Friday, May 12, 2006

You Know What They Say.....

about the third time, right? Well, I won't say it, just in case.

Appointment went well-the bloodletting and turn with the Wand of Fun showed everything to be good, so we got the okay to move forward. We had our orientation and medication class yesterday afternoon, with three other couples. We, of course, were the old vets of the group, but that was okay. We met a teacher and her husband (also a teacher) who was there because she has to do PGD due to a family genetic disorder, and I felt bad for her, because she and her husband had no fertility problems. She also seemed scared shitless. God, I remember that well.

We also met our nurse, Nurse Blondie, who was really nice (and also ran the orientation). She seems to be very helpful and matter of fact, but also compassionate, which is good.

So, here's the lowdown on my cycle: I started the Pill last night, which BLOWS ASS CHUNKS. Sean said that it was the ultimate cruel joke-to take birth control pills when we can't have kids on our own to begin with. Oh, well-bottoms up! But, taking it sure sucks. Can't wait for the constant nausea that I usually get at first to happen-I'm thinking that will happen within the next day or so. At least it's temporary, right?

Anyway, I take the little fuckers for about 10 days, then start Lupron injections beginning May 20th (overlapping with the pills). I take the last Pill on 5/23, then go in for a wanding and bloodwork on 5/26. If all looks okay, I start 225 IU of FolliSTING that evening, then take the same amount every night (only once a day, instead of 225 twice a day, which is what Dr. Vest had me on) unless they change the dosage, and drop the Lupron to 5 units. I go back on 5/28 for more monitoring, then Dr. Pipsqueak (who Sean duly renamed yesterday when he saw her come out of her office and realized that she barely came up to the nameplate on her door) wants me in every day after that for monitoring. Yikes. My arms will look like ground beef before it's all over-hopefully there will be a vein for the IV during the retrieval.

Retrieval is tentatively set between the 3rd and the 5th of June, depending, of course on how I respond to the meds. Transfer would be a three day, and the beta will be anytime from June 18th to 20th. I'll also have to go in the day after transfer, 2dp, 5dp, and 9dp for estradiol and progesterone checks, which I've never done before. I'm glad, though-it's a conservative approach, and one that perhaps I needed all along.


For some reason, I thought that this wouldn't be until more towards the middle of June, but hey-it's meant to happen this way. It just seems to be moving more quickly this time around, and I'm not sure whether it's because we're at a Big Important Clinic or not, or that we were really proactive in completing the IVF checklist we were given last month-I noticed that the other members in our orientation had nothing completed yet (except for the PGD couple-I think that she and I will be cycling around the same time, which is cool). But, when all's said and done, I'm glad that we're not waiting around-I want to just get this done and over with.

By the way, watching Sean try to learn how to draw and give IM meds was hilarious. Honestly, I am really thankful that his mom and M are around to do this-watching him yesterday reinforces the thought that, as much as I love him and want his baby, I want him NO WHERE NEAR MY ASS CHEEK with a 2 1/2 inch sharp needle. Really.

However, if it gets me pregnant, I don't care who does it to me, as long as it works.


Jessica said...

I'm so sorry you have to go through all this, it's not fair. I'm praying that you are next.

Alli said...

Loved the added sarcasm - this waiting game, needles, medicine, is not for the faint at heart!

dawn said...

Glad you have someone to help with the IM shots, I didn't want Jason anywhere near my ass with a needle either. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thalia said...

Fantastic news that you're all set to go. I'd quite like a more conservative approach, too, I think my clinic is a bit lackadaisical sometimes.

cat said...

Damn those BC pills! May these days pass quickly and this cycle be smooth as silk baby even if Sean gets near your ass... ;)

*fingers crossed, hope being held hostage for you*

Shelli said...

Man, what an ordeal - I hope, for ALL of the right reasons, that this is THE LAST FREAKING TIME, darlin.


Lut C. said...

Your protocol sounds like a load of laughs! I can here it to the tones of Madness:
"Welcome to the Wand of fun,
now i've come of age
welcome to the Wand of fun
welcome to the lion's den, temptation's on it's way
welcome to the house of..."

Good luck!

Pamplemousse said...

Laughing at Lut's madness riff. Get swallowing those pills cos you are on the road now.

S said...

God, I LOVE IT Lut!!!

I'll have to do some 80's IVF parodies while on this cycle-just to pass the time away!

Thanks for the laugh!

Watson said...

It must feel great to have a plan and be putting it into action. I wish you all the BEST!