Thursday, October 11, 2012

IVF #4 CD 15- Catching Up

I haven't blogged in the past few days because things have been a bit crazy and I've just been too exhausted. I returned to my clinic on Tuesday since I wasn't ready to trigger Monday. Things looked much better and I had about 20 measurable follicles. The NP was quite sure I would trigger that day and gave me her cell number so I could confirm things once I heard from Br.averman's office.

Sure enough, I was told to trigger and my retrieval was set for 8:30 on Thursday (today) morning. On Tuesday my estradiol levels had jumped to 6115 from 4537 the day before. They wrote me a prescription for Dostinex to help prevent OHSS.

I triggered Tuesday night after book club dinner with the girls. It was so nice to see them and laugh a lot (as is always the case around them). I took a 30 unit dose of Lupron and was instructed to return to my clinic following day to check LH and progesterone levels. I guess this was to be sure the Lupron trigger worked. As far as I know, everything was good because I didn't hear otherwise.

Yesterday W and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. He bought me flowers that were just like my wedding bouquet and took me to dinner where we had our rehearsal dinner. It was really good and nice to spend time together. In addition, he refinished and painted an old window that had lots of window panes and put wedding photos in it for decoration on our bedroom wall. It looks really nice and I can't wait to hang it up.

Since I recently read the book Gone Girl I had the idea of traditional wedding gifts. On the third year it is leather. I bought him a table saw, a new leather belt, a leather bathroom travel bag, and some caramel chocolate squares.

Unfortunately, because I was so tired, I came home from dinner and fell asleep a little before 9. It did feel pretty fantastic to get all that sleep.

This morning we got up early and were at the clinic by 7:45. The nurse helping with the retrieval was very nice and my favorite NP also came in and listened to my heart and lungs and wished me good luck. When the anesthesiologist came in he told me there was a nationwide shortage on propofol so they were going to use something else.

Dr. Gr.eene came in and talked to me. He said he was committed to getting every egg and that I wouldn't remember anything. We talked about the freeze all option and he was super optimistic about it. He told me he recently wrote a blog post about it and that there was an article in the WSJ about it last week (a blogger friend had shared with me and I read it.) I asked him abut the uterine scratching that was mentioned in the article and he gave me further details and said he also blogged about that. The scratching is basically an endometrial biopsy. It's definitely something I'm going to ask Dr. Br.averman about. If we are planning the transfer next month we would do the endometrial biopsy in the next week or so. Here is a link to the WSJ article: Article

Retrieval really sucked today. Although I was out of it, I felt a lot and was in a lot of pain during. Although I don't remember complaining of the pain, W said I did at least 10 times. I'm feeling so much better now than I was at that time. I'm uncomfortable and moving slowly, but planning to take tomorrow off from work. I also have the whole weekend to recover. 

So....the number of eggs retrieved? 23!!! I'm pretty pleased about that number but know they won't all be mature. I will get the fert report tomorrow, so I'm hoping we get a good number of embryos.


  1. What a fantastic number of eggs retrieved. Will you freeze them?

    1. Yup, freezing what we have on day 5.

  2. 23 eggs retrieved is a great start! Here's hoping a good number of them decide to fertilize and continue dividing and growing.

    Take care.

  3. Wow - 23 is an amazing number of eggs hon! Praying for a GREAT fert report tomorrow. It's nice that your doc is so up to date on all the current research out there. Good luck deciding what to do!

  4. Woot Woot! This is awesome news!

    Also, Happy Anniversary! Your husband sounds like a sweetheart, and what an awesome gift he gave you and likewise you to him. Very sweet.

    Glad the retrieval is over and things seem to keep going your way!

  5. 23! Wowza! That's fantastic :) I can't wait to hear your fertility report and hope that you have lots of little embies growing strong and healthy!

  6. I'm really hoping for you on this one!!! 23 is such a great number!!!

  7. 23!!!?? So exciting. Wishing, hoping and praying that this is it for you!!! :) Btw, your husband sounds like a sweetheart!

  8. Tons of congratulations are in order! Happy anniversary! What a great gift! 23 eggs! Sending good vibes your way!

  9. Oh! That's a good number! Congrats and good luck with the fertilization and freeze!