Saturday, June 03, 2006

A Little Further Down the Road

Today is my 5th day of stims (Repronex 150 IU and Follistim 200 IU) and I added my Ganirelix (250 - not sure of the unit of measurement on this one, looks like a funky "u" - Thalia, set me striaght if you're reading :) and Luveris (75 IU). Also stuck on some estrogen patches (.1 mg one on each butt cheek).

It sounds like a lot of action, but really it's 2 injections in the AM (the Luveris gets mixed in with the Repronex and then the Ganirelix is a pre-filled syringe) and the Follistim pen in the PM. Patches, of course, are cake. LOL!

Here is my follie report as of this morning:

4 worth counting on the right ovary, ranging from 15 to 11 (most are about 13)
8 worth counting on the left ovary, ranging from 17 to 6 (most are about 14)

This is interesting because when I was checked at Day 3 of stims, I only had 3 on the right and 6 on the left. I was under the impression that what was developing at that time would continue to grow but that it was unlikely that anything else would ripen on this cycle. Even the RE seemed pleasantly surprised. Looks like a few extra follies have decided to join the party. We'll see.

Blood was drawn for E2 but I don't know the results yet. Endometrium measuring 8.6 (I think that's right. I caught the number on the ultrasound screen, I forgot to ask for a printout of that one.

Physically, I felt nothing until last night. Now, I have some fullness in the lower abdomen and some twinges in the ovaries. i would definitely not call it pain, just twinges. In fact, since you members of the Royal Court know I am the Empress of Cysts... I must say, the sensations in the ovaries are very similar to what I feel pretty much every month when I have a whopper brewing. Only this time it's in both ovaries and I feel like it's warranted.

Mentally, I have had an easier time as of late. Seeing my therapist weekly. Seeing my acupuncturist weekly. Taking good care of myself. I take no good days for granted and am thus far balanced and measured in my thoughts about this cycle. Already I feel we're gaining and gathering information. We know I respond nicely to stims and that follicles are developing. This is one good, solid step down this long, long road. From here, who knows until we get there?

One more check-up on Day 7 of stims (Monday) and if everything is going as projected, trigger will likely be on Day 8 (Tuesday) and retrieval on Thursday.


soralis said...

Wow sounds like your drugs are keeping you busy. Sounds like you have some good follies too.

Take care and good luck.

Meg said...

Utrus - I think the funky U is micrograms, but I'm not sure... glad to hear you're feeling better, the acupuncture must be doing its job! Good luck for your trigger. x

Dawn said...

Wow, you will probably have your retrieval the same day as me or even a day earlier! My ovaries decided to take their sweet time. Good Luck!

Thalia said...

Meg is right, Ganirelix is dispensed in micrograms. The 'funky u' is a greek letter m or mu.

You are doing well. I hope the scan on Monday is similarly positive. It would be good if the leading follicles are up at 20ish to make sure they will will all be mature at retrieval. It would also be good to get another mm or so on your lining, although it's already at a fine thickness.

Looking good!

Sarah said...

Sounds like things are going really well for your cycle. Good luck and hope those follicles keep growing!

Mary Ellen and Steve said...

It sounds like everything is going well so far. I hope that your cycle continues to go smoothly. Good luck!

LiL Moo & Mee said...

Sending grow dust!! Good luck.

N said...

It's been so long since I visited your blog the last time. So many things have happened. you are already close to trigger.

I hope it goes well and will actively cross my bodily bits and hope it helps!

Good luck!


MoMo said...

Sounds like everything is going well..that is fantastic. I am crossing my fingers that things will progress just as nicely

Serenity said...

Utrus - I am very glad to hear that you are feeling very zen about the cycle.

I am crossing my fingers and toes and legs and arms and eyes that eveything continues to go smoothly and you end up with a BFP in a couple of weeks.

Good LUCK!

Jo said...

WoooHOOO! Sounds like the cycle is going good for you! Hope all is fine at your appointment and you trigger soon. It does seem to go fast when you start eh ?