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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Today's progress report from the RE: 31 measurable follies -- 20 on the left, and 11 on the right (what a slow poke!). Lab results: E2 level is now at 4,103.

When the nurse called to give me today's report, she said my dr is 99% sure they'll trigger me tomorrow night, for a Saturday morning ER. ...I sure hope so. I have a college friend that will be in town this weekend, and she's planning to spend the day with me on Sunday.

I know, I know---REALLY bad timing, right? Yep--couldn't agree with you more! I am fully aware that baby-making trumps time w/ friends --- I'll just be grateful to have the ER not fall on the same day of her visit. She's one of my best girlfriends, and lives in Raleigh, otherwise I'd have asked to re-schedule. Thankfully, she's fully aware of all my IF treatments, and is ready to spend a day just lounging around the house with me, laying low...which is what I'm expecting to do.

As for tonight's dose-- given that my E2 level is continuing to climb up there, my RE decided to have me coast tonight, in an attempt to avoid any further increase. I think they're hoping to keep me under the 5,000 mark this time. We'll see if that works! I sure hope so.

I'm definitely feeling the heaviness and pressure of 31 follies down there... there's some discomfort when sitting now, that wasn't there before. But it's not bad at all. Very manageable. --I still think that this round of IVF is a breeze compared to how whacked out I felt on clomid!

Last night's support group meeting was SO good. ...If you guys haven't been to one yet, I'd highly recommend it. I know it's intimidating and overwhelming and scary to go--'specially by yourself, without knowing anyone--but definitely well worth it, in the end. I met some amazing women last night. Hearing their stories was a privilege---anytime anyone shares their heart with me, I think it's a privilege. There were 8 of us there, and most of us had all had varying issues, experiences, successes. Some were on the treatment side, others had crossed over to Mommyhood already -- but all were bound by the common thread of IF.

We agreed at the beginning of the meeting to all share our stories, and to try and focus on the positives of IF. --We ALL know that there are days when IF will leave you crushed--mentally, physically, emotionally--but we wanted our time together, as our host so perfectly put it, to be life-giving... not life-sucking.

And so it was.

I was inspired by the courage, perseverance, and heart of the girls surrounding me. By what they have endured and overcome, or by what they are still facing. And I know that there's not much that I can do for them, except pray for them daily, and be there for them, whenever and if ever they need a friend.

Because, as Ecclesiastes so beautifully puts it, "a cord of three strands is not quickly broken." (Eccl. 4:12b)

Together, we ARE stronger... we have the power to give one other strength and encouragement along this journey-- and those gifts can make all the difference in the world to someone going through a rough day.

...If I wasn't so blogger-challenged, and knew how to put music to a post, I'd have Joe Cocker's "A Little Help from My Friends" playing in the background for this one... ;-)


  1. Agree friend, such a privilege to have someone share their story. Last night was a joy. Praying for you fervently in the days to come - will be following along!!

  2. Praying for you friend!! I hope the ER is soon and everything goes well. Look at me using IVF terminology! I'm learning...

  3. She's probably really glad her trip's coincided with your ER - I know I'd want to be there to look after a friend if it was me. Hopefully though you'll be feeling OK - and those are great follie numbers! Best of luck - happy ICLW

  4. I remember TTC and having to plan EVERYTHING around RE visits. For my husband's birthday one year, we were having a small gettogether on Sun. We "thought" I'd trigger on Wed and do IUI Thurs... Nope... Triggered Sat for a Sun IUI, and the worst was, so one knew so we had to make excuses about why we were canceling.

  5. Fertility treatments can definitely run your life and dictates when you can and can't do things. At least you have a true supportive friend who will be there for you.

    I have been through 3 IUIs and the next step is a laparocopy...IVF may be something I need to consider. When the time comes, I will know who to ask! After reading your post about all of your follies (wicked numbers) I don't know how you are managing to function physically - I have a hard time on meds (clomid and puregon) and hate that my ovaries feel like grapefruits! Wishing you all the best with your egg retrieval.

    Happy ICLW

  6. I love it when the appointments fall at a convenient time. It doesn't happen often, so when it does, it's a treat! I hope your appointment goes well and you enjoy your time with your girlfriend. I think that just might be what I need this week - girl time!

  7. Wow, thats a lot of follicles. I bet you are feeling that.

    Good luck with trigger!

  8. Good luck with everything. Congrats on your follicle count!

  9. Yay for all of the follicles... so exciting!!