Starting new IVF cycle
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vligertwood - January 26

Congrats on the trigger. I spoke with the nurse this afternoon, she said my estrogen was 134, they want it higher. They left my doseages the same and I go back on Sunday for another us/bw. I'm so excited for you. Its hard to tell what this particular nurse that called today really feels about your progress. Lynn, the head nurse is working Sunday, so I'll get a good feel for how things really stand when she calls after the bw results are in Sunday afternoon. I bet you're looking forward to a whole 36 hours without shots. Let me know how things go.

Lots of Babydust to you.

 

lyly14 - January 26

Vicki -I will definitely keep you posted. 'Im a bit nervous how I will feel after the trigger. Last time I was doubled over in pain and I only had six follies. We were doing timed intercourse. I am also worried about the timing of the ER. The paper said the ER will be 34.5 hrs after the trigger, but he specifically told me to trigger at 9:30 and my retrieval would be at 11 am on Sunday, thats 37.5 hrs later. I pray I don't ovulate before they go in. As far as your E2 level mine was 136 4 days after stims. That is so funny yours is only 2 less than mine was. And mine is now 2156! What dosage of meds are you on? Well I'm off to trigger!!!!!

 

vligertwood - January 26

They have me on 150 follistim am and pm, 5 units lupron am & pm and 150 (2 vials) of menopur am & pm. This time they sting everytime we do the injections, I'm almost looking forward to stopping the sub q and going to i/m. I guess thats just inexperience talking, but with the i/m I figure I'll be able to control it better and it will only be one shot a night. Also with ice and I'm planning on using a tens unit to help the muscle absorb it better and block pain. I figure we'll chat again on Monday, you probably won't feel like chatting after the retrieval, but if you do, I'll be here.

 

lyly14 - January 26

Funny how each dr does things differently. All my shots were done at night. That must be hard to do shots 2 times a day. All of your injections sting? That really stinks! The only one that stung for me was the repronex which I believe is the same as you menopur. And that didn't happen all the time. The lupron didn't bother me at all and the gonal-f pen was really painless and easy. How do you do the follistim? Is it a pen?

I am starting to feel really bloated (as if I wasn't already!) I hope that trigger is doing its job and some of the smaller follies are catching up. Well I will probably check back in later today, but your are right I may not feel like chatting tomorrow. I will let you know how the ER went as soon as I am up to it.

 

lyly14 - January 27

I am so disappointed today. They only retrieved 5 or 6 eggs. I am not even sure what is the accurate amount. The nurses told me 6 , but the dr. told dh only 5. So who knows. He also said to dh he couldn't see one ovary and only retrieved eggs from one side, the left I believe. I am feeling okay. A bit sore on the left side and very tired. I am going to lay down and watch a movie to try and get my mind off things.

 

vligertwood - January 27

Lyly,

Sorry to hear about the retrieval. I'm so surprised they didn't do both sides. The nurse this afternoon was not very positive for me. My u/s looked good this morning. I had a 18, a 17, a 14 on the right and an 11 on the left. But when Lynn called this afternoon, she said my estrogen was only 395. She spoke with my RE and she seems to feel that if we proceed that I'll probably only have two eggs. Since we have two surgeries involved, she suggested I have a serious talk with my dh and see if we wanted to continue. I knew our answer, of course, but told her we would talk. I go back tomorrow for another bw/us and hopefully the estrogen will look better then. I have a feeling that when I say we're going to continue that they may move up my trigger and take the ones we've got.

When do you hear back as far as the actual number of eggs and how many fertilized? Will they call you this evening or make you wait until tomorrow? Let me know when you know and I'll do the same.

 

lyly14 - January 28

Vicki-What day of stims is it for you? Your estrogen seems okay for the amount of of follies you seem to have and seems to have gone up nicely. I know they usually like to see at least 6 follies, but I still think there is time for some to grow some more. I would definitely not give up at this point. I forgot are you paying out of pocket for the procedure?

They are going to call me tomorrow with the fertilization results and then call on Tues with the day and time for the transfer. I am hoping I will have something to transfer back with those low numbers.

 

vligertwood - January 28

Yeah, we're completely out of pocket and have prepaid everything. So they've had our money since July. I had to "reload" my blood work to the tune of 2,500 last week since the previous cycle was cancelled. Right now, I'm on stimulation day 10 according to my calendar, however they counted stimulation when I started the lupron, not when I started the stims. I'm actually on stim day 8 if you start when I started taking the stims. I had my us this morning and I was at 20, 18 & 14 and this girl said nothing measurable on the left? Yesterday's girl said there was an 11 on the left? I'm now waiting for the nurse to call this afternoon with the results of the mornings bloodwork and see what the estrogen level is.

Back to every office being different, my RE's office calls the day of retrieval and then daily with updates until the transfer.

