Tuesday, September 3, 2013

IVF #2: Stim days 9 and 10 (and trigger!)

Work is just kicking my butt lately. Don't they know I'm busy growing follicles? Actually, they don't. I've kept it quite. A few of my co-workers know I'm doing IVF-ish things (I had to tell them due to travel conflicts, etc), but I've been able to keep the details of this cycle off their radar.

Saturday I went in for my stim day 9 scan. Estrogen came in at 1060 and progesterone was 0.7. I don't remember the follicle counts, but they ranged from 10 mm to 16 mm on both sides.

Sunday I was hoping for the news that it was time to trigger. No such luck. Follicles had grown (ranging from 11 mm to 19 mm, I think), with E at 1528 and P at 1.2. Slow and stead. Slow and steady.

Monday was my first encounter with Dr. Asshat. This is the guy that that acted like I was a hysterical hypochondriac when I came into the office after my myomectomy (my doctor was on vacation). He was so condescending and when I asked if the excruciating pain might be a blood clot he told me it was highly unlikely and to just go home. Of course, I then spent 6 days in the hospital for PE and DVT. I have seen my chart since then and he later wrote that he told me to go the ER immediately. So not true! Anyway, lead follicles were up in the 20s and he said it was time to trigger. I never did get an E and P report for that day.

By Monday afternoon I had a headache. It just kept getting worse and worse. I took some Tylenol, but it barely touched it. The sad news was, I had to stay up until 10:30 pm to trigger. The minutes finally passed and I went right to sleep, with my now raging headache. It progressively got worse until I was throwing up in the middle of the night. I have no idea what time it was as it hurt too much to look at the clock. A few more Tylenols and I willed myself to go back to sleep. Luckily my headache was gone this morning, but I've felt off all day. Kind of hot, sweaty, nauseous, and out of it. I don't know if it's the drugs or the anxiety or bad luck (or all of the above).

I am so excited and scared for retrieval (and I am so glad my regular doctor, whom we both love, is on for retrievals tomorrow). I'm guessing that there are about 10 follicles in there (if you don't count the minis that have been hovering at 10 mm). Not sure how many will have eggs, but we'll know tomorrow! I feel like we're scratching off our last IVF lottery ticket. 

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