If you haven’t read about week one of IVF yet, click here and read that first to get up to speed.
I really feel like week one was a breeze compared to my second week. Let me tell you all about it.
Week 2 Happens
On Wednesday, September 14, I had another monitoring appointment. This was actually the first appointment where I didn’t leave smiling from ear to ear. Linda, my nurse and IVF coordinator, just didn’t seem as enthusiastic as she had been when she first looked at my follicles after only 4 days stimming. She tells me my new number of follicles and their size seemed to change, too. They were all over the place. I left feeling kind of sad and dreadful but tried to keep positive. These numbers didn’t mean anything just yet. I kept telling myself the next appointment I would get a better report.
Friday, September 16th, The follicles were getting bigger but not by much so I was a bit disappointed again but still kept my chin up. I had been hoping that when the doctor said I had low AMH he was somehow mistaken; but this really confirmed it. I wasn’t stimming the way a 36-year-old would. I was stimming more like the way a 40-something would. A harsh pill to swallow but it is what it is. All I can do is work with what I have; and what I had right then was at least 8 follicles that seemed to be getting mature.
I received a call that night that I would increase my Menopur from 225 to 300. That just reaffirmed that I wasn’t stimming as well as I should be. Either way, we soldiered on with the injections. Meanwhile, I was getting bloated and sore as the days progressed. I could actually feel how full my ovaries were getting. I can’t imagine how women with much more follicles feel at this point.
A Surprising Day
Monday, September 19th, I went in for yet another monitoring appointment. I had a follicle that was 22mm; and that’s a big sucker! I knew we were getting close to pulling the trigger shot and having the retrieval. Linda (nurse and IVF coordinator) told me it might be that night they tell me to do my trigger shot, but most likely the next day. She gave me all the things I needed for it just in case.
At around 4pm, I get a call that indeed tonight was the night and my retrieval would be on Wednesday, September 21st at 9:00am. I was feeling really happy. Happy to be done with the shots, happy to be moving forward with IVF, happy to possibly pregnant really soon, even if only PUPO(pregnant until proven otherwise).
It’s Trigger Time
That night, Evan gave me my trigger and let me say, he did an amazing job! I didn’t even feel the needle go into my body or the contents being pushed in. I was worried he didn’t do it at all, that’s how little I felt. After 10 minutes, I knew it worked because I could feel the soreness that the shot gives you radiating from the spot.
All that was left to do then was get those suckers out of me and fertilized!
So What’s Next?
I’ll have a separate blog post of the retrieval and my transfer. All I ask is if you are reading this and made it to the end, Please keep us in your thoughts. If you are a praying person, please pray for us. If you aren’t, please send good thoughts and vibes our way. We certainly could use all the support we can get. This journey has been a hard one but somehow, I knew I would have to go through IVF. Please Lord, I just hope it’s the answer we have been praying for.
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