July/August Cycle Updates

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July/August Cycle Updates

Hi Ladies,

Well they say timing is everything, right? Hopefully my IVF timing is being used up to bring me my BFP because the timing of this board is pretty bad. Where is everyone? I've been lurking for years and there has always been so much activity and participation but now I'm finally doing it's mostly crickets chirping Wink

So I thought I'd start a thread for those few of us doing cycles now or preparing for cycles to post updates, ect. Hope someone replies so I don't feel like a loser (wink wink) :D:D

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I'll start...

So today is Day 8 of Stims. I've been taking 20/iu Suprefact (Lupron) in the morning and 150/iu Ginal F in the evening. Today's US/BW showed that I have 4 follies on the right with the largest 3 measuring 13mm, 11mm, 11mm and 7 follies on the left with the largest 3 measuring 12mm, 11mm, 9mm. My E2 is 1,739 and my Lining is 10. Doctor was very happy with that so I am doing 2 more days of Gonal F at 150, then another US/BW on Wednesday morning. He thinks I will most likely have the retrieval on Saturday or Monday. My acupuncture doctor thinks Monday. We shall see.

Last week's side effects were bad. But now I'm feeling better, still very dry mouth even though I drink water constantly.

I'm getting pretty excited about the possibility of all of this actually working. I know better than to expect success but I also want to allow myself the chance to enjoy this experience and feel hope again.

Thanks for listening/reading xo

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We're not cycling until Jan, but I'm totally stalking all of you. Good luck!

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This board goes in spurts of being busy. I'm done with IVF but I still frequent this board. I just can't stay away from it. I love to cheer everyone one. I hope this cycle is it for you. Looks like things are headed in the right direction.

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Aww, thanks Ladies! I was really just joking around about the lack of activity. I totally understand. There have been times when I wanted nothing to do with thinking about getting pregnant, you know? But now that we're doing this, I'm really excited. But also nervous. We live overseas far away from family so it's not always easy. Also, since it's my first time, I hope for some of you experts to let me know if something with my cycle seems "weird", you know?

Anyway, I really appreciate the support- thank you! xo

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Hi all,

I've been MIA for a while... but we started Progesterone for our next cycle (progesterone withdrawal). My last dose is tomorrow... hopefully AF will arrive this weekend and on Day 2 I start stims. woo hoo! I'm hoping for ER around Aug. 4-6th. This will be our last attempt at this so hopefully things work out.

bluelotus: let us know how it goes tomorrow! Good luck!

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"bisksprout" wrote:

bluelotus: let us know how it goes tomorrow! Good luck!

Ditto! I hope the US goes well and your retrieval is on track! :goodluck:

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Yay! That means retrieval is right around the corner! Having those little embies to obsess over is much more fun than just doing shots and looking at ultrasounds. Makes things a little more real. It sounds like everything is growing great, I'll be thinking of you!

Bisksprout: I knew your next cycle was coming soon, Aug will be here in no time Smile Are you staying on the same protocol?

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Been MIA, too. This cycle snuck up on me. We were only half planning it, but things seemed to fall into place so we ran with it. Started Lupron on 6/27 for a medicated FET. Started progesterone 7/17 (Sunday) for a planned FET 7/21. Starting to get nervous because we only had two to freeze and I'm afraid they won't survive the thaw. At least they said to call that morning to check before making the drive. So if the news is bad I'll be at home when I find out. This is pretty much our last shot, so I hope it works. Good luck to all of you. I'm going to try to be a better board-mate:)
Carolyn

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Carolyn: good luck with your FET tomorrow! KUP!

Brenda: I'm on a different protocol this time around. No Lupron. I'm doing a progesterone withdrawal protocol (which I've been wanting to do since my 2nd cycle, but that's another story). On progesterone for 7 days... then wait for AF. Start stims (Follistim and Menopur) and antibiotic on Day 2. Then they'll add Ganirelix, probably around day 5 or 6 of stims. fun fun fun... not looking forward to doing 3 shots a day, I had a hard enough time with 2... but it's short term. I can handle it for 11-ish days Smile

Rachel: are you out there? won't you be starting a new cycle soon? *HUGS*

Good luck everyone. Can't wait to hear your updates!

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Wow...looks like I am late to the party!! I am glad everyone is doing well...good luck Blue and Carolyn!! Amanda I am so excited for you to get started again.

