Here We Go…….
Even though this past Monday was gloomy in Seattle, I felt the sun shining. Monday morning I went back to SRM for a blood draw and ultrasound. I was on Day 33 of my cycle and wasn’t sure what would be determined at this appointment, but according to my nurse, it was scheduled based on Dr. Thyer’s recommendation.
I had a new ultrasound technician at this appointment and she looked at the images for longer than the other technicians. Was she seeing something wrong? Or was she being extra thorough? I’d like to think the latter. She counted…….7 follicles on the right ovary and 9 on the left ovary. Sixteen follicles! More than I’ve ever had in the past.
I left feeling pretty happy but still didn’t know the plan. My day at work wore on and around two o’ clock, I got a call from my nurse. ”Things look really good, you will start your stimulation medications on Wednesday.” What?! I went from thinking we had no idea what the plan was to starting in just 2 days.
Next month this road to conceiving will reach its two-year anniversary. Two years of hoping and two years of disappointment. It’s been a rollercoaster and I’m still a little afraid of feeling complete hope and the possibility of being pregnant (I think I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.) But, today I’m feeling excited, happy and hopeful.
Here is the upcoming protocol:
Day 1 (today)-Start stimulation medications 300 IU of Follistim and 75 IU of Menopur
Day 3-Blood test
Day 5-Blood work and ultrasound, evaluate for start of antagonist Ganirelix.
Day 8-Blood work and ultrasound
Possible retrieval August 3rd-August 6th
Possible transfer August 8th-August 10th
This weekend I will stay at home to have tests done, Hubby will travel to California to celebrate my brother-in-law’s graduation. I will be sad to miss the festivities, but happy to know that things are beginning. A friend of mine said, make travel plans and then things will happen. This time…..she was right.