Oh, the irony of all ironies. We dropped the little meatball off at the vet on our way to our first monitoring ultrasound of IVF. He is back tonight and all is well, although he appears quite drunk from the anesthetics, whimpering excessively and his legs sprawling out with every attempt to sit up.
While his fertility was being compromised, we were getting a good look at my ovaries on steroids and were pleased with what we saw. About 13 leaders ranging from 7-11 mm, and several others trailing behind, about where it should be for day 5 of stimming. No cysts, lining looked good, and estradiol was in the 300s, so we’re staying on our course and will do it all again in two days to check in on those little pearls. Which my doctor refers to as chocolate chips and, today, chocolate chunks. I guess it didn’t take her long to realize cookie metaphors were what I needed to track with the medical jargon.
My week in TIBWM speak:
Monday: Today I Met Hapa!
She and Monika put the pieces together that she was in our area a few months ago and we finally made it happen to celebrate Hapa’s pregnancy. She had her first ultrasound yesterday and got to see the heartbeat! So exciting. I think she was the first blog I followed so I’ve been rooting for her for a long time, and meeting her only further confirmed that she is a fabulous woman who would make a great mother. Go Baby Hapa!
Tuesday: Today I Know the Meds are Working
As I was driving home from class I suddenly felt a pang in the ovaries and was kept awake that night by that pressure and a pretty rough headache. I caved and took Aleve and finally went to sleep, but the headache is getting harder to fight each day since. In my RE’s words today, I have hopped aboard the hormone roller coaster. Acupuncture today provided some relief and I continue to find it fascinating how complex our bodies are. Working on a point in the leg can address throbbing in the temple, how wild is that?
Wednesday: Today I Turned 31!
We were on our way to dinner and realized we’d forgotten to do our nightly injection and had to run back home. I take it as a good sign (albeit a little concerning) that we forgot about IVF for a few moments in the midst of celebrating. Also, as I opened my card from my husband I read that he had addressed it to my name and “Team Pearl,” causing me to cry and struggle to compose myself. Further evidence that the meds had kicked in and that I have the best husband ever.
And now, today. We’re primarily feeling hopeful and excited, save the headaches. We have a host of people in this with us and it is palpable. I feel at peace and attribute that to their prayers and support. The meals friends have brought have been an enormous help as we juggle work, appointments, scheduling injections, and real life. I can’t begin to describe the peace and comfort their support and presence bring us.
When we had our first IUI the doctor told us about a study in Israel where pregnancy rates were higher in patients who watched a clown performance post-IUI than those who did not. She encouraged us to find something funny to entertain ourselves with for the wait after, and today’s video is one we watched for at least one of our IUIs, maybe more. In honor of the pup’s anesthesia and mine upcoming, one of my top five youtube videos to share with you:
And I’m off to the pet store to buy a cone!