So I am going for a second opinion (request of my current RE) to another RE here in Houston. I guess he is supposed to be one of the best in the country, he started CCRM with Schoolcraft. Anyway my RE did his residency with him and blah, blah, blah. Sorry if I already posted this. That appointment will be on the 29th and then I guess we go from there. It has been great having this break...I have thought about IF but not really. The other night I watch Bill and Guiliana and like all the emotions, stress, worry, sadness and fear came rushing back. I actually thought to myself, I can't believe I am doing this again. I will probably start BCP in August and won't actually have my ER until Sept.

So I have been enjoying my time with Katie and getting to know her. She is such a sweet dog and already love her to pieces.

I will try to be a better board friend too... xoxox

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Hi Gals! So excited to see all of this IVF activity!

A quick update on me first:
I had my Day 12 appt today and we are confirmed for ER on Monday afternoon! I have 13 follies total, Right- 5, with the largest ones at 18.5, 16.5, 16.5, Left- 8, with the largest ones at 18.5, 18, 16, 14, 14, 14, 12. My endometrium is 12 and my E2 is 9,580. RE was very happy with the results. I'm doing another 150/Goulal F tonight and have one more follow-up appt tomorrow morning. I already have the Ovidrel shot and as of now am scheduled to take that on Sunday at 12:01am. I'm just feeling incredibly full and tender in my lower abdomen. I was praticing yoga daily until today- I think it's time to rest a bit and then return to just gentle restorative poses after ER. Other than that- I'm excited!

Christi and Meg- thanks again for your support even though you're not cycling!

Amanda- hopefully AF shows up on time and you can begin stims without any delays- KUP xo

Brenda- what is happening with you? Did you have your retreival/transfer yet? Or did I miss that somewhere else on the board?

Carolyn- any updates on your FET?

Reb- Having a new puppy is the ultimate way to move forward through IF. I experienced it with my puppies. They bring so much joy and love into the home- and for us at the most crucial of times! Enjoy every moment of it... I just wish I had been better at discipline, my little guy is a 4lb monster!

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bluelotus: yay for having a retrieval date! Sounds like you are rockin' the follies! I am still a little round in the tummy, but before retrieval I looked like I was 6 mos PG. Ugh, I was even walking funny. I'll be thinking of you this weekend!

reb: good luck with your consult. Dr Schoolcraft did my first cycle and he was awesome. I think if this new Dr has that same reputation, you'll be in great hands. That's only a week away! In the meantime, enjoy all that puppy breath (I don't know why, but it's way cuter than plain ol' dog breath)

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Brenda - glad you're feeling well. Hope the 2WW isn't being too cruel!
bluelotus - sounds like you're doing awesome! Can't wait for an update after the ER!
Rebecca - good luck with your consultation. What's the new REs name?
Amanda - I hoping AF shows up for you soon! I think that's the first time I've ever said that:)

FET went smoothly yesterday. Only had one make it to transfer, but that's better than none, right? I was pretty down yesterday, but am feeling much better. I don't want to go into detail here, but there's another thread on the board with all my craziness on display!

Good luck to everyone!!
Carolyn

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[QUOTE=monkeycat;8634331 - good luck with your consultation. What's the new REs name?
Good luck to everyone!!
Carolyn[/QUOTE]

dr Hickman. Have you heard of him

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Rachel: Just a couple more days... hopefully the 2nd opinion will result in some changes that will give you a BFP Smile *HUGS* I know what you mean about asking yourself "why am I doing this??" I think it gets harder each time. I'll be glad when this last cycle is over... for better or for worse. I'm so glad you are enjoying Katie. Dogs just seem to know exactly what you need, LOL. I don't what I'd do without my little furbabies. When I'm sad, they cheer me up because how can you not smile when you walk into a room and they are so happy to see you. Their tails wag so hard their little butts wiggle, LOL. It's so funny. I can't wait to hear about your consult... KUP!

bluelotus: good luck with your trigger shot. Let us know how things go.

Carolyn and Brenda: How are things going??

AFM: AF showed yesterday! YEAH! I totall knew it would come on Saturday. Went for b/w and u/s today. If all looks good on b/w then I start stims today. EEK!

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Rachel...good luck with your consult. I hope your new RE can give you some answers and has some other ideas for you.

bluelotus...how did your trigger go? If I'm remembering correctly, your time zone is quite a bit ahead of us.

Amanda...were able to start stims today? Hopefully this cycle will be the "one." I know I say that everytime.

This has nothing to do with IVF (actually quite the opposite) but I think I got AF today and will start my BCP on cd5. Hopefully this will help my sex life without any other side effects.

