I had an appointment Friday morning (5/1) for an ultrasound and blood draw, and my first Intra Lipid infusion. I was a little anxious only because I hate getting IV’s started. It never goes smoothly. I have tiny veins and I’m told they always “roll” so they are hard to poke. I always tell the nurse ahead of time that I’m a pretty hard poke to get started, and they don’t quite ever believe me until they’re on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th attempt of digging around for a vein. So that was not fun, but once the IV got started I was there about an hour. I listened to music and tried to just relax. I was praying it would hopefully be the first of 3 infusions. I won’t need 2 others unless IVF is successful and I end up pregnant.
There are no side effects from the infusion, it is soy, egg yolk, glycerin, and water. That’s it! You’d think it would be a lot more complicated than that. But, somehow that is the magic solution that will hopefully allow for these embryo’s to implant and hold on tight without my body rejecting them. Here’s to praying it works and my NK cells will chillax.
For the weekend the hubby and I drove down to Houston to spend it with family. We figure with the egg retrieval and transfer coming up this week we won’t make it down to Houston for Mother’s Day so we wanted to be there to celebrate with them while we could. Most of my time is spent traveling and going down to Houston so I can be with my Dad and spend time with him. We never know what each day is going to bring right now, some days are bad and others are better. This past week hospice was set up which is difficult to come to terms with, but I am grateful for the people who do what they do and can offer the help and support during these times. It was so nice to spend the weekend having a great time with family.
We drove home Sunday evening. Nothing like pulling over so I could shoot up with some hormones on the side of the road. I felt like I was doing something illegal. I’ll be happy when i don’t have to travel with these meds anymore. It’s a lot of work to make sure all the meds that need to be cold are cold, have all the right needles, swabs, etc.
I had another appointment this morning for another ultrasound, and estrogen check. Today’s ultrasound looked good, follicles are measuring between 12-16mm, but need to be between 18-22mm before retrieval. I was hoping today would be the trigger, so I was a little disappointed but I also expected it. So another shot of follistim tonight, and I go in tomorrow morning for another check. I’m praying that tomorrow all will look good and we will be ready for our trigger shot. The trigger shot is a shot of HCG taken at a precise time when all the follicles measure large enough. It will tell the follicles to mature, and then within 36 hours they will do the retrieval. I am SO ready. I have never felt so bloated, and uncomfortable. Through this processes my side effects have been headaches, hot flashes, nausea, bloating, bruising, painful ovaries, major fatigue, pain from my endometriosis (due to the rise in estrogen), and an overall feeling of just feeling out of it a lot of the time. I’m looking forward to this part being done, but I know if I end up pregnant I’m more than likely not going to feel better…and that is FINE by me!
I’m looking forward to my appointment in the morning, and I’m especially hoping that everything would measure right and it would be trigger time! Woo, lets do this follies.