|Waiting in the exam room at the vet|
Today is stim day 6 and I had my second monitoring appointment this morning. I again had the substitute doctor and I really liked his zen. He asked how the injections were going and how I was feeling and I surprisingly I feel great. I told him that it is strange how big the follicles look and yet I can't feel my ovaries at all. He said that it varies and that some women do feel it at this point and some don't. I explained how sensitive I typically am to everything and how refreshing it is for me to enjoy the smooth and calm response so far even though I know it won't last forever. I am enjoying it right now! He smiled and told me some of the symptoms that I might experience as the follicles grow much bigger, but then stopped and slyly said that he didn't want to put ideas in my head. I am still spotting a little bit, which he said should stop soon. He measured all the follicles and showed me the summary report at the end. I casually skimmed it and I think there were 15 follicles total ranging from ~5-8mm. I asked about my estradiol level and what it should be today and how high it will go at the end. He said it should double to greater than 100 today that the target level varies quite a bit depending on how many follicles there are.
Afterwards I met with my IVF coordinator briefly so she could check to see how I'm doing. I haven't really figured this woman out yet, we didn't click right away but I think she is slowly growing on me. There was some discussion about the size of my follicles and when I will be starting Ganirelix and if the RE had estimated when my egg retrieval will be. He said nothing about either during the appointment, so we were really just guessing, but we'll know a lot more at Friday's ultrasound anyway and Dr. Jam will be back! I asked about lifting or exercise limitations and she vaguely said there might be some in the future if my ovaries get really bogged down. I have lifted Chile several times in the last few days and he weighs about 45 lbs. Even though she said I'm fine, I'm not buying it but thankfully I'm not lifting him anymore as he seems to have adapted to getting around on three legs. Also on Friday I have an appointment with a ARNP for my pre-op exam. My estradiol level came back at100 and something, which I can't remember since I answered the phone in the vet waiting room and was in shock. I do remember that she said to continue at the same 300 IU of Follistim and 20 IU of mini-hcg. I haven't really written much about injections yet and I am planning to do a post about them at some point to give anyone out there some insights into our approach and routine. SPOILER ALERT: J is a total weenie and I've been doing all the injections myself. Thankfully he is still helping with other parts of the process or I would be in jail for his murder. Tonight I made him promise that he will do whatever he has to to get over his needle fear so he can do the progesterone injections in my ass. He promised. I think I better not worry about it until the time comes.
Lay low, let it go and roll with it. Repeat again and again.