Retrieval – 5 days!
Transfer – 10 days!
Well, Mary Kathryn called yesterday, and I forgot to ask her the most important question: How does my estrogen look? Oh, well. She didn’t say it looked bad, so I’m assuming it’s fine. Plus, we have another appointment tomorrow morning for a blood draw and another session with Wandy to check my follicle size. (In case you didn’t know, I have learned that the scientific term for an internal ultrasound is Wandy. Love it. Thanks, Carri! J)
Anyway, she informed me of my new shots.
Last night, I did 150IU of Menopur mixed in 1mil of sodium chloride. It’s not much different than what I took the 4 nights before except that those were 225IU, and this is only 150IU.
Tonight is the most confusing. I have to take one shot of Ganirelix. Then, I have to take one shot of 75IU of Menopur and 300IU of Repronex mixed in 1mil of sodium chloride. It’s just confusing because it’s mixing two different drugs into one needle. No biggie, though. My mad scientist is back in town tonight to do the mixing for me. (Last night, he was playing Best Daddy Ever and had driven to Searcy to see our youngest in a choir program, take them to get smoothies, and then drove back. For the record, that’s 9 hours of driving for about an hour of time with the kids. He rocks!)
Mary Kathryn did tell me to make sure and ice before and after tonight’s shot because the Ganirelix will definitely burn. Great!
For your information:
· Repronex is just like Menopur and Follistim. It stimulates the ovaries to produce eggs. I’m really not sure what the difference in these 3 medications is, but maybe I’ll ask that tomorrow.
· Ganirelix is used to prevent premature ovulation in women undergoing ovarian stimulation as part of fertility treatment. Basically, this will keep me from ovulating before Dr. Bundren is ready.
Tomorrow, I will also take my trigger shot (HCG/Pregnyl) with me to the doctor. They will keep it until Monday, which is when I’m assuming they’ll inject me with it. That one will cause me to ovulate at just the right time.
Isn’t it crazy how this works?! The coolest thing is that patients (even in the same practice) do not have the same shot regimen. They cater your shots to your individual needs. Again, I’m reminded how lucky I am to have a doctor that is so knowledgeable and has been doing this for so long. One of these days, I’m going to hug Dr. Bundren and tell him how much I appreciate him. Maybe that will get him to smile real big! J (I’ve been wearing funny socks to all of my appointments, but so far, I don’t think he’s terribly amused.)
As for my side effects, everything is pretty much the same. I thought I had felt a little bit of pressure this morning, but it may be more of my imagination. (I told Todd I felt like I had an egg on both sides of my abdomen, and he sarcastically responded with, “You have eggs in your ovaries?!” Funny boy!) Senorita Euphoria is still around, so I’m very pleased with that! My throat is sounding worse, and I have started coughing. That’s a real bummer! Tonight, we’re going to attempt to go to dinner and watch Oklahoma State tear-up some Sooner tail on the baseball field with some college friends. I hope I can make it through the game, but my allergy attack will determine that for us.
Hope everyone has a Fun Friday!