Today is Day 9 of Injections… Gonal F/Menopur and Ganirelix (Which I realize I have been spelling wrong this whole time).
But let me tell you about my week (as far as the IVF part of my life)… With 2 teenage boys, a full-time job and marriage, there is plenty to write about. But IVF is the focus these days.
My phone died. Like completely died after my Wed morning appointment. I ordered a replacement phone which came the next day, BUT they needed a signature to leave it. Forcing me to wait until Friday to receive my phone..
That being said, I had no way to access my voice mail (duhhh, I never set it up for remote access). So, on Wed evening, I called the doctor’s office to get my orders and next appointment time.. piece of cake. On Friday morning I realized I had 1 dose of each injection left that would take me through Saturday but leave me empty for Sunday! It was a fiasco calling the nurse, leaving a message, waiting for a call back (at my office number)… then when she finally called, her message went something like: “I realize this is your work number, so I don’t want to leave any private info. I’ll leave a message on your cell phone” (which was still dead, waiting to be replaced). NOTE to IVF-ers: If you need an answer from the nurse, but have a different number for them to call, let them know that they can leave you a voice message with details on that new phone number! (unless you don’t need them to). By the time I got home to my replacement phone, it was 7pm. Turned out she did advise me to order an extra dose to get me through the weekend… by then it was too late. Freedom Fertility Pharmacy was not sending out late orders. ….more on that later.
On a positive note, I’ve hired a personal assistant. A friend of mine who was looking for some extra work agreed to help me out during this process. We negotiated a fair rate and she is a HUGE help. I do suggest, if you have a little extra cash, like $10-$12 an hour, it’s pretty nice having someone to help out with stuff you can’t do while you’re at work or while you’re at home exhausted from the constant injections & hormones! She is a God-send!
Ok so we (hubby & I) went in for our Saturday morning sonogram & blood work… I have about 11 (10 on the right and 1 on the left) almost full-sized follicles. Lots of little ones on the left, but they won’t be ready in time. Lining “looks perfect” (they didn’t give me numbers)… they said my Estrodial levels were good (no numbers, again). So, I trust that everything’s on the right track…. I was a bit alarmed by the number of follicles! Boy, do those TTC Websites get us all worked up, don’t they? I’ve read posts about 20-30 eggs.. when I expressed my concern for the nurse, she said 11 was a great number.. So, the neurotic googler that I am, had to immediately search “IVF 11 follicles” from my cell phone and breathed a sigh of relief that it’s very common to have around 10 follicles (even less) and come out successful! Oh yes, and they had an ’emergency dose’ of Ganirelix to get me through tomorrow morning.. which I will call Freedom Pharmacy to replace refill and replace on Monday. PHEW… all works out in the end.
After our appointment, we went to breakfast at a popular spot called First Watch. A couple weeks ago, I joined a IVF prep diet program from Miss Conception Coach. So, instead of my usual scrambled eggs, bacon, & waffles, I ordered a Chicken Pesto Quinoa bowl and it was pretty yummy. I am proud to say I’ve been doing pretty well at keeping to her diet plan.
As far as energy, I’m still tired, but I woke up happy (change from the past 2 weeks). Maybe it’s the anticipation of being done with the injections. The nurse did say that Day 9 & 10 seems to be better for “IVF-ers” (what nickname do we call ourselves, anyway?)
I’ve got IVF on my mind! I go in again tomorrow morning for, yet, another sonogram & blood work. Fingers crossed…. **baby dust to all** 🙂