 

lyly14 - January 28

Vicki- My office pretty much does the same thing except for the day of the retrieval. The only thing you know on that day is how many eggs they got. I actually just spoke to the doctor a few minutes ago and he said it was a very difficult case. He said the overall resolution on either side was poor, but he could at least see the left. He said the left was not even clear and was only able to get the 6 though he was sure there was more. He said it was not safe to blindly poke around without visualizing the follicles. As far as the right he said he couldn't even see the ovary at all to try. He told me he did the best he could and was happy to get the 6 given the circumstances. I don't see how he can have better equipment in the office than in the ambulatory surgery center, where they do these procedures routinely. He tried to get the fertilization results before talking to me but said he wasn't able to get in touch with the embryology lab yet and would call later this afternoon. I was so upset and uncomfortable today I just couldn't bare to go to work.

I am sure the 11 on the left is still there. Maybe she just couldn't get a clear picture. I guess it really make a difference who does the u/s and the machine they use. Will you definitely proceed with only 3 measureable follies? I hope you get good news with the E2 level. Good luck. I will post as soon as I know the fertilization results.

 

lyly14 - January 28

Vicki- What did they say about your bloodwork? Did it go up? I am praying for you. As for me we got lucky, 6 out 6 eggs fertilized. They will call me tomorrow to let me know how they are doing and what time my transfer will be on Wednesday.

 

vligertwood - January 29

Lyly,

Good news, the bloodwork did go up. I missed the call when the nurse made it so I called back and hit the button to get to the nurse rather than play telephone tag. Of course I caught her on the way out the door to lunch so she didn't have my file in front of her when we talked. She said the estrogen went up to 350.??? I don't know if she meant it went up another 350 or if she forgot the 1 for 1350. Not too worried about it, I'll check tomorrow when I go back for us/bw. It will be on the daily progress page. I trigger tomorrow night. She'll call me tomorrow after the bw results are back and let me know exactly when, I've been almost giddy since she told me, although she made a comment that I really didn't need to press the button to get right though to her since it wasn't an emergency. Sometimes I don't think they get it on how much stress we're under waiting for phone calls.

I'm so glad all your eggs fertilized. I was so worried about you. Let me know tomorrow after you get your phone call how they are doing.

P.S. DH says thank you, I was so much more relieved after your post back to me that it seemed like the estrogen was going up nicely.

I'll let you know how we stand tomorrow.

 

lyly14 - January 29

Vicki- I am glad I eased your worries a bit. In my post to Dr. Jacobs he said your E2 should about double every 48 hrs. So as long as it is going up I wouldn't worry. I wouldn't expect to see high numbers with only a few follies so don't get caught up on the actually number. Good luck with the trigger. I was very uncomfortable about 34 hrs after mine. I wasn't feeling good today either. It hurts to move around. I don't think it was from the retrieval just really bloated from the trigger and my ovaries being so big. I hope I am feeling better tomorrow, I really need to go into work. I would like to stay home the day of the transfer and the day after. I will keep you posted as I hear of my embies progress and you please to the same. I hope all your follies have mature eggs.

 

vligertwood - January 29

Hi Lyly,

I asked the girl this morning and she said it was 350 yesterday. I don't get it. Anyhow the follies were 22, 18 and 14. She didn't even really look at the left side, This one girl really isn't that great of a tech as far as patient care. I really prefer the other girls, but what can you do? Now its just waiting for the phone call to come in. Depending on what time they tell me to trigger, I'm thinking I might have to go home and pick up the HCG and come back to have dh give it to me. I feel like my overies are the size of tennis balls, and the left one is very tender, which kinda makes me think she should have looked at it better. I usually have some discomfort when they look at that one, and today just a bare twinge. I think she's decided theres nothing there to see so why bother.

I'll let you know as soon as I know something more.

 

lyly14 - January 29

Hi Vicki- Good luck with the trigger and everything. I really wasn't feeling good yesterday and was a bit worried. I felt like I was so swollen and bloated that I was going to explode. It hurt to just move around. I also put on almost 5 lbs since Friday so I was worried about ohss. I did nothing but go to the bathroom all night and woke up 4 lbs lighter. I guess I was retaining water. Anyway I feel so much better, bit sore but very manageable. You may feel a lot of pressure from the trigger, but it will pass. Keep me posted. Talk to you later.

 

lyly14 - January 29

Hi Vicki- Good luck with the trigger and everything. I really wasn't feeling good yesterday and was a bit worried. I felt like I was so swollen and bloated that I was going to explode. It hurt to just move around. I also put on almost 5 lbs since Friday so I was worried about ohss. I did nothing but go to the bathroom all night and woke up 4 lbs lighter. I guess I was retaining water. Anyway I feel so much better, bit sore but very manageable. You may feel a lot of pressure from the trigger, but it will pass. Keep me posted. Talk to you later.

 

vligertwood - January 29

Hi Lyly,

Just got the call, I trigger tonight at 8:30. DH goes in at 6:45 on Thursday and I follow up at 8:30. I'm glad you're feeling better. Also found out that they won't let us take a cab back to the hotel, we have to have someone drive us. So we're now paying for two rooms so our friend can drive us back and forth.

I'm so tired I could go to sleep right here on my desk.

How are the embies doing?

 

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