Hi lovelies! Lucky socks! I wore my socks from Adi @TheSecondBedroom on Wednesday and then my socks from Megs at Work is for Suckers on Friday. Love that I have an assortment of lucky socks to rotate through, I think they are sending good healthy egg vibes to those follicles!.
Sorry I’ve been so MIA this week. This decision I made to work full time remotely (including two days of 7 hour meetings by phone) and try to go to a million doctor’s appointments has made life a little crazy. Really wish I could just take 2 weeks off, but that cannot really happen right now, and I want to save that vacation time for an actual relaxing vacation this summer or fall. Very happy that it’s now a long weekend and I have a few days to relax a bit before next week. Hoping to actually do some work this weekend so I will be easily to take off whenever it is time retrieval time. Come on retrieval time, you cannot get here soon enough!
Day of the cycle: Today is stims day 7! I had monitoring on days 4 and 6, updates are below.
Follicles and Estrogen Update:
Day 4 Follicles: At CCRM they only measure the biggest 4 on each side during day 4 – which I thought was a big odd, but whatever. I had follicles ranging on the left from 8 – 12.6 and then on the right from 6.6 – 9. When they called later they told me that I had 19 follicles that they were tracking but would look in more during the next monitoring appointment.
Day 4 Estrogen: 472
Day 6: They saw 17 follicles but measured the largest 12. I have a range of 8-16 on the left and from 8-12.5 on the right. I had my regroup with Dr. G later that day and he said that we would likely sacrifice the 16 to get the rest up to the same level, but that he wasn’t worried about the range he was seeing (thank god).
Day 6 Estrogen: 899
Estimated Retrieval Day: Dr. G thinks either Wednesday or Thursday – he said that they want me to at least get to Stims Day 9 (Monday) for egg maturity and that his guess would be that we could trigger Monday or Tuesday. I am so very ready, the next couple of days are going to be very slow…
Total weight gain/loss: I am the bloat. There are no more pants in my future and from here on out it is wrap dresses and maxi skirts.
Best moment this week: Going to monitoring on Wednesday and finding out that we do have some follicles growing and that on Friday everything is still looking good! Sitting down with Dr. G and hearing from him that everything looks good so far in terms of stimulation and growth.
Worst moment: Being reminded that my issue isn’t stimulation – it’s fertilization and growth. So even though we’re doing well so far Dr G can’t say if that will have an impact on healthy embryos. The plan is to grow to day 5 and do CCS testing and then freeze for an FET later (in our one and only transfer we had 4 that fertilized, transferred 2 on day 3 and the other two arrested before day 5) so we have never made it to that point before. I’m reminding myself that this is a new lab and that we are doing the Calcium Ionophone to hopefully help fertilization so we have more to grow. The closer we get to retrieval this is the thing that makes me anxious. At least I can have a glass of wine while waiting for the fertilization report.
Movement: Very little. I”m trying to walk a bit but by the afternoon I am pretty uncomfortable.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Didn’t have breakfast on Wednesday and felt pretty crappy in the car ride back from CCRM. My mom has started to make me natural protein smoothies every morning since (greek yoghurt, bananas, flax seeds, almond butter, etc) and I am feeling better if i have one of those with my shots.
Fun drugs you are currently on: 2 vials of menopur (still burns like a motherfucker) and cetrocide in the morning (causes really sexy bumps, welts and itching, yay), was on 150 IU of Gonal-F earlier in the week and now am up to 225 IU and still on the Dexamethasone (steroid). Finished the HGH yesterday so at least that is one shot down to equal out the addition of the cetrocide.
Symptoms: Mild headaches, having a hard time going to sleep at night and not sleeping well, bloating and discomfort. Am starting to get a little emotional and moody as well. The husband got in late Thursday night so he could do his backup frozen sample and it’s been great having him here but I have a short fuse now so there are moments that irk me.
Wedding rings on or off: See above, on so far 🙂
Happy or moody most of the time: Still feeling pretty zen so far, except for moments of anxiety over actually getting past retrieval but am managing that fairly well i think. I’m still doing circle + bloom as well as acupuncture here (love the acupuncturist, she was suggested by CCRM) so that seems to be helping along with the walks and playlist.
Current project: Continue to make it through every day. Do some work this weekend so I am not stressed about when I have to take off for the retrieval. Relax and chill as much as I can knowing that it’s not that much longer now…
Looking forward to: Retrieval! The closer it gets the more ready I am for this to be all over and done. I love Denver but I am ready to go home, be with my dog, sleep in my own bed, wine, all of that. The next couple of days are probably going to go very slowly… Have I mentioned yet that I’m ready for it to be retrieval?
That’s about it – the only other thing that went on this week was going to the genetic testing and getting the info on how CCS works and what the timeline looks like. In summary, it will be 8-12 weeks between this retrieval and transfer if we get to do the CCS testing (please, please universe) – so we’re looking at a late July at the earliest but likely August transfer timeframe. I’m sure the waiting will be hard but I am looking forward to having my body and mind back for a few months this summer!