Tuesday, March 31, 2009

And the count came down again today ...

I was a little disappointed with today's appointment ... though I'm trying to take each day in stride, remembering what a very dear friend's recently passed father-in -law said on his death bed, regarding his unexpected and quick fight with lung cancer ... I'm just riding on the back of the bike. (Meaning: God is in control and I'm just along for the ride, I can't control this!)

This morning my scan showed very little progress with the follies. Well, actually, I think it was good progress ... the largest follie only increased .03 cm yet the smallest increased .12cm and the medium sized ones all increased nearly as much. So it seems as if the progress yesterday allowed the follicles to be more uniform.

I asked the nurse how many eggs she thinks we'll get at retrieval and her guess was 6-8. So again, just more encouragement to do the fresh cycle. She also said that she thinks retrieval will be on Friday or likely Saturday. This evening is the first night that they've adjusted my meds, I'll go from taking 150iu Follistim (as I have each night since stims started) to this evening taking 225iu. I go back in the morning for another monitoring appointment.

I said good bye to my mom this afternoon and sent her on a plane home - she wanted to fly out in sunny weather and she wanted to make sure to be home by Saturday for my aunt's funeral ... so today it was. I get to pick Berilac up at the airport late this evening. I miss him so much, I can't wait to see him!

Although I don't know how this cycle will end, I do know that I really appreciate the hardwork of my nurse, the professionalism of this clinic, and overall the experience of working with the "experts" rather than the monkeys (from the monkey shop clinic ;-).

Stay tuned for more exciting cycle updates ... until then, I'm just holding onto the back of the bike, enjoying the wind in my face.


Providing Estrogen levels and the like (for anniep and others interested):

Sat 3/28: ~13 follies
E2: 431
P4: 0.2
LH: 0.8

Sun 3/29: No appointment

Mon 3/30: ~11 follies
E2: 865
P4: 0.2
LH: 0.5

Tues 3/31: ~8 follies
E2: 1192
P4: 0.2
LH: 0.9


  1. Hmmm! Interesting follie activity, tho it *is* progress. *shrug*. How's your E2 coming along?

    Glad to hear Berilac is on his way in... support is a good thing.

    I'm rootin' for ya here. CCRM really is a whole different ballgame, aren't they?

  2. Polly, you know what? Maybe the slow growth is a blessing in disguise if it's allowing your follicles to be more equitably sized. It would be awesome to get 6-8 good, mature eggs vs. 17 widely varying, poopy ones! :)

    Keeping my fingers crossed!

  3. The slow growth sounds good to me. I stimmed longer and had slower growth on my last cycle. Glad Berilac is one his way and I am very sorry about your Aunt. Looking forward to your next update, hold on tight honey! So very glad you are at CCRM.

  4. Glad you will have your honey with you now.

    And i think we have the same nurse. I really like her too.

    Good luck. I hope it all comes in smoothly!

  5. Ms. Polly, my dear, so much going on for you and I am just now catching up on it all.

    I am so sorry to hear about your aunt. Many hugs and prayers for you and your family.

    I hope your sweet hubby is with you now to love and spoil you rotten.

    Your response sounds great to me. I know it's hard when there are some that just fall off, but I hope the quality of all the eggs you get is top notch. When I started ganirelix, my meds had to be bumped up a couple days later due to "slow" growth. All 3 REs I have seen have preferred slow and steady over anything else so I think you are coasting right along just as you should! Hang in there, hun, and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. I agree with the above comments - quality over quantity is the goal (and maturity, of course). But I know how you feel - those ultrasounds can be stressful. I remember on our 3rd stim check, I just started crying when I couldn't see as many eggs as I saw on the previous check...and then the cycle ended up being fine.

    Glad you get to see the hubby tonight. You have a great attitude. Enjoy the breeze :-).

  7. I'm just commenting to agree with all of the others - slow and steady is better. I know I always want more follies, but the truth is that in my heart I'd really prefer less of better quality, though it makes this whole thing more nerve-wracking. I'm glad your hubby is with you now. I love that analogy about riding the back of the bike - such an image.

  8. Just chiming in to say I agree with everyone else! Slow and steady and quality over quantity are the names of the game. I'm so excited for you and very interested to see if you go with a fresh cycle. I've got everything crossed for you!

  9. Praying for you and for some good follicles! Hoping your time in Denver is good and you are able to stay occupied when not subjecting your girly parts to review. {{hugs}}

  10. I think if they get 6 - 8 then that is GREAT!!! Your estrogen looks like its rising nicely, too.

    On the back of the bike with you - and cheering you on.

  11. Glad Berilac is there so he can pedal that tandem bike of yours. CCRM sounds worth it! Rooting for you and those eggies. E2 looks nice!

  12. Your E2 looks great! Good luck with the rest of the monitoring. I agree with the others...we want quantity over quality. Its amazing that you are progressing so evenly and steadily. Are those words? GL!!

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