Wednesday, September 24, 2014

IVF: Week 3

Disclaimer: I am blogging about my IVF experience in order to document everything that I've experienced during this process. I enjoy re-reading my previous blog posts, and since this is such a big step in our lives, I wanted to ensure that I wrote everything down for future reference. Feel free to read, or not.

September 10
I have definitely started to feel more tingling in my ovaries. Not cramps per se, just a sensation that I can tell follicles are being created. 

Today's ultrasound went great. I am currently on day 4 of treatment (which means that I'm on my 4th day of stimulation medication) and my body has already produced 10 follicles in total, 5 on each ovary. Praise the Lord! If you're not sure what a follicle is, it's essentially a "pre-egg", if you will. It still needs to mature and all that good stuff, but they're looking good.

Lupron 0.1ml
hMG/FSH 150iu (morning)
hMG/FSH 150iu (evening)

September 11
No updates

Lupron 0.1ml
hMG/FSH 150iu (morning)
hMG/FSH 150iu (evening)

September 12
I got a phone call about 2 hours before my scheduled appointment asking if I could come in earlier. My fertility doctor had to stay in surgery with another patient unexpectedly longer and wouldn't be able to see me. I was fine with going in earlier, but bummed I couldn't see my doctor. He knows me so well.

The doctor that I saw was very nice but totally scared me. He kept reviewing everything that hypothetically could go wrong: 1) we won't retrieve any eggs, 2) we could damage an organ, 3) issues with anesthesia, Etc, Etc, etc...

Long story short: I left the appointment in tears because I knew that my regular doctor would have been very strategic in how he brought up the risks to me. (He knows that I'm a major control freak, and that I worry about anything/everything possible.) I mean, I knew from the beginning that risks were possible, but this other doctor made me feel a sense of discouragement.

But, the good news: the Lord won out and my body doubled the amount of follies growing. I am going to trust in God. On September 12th, I had a total of 10 follies on my left ovary, and 10 on my right ovary.

Lupron 0.1ml
hMG/FSH 150iu (morning)
hMG/FSH 150iu (evening)

September 13
No updates

Lupron 0.1ml
hMG/FSH 150iu (morning)
hMG/FSH 150iu (evening)

September 14
No updates

Lupron 0.1ml
hMG/FSH 150iu (morning)
hMG/FSH 150iu (evening)

September 15
Today was my last ultrasound before our egg retrieval! I couldn't be more excited. In sum, my doctor said that I had 17 real good eggs. Seven on one side, and 10 on the other side. Plus, with my trigger shot that I'll take tomorrow, it will further help to mature my eggs.

Because my body is responding so well, my doctor called requesting that I lower my FSH dosage. Instead of doing two vials of Bravelle (150 iu) in the evening, he wants me to only do one via (75 iu). For tomorrow's Bravelle dosage, I am to completely cancel the evening dosage, but keep 150 iu in the morning.

Lupron 0.1ml
hMG/FSH 150iu (morning)
hMG/FSH 75iu (evening)

September 16
It's my last day for stimulation (Bravelle) and suppression (Lupron) injections! My ovaries feel very full right now, however I don't have any major pains at all! Thank you, Jesus! Also tonight I will have my first inter-muscular shot (Novarel). EEK. I guess it'll prep me for the progesterone shots. We shall see how it goes. Finally, I will be starting my antibiotics. I will continue taking these until September 26th.

Just two days until our egg retrieval! 

Lupron 0.1ml
hMG/FSH 150iu (morning)
Novarel trigger shot
Antibiotics

11 comments:

  1. WOW! So much good stuff going on! I'm sorry the other doctor didn't have a good bedside manner for you, but glad everything is going well! xoxo

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  2. Praise God!! This is amazing news!!

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  3. Praising God! So glad you are progressing well. Too bad for the rather unsympathetic doctor. Keep trusting and all will be fine.

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  4. I am just so excited for you! Love following along with your updates... sounds like things are going as well as they could be?! Praying for you all!

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  5. So much good news. I'm sorry you didn't get to see your usual doctor but God is in control and I have high hopes!!!! :)

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  6. It all sounds like it's going amazing! Can't wait to hear how the egg retrieval went!

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  7. Praise the Lord!!! So happy to hear things are going as planned for you guys-- prayers prayers prayers!

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  8. Good luck! I'm excited for you. I will say a prayer.

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  9. Praise the Lord! I check everyday to see if you have posted anything new!! Saying prayers for you and your family everyday!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Your prayers are sincerely appreciated <3

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