Today is my 8th night of stims. It really has flown by up to this point. Overall, I'm feeling pretty good. Around Wednesday, I started feeling a lot of tingling in my ovaries, but no significant pain. The last couple of days, however; have been a little different, with more pain & very bloated feeling, and I've just been very tired. I must say, I'm very grateful this is happening over a long weekend so I can get plenty of rest!
On Thursday, I had my first scan. I saw Dr. H and Dusty was with me at the appointment. Dr. H is great because he & his wife (Dr. P) also went through the IVF process, so I feel like he has real empathy for what we're going with. All & all, the appointment went very well. I had a total of 11 follicles. The right side was pretty busy, with follicles 8, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, & 10. The left had a little bit going on as well, with 4 follicles, measuring 7, 7, 8, & 9. I heard back from Sarah Thursday night and started adding 1 vial of Cetrotide to my nightly injections.
Today was my 2nd ultrasound. When Dr. T found my right ovary, the nurse was even like, whoa, you have a basketful (of eggs). No kidding! I sure did! No wonder I have been feeling so bloated and tired, and in general, just a very full and pulling feeling around my ovaries. My right side had follicles measuring 8, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, & 15 and my left had follicles measuring 10, 10, 10, 11, 12, & 13. WOW! I'm very pleased with those numbers. There were also several smaller ones on each side that Dr. T didn't even bother with measuring. So, those numbers definitely explain how I've been feeling. I literally slept on the couch nearly 3 hours yesterday afternoon. I've just been absolutely exhausted. I guess growing these eggs is hard work, haha!
I'm still giving myself the shots. I'm sure Dusty would if I asked him to, but I've started, so I'll just keep going. I would have been a pretty terrible nurse though, as I have my tummy completely bruised (see below)! I also had a slight scare on Thursday night when I gave myself Cetrotide the first time. Almost instantly, after giving myself that injection, I told Dusty that the site was kind of burning. Then, a few minutes later, I decided to look at the injection site, and I had a large bright red hive at the injection site!! I emailed Sarah about it and she wrote back very quickly and said that in her 10 years, I was just the 5th patient to have that "bee sting" reaction. She described it perfectly, it felt and looked just like a bee sting. She said it goes away soon and to take zyrtec before my shot the following nights, which has helped!
I wish I had thought to get a picture of my basket full of eggs, but for now, here is my bruised and bloated tummy. I'll try to snap a pic of my ultrasound when I go back Tuesday.
Then, a short while ago, I heard back from Sarah and it looks like we are likely going to have our egg retrieval on Thursday and assuming a 5 day transfer, we'll go back on Tuesday for the transfer!! Wow! I can't wait!