Follicles

14 Apr

I went in for bloodwork and ultrasound today, and I’m happy to hear that my estrogen has gone up again. How do you dip from 300 to 54? The nurse couldn’t even explain it to me, but now it’s gone back up to 190, which the nurse said is much better. I should be planned for retrieval on Friday, but with my slow growing follicles, it might be pushed back. So far I have about 5 follicles on each side that measure over 10mm. And the pain…wow, I’m already starting to feel it. When I use the bathroom or anything, I feel the pain from the swelling of my ovaries. I’m afraid that I will fall into that category of OHSS, since it happens more likely with younger women who have lotsa eggs. I’m nervous since I have a little less than a week left of medication…it will put my ovaries into shock. I’m taking it one step at a time now…not so scared of a negative pregnancy later(but I still am regardless) and now just more worried about OHSS. Will it be all worth it if i end up in the hospital because I can’t breathe? This sucks. All of it sucks. Infertility sucks. And yet, I am so so grateful for this opportunity to do IVF and have a possibility of bringing our baby home. I realize that that’s a far fetched hope, but as some friends pointed out…hope is important. I’m so exhausted from the meds…I can barely move or do anything…so what will happen if I do get pregnant? Don’t want to jump ahead yet though. For the meantime I’m spending lots of time at home trying to relax and take it easy on my body with the medications and the upcoming retrieval, if my follicles continue to react properly to the shots.
One day at a time.

10 Responses to “Follicles”

  1. newtoivf April 14, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Everything crossed xx

  2. Lauren April 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    I feel like we should just live together for the next couple of months with the weird and similar ways our bodies respond to meds. Lol. I know it is a frustrating process. Even as I wait for my body to begin bleeding and for finality to occur with this Little One, I’m a little wary of what the next two months of FET drugs will be like in my unpredictable body. At least there will be 3 weeks of birth control first….

    Anyway, what crazy numbers! I’m glad your doctor is taking it slow because that reduces your risk for severe OHSS. If I remember correctly each mature follicle should produce about 200 level estrogen, so do the math…several days before my retrieval my estrogen was at 4,000 (and they ended up with 32 eggs…24 mature e bought to attempt fertilization). I was told to expect some hyperstimulation, but I guess they only worry about it if you start to gain like 5 pounds in one day. I put on significant fluid weight (that I’ve not gotten rid of yet) and looked about 4 months preg. My skin couldn’t stretchy anymore and my poor belly was so swollen. However, my doctor wasn’t concerned. One friend who ended up in th hospital looks about 8 months pregnant. That rarely happens anymore.

    I truly believe that the aggressive way I counteracted the fluid helped. I prayed so much, and I know The Lord protected me. However, I would start treating yourself the day you give yourself the HCG trigger shot (usually 36 hours before retrieval). HCG is what starts the complications. Anyway, from my research, start to sleep with your legs elevated. Limit all fluids but electrolytes. Eat tons of protein and very salty foods. The salt helps pull fluid from ovaries and the electrolytes flush them. I also massaged my abdomen (stop this once transfer occurs). I’ve heard that limiting carbs and sugar can also help.

    Above all, rest! I’m anxiously pulling for this to be your month. Don’t worry about each outcome, but take it day by day. I pray that The Lord fills you with miraculous peace and joy. Hugs!

    • bloggerkuwait April 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      Lauren I wish we could! At least me and you would understand each other and help each other more! Haha. I’m so scared of OHSS, and I feel like since you had some symptoms…I most likely will too…we make too many darn eggs! Thanks for all the tips…I was telling the hubs yesterday what you said an told him we must go out and buy all this stuff! I def don’t want this to happen to me, but I guess I can’t stop it. I hope that you are feeling better now, I can only imagine how hard it is. But remember…there’s another another chance and another try πŸ™‚ one of those embies will be your take home baby ❀

      • Lauren April 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

        Oh, I’m hoping for that! Miraculously, I just started bleeding this morning, bringing some finality to it all…

        Salty food recommendations (lol)…
        Dill pickle spears
        V-8 juice (yuck)
        Hummus (lots and lots)
        Salty chips/crackers/pretzels
        Salted eggs (scrambled, hard boiled, etc.)
        Salted nuts (supposedly almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and Brazil nuts are really good)
        Really salty chicken noodle/rice soup
        Salty popcorn
        Anything that you can salt!
        Tons of silly movies (you will need a fun distraction)

        G2 variety of Gatorade doesn’t have quite as much sugar and is full of electrolytes so it is my recommendation…somehow it tastes better cold …

        Tylenol for pain after retrieval (one of the few pain relievers considered safe)

        Not sure if this was good or not, but I had a massage one of the days between retrieval and transfer. She did a lot of abdominal work, specifically over my uterus and ovaries. It hurt, but I think it helped. Since I didn’t get pregnant, who knows, but at least I kept swelling to about 4-5 pounds total and was able to have a transfer.

        Hope this is not too much info πŸ™‚ I just found that I wanted to know everything I could beforehand to prepare. I think next time around is going to be much easier and a lot less stressful!

        Once again, hugs! Laugh as much as possible with your hubby. They need it πŸ™‚

      • bloggerkuwait April 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

        Omg no its not! I feel much better when I get tips from people who have done it…and since our bodies are so similar…please the more the merrier! Haha. These are awesome tips…I wish we lived in the same city, it could be awesome support.

        I am really happy you started bleeding already, even though I know it’s bitter sweet. I just didn’t want to see you wait any longer…I feel sometimes that’s worse than just having it happen to start over. So now you will do 3 weeks birth control and then transfer another embie?

      • Lauren April 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

        Not quite sure of the schedule…I’ll call tomorrow. I think it is 3 weeks birth control and then 2-3 weeks Lupron and estrogen to build lining and suppress ovaries and then transfer…I think I’m looking at end of may or beginning of June. I won’t be too far behind you πŸ™‚

      • bloggerkuwait April 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

        Yeah my doc said that the meds for the transfer and not nearly as bad as for complete IVF. That will be at least a little relieving for your body. Take the birth control and take it easy on yourself…I’m so happy at least you don’t have to go through the entire process of IVF again. Keep me updated xoxo

      • Lauren April 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

        I will! You too! I want to know any and everything! πŸ™‚ enjoy your Sunday!

      • bloggerkuwait April 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

        I def will keep you updated, dear friend πŸ™‚ you too, happy happy Sunday!

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