Ok -- first, my apologies for not keeping up with blogs lately. I always attend to my initial posse first when I finally have time-- but there are so many other good blogs too!
But, seriously now, there are some great blogs on my frequent read list that I wish I could visit more often. And I am so sorry when I miss your big news, or an opportunity to show support. I swear, I think about you all more often than you hear from me.
Speaking of my posse, Sprogblogger had a great ultrasound with heartbeat today, miracles, magic, wonder, delight. And Mo! Who'da thunk it? A great ultrasound too-- all as it should be. My heart is bigger for these two and their sweeties.
And me? The light pants worked. Yesterday was quite a definitive CD1 (cycle day 1), my period definitely arrived.
CynicalKate got her comeuppance this morning as I dreaded the ultrasound at the satellite site, where I have had crappy wandmistresses in the past. Today I had a goddess, kind, gentle, informative, interactive... gosh it was nice. Or, um, as nice as it can be, if you know what I'm saying. I had hideous cramps and was bleeding so that part was not so fun.
Results just came in-- 7 follicles on the right, 3 on the left, E2<10,>
Protocol for those of you who are interested:
AM: 150 menopur, 75 follistim (these are the go! go! drugs that hope to stimulate as many of these follicles as possible into growing and producing nice fat ripe eggs all at the same time)
PM: 75 menopur, 150 follistim
(max dose for my clinic)
another scan/E2 in a week up at the mothership
and then ganirelix as needed to suppress (dad, this is the wait, wait drug that keeps me from ovulating all on my own)
Knowing I am starting with 10 follicles makes me feel pretty good. But, with this protocol, I am pretty sure one will get in the lead though, just like last time. But hey, last time I got pregnant, so I'm game.
Oh, and I started the DHEA on Monday-- anyone else have weird gastrointestinal oddness as a result of using this stuff? I am praying it does not catalyze an IBS flare, that would suck. But I see the potential.
So, IUI#5 w/inj, officially underway. IVF is a possibility if things work out, I already asked to make sure the schedule would allow it. And yes, if I have to do IUI instead of IVF I will be disappointed again since there is such a better chance with IVF. This is a 5% vs 15% difference in chances, so I really would like to get an IVF cycle in. But I am trying really hard to keep my mind open to the possibility of either.
I'll write more about what I am feeling in another post-- for now, I feel pragmatic. Let's just do this thing.