Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tomorrow is another big day!

Our newest set of instructions came in today around noon.

Stim again - this time Follistim 50 IU

Lupron in the AM
Oral Meds
Another E2 blood draw before 8 am
US appt at 1 pm

At this rate, I’d say that we’ll, more than likely, have a Saturday egg retrieval (ER), since they’re still having me stim tonight, but maybe that’s too much to assume. Either way, it makes no difference to me. Any day is a good day for ER!!

I did ask how my E2 numbers came out and was told they look good: "we just want to bump up the follicles a bit more". She gave the numbers to me - 3,230 and 3,124 - but I’m not sure which one she said was Monday and which was today (sheesh). I am reading online and it sounds like it’s plausible the lower number is today and that it’s ok that it’s lower because they are controlling it by the level of stims they’re giving me (stims went down slightly and so didn’t the E2, is the idea). If the E2 goes down on its own though at this stage, it sounds like that’s not a good thing, but I don’t think that’s what’s happening here. Here is the reference I used to come to this conclusion. Surprisingly, there's not a whole lot of info on estradiol numbers as it relates to IVF circulating out on the net. What I got from SIRM regarding my estradiol was, when I asked her if the numbers are on track, and she said, yes, the numbers look good. So there you have it. I'm not really going to think to hard about it and just trust they know what they're doing. My, my how I am changing. :)

In other related news, it officially hurts to walk too fast. I knew that day would come soon. And I have been visiting the ladies room WAY more than I'd care to, but darn it if all that extra pressure just adds to the discomfort, so in I go, and back again I return about 30-40 minutes later. You'd think I would have stopped or lowered my liquid intake by now, but I've heard that extra fluid is good for growing follicles. Maybe it's an old infertile wives tale, but it seems like it would make good sense, so I've been downing as much as I can.

Ok, and yes, I know this is TMI, but gosh darn it, who cares. This is my blog! You know how they say you're supposed to get EWCM during your most fertile phase (i.e. right around ovulation). Well my silly little body must think I am getting ready to have the ovulation of a lifetime (which I guess is actually correct!) because ever since Saturday, I have had more EWCM than I've ever had in any cycle in my life. Hahaa! I'm going to chalk that up as a good thing. That maybe these hormones aren't too drastically different from what my own body would produce, if it was, say "normal". :)

Ok, I've had a good laugh, at my own expense, and my belly is poking out like I'm about 3 months along (from what I've heard anyway), so I'm going to think about retiring early for the night. You know... a little extra beauty sleep for these super fantastic eggs that are cooking, just waiting to break out and join their other half in a few short days.

Will update again tomorrow, and this time, will hopefully have a date/time for trigger & ER!

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Fran August 5, 2009 at 6:23 AM  

Your E2 levels look really good! I wouldn't duel to much on which was monday or tuesday, the difference is minimal and they lowered your meds so all normal! So thinking of you a lot today, saturday may be a big day for both of us...Keep drinking as it's the major solution to avoid OHSS. Big big hugs and encouraging waves to your follies!! Fran

Maureen August 5, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

That is wonderful news...except for the part about the bathroom and being able to walk...haha!! I'm sure it will be totally worth it though when you get lots of good eggs on Saturday!! Lots of prayers coming your way! :o)

'Murgdan' August 5, 2009 at 4:59 PM  

Yep....it's actually estrogen which causes cervical mucous production....here I am only on CD5 with gobs of it (on estrogen right now). :-) Good luck. Sounds like things are progressing very well!

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