I'm sure I missed some ppl. I haven't been on here for a few days.

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Amanda...how exciting!! Breathe deep, here you go!! We will be here to cheer you on!!

Someone sent me this article and thought I would share...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903461104576458134196248312.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_RIGHTTopCarousel_1

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Carolyn & Brenda- how is the 2ww treating? I'm dying to hear about any symptoms, ect... Hope you gals are resting well and *trying* Wink not to stress too much!

Amanda- did you start stims? I hope you were able to move along as planned. KUP!

Reb- how did your consult go with the new RE? I hope that he can help you!

Meg- yay for bcp! Hopefully they do exactly ;):eek: what you are hoping for! And Yes, I'm 12 hours ahead of New York.

AFM- I did my trigger late Sat early Sun at 1am. I had my retrieval this afternoon about 12:30pm. Doc said it went really well- 12 eggs total. They will call me tmrw with more details about how many are mature and how many were fertilized. We're using ICSI, too. I'm just tired, really swollen and more tender than I thought. But all things considered, I'm ok and just very grateful to have 12 eggs to start with!

Hope everyone has a great day- I'm off to bed :sleep:

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bluelotus..congrats on getting 12 eggs!! Sounds like things are going good. I'll be looking forward to hearing about your fert. report.

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Christi - an improved sex life is always a win!
bluelotus - 12 is awesome! Cant wait for more good news tomorrow! Get plenty of rest!
Amanda - Stims?
Rebecca - no, I haven't heard of him, but that doesn't really mean anything. Our issue is MFI, so I know more urologists than anything! Good luck at the appointment!
Brenda - Symptoms? I'm curious since our dates are so close!

As for me, on Saturday 7/23 (2dpt, day 7 of PIO) I started feeling a little crampy and "full" (I don't know how else to describe it) and bloated and then yesterday my boobs started aching. I know I've felt the full feeling before, but I'm not sure if it was during my BFP cycle or just occasionally with random run-of-the-mill-no-ART-involved cycles. Either I more in tune with how things feel right now, or it's an unusual feeling. As for the breast pain, I know that's unusual for me. I very rarely have breast pain. And the bizarro dreams started last night, too. I'm guessing all the symptoms are PIO related more than anything so I'm trying not to get my hopes too far up. I've been peeing nonstop since a couple of days after starting PIO, and eating damn near everything in sight since the day of transfer (I've gained six pounds since Thursday :0 - WTF?). I desperately wanted to POAS this AM (4dp6dt - or is it considered a 5dt? I don't even know), but common sense won out. I'm trying to hold off until Friday, but we'll see.
Carolyn

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Hi Girls,
It's the morning after the ER and I just received the Fert Report: 12 eggs collected, 8 were mature, 7 fertilized by ICSI. What do you all think? Is that good? I'm starting to get nervous now. I'm super uncomfortable and didn't sleep well last night. Hoping that subsides as the day progresses.

Carolyn- sounds like promising symptoms! I know youve done this before, but my RE office is making me take my weight every day. If a sudden and notable weight gain happens, they told me that is a sign of ohss. They also said that 4-5 egg whites a day will help reduce the bloat and uncomfortableness... Anyone ever heard that?

Hope everyone is doing well! xo

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bluelotus...that sounds like a great fert report. 8 of the 7 fertilizing is awesome. I had one egg out of 12 fertilize one cycle...that was crap, but I never had good fert. reports. When are you transferring?

Egg whites? Never heard of doing that before but I'm sure they just want you to get extra protein. Make sure you increase your fluid intake, esp fluids with lots of electrolytes. Hope you can get more comfortable.

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Blue: Sounds very good, rest up! Hope you start to feel better soon.

Carolyn: POAS, POAS, POAS!!!

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Just a quick update... I'll hop on later and write more when I get home from work. Yes, started stims Sunday night. 300Iu Follistim and 150Iu Menopur. I go back on Thurs. morning for b/w and u/s.

Hope everyone is doing well!
*HUGS*

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Amanda - congrats on starting stims! I hope everything goes smoothly and you get great results!

bluelotus - that's a great report! I hope you are getting plenty of rest. With my fresh cycle, I overdid it the second day after ER and paid for it. Please take it easy and heal. You earned it!

