Well, here they are, my final IVF injections (hopefully forever). I’ve never, in all my blog reading, doctor visiting, internet Googling, heard of someone taking more stimulator on the same night as the trigger shot. Man, my ovaries must really be a pain in the arse. I hope it has the affect the doctor is looking for. I guess we’ll know on Thursday. Eep! What do I do all day tomorrow to keep myself entertained? I suppose I could sleep… yep. That sounds perfect.
36 hours until retrieval…
I just got the go ahead to take my two injections of Ovidrel tonight! Woo! That means it’s egg collecting time. (Why am I suddenly picturing my doctor dressed up as the Easter Bunny with a white, wicker basket? I’ll blame the hormones.) I am very excited to be getting this news, especially since a week ago I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to make mature follicles at all. Whew… one less thing to worry about…
Now the worry begins about how many they will retrieve. We only have 7 mature and ready to be collected, but my doctor said that there might be a few smaller ones that may be okay within the next two days. Not likely, but maybe. He said he is going to try as hard as he can to get all 7, and I am OVERJOYED that he will be the one doing the retrieval Thursday! Woo!
Tonight I will take my double dose of Ovidrel and then either have sex (hmmm…) or have the hubby “clean the pipes” (as the new doctor so awesomely put it). Not sure my ovaries are up for sex, but we can give it a whirl. Then tomorrow night I start the Z-pak (antibiotics) and no eating after midnight tomorrow night (that won’t be hard, I can’t even stay awake past 9:30). Then Thursday morning at 8:00am… retrieval. (with a dose of hydrocodone and anesthesia) Ahh! I wonder if time is going to stop now or after the retrieval. I’d guess after.
Any tips for the upcoming madness in my life?
**Update** got a call from the doctors office with my estrogen level.. it’s higher than 1,500 (can’t remember the exact number) so that’s good.. it’s going up! And my lining was at 7.8 today (forgot to mention that earlier). They want me to take my two trigger shots AND 225IU more of the follistim. I guess they really do want a few others to mature… I hope so too! Keep on keeping on, ovaries! Sorry belly, three shots tonight.. ouch.
I am so uncomfortable. I will be so happy if this is my last night of injections (other than the trigger shots (yes, shotS (Plural)). Other than barely being able to wear underwear due to the extreme swelling/bloating in my abdomen, now my breasts (specifically, my thermometers ;)) can barely be touched by my shirt. Hormones, man, hormones.
I can’t believe I’m nervous about my scan tomorrow too. It will be 24 hours between today’s and tomorrow’s, yet I’m still worried that something is going to be wrong. Is this normal? Should I be this freaked out at all times? I’m pretty sure it’s normal from what I’ve read on other blogs.
And do you know, in the middle of all this uncomfortable, untouchable, crazy-minded stuff I’m going through… I really miss sex? We had very careful sex this past weekend, but that was difficult to do because I could feel my ovaries aching. We were cautious because when we had sex during IUI’s, we must have knocked one of my swollen, droopy ovaries and I ended up on the bathroom floor for 30 minutes thinking I might have to go to the hospital. Ouch. Yet, I’m still wanting some! You see, one of my symptoms of PCOS, which is caused by my higher than normal male hormones, is a crazy awesome sex drive. I’m talking 4-5 times a week is pretty standard. Now it’s been one time in almost three weeks? Whew. Tough times. 😉
If someone had told me growing up that I’d be attempting to make a baby without sex, I would have laughed and laughed… and laughed….
Actually, it is kind of amusing when you think about it…. right?
Here is my full stash for my IVF! 2,700 units of Follistim, 30 vials of Menopur, 4 syringes of Ganirelix, 2 syringes of Ovidrel and 48 Progesterone suppositories. Oh, and a LOT of needles! Hopefully I’ll need more Progesterone Suppositories eventually though ;). Box weighed 8lbs! Whew! That’s a lot of crazy lady drugs right there… wish my husband luck! The jabbing time begins tomorrow around 6:30pm…. dun dun duuuun.
Whew… that was a lot of information. My favorite part of the class was the nurse (she was awesome) and my second favorite part was learning that even though I will be taking 2-3 meds at a time, I get to mix them together and only do one injection a night! Woo! I had no idea that was a thing! My least favorite part was when we had to pay $9,555. Ouchy. Later this afternoon I get to pay $3,000 for the meds. Worth it!!
So, here is my dosage per day:
225 IU of Follistim
3 Vials of Menopur
(Do this for X number of days — depending on how the ultrasounds go)
Then eventually add in Genirelix for maybe 3-4 days
Then 2 trigger shots of Ovidrel 36 hours before retrieval.
Right now the retrieval is schedules for sometime between September 24-28, with transfer sometime between October 1-5, depending on how the follicles are growing… which is my biggest worry now that I know my AMH has basically disappeared. My first ultrasound will be next Wednesday on the 19th. Let’s go ovaries! You can do it!