And so this is the Monday story.
E2 244. Endometrial lining is thickening s l o w l y which at least shows something is happening. One follicle > 10mm, "several" more smaller ones, too small to measure. But slow progress is not the same thing as no progress so we persist. My prolactin level is still sub normal (!) and my dear nurse Sharon suggested "ice cream and breast stimulation can make a slight increase but that would be a bit difficult to maintain for a prolonged effort. BUT might offer some diversion." Indeed.
So-- medications ordered (1200 worth, 4 days worth)-- next ultrasound scheduled for early wednesday morning just to see what's happening. The assumption is this might just be a very slow cycle. But wednesday is only day 10 of stims. So it is not as long as it feels. Last time, I'd been on lupron for so long, when I started stims it felt pretty fast-- I saw progress so soon (not many follicles but obvious growth each ultrasound). Today I looked and saw very little. Very few follicles. Just one bigger one. That's it. So not the same visit-to-visit affirmation that Things Are Working. But, even with that in mind, I am ok. Let's see what happens. See how this plays out.
Remember how my hCG level was really low the day of my non-retrieval last cycle? And how this one I have to do an IM shot to improve the chances of correct dosing? Well, I asked about whether whateveritwas that interfered with the hCG absorption could be impacting the stim drugs since it is the same belly fat, the same kate-- and Sharon said maybe-- so after wednesday, I make take the rest of my injections intramuscularly-- so please, send some nice stim thoughts my way, I sure would be willing to do that if necessary, but it sure would be nice if I did not have to. And so help me, it was all I could do to not name this post "breast stimulation and ice cream".