As far as my weight gain, I know it's all food and med related (I did an FET so no OHSS for me). I've been eating everything. Also, I lost about ten pounds during May and June because the AC in my car wasn't working and I work out of my car and with it being ONE MILLION degrees in Houston, the weight just poured right off. I did have my thyroid checked just to be sure. I got my AC fixed about three weeks ago finally so it's all coming back.

New symptoms today - CRANKY! and craving a cigarette. It was the only really craving I had during pg (of course I didn't indulge). Figures, huh?

I really want to POAS, but I'm terrified of seeing all that whiteness. Seen it way too many times. It's not fair that PIO causes so many pg symptoms!

Can't wait for more updates! Checking this has become my favorite part of the day!

Carolyn

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bluelotus - that's a great report! Lucky number 7! I think that was what we had with my 1st cycle and that was successful. Hope you're feeling better. Any word on transfer?

Amanda - yay for stims! I hope it goes well for you.

Carolyn - I had the classic symptoms- sore boobs, skin breaking out, eating everything in sight-but they have sort of gone away. I'm suprised my boobs aren't still sore, since I keep poking them to see if they're still sore. The goofy things IVF makes us do! I am still having really vivid dreams, but that might just be nerves.

The POAS devil is sitting on my shoulder and making me test, but it's probably not a good thing. My first line was some leftover trigger (it was way too soon for a BFP, but I knew that when I did it) because everything since has been snow white. I am 8dp5dt, so we better start seeing some action soon!

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Rebecca - forgot to say thanks for the article. It's interesting to see what journey everyone has taken to get us all to this same point. It's also nice to see stuff like that in the media so people that have not gone through IF or IVF can understand what we're doing.

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Brenda - IKWYM. My symptoms seem to fluctuate. Oddly enough, my boobs aren't sore if I poke them but they are if I move just right, and sometimes they just throb. Have to add heartburn to the list, too. And O . . . M . . . G . . . the crankiness. Wow. Just wow. I wish I could attribute any symptom to being pg, but in my head I know it's just the progesterone jacking with me.

I finally broke down and POASed last night (5dp6dt) around eight with about a four hour pee hold. I swear I could see the faintest of lines (Answer), but it seemed to go away if I looked directly at it. Tossed it under the sink and went to bed. This afternoon, I POASed on a Dollar Tree test (stopped and bought three today). Snow white BFN. Only a 2 1/2 hour pee hold. Pulled out the Answer from last night, and the line is very very very faint but definitely there. It looks to have pink to it, but I'm thinking evap since it's been about twenty hours, so I'm not getting my hopes up. But it's nice to see a line even if it's not the real deal. Will be POASing in the AM though.

I'm 6dp6dt today so I'm one day behind you, right Brenda? When is your beta? I'm going to schedule mine for the 5th with is 15dpt. If I don't get a BFP by then. . . I don't want to finish that statement. I'm so ready to know one way or the other.

I'll be praying for all of us per usual. Hang tough ladies! You are the strongest, smartest set of women I know!

Need . . . more . . . good . . . updates!!!!

Carolyn

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Carolyn...looking forward to your POAS update this morning!

bluelotus...how are you and your embies doing? When is your transfer?

Amanda...how was our u/s and b/w? Looking forward to stalking you.

Brenda...how is your POASing going?

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I posted this in a new thread but I'll paste it here, too.
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I'm going nuts and I need some words of wisdom. You ladies always seem to know the right thing to say.

I POAS (FRER) this morning (7dp6dt of one frozen embie - not sure what grade - RE said 25-30% chance of success). I got the faintest of faint lines. It's so faint I can't tell if it has any color or not. I think I see some pink but I'm not sure if it's just wishful thinking. It showed up just after the three minute mark. About 36 hours ago, I took a Answer that had a super faint line after several hours (within minutes of taking it there seemed to be a line that disappeared if I looked directly at it) and I think it has pink to it. In all my years of TTC (about 11), I've never had an evap. Is it possible to get two now? And if they were real BFPs, shouldn't the one today be darker?

I know there's nothing to do but wait. I'm just so frustrated. With my successful fresh cycle, I got a BFP at 5dp5dt although I didn't realize it until 7dp5dt. (I thought it was negative and put it away and when I tested two days later and got a faint line I pulled it out to make sure the first was negative to make sure i wasn't seeing results of the trigger and it had a faint pink line.)

I'm trying to stay calm and think positively, but I'm so cranky to begin with and this uncertainty is not helping. I do not want to work today.

Thanks for listening. I hope everyone has a great day!

