Thursday, December 2, 2010

26 and counting

As of tonight I have given myself 26 shots over the last 11 days for this cycle.  I have only one bruise although I don't even know which injection caused the bruise.


The photo was taken yesterday, it's all of the empty boxes that held my injectibles to date...  I do have 3 non-boxed vials in the refrigerator too.  I'm planning to take a photo of all of it once I'm down to just shooting up the PIO.


Monitoring Report
As of this morning 7 follies were counted from 19 - 12 (and one at 7). Estrogen was 676 and progestrone 0.318.


My orders were to continue the same protocol today (300iu Gonal-F; 10units HCG lowdose; Ganirelix).  Of course I ran out of Gonal-F and Ganirelix... so I got samples from the RE.  I was even out of syringes for the HCG so I got a few more from the clinic.


I go for monitoring again in the morning and will probably trigger tomorrow night with a Sunday retrieval.


The biggest of the follies are on my left ovary... and I can certainly feel them now.  I definitely feel super-bloated too!


In other news... 
I had to say goodbye tonight to one of my dearest friends, E (add in the exaggerated hormones, for effect).  E, her husband and 2 year old daughter are relocating to TX tomorrow.   E was a sorority sister of mine in college but we were not tight back then.  We reconnected around 1999 when we were both dealing with difficult break-ups and trying to build up our network of single girlfriends locally.  We did just that and had some fun times over the years... a lot of partying.  And E and I trained for and ran two marathons together.  


E got married 5 years ago in Mexico - and all of us girls in our tight group of friends were there for a grand time!  E has been struggling to conceive a second child and so we talk about TTC and all that goes with it frequently.  


I'm so sad that I wont get to see E regularly (or her beautiful daughter) and E is sad to leave and anxious about going to a new city where she has no connections or network of friends.  I know she'll do great and meet people quickly/easily.  


It wont be the same here without E nearby.

9 comments:

  1. Aw! Sorry your friend is leaving you so soon though we Texans are pretty great so she should do well ;)

    You go! Taking all those shots would have me rocking myself in a corner. Seriously I'm such a chicken. I hated even doing one. Sunday is coming up soon!

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  2. yay for some great sounding follies. its funny to think that when i first thought about IVF i thought it would be impossible to give myself those shots - but the more i read about people doing them, the more i know i would do it too. sorry to hear your close friend is moving :(

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  3. Wow! I am such a wuss at shots. Sunday will be here soon. Waiting to hear good news.

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  4. That's a LOT of shots! I love the idea of taking a picture of all the empty boxes at the end. And FANTASTIC follie report!

    That sucks that your friend is moving. :(

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  5. Everything sounds great.. Lucky 7 follies.
    I'm glad you got the Ganirelix-- there is a national shortage right now. I was able to buy 8 boxes a few months ago..
    You are doing great.

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  6. You are doing great! I wasn't able to give myself shots-my husband had to do it for me:-D

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  7. congrats on the excellent follicle count! sounds like all those drugs did exactly what they were supposed to. GOOD LUCK!!!

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about your friend moving. Your cycle is going great! My last cycle I gave myself, ready for this one, 60 yes that is correct 60 shots!! Yikes! That is including the PIO shots. I took a picture of all my needles and I'm going to make that page 1 in my baby book. ER is almost here! Best of Luck!

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  9. I'm sorry that your friend is moving away. At least in our technological age, it's easier to keep in touch & remain close!

    Great follie update! & way to go on the shots! Brave woman, you are!

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