The last 2 days of monitoring have gone pretty well! When I went in on Monday I still had 10 follicles showing and they were ranging from 12mm-23mm. My estrogen level was 1,604!! So my body is totally doing what it needs to do and I just need to calm down. I had to do another night of stimulation shots last night at the same doses and come in the following morning for blood and ultrasound.
Of course they were super booked up and only had a 10:15 slot open so I had to leave work in the middle of surgery today (thank god for awesome co-workers who have been helping me out). The ultrasound tech did her thing and was measuring away at each beautiful looking black dot on the screen. She said things were still looking really good and I had a good number of follicles in the 20mm range. She said I’ll probably trigger tonight or tomorrow.
A trigger shot is what induces ovulation and is used as the final step before egg retrieval. It is essential that it is timed appropriately in relation to the egg retrieval – 36 hours before.
I was really hoping when my nurse called later she would say that we’d be triggering tonight. I’m so ready for this! She emailed me on my way home from work and said she’d be calling soon with instructions. Ooook? She has never emailed before telling me she’s about to call, she usually just calls. It’s gotta be happening tonight! Ahhh! I told her I was driving home from work and she asked me to call her when I got home. I couldn’t wait to get home!
When I finally got home I sat down with my planner and a pen ready to hear what to expect. I put Eden outside in case she started barking and had Janet inside (not thinking she’d make a sound).
I didn’t factor in her arch nemesis, the mail man. So as I’m on the phone with the nurse getting very specific and special instructions Janet is eating her food and then all the sudden she hears the mail slot open. Oh, shit. I’m just gonna try and paint a picture of what happened next: Janet sprinting to the couch to look out the window for evil mail person, food still in her mouth, intense barking, gasps for breath, food stuck in her throat, choking on said food, barking some more, choking, barking.
OMG can someone give me a freaking break. I just wanna hear the most important instructions I’m gonna get through this whole process in peace. Janet please shut up and stop choking. I’m gonna be such a good mom, right?
In between rubbing Janet’s throat to help her stop hacking I was able to play it cool on the phone with my nurse and gather the information I needed. Well at least the important stuff.
WE’RE TRIGGERING TONIGHT AT 10PM and we go in Thursday morning for egg retrieval in Chicago!! BAAAAA we’re sooooo excited!!! I took the obligatory before and after stimulation shots picture to compare the damage they ensued. I don’t think they caused too much bloating. It could be worse. Hopefully that belly will be getting a lot bigger in the near future anyway!
We decided to get a hotel room for tomorrow night in the city in order to help things go as smooth as possible on Thursday morning. My nurse said they prefer if Brandon gets his sample at home and not at the fertility center. I guess it’s better that way. Something with how the spermies liquify or some crap. I’m not sure exactly what she was saying – remember Janet? Anyways, we’d have to get the sample there within 2 hours and while that shouldn’t be an issue coming from our house you just never know what crazy Chicago traffic you’ll get especially during rush hour. We do not want to chance anything at this point. So if we get to be bougie for a night in Chicago than hell yeah for us.
Janet is fine by the way.