginning to feel my left ovary when I sit curled up and my right every now and then depending on my sitting position. Bruising is starting to show on my lower abdomen from the shots, but nothing severe.

Mentally: I go from ecstatic to tears in a New York minute.  I do notice that hormonal shift that has happened and it’s very odd.  Just trying to remain cautiously optimistic about all this.  I just can’t think beyond the next ultrasound.  Lilly pad to Lilly pad, that’s the way for me.


*Update: Heard back from Dr.’s office!  We got follies!

R. Ovary: 14mm, two@11mm & two@10mm.

L. Ovary: 12.5mm, 11.5mm, 10.5mm, 10mm & two@12mm.

E2 : 494

I asked about the estrogen level because it seemed low to me, but nurse said even though they would like to see it a little higher, it has risen considerably from the last lab, so onward we go.

Started my second vial of Follistim today.  We are expecting more Menopur to be delivered today as we used up the last two vials last night.  Oh, that burning, awful Menopur.  Blech. We are trying to limit what we spend on meds and order the doses in spurts.  This way, we hope, we won’t be left with six hundred bucks of meds sitting around if something goes wrong or our cycle gets cancelled.

So, my morning routine goes as follows for stims:

Wake up. Make spinach, chicken & red pepper salad for lunch.  Pack salad, eggs, blackberries & apple for lunch. Get out ice pack and slip under waistband to ice injection site.  Wash hands.  Prep Follstim shot.  Remove ice pack.  Swab injection site on tummy with Alcohol.  Allow to dry.  Dial dose on Follistim pen.  Administer shot.  Cap and remove needle & dispose in Sharps box.  Take Doxycycline with water.  Get dressed and off to work.

When I get to work, I eat my egg whites and take the prenatal.  It’s just non stop excitement.

Physically:  I am starting to feel the bloating side effect of these hormones.  Ugh, they just make you feel kind of full.  Like you ate a big dinner and it’s an hour later and you still feel full.

Mentally:  I. am. out. of. it.  There is no other way to put it.  Just in a fog.  Yesterday while driving home from work, I almost rear ended the car in front of me while I was changing lanes.  I can’t hold a decent conversation over 2 minutes because I just zone out.  It has to be the hormones.


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