Carolyn

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ok...wasnt going to say anything because we all go my different screen names BUT my name is Rachel not Rebecca. hahahah...it really didnt/doesnt bother me cause I know who you mean when you say rebecca, but I guess I better say something before it get too confusing. I think I will start using "Rebecca" as my alter ego when I am cranky or when I start my meds.

xoxox
RACHEL

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Rachel!!! So sorry, I think I just saw Rebecca somewhere and ran with it. It's always useful to have an alias though Smile

OK, symptom checker: I haven't been exactly crampy, it's more like pressure. I can just feel things down there. I have no idea what that means. Still crabby and tired. Still pretty negative HPTs. So all in all nothing much to report.

Monday is only 3 days away. I just have to make it through the weekend (but I won't lie- I will be testing every day)

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I'm sorry, too, Rachel. I know I've called you Rebecca more than once! And I agree it's always good to have an alias!

Brenda - hang in there! Is it just me or are we spending almost as much money on HPTs as we did on IVF? Smile

AFM, I posted pics of the my offending HPTs in the other thread I started about them. Only one new symptom - borderline manic giddiness. Went from being so angry I wanted to repeatedly punch someone, anyone, to being so happy my face hurt from smiling. I wonder what treasures tomorrow will bring. Maybe a clear BFP? Here's hoping!!

Any other updates out there?

Carolyn

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Hi Girls

Warning: long

Sorrry I've been MIA. It has been a rollercoaster of a week. I was feeling yuck after my ER on Monday night- sore, more so than I anticipated. Then on Tuesday, it felt worse. It was this awful gas pain and my belly was hard as a rock. I did acupuncture in the afternoon and my doc was like Whoa! keep an eye on this.

After dinner that night my pain became unbearable. They were stabbing pains that shot thru me and made me see spots *TMI alert* after each pain I'd pass gas and the rush left but cane back within a few minutes. My belly was really swelled and the pains started coming back faster and I it was too much.

So I called my 24hr IVF nurse hotline and they told me to go the the emergency room (my clinic is part of the women's center in a hospital) and they'd send an on-call doc from the program to see me. So I was seen pretty fast, the doc took blood and gave me an ultrasound and didn't see any extra fluid or abnormally sized ovaries for ohss. She called my RE and within 20 minutes he showed up in the emergency rm. He is the director of the women's center- over all obgyn and art- and he came to emergency rm at midnight. He checked me too- no ohss but my belly was hard and filled with gas and I'm buckled over in pain.

So I was admitted to the hospital late Tues, early Wed morn, and stated until Fri morn. RE had a gastroenterologist see me first thing in the morning. Both docs checked in on me on Wednesday. They were pumping me full of antibiotics and I was not allowed to eat or drink (didn't resume that until lunchtime on Thurs). They were doing blood tests and my white blood cell count was normal and steady but my CRP (indicates inflammation) level rose twice ssince I was admitted.

Thurs was supposed to be my 3 day transfer. That morn both docs came in and said even though my pain was gone, belly feeling normal again, my crp level rose again so no transfer for me. Omg devastated. RE suggested we freeze embryos and do an FET next month but DH and I wanted a fresh cycle. So he agreed to let our embryos grow (on day 3, had 2 8-cell, 2 7-cell, 1 6-cell, 1 5-cell, 1 4-cell) with hope that my crp would go down by Fri morn.

Fri morn CRP went down by 50% so both docs very happywith that. The believe that some blood released during ER irritated my intestines and became inflamed- causing gas pains and the belly to expand. So yay! On the mend.

I am now scheduled for a 5-day transfer Sat morn at 9:15am. Day 4 report of embryos was good- 1 partially compacted, 1 14-cell, 1 9-cell, 2 8-cell, 1 6-cell. We will put back 2 best ones.

I've been reading your updates and threads but just didn't have energy to reply- even as the pain subsided, fasting fir 36+ hours was tough. I slept a lot!

Sorry for the novel but thought I'd share my experience with you all!

Ok back to business!

Brenda/Carolyn- you guys are cracking me up too! I'll reply on other thread..

Carolyn- I know nothing about poas since I've never had a bfp on a stick, but those pics on your other thread look promising! I def see a line! Yay!

Brenda- keep poas-ing! It's still early days and never ever count yourself out!

Amanda- how are stims going?

Rachel- I don't think I knew your name so I was using Reb to address you- now I know!

