But no. Or at least, not yet.
So the coordinating nurse who called this afternoon with my E2, ultrasound report and plan update graciously agreed with my articulate assessment: "Shit".
But for now we forge ahead aware of the slow start and small number-- keep stimming over the weekend, acupuncture today.... next ultrasound and E2 on monday morning- and if things aren't markedly improved and improving, we'll talk about cancellation.
To say I am blue does not quite capture it. In this process, I've held off feelings of "never" by thinking "maybe this time"-- so to have this time looking so bad so early? feelings of "never" are creeping in. I admit I'm familiar with grief (see my other blog). But I also have to admit I have not done much grieving about this yet. OK, that is not entirely true. I did an intense bout right after the no-egg retrieval. But not the kind that comes from sustained awareness of it not working, along with the word never. Intellectually I have always been aware of about the possibility/probability of this not working-- heck folks, I am 42. Nearly twice the age of some of the women whose blogs I read (Hi Nic!). I know how the cards are stacked. But I've staved it off by making my next plan.
But today with the call from Sharon about the incredibly low E2, grief seeped in fast and I felt my stomach drop as if I have already lost something. And now I am lump throated and feel aimless and like as soon as I am done typing, sleep is going to unhinge its jaws and swallow me like a snake. Facing the idea that this might never work is just something I have not done for more than moments or hours-- it is too much to take all at once since it means the loss of so many things- ideas, hopes, imaginings. And I cringe away from it since I know I cannot handle all that it might mean.
It sucks knowing there is nothing I can DO--all I can do is just wait it out. Do the injections. See what happens. Visualize controlled and sustained growth (come'on follicles!). I need 3 to attempt a retrieval, but with only 4 follicles to begin with, and with such a poor response to the simulation drugs thus far--success, even as far as continuing the cycle, just seems unlikely. So yeah, at the moment, I am all kinds of blue. Optimistikate will rejoin us shortly.