Appointment went great today!
I’m really going to try not to obsess about this cycle, so I didn’t even ask for a copy of the ultrasound report. I did ask the tech if everything looked okay, and she said it all looked perfect, that I have 18 follicles, so 18 potential eggs that she could count on ultrasound. Okay, I might have obsessed a little and looked back to my previous cycle to compare… 24 last time… But, I’m not gonna worry, the nurse said 18 is great! And my estradiol level is nice and low at 6, so perfect there as well too, so we’re good to go with this cycle!
After my appointment I picked up my meds. Always slightly depressing. Yes, Discover Card was nice and sent me this awesome text after my transaction was complete at the pharmacy. Lovely. At least my meds were less this cycle, as I have several vials of Menopur and progesterone in oil at home, unopened and therefore perfectly fine to use this cycle. And my insurance should reimburse me, so I really shouldn’t even complain. Just a little eye-opening to see the cost. What else could I do with all that cash???
Protocol is a little different this time, as we’re not going with my clinic’s standard procedure. My doctor thinks we need to change things up a bit since we only got 6 eggs last time. So this cycle we’ll be using the Microdose Flare Protocol, as they refer to it. My understanding is we take advantage of my body wanting to get the follicles ready for ovulation, rather than using all the Lupron to suppress my own hormones as with the standard. I’ll still be injecting some Lupron, but a highly concentrated amount which was mixed by my pharmacy. Also, no waiting for a period once I stop the BCPs on 8/24 which is Sunday, so much faster than the standard, which I’m all about!!!
So a quick recap of the protocol, well, what I know of it so far…
- I’ll take my last BCP this Sunday, August 24th
- Monday and Tuesday are rest days for my body, no meds
- Beginning Wednesday, August 27th I’ll inject 20 units of the diluted Lupron (I guess I’m not sure the actual amount of Lupron) both morning and evening throughout the remainder of the cycle
- Beginning Friday, August 29th I’ll add in 300 units each evening of Follistim
- Sunday, September 1st will be my first estradiol level in the morning, and based on the results, my Follistim dosage may be adjusted, and I’ll add in Menopur as well, dosage to be determined
- From there I’ll have ultrasounds and estradiol levels every other day and then probably everyday as we get closer to retrieval, just like last cycle
- We’re tentatively planning on a retrieval around September 7th
That’s as much as I know now, as the cycle is truly dependent on how I respond. I’m nervous of course, but not as I was the first and second cycles. Those I was more scared of the procedures, of the injections, of doing the injections myself. That all seems old habit now, but instead I’m more fearful of the results, of this not working, of us not getting enough eggs… So much to worry about and consider. Overall though, I’m just really anxious and excited to be moving forward.
Standing still is so much worse than moving forward, even if I’m moving forward with fear.
In other news, this weekend was supposed to be one of Eric’s two weekends off this month. But ha, could we really expect 4 days off a month? Oh heavens no! This weekend is consumed with a conference he’s expected to attend. Tonight was a gathering at his program director’s home, AKA forced fun. Spouses are invited, and I’ve attended every other year, but honestly, forced fun on a Friday evening with Eric’s work people is not my idea of eventful. So, I skipped, along with several other wives I know. Trust me, I don’t feel left out. Eric stopped home after work to change (to dress up more) and he commented that he was really, really dreading the evening.
Then tomorrow he’s expected to attend lectures at a hotel in town all day… Ugh, sounds thrilling, right?? I think he said his day tomorrow ends around 4pm, so hopefully I get him tomorrow evening and Sunday, although me getting him really just means he’ll be home, on the couch, computer in hand, working on patient notes, slides for God only knows what presentation, prep for well, everything… Really there is always something he needs to be working on. Perhaps he and I can at least have dinner out together tomorrow night.
So I’m relaxing at home tonight with all my favorites, pokey stix, DQ, and my DVR, and Kona of course too. Honestly though, I’m extremely worn out, so even though it’s only 9:30, bed sounds wonderful. The laundry can wait, right??
P.S. I was invited to an online Jamberry Nails party. Is anyone familiar? Are they worth the money?