Another beautiful Follie

Today is a much better day. Having to get up for my day 12 US will hopefully put me back on the right track for school. I read until 1:30 AM (oops) and got up at 6 and was at the RE’s office by 8. The wait was a bit longer than normal, perhaps because I was there a bit earlier and was in the rush of women trying to make it to work. Still, there was nobody there when I arrived and 2 came after me. The lovely nurse who I chat with about good restaurants in my neck of the woods ushered me in and we got down to business. Lose the pants, hop on the table and wait for my ultrasound pro to make her entrance. I really do like her, she makes me feel confident in what we are doing. She was a bit more subdued today, and said how frustrating it is when she can’t tell her patients exactly why they aren’t getting pregnant even when everything looks perfect. This would be the case with me.

Since taking the Letrozole, I have been pretty consistent with my lining and follicle production. This month was no exception. I am very happy with what has been going on in my body this month. My right ovary has grown 1 follicle measuring in at 21! Did a little happy dance when I heard that. I also have a triple layer lining measuring at 8mm.

I feel confident this month! This is the best size we have had since our first successful round, and I just had my HSG done. They say that your likelyhood of becoming pregnant after that is slightly elevated. Whether this is fact or myth, I am going to go with it and feel hopeful.

I asked for all of my liver function results for my PC appointment next Monday, and was told that this is pretty common when going through these treatments. Why couldn’t they have told me that on Tuesday? So I am sure I am in for more blood work and tests, but I am fairly confident that the elevated levels are due to the medication I am on and not some massive underlying illness.

But first we will deal with tonight, we will trigger with the Novarel and get some baby making in over the next few days. Then the waiting game is on. Maybe it will go by faster with the distraction of school starting again. I can only hope!

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1st RE Visit

Today was a good day. I woke hubby up early to go to our 2:30 RE appointment. We gave ourselves plenty of time to get there and find parking. I have to say that I was not great company on the ride there. When I am nervous I get quiet. While I needed him there with me, I was not a good conversationalist on the drive. We got there, signed in and sat down to tap our toes and wait. Finally we were called in and after the regular weigh in and blood pressure (an a little chat between my nurse and hubby about being Portuguese) we waited some more. We sat in a room with an ultrasound machine, I couldn’t help but say “hey, someday our baby will be on that screen right there”. We are finally in the place where I know we will get our miracle. And hey, the relaxing screens on the ceiling lights were pretty cool too. The first room had a sky with clouds, and the second a landscape. Makes laying on your back with any assortment of tools up your hoo-ha feel like a vacation…Not quite…but I liked it!! So fast forward through the waiting and toe tapping to meeting our Doctor…

She is straight forward and a fast talker, but I like her. Once she told me “we will get you your baby” I loved her. She explained things with pictures and answered every question we had ( I may have asked the same thing 5 times—it was a lot to get my head around). She worked out our plan with me which is as follows:

Metformin: Starting tonight with 1 pill daily for a week and working up to 4 pills per day over the next
month. ( some of the side effects for this one don’t sound so great (diarrhea and nausea)

Provera: Will start this tomorrow for 10 days to induce a period about 2 weeks from now

Letrozole: 2 pills days 3-7

Oh and some awesome news! No more OPKs!!! Thank the lord I finally get to be monitored to see if I ovulate! No more guessing, no more smiley faces or lack of smiley faces, Hallelujah!

On day 12 I go in for an ultrasound to see if my lovely little follies have matured enough for the trigger shot. I’ll go again on day 14 if they are being stubborn.

Novarel: Finally we and by that I mean Hubby will give me the trigger shot of this lovely drug.

Now here I need your opinions. If we go with Novarel, we have to mix it but then I only get 1 shot. There is another option that comes pre mixed but I would need to get stuck twice… And go with the opinions!

And then came my favorite (and Hubby’s) part of the appointment…The ultrasound! I have always worried that maybe I have no more eggs, or that something is seriously wrong. We watched on the screen as she navigated my uterus…aside from being slightly tilted and with one very small fibroid, was normal! Yay! Then came the ovaries…and the numerous follicles that could be seen in both. SUPER YAY! So they are in there waiting to grow! I am not barren or broken! After that I was calm and confident and excited! We will get there eventually.

So the game-plan is to try this drug combination for a few months. If that doesn’t work we will try something else, then injectables. My insurance will cover IUIs and IVFs only after I have 6 cycles that show ovulation has occurred. Which sucks. But the Doctor was confident that we will get my body to ovulate, and that made me confident. I am hopeful and excited to see if this new course will work, if those little follies are ready to get to growing .