Did I miss anyone???

xo

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bluelotus...I'm so sorry you've had to go through what you went through. Are you still in the hospital. I experienced something similar. I had severe pain which got worse when I took a breath in, therefore making it hard to breath. I called my RE and he tried telling me it was anxiety. I've had panic attacks before and that's not what it was. It was THE worst pain I've ever been in in my life. My husband who is a physician ordered some bloodwork on me since my RE wouldn't do anything. My hemoglobin had dropped quite a bit so I was loosing blood somewhere. I was on the couch for the 5 days between my ER and ET, then on bedrest for another 2 days. I'm glad you have a doc who listens and shows concern and treats you appropriately.

Good luck with your transfer. Keep us updated!!

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Oh my... so much to catch up on Smile Sorry I've been MIA, it's been a little crazy at work.

Rachel: How did your appt go?? The article you posted is great... although I don't like the fact that she was harping a little on starting to have kids earlier. I think that's a personal decision. And anyway... I started trying at the "prime" time to have a kid... now, 6.5 years later, I'm STILL trying to have a kid Sad Everyone keeps telling me I'm still "young" (I'm 34) but that doesn't make it any easier. Okay, vent over. I really hope your appt. went well and you were able to get some answers! *HUGS*

Meg: Thanks for stalking Smile How are you doing??

bluelotus: 12 eggs retrieved is great! And your fert report was really good, congrats! I'm so sorry about your visit to the hospital. UGH! It just sucks that we go through all of this to get to the point of retrieving eggs, then our body becomes an even bigger pain in the butt. *HUGS* Just know we are all thinking of you and wishing you the best. Fingers crossed for tomorrow, well... I guess it's today for you with the time difference Smile Good luck and KUP!!!

Carolyn: any more testing?? Inquiring minds want to know! Ha ha... I know what you mean about spending as much on HPT as we do on IVF!!! Oh man, if I knew 10 years ago what I know now, I would've bought stock in FRER, LOL!!! My husband totally thinks its crazy that I can drop like $50 on tests I'm going to PEE on. It's not like you can reuse the darn things... once you use them, that's it. Soooo not my typical M.O. I'm usually very thrifty... but the whole IVF thing makes me nuts! LOL. From the pics you posted, looks like a BFP to me!!

Brenda: How are you doing? Any testing??

Carolyn and Brenda: your posts crack me up... thank you!!! Smile I'm wishing you both the best of luck!!! I can't wait to hear about your BFP's.

Okay... so AFM. Had b/w and u/s on Thursday. It was a roller coaster of a day. u/s only showed 4 on each side (but the tech didn't look too closely, that should've been my first clue) so I was a little bummed that I didn't have a couple more showing. I was so sure there was more going on because I just felt so bloated (already). So, of course I called DH after my appt. crying... stupid hormones. I was feeling pretty low until doc office called. She said they like to see E2 around 200-250... mine was 329... so needless to say, they reduced my dose a bit. I'm now doing 225Iu follistim and 150Iu menopur. I go back tomorrow morning for more b/w and another u/s. I can definitely tell that something is going on because normally the shots don't hurt at all, I can't even feel them until it gets closer to retrieval (like the last 2 days of stims)... well the last 2 night have been a little painful. Nothing really bad, just stinging so I know I'm popping, LOL. Definitely bloated cause my pants are getting tighter. Good thing I have elastic waist capri pants on stand by for work next week!!! My bosses have been great and even told me to work from home if I'd be more comfortable. The bonus of having 2 women for your bosses, LOL Smile

Anyway, now that I've written a book... I'm going to hop off and try to get some sleep. Thanks for thinking of me ladies. I can't wait to hear everyone's updates!!!

Good luck all. *HUGS*

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Amanda - I think my first u/s showed 3 and 4 follies. I thought the same thing...I mean how many can you really see if you only look for 20 seconds per side? I guess they just do that to make sure you're responding. Yay for the bloat! Nothing like hormones to make you feel your best :rolleyes: I can't wait to hear what you find out the next few days! And that is awesome that your bosses are so understanding-that takes away a lot of pressure. Good luck!

bluelotus - I'm sorry you had a rough few days! That's great that you are able to stick with your fresh cycle though. These docs are sometimes a little on the cautious side. I guess that's good, but it doesn't always lead to the best path. Good luck today!! Take advantage, put your feet up and be a couch potato for a bit.

Rachel - Tell us about your appointment! I hope it went well.

Carolyn - Better to be overly happy than cranky! Is your DH totally confused yet? I can't wait to see your latest HPT. Bring on the BFP!!

