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Honey I Shrunk the Egg (UPDATED)

Posted by auntiem10 on August 24, 2010

This is a bizarre day–I’m triggering tonight. Dr. Surrey reviewed this morning’s ultrasound report and decided that:

1) the follicle hasn’t shrunk; today’s dimensions were simply a variance in measurement
2) the reason behind the follicle petering out in growth is because it’s ready to drop

I am slightly dubious about the maturity of the egg (since at its biggest, it was only 16mm), but I’m choosing to have faith. If worse comes to worst, my progesterone will be too low next week, and I’ll just wait until CD 1 to start BCPs. It will extend our wait by a few weeks, but what else is new?  I think I’ve proven by now that I’m the Queen of waiting for IVF cycles. : )

As much as I want to place complete trust in Dr. Surrey and CCRM, blind faith is hard to come by after getting jerked around by our first RE last year. There’s a time to advocate for yourself and a time to trust the doctor, and I feel in this case that I need to trust Dr. Surrey. I need to carry around CCRM’s SART report so that I can look at it whenever I start to doubt their competence. We’re headed to the big-time clinic for this very reason–I really don’t think any other clinic can help us to get pregnant after our dismal drop-off of embryos last year, after our former RE’s declaration that I likely have zero chromosomally normal eggs, and after hearing our former embryologist’s bewildered attitude while reviewing our cycle notes. CCRM is the only place that can make this happen for us, and I must work on trust!

So next week, I’ll have my blood drawn to check my progesterone level. If the result is >5, I get to bypass BCPs altogether and will instead start a few weeks of Lupron, shaving off a few weeks of waiting time in the process. If the result is not >5, I don’t know what happens, but I’m choosing to think positively! This will happen for us this time, gosh darnit!

Tonie is working on our new calendar, so I will be posting that soon. Denver in September, here we come! : )

From earlier today: Still waiting to hear some kind of official word from CCRM, but this morning’s u/s showed that my lead follicle SHRUNK–it only measured about 13-15mm (depending on the angle measured), compared to 16mm last Friday and Sunday morning. The next biggest follicles are only about 8mm. Today is Cycle Day 17, so I really don’t know what’s going on. I’ve asked my apparent new nurse (Tonie) to call me so that I can glean some more info. She replied to let me know that she’ll review the report with Dr. Surrey and will let me know the plan.

Seriously, body–can you not just cooperate for once?! Stay tuned for another update this afternoon.


4 Responses to “Honey I Shrunk the Egg (UPDATED)”

  1. R said

    I think I am still the queen of waiting but you are getting close LOL. I’m glad you are triggering tonight and hopefully Dr. Surrey is correct and it is ready to drop. Have fun! 😉

  2. LisainSK said

    Cool, cool and cool! I know exactly what you mean about when to be your own advocate and when to “simma down” and let the experts take care of things. I had to give them my 1000% confidence and trust that they know what’s right with regard to my recent less than optimal mock cycle lining measurement. Take care and too cool that you’ll get to fast track your cycle than at first thought…

  3. I think there is def. a time to push for your own voice to be heard vs. letting them make decisions–and it sounds like this time Dr. S is right. However, always trust your intuition…they are only human and while you want to think they always have your best interest at heart, I work in a busy clinic and truthfully, sometimes it is hard to remember every.single.detail about someone and if they gently remind me of something I am going to serve them better. That being said, it’s so exciting that you’re almost ready to get to Denver!!!

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