Friday, October 07, 2005

bad blogger. no cookie.

Yes, I’ve been a bad blogger. Thing is, I don’t have much to say.

Baseline appointment was fine. Having blood drawn with a butterfly is worlds better than having it drawn with the regular needle like they do at the regular lab, so that was good. The other RE (who REALLY doesn’t have a nickname yet, since is the first I’ve seen of him) did the scan. Greater than 10 follicles on each side, which he seemed pleased with. My ovaries looked about the same as they always look, so it was funny for that to be a good thing. I did manage to keep him in the room for an extra 5 seconds to ask a question, but then I was back with the nurse, who seems good so far. I think I’ll call her Nurse Good Humor (or, you know, HumoUr for all you folks across the various ponds) - she actually laughed when I made some side comment, which was a nice change of pace. E2 < 20, FSH 6.8, DHEAS 269. (That DHEAS is high, and they’re going to put me on prednisone with the Lupron. What little Googling I’ve done has freaked me out a bit, so I’m holding off trying to hold off on further Googling until I get to ask the RE about it on Monday.)

I got my calendar - going to have the full month of BCPs as originally planned, so I’ll start the Lupron (and the prednisone, I guess) on Halloween. Maybe I’ll dress up as a mad doctor and go around scaring people with needles (though the Lupron needles aren’t so scary - J suggested using a mixing needle left over from the last round of HCG instead). Or maybe I’ll stay home and eat (sugar-free) chocolate.

I go in Monday for a trial transfer and a saline sonogram (aka saline HSG or SHG or... that thing has too many names!) I’m planning to take a bunch of advil in anticipation, and I guess drink a whole bottle of water on the way, but any other tips would, of course, be most welcome. J is going with me, but I hadn’t planned on taking the day off - will I need to? (He might also do his repeat SA then - he’s always done collection at home, but for the actual IVF he’ll probably need to do it onsite, so I suggested that he might use this as a trial run, so to speak. We’ll see.)

I feel like I should have some exciting story to tell, but nothing so far. Just the boring cycle update. But I’m trying to come up with good nicknames for the doctors, and Monday’s appointment will probably generate some stories (though hopefully not like Lindy’s experience) so maybe the next post will be more exciting.


  1. I think you'll be fine if you drink a lot for the trial transfer (and start early). My RE said I should be walking funny.

    And do take the advil. I took four caps an hour before my scheduled appointment. Have some on hand to take later in the day if you need to.

    I don't think you'll need the day off work. I had very mild cramping on and off for an hour or two, but mostly it just hurt during the procedure.

    And hey - at least you can distract yourself by trying to come up with nicknames!

    Glad the baseline scan went well!! And again, I'm so glad we're in this together.

  2. I relate - it's hard to blog when there's nothing much to say. I'm in the same boat.

  3. Cass mine wasn't painful but it was uncomfortable. I think afterwards it's good to take it easy as much as you can. I find that controlling and concentrating on my breathing, making a sort of woooo hooo sound, listening to the sound of it going in and out etc helps with a lot of these procedures. (ok except my ER but you know, the rest were ok)

    hope it goes well!

  4. Mine wasn't so bad either- I second the need for drugs to get you through it, though. I have no idea how it would have felt if I hadn't taken any.

    And by the way, you blog when you want to. We'll still check back. This is the space with which you do what you need to do for yourself, not for us!

  5. I *love* your Halloween costume idea. It's great - very scary!

    Wishing you lots of fabulous follies!

  6. Hey Cass,

    I know you have been busy with school. Just checking in to say hi & thinking of you & hoping all is well.