I have been kinda low. I was weepy all day yesterday and the night before. Over *everything*. I decided not to test this morning, since DH thinks that is a big part of said weepiness. It probably is, but crazy hormones don't hurt either. Was still a BFN yesterday though. And zero other symptoms, so I'm not counting myself out til Monday but I am preparing myself for bad news. I am trying to be realistically optimistic (if there is such a thing Smile

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Brenda: *HUGS* Hormones just suck... one minute I'll be fine... the next I'll be weepy and emotional. There is no in between with me. I really hope your weepiness is a good sign *fingers crossed* There are plenty of people who are pregnant and have no symptoms. KUP on how things go... is your beta Monday?

AFM: had b/w and u/s. I had 3 follies above 10 on the left and 7 follies above 10 on the right. My E2 jumped to 921!!!! Almost tripled in 2 days. YIKES... so they reduced my meds. I'm down to 150 Iu Follistim and 75 Iu Menopur. No Ganirelix yet, which is surprising. Usually when my E2 hits around 500 by Lh spikes (usually to aroudn 17)... not this time... it's only at 10. I'm shocked, but thankful I don't have to do another shot!!! YEAH! I go back on Monday. I have a feeling I'll probably trigger on Tues or Weds... more likely Weds.

How is everyone doing??? Any plans for the weekend? DH and I went to the Lowell Folk Festival today... we didn't stay too long as it was WAY TOO hot, but I was super excited to see one of my favorite bands (who I thought I'd never see in person)... Dervish. They are a Celtic music band. I love them! Anyway... off to the in-laws for supper.

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bluelotus - oh my goodness! You poor thing! As if going through IVF isn't enough. I can't wait to hear all about your transfer.

Amanda - Ah, the bloat. Sounds like things are working. Keep on keeping on and good luck! And yay for getting to see your fave band! That's awesome!

Brenda - Good luck on Monday. I'm looking forward to some good news from you. I second you on the weepiness. Broke down and sobbed several times today. (My HPT drama isn't helping. Luckily DH isn't home.) I think you have the right idea skipping the POAS torture for a day. I'm considering that myself. I keep telling myself that true pg symptoms wouldn't show up for another week or two anyway to try and keep myself from freaking out if they're missing or erratic. Realistic optimism - hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Rachel - Update on your appointment?

AFM - update posted in the HPT thread. Not sure what's going on. Trying to be hopeful but I'm afraid bad news is in my future. Only time will tell.

Carolyn

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Okay, it's official. I am the stupidest person on the planet. I decided I wasn't going to POAS for a day or two, so what do I do? POAS now. Update posted in HPT thread. Not good.

Carolyn

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Amanda...what an awesome appt you had today!! Things are moving right along. When do you go back to get checked again?

Sounds like you had a fun day. We are just hanging out at our lake house this weekend. The weather is gorgeous!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

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Hi Ladies-

Brenda and Carolyn- it is SO the hormones! I guess that's the double edged sword of poas before beta... But there is no evidence right now that you are not preg, so just relax and think positive! So easy to do isn't it!? Ha! This is such a hard time- just waiting around to see if your dream will cone true or not. It's bull$hit if you ask me. You are both such strong women- just hang in there a bit longer. Try to treat yourself to something fun or delicious!

Amanda- looks like your apt went so well! I'm sure it's tough to hear your e2 is high but you're obviously responding really well to the stuns and that's the name of the game. Just take it easy and enjoy the weekend. All of this stress is stressful isn't it? Not fair at all.

Meg- omg I'm sooooo jealous that you have a lake house. We would kill for that right now! If we ever move back to the states we def plan on having something like that. I'm a total city girl but sometimes all of the ppl just get under your skin. Lake house sounds dreamy- enjoy! Oh yeah, and hopefully you have a lock on the bedroom door Wink BTW- thank you for all if your support to us cyclers- it's just so generous and caring of you.

Afm- Thank you alll for the kind words I'm doing much better. Yes I left the hospital on Friday and it's sunday morning now. We had transfer Sat morn. 5 day transfer of 2 perfect blastocysts! I can't believe it. We weren't sure if we would have even one make it as of Fri so one of our guys caught up overnight. I guess that's the silver lining in the week from he'll because we would have done a day 3 transfer of 2 8-cell. Not that that's bad either of course but prob wouldn't have taken the chance in a different situation. I should receive a call from lab tmrw to see if any made it to freeze. Now I wait. Ugh!

Big hug to all of you gals out there. This is seriously hard stuff to deal with and you are such strong amazing women!

