Monday, September 20, 2010

IVF-Day 22-we are done (in a good way)

We are done stimulating and ready for aspiration!! I got the call from the nurses around 4:00 this afternoon to tell me that we are doing the retrieval Wednesday morning! I am more excited than I thought I would be, I thought it would just be like getting ready for the IUI but this is different. I immediately texted The Captain and said In less than 48 hours we will be growing babies. We have never had the reassurance that an egg, any egg, was going to fertilize. Here is the protocol for the next few days:

9/20/10 - HCG trigger tonight at 8:00 pm. I am to do only 1 cc instead of the full 2 cc's because I have so many follicles they don't want to risk me Hyper-stimulating. This is the big needle folks and The Captain could not be happier. 

9/21/10 - No meds except both of our antibiotics need to be taken morning and evening. No fluids or food after midnight. No problem there since we have to be up at the crack of dawn the next morning. Wait scratch that, before the hint of the crack of dawn.

9/22/10 - Arrive at the surgery center (45 minutes away) at 6:45 am for the RETRIEVAL! We will know how many eggs they got before we go home that day. Drink lots of high sodium liquids to reduce the amount of bloating afterwards. I can have Gatorade, tomato juice or V8 juice and Chicken Noodle soup broth (not the noodles). The nurse said for some reason that really brings down the bloating and to not stop drinking that stuff into I feel back to normal. She said to drink some water but having a lot will make me more uncomfortable.

Today my ultrasound showed my right ovary has 6 measurable follicles and 7 too small to measure, they were 20, 18, 17, 17, 15, 14. The left ovary 8 measurable follicles and 6 too small, they were 16, 16, 16, 15, 14, 14, 12, 12. I think that is good I haven't really researched the sizes. My Estrogen was at 4,501 she said she has seen some as high as 6,500 and everything was fine. If you know more about these numbers please share I would love to know. 

I haven't had any side effects from all the drugs yet except some tenderness where my ovaries are and one alleged angry outburst.

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it. I'm about to lose control and I think I like it. . .

6 lovely notes from friends:

Katherine & Jesus September 20, 2010 at 6:49 PM  

WOW!!! I am so happy for yall. Good luck on Wednesday. I am so excited to see what is next.

kayee September 20, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

So excited for you!!! I can't wait to hear how many you got. DH and I made bets on how many they were going to retrieve - pleasantly we both lost, as we had many more then we thought. Good luck!

Kelly September 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

Yay! So exciting! Good luck!

Nicole September 20, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

That's wonderful! You have a lot of follies...I hope they all have perfect little eggies in there!! I will say some extra prayers for you that all goes smoothly! Good Luck!

T September 21, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

Yes consume, drink, guzzle that gatorade!!!!
I cannot wait for Wednesday!!

Life in the UK September 21, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

Hang in there :) let me know how it goes!!

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