IUI Deets

Everything went really well. Numbers time because I’m in a rush:

1. I was totally wrong. I have to be ovulating today. My left side hurts SO. MUCH.

2. Chief’s count was pretty good. 35 million post wash with 41% rapidly motile and 82% total motile. Dr. McLadyParts was thrilled. That rapid motile is a huge come up from where it’s been before, and 35 million post wash is way better than 19 million at the last IUI.

3. The catheter went in really easily, so I’m guessing my cervix was open which is good. He also said my mucus looked good.

4. I was able to get a flu shot today at our work flu shot clinic. Dr. McLadyParts approved and said to “make sure you (I) have intercourse tonight”. There’s nothing my husband loves more than doctor mandated sex.

5. It’s pizza night. Yay!

6. Now two weeks of waiting and progesterone suppositories lay ahead of me. No fun. Time to find a project to work on!

7. Later peeps.

8. Also one I forgot earlier-the Dr. McLadyparts let me look at Chiefs sperm under the microscope! So cool!

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Oh geez

Accidentally pushed the emergency call button in the elevator instead of the door close button-they shouldn’t be so close together! I smacked the call cancel button a million times and tried to wait to tell whatever operator was going to come on that it was an accident, but no one ever picked up (which doesn’t make me feel good about my safety in this place either).

Probably I’m going to be arrested and this will be the last you ever hear from me. Hopefully they’ll at least do the IUI first since I’ve already paid for it.

It’s been nice knowing you all.

My last shot for now

It is official. IUI #2 is a go.

Today’s monitoring showed a 20 mm follie and a 10 mm endometrial lining. Perfect conditions as my RE said. LH was still low (5.7) so we triggered tonight at 8:00 pm. The IUI is scheduled for Tuesday at 10:00 am.

There’s not much more to say about this than…gosh I hope this works? Being a pessimist, I was already thinking about the timing of our next IUI cycle and the trip we’re going on in October. But I just keep telling myself that another IUI won’t be necessary. This has to be the one. Because if I don’t believe that then what’s the point in going through all this, right?

Happy Sunday.

And that’s how I ended up at Sonic

So. CD 13. A recheck morning.

I go in for my 7:30 appt and get there at 6:50. On the sign in sheet I write 7:00 so they don’t think I’m insane. But I like it when I’m there first. It feels like one small victory, being the first patient of the day. Beating out all those other people who wanted to be first.

I might be the tiniest bit competitive about the first appt of the day. I’m very attached to it.

So anyway. I get there and the nurses were later than the doctor! I saw him walking around at 7:25 and they didn’t show up until 7:45. Hmmph. After that they got me back pretty quick and then Dr. McLadyParts came in and we did the ultrasound. Immediately I hear “Ah! Good!” and he turns the screen and there it is. A real looking follicle. It’s still not ready, but it’s at 14 mm so it’s getting there 🙂

He wants me to do three more nights of Gonal-F at 150 (yes, I had to order YET MORE MEDS) and start OPK’s tomorrow. My LH was super low (3.7) so they don’t think I’m going to surge in the next few days, but it’s possible, so we want to be prepared and watchful. My E2 was at 137 so that’s heading in the right direction.

I’m the tiniest bit disappointed there wasn’t one more follicle hanging around. I wouldn’t mind two bites at the apple so to speak, but that’s okay. If this IUI doesn’t take I’ll tell him I’d like to try for more follies next go ’round.

Anyway, they sent me home with an “OPK Kit” which is something we didn’t have last time because they caught my surge in blood work after they had sent me home. So last time Chief had to prepare his, ahem, sample, in the office. This time they sent me home with the sterile cup, the fluid you put in the, ahem, sample, to I guess keep it stable? and an instruction sheet on what to do with it all. The fluid was refrigerated. I told them it takes me about 30 minutes to get home, and it was rush hour at this point so who knows. So they said I should pick up a cup of ice.

And that’s how I ended up at Sonic. Of course at that point I got a breakfast sandwich for myself too, because who just orders a cup of ice? That would be ridiculous. I didn’t want to look like a weirdo with my sperm stabilizing juice. The bacon and cheese toaster I ate cleared all that up. And I’m sure reassured the Sonic car hop that I wasn’t a crazy person at all!

So anyway, still hopeful! Hopefully it’ll keep growing. I don’t know why it’s going so slow. I expected it to be closer to 16 today, but he seemed happy with the results and not concerned. He’s thinking we’ll be ready to trigger by Sunday. Fingers crossed!

Weirdly enough, the follies that were trying to maybe do a thing have all disappeared on the right. There were two little 4 mm ones hanging there, but that ovary HURT when he poked it with Mr. Wandy. What’s up with that? The left one with the big guy hanging out on it didn’t hurt at all. Is that something I should be worried about? Because you know I’m not happy if I’m not worried about something.

I can’t feel anything-READ THE UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM

All that heaviness I had been feeling in the general area of my ovaries is gone. I don’t really feel any different than normal, so of course I feel panicky. Like the few follicles that I had, tiny though they were, are gone now.

Ugh. Tomorrow morning cannot come soon enough.

At least if my appointment goes badly tomorrow I get to come home to a furniture delivery. Consolation prize? Sorry, no baby for you but here’s an awesome bedroom set!

Here’s an awesome thing though:

A few weeks ago the Captain asked us all to turn in our time off requests for the holidays. When you work public service it can be hard to get everyone exactly what they need, especially since our library is open the day after Christmas. Talk about a drag. Usually that’s the day I need most, the 26th, because that’s when I do Christmas with my dad’s side. Considering my rocky relationship with my dad, making sure to attend his family Christmas is more important than ever before. It’s been that way since the divorce.

Anyway, that’s the only day I asked off for. Then Chief mentioned that his brother and SIL were going to the in-laws for a few days BEFORE Christmas, and could we go? Well easy for Chief to ask-he can take time off that week no problem. They probably won’t be flying at the base so it’s not necessary for him to be there. Anyway, I got really upset because if we can’t go his parents will just blame me, as usual.

But then the Captain said no one had asked for those days off, so I could probably have them! Huzzah and hooray! I mean, it’s not that I love his folks or anything, but I love keeping the peace. So now it looks like I have the entire week of Christmas off, which is sort of a dream in library land. How lucky is that?

Pray for me for tomorrow. My digestion has been super rocky the last few days since I upped my dose of Gonal. I’m basically surviving on immodium at work. Otherwise I’d be trapped in my bathroom at home.

UPDATE: just went to the bathroom and have EWCM. WTF?! my biggest follicle was like, at the most 11 mm two days ago-what’s going on?! Panicking!