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bluelotus...so happy you were able to transfer 2 perfect blasts. Congrats on being PUPO!!!

We love our lake house. We spend most every weekend here in the summer. We aren't "on" the lake but about 1/2 block away. We have a good lake view from our deck. We bought this house planning on retiring here, even though that's quite a ways away.

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bluelotus - that is AWESOME news! Can't get any better than 2 perfect blasts! I will be crossing my fingers for you. If you need any tips on reading HPTs, let me know...

Amanda - you are rockin' those stims! Sounds like you are progressing nicely and hopefully that E2 will slow itself down, but you have 10 little guys pumping it out so that's good. Wed is just a few days away.

Carolyn - we are not down and out yet! Here's hoping for some B-friggin-FPs this week!!

Meg - seconding the lake house envy. I love the water to relax.

My beta is scheduled for 10am tomorrow, but I don't usually hear anything until around 3 or so. Not sure if they put the beta results at the head of the line for us crazy women, but they should!!

Thanks everyone for your support! I can always talk to DH, but you all understand a little better since we have our own perspective on it all.

ETA- I found this blog entry and wanted to share...
http://www.blogher.com/why-symbol-infertility-needed-and-long-overdue

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bluelotus - that sounds like a fantastic ET! Now for the progesterone crazies! Have fun! Smile

Brenda - I'll be praying so hard for you! What time zone are you in? I'll be so anxious to get home and check your update!

AFM - I don't know WTH. I didn't POAS today, but this morning the one I took last night around 6 had a faint pink line. I don't know what to think. I'll probably POAS tomorrow. I spent much of yesterday crying and most of today just numb, but now my hopes are starting to go up again. My boobs aren't sore anymore, but the cramping has increased. I want to think that's a positive sign because if this is a CP, wouldn't the progesterone prevent cramping the same way it prevents bleeding? IDK. I'm hoping I just have really slow rising HCG that will eventually pick up speed. I'm probably just deluding myself. I just don't know what positive reason there could be for progressively lighter lines. We only transferred one embie, so no vanishing twin. No trigger, so the BFaintPs I got weren't because of that. I think I'd be better off if I had just gotten BFNs the whole time and never really got my hopes up. We'll see what happens Wednesday.

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Brenda-

Good luck today. Thinking of you!!! xo

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Hi all... just a quick update. Look like I will be triggering tomorrow! They were debating on triggering me today, but I'm not quite there yet so they are letting me go one more day. E2 is up to 2539 (was 1753 yesterday). The reduced my meds... again, LOL... I don't think this has happened on any of my cycles. This is the lowest dose of meds I've been on (even on my 1 and only injectible/IUI cycle). I now have 6 on the left measuring from 14.5 to 17mm and 11 on the right measuring 11 to 21mm. Only 2 are between 18 and 20 so they want me to go one more day. I can't see them letting me go any longer than that because they told me today they don't want to see my E2 above 3000. EEK!

Brenda: *HGUS* I replied to your other thread but wanted to give you *HUGS* here too.

Carolyn: Any updates?

bluelotus: congrats on being PUPO Smile

Meg: I, too am soooo jealous of your lake house!! What a great place to get away and relax *HUGS*

Well, I'm off... we are expecting some major storms so I'd better shut off the computer. I'll update tomorrow when I get my results.

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I forgot to share this... The embryologist called on Monday (6dp ER) and told me they froze 3 beautiful blasts. What a relief- so proud of my little guys!

It's Wed night now and tmrw will be 5dp5dt. I'm teetering on the edge of poas, even though I told myself I wouldn't. Guess I shouldn't have stocked up on 5 tests from pharmacy! I have 2 regular tests that are the Pharmacy brand and 3 clearblue digitals with the conception indicator. According to the pkg inserts, both are sensitive to 25.

What a dilemma!

Amanda- did you trigger? How are your E2 levels?

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bluelotus...Congrat's on having embies to freeze. Wow...it doesn't seem like 5 days since you had your transfer. I'm kinding of liking that you are far ahead of us in time. Makes everything go faster for me.

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bluelotus: congrats on having embies to freeze! That's awesome. Can't wait to hear about your test results.

AFM: I'm triggering tonight at 11:30!! My E2 was at 3112, so a little high, but not too bad. They are giving me 1/2 the trigger shot dose. I have 19 follicles above 10mm... and I do have a couple smaller ones, but I don't expect them to catch up. oh boy... I just want Friday to get here!

*HUGS*

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