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The 10:45 Trigger Shot

Posted by auntiem10 on October 1, 2010

We got the call about an hour ago… we’re triggering tonight at 10:45 p.m. Interestingly, Dr. Surrey only wants me to inject part of the HCG injection instead of the whole 10,000 units. (I found out later that this decision was based on the fact that my estradiol level was pretty high, and Dr. Surrey was worried about hyperstimulation. Just FYI.) My egg retrieval is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. I shouldn’t have, but I asked for my estradiol level today. It is 4010. O-m-g, that seems kinda high to me. That is quite a bit higher than my level last year; however, the difference is that 1) it seems that more eggs are brewing, and 2) Dr. Surrey has kept me on a relatively low dose of stims so that the level has increased slow and steady. Hopefully these two factors will make a huge difference in terms of egg quality. Now I wish I wouldn’t have asked for today’s estradiol level!

We went to the Outlets at Castle Rock today and bought some neat stuff–a wok at the Calphalon store, a dutch oven at a different kitchen store, a new Fossil watch for me at the Fossil outlet, some new Adidas socks for dogwalking, and a few other things. Then we walked around Manitou Springs at the base of Pike’s Peak, which is something we did in April during our ODWU stay. We also walked around the Garden of the Gods and took a bunch of pictures. I am pooped, so pictures will have to wait! We’re going to our favorite Denver Thai food restaurant tonight, A Taste of Thailand. It is a hole-in-the-wall across from the Swedish Medical Center, but it’s soooo good!

Tomorrow I have to go back to CCRM for bloodwork, and then we’re heading to Rocky Mountain National Park for the day. It’s going to be yet another gorgeous day, so I”m sure it will be absolutely beautiful there. It’s our last real day in Denver (at least until we return in January for the transfer), so we plan to really enjoy it!

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Slowing Down the Stimming

Posted by auntiem10 on September 30, 2010

We just got the call a little while ago–tonight I’m reducing the dosage of Follistim to 75 units, and tomorrow morning I will only inject one vial of Menopur. I did ask about my estradiol level today, and it is currently 2487. Last year on the eighth day of stimming, I was ready to trigger and my estradiol level was 3431. I obviously stimmed way too fast last time (with the microdose lupron protocol), so I’m thrilled to see the huge difference in my estradiol level. I’m not sure what my estradiol level was on Tuesday when I last had my blood drawn, but apparently today’s result was a huge increase, and that’s why Dr. Surrey reduced my dosage by half.

We go back to CCRM in the morning for another monitoring session, and then we have our IVF cycle review. Tomorrow I plan to ask how close to trigger we are. Physically I am feeling perfect except for a little bit of pressure in the ovarian region. Last year my ovaries were huge (as a result of stimming too quickly), and they made the stimming process very uncomfortable. I’m amazed by how good I still feel eight days into stims, and I feel very fortunate to have few side effects. I am very impressed at how well Dr. Surrey has controlled my estradiol level, and I hope this difference will lead to some good-quality embryos!

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Same Old Dose

Posted by auntiem10 on September 28, 2010

The call came a little late, but my nurse finally let me know that all of my doses will stay the same tonight and tomorrow. I had an appointment scheduled for tomorrow morning, but Dr. Surrey feels that I can take the day off and just come in Thursday morning. I was kinda hoping to be monitored daily from here on out, but I guess they have their reasons for letting me take a day off.  I still don’t know my estradiol level, but it must be rising appropriately since they haven’t adjusted my dose of Follistim. That is good news!

Tuesday and Wednesday: Synthroid, 2 vials Menopur, Antibiotic, Prenatal, 150 units Follistim, 5 units lupron, Antibiotic, Dexamethasone

Thursday I have monitoring at 8am, then my IVF physical while the hubby provides his fun back-up sample, and then we have our genetic counseling session. We should be out of there around 10:30 a.m. and can then go explore!

Today I went to the Park Meadows Mall. Wow, it’s a pretty upscale place! Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn (and Pottery Barn Kids), Crate + Barrel, Armani, Swarovski, etc. Inside it looks like a hunting lodge with skylights and wooden beams everywhere. I bought some fall decor from Crate + Barrel and some carry-along antibacterial soap from Bath & Body Works, and managed to control myself in all of the other stores. : ) This mall has a pet store (which I strongly oppose), and my heart dropped in my stomach to see all those puppies. : ( It has been VERY hot here today, so the best place to hang out was definitely inside. One funny thing: I grabbed a sandwich at the mall’s food court, and they gave me one of those little round discs that vibrated when my order was ready! The mall in my own metropolitan area is considerably less ritzy. : )

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Staying the Same

Posted by auntiem10 on September 26, 2010

Last night I didn’t sleep well–a combination of being away from home and my hubby and my dogs, hearing too many noises around my room, and feeling hot. So after I wrote my last post, I rested in bed and fell into a pretty deep sleep. About 30 minutes ago, the nurse called, and I answered it even though I wasn’t really awake yet. I felt so groggy and spacey, but I managed to comprehend that I’m supposed to stay on the same dose for tonight and tomorrow. My next scan and bloodwork will take place on Tuesday morning.

So on Sunday and Monday, I’ll take: Synthroid, Antibiotic, Prenatal, 2 vials Menopur, 150iu Follistim, 5 units lupron, Antibiotic, Dexamethasone.

I’m choosing not to specifically ask for my estradiol level for this IVF cycle. Last year my estradiol increased dramatically, and it caused me a lot of anxiety. If the nurse volunteers this information, then I’ll report it on here; otherwise, I’m just not going to worry about it.

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