Feb 28 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 9 (The Brown Bag)

I got home from work at 7am this morning.  After a brief wake up period for Jess and my sidekick, we hopped in the car and headed out for a wonderful date to the docs office.  Unfortunately the local office is not open on Sundays, so we had to trek on over to the main office in Somerset.  Jess got her blood work and ultrasound.  She had 5 measurable follicles on the left all between 9 – 14, and 6 measurable follicles on the right all between 10 – 14.  This brings us to a total of 11 measurable (all still a little small) follicles.   There was a bunch more smaller (not measurable) ones as well.  The doc had said to Jess that she responded slow in the beginning,  but that she is catching up now.  CD9 from last cycle had only 9 measurable follicles and an E2 level of 1281, so i think we are ahead of the game.  Before we left the docs office, we were presented with our little brown bag of baby making goodness!

The picture above is the crude container given to us by the docs office, of sperm media.  This is what my doc will fill with whatever they slice and dice off of me.  If I remember correctly from last time, it just has some test tubes with fluid in a styrofoam holder. It has to be refrigerated until my surgery day.  Not too sure why they staple it, I guess they don’t want someone to accidentally mistaken it for a bagged lunch.  That would make for interesting workplace conversation!! You would think with the technology that is around now, they would put it in a much cooler container.  Oh well, I kind dig the old school vibe!!

This bag is a symbol that we are about to turn the corner.  It is all becoming real now.  I’m still not too sure what day this is all going to kick off, but I’m leaning towards Thursday.  Jess’ doc called with blood test results, and instructions for meds. Her E2 level is 901.  They are keeping her the same with the meds.  What I was was surprised about, was that usually at this point in the cycle, Jess would begin going everyday for her blood work and ultrasound.  The doc said no and to come back Tuesday.  I’m assuming that since they are not going to see her until Tuesday, that she won’t have her HCG shot till Wednesday.  This would put my Surgery for Thursday and her retrieval for Friday. 

Jess’ symptoms for the day – I’m going to try something new here.   Here is a quote directly from Jess herself, as I am writing this!! “I’m Tired, have extreme bloating, abdominal pain, I’m dying, this sucks!!” (brief pause) “I don’t want to go to work tomorrow, and I can’t fit in my jeans!” (another brief pause) “It’s giving me – no, you don’t have to write that, stop, I’m going to punch my husband in the face!!”  OK, that didn’t go over well.  That is my cue to stop quoting her!!  I think I’ll stick to my interpretations from now on!  I’m going to take a little from break writing for now, I’ll jump back in and publish this after tonight’s stab fest!!

Ok, I’m back.  The shots went well, and I’m still alive!!  Nothing new to report here, same burning from the Cetrotide, and the tummy gets more and more sore every shot we do!!  Just a couple more days of this and then we will have the intramuscular shots to complain about!  That is a whole nother ball game!!

Todays Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur (2 vial and 1/2 cc diluent),  Follistim (375 Units) and Cetrotide (.25mg)

Feb 27 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 8 (Doing it alone)

Today is the second, and last day for Jess to do her injectables alone. I’m stuck at work until 7am tomorrow. Today is however, my last day of work before I go out for surgery. I have kept myself real busy tying up loose ends and preparing my guys for the absence. I’m still not too sure what day my surgery will be, but my doc called me personally a couple days ago, saying that he booked the operating room for for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week. (So I am assuming it will be one of those days) It all really comes down to when the docs decide Jess is ready for HCG shot. When they decide this, my surgery will be the day after.

This whole cycle has gone so fast. It has been like a whirlwind of activities, and emotions. One day I’m lying on the couch with MRSA, the next, I’m jabbing Jess with a needle. This day 8 post feels like it’s only day 1 or 2. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like next week. Things are going to start moving real fast, and get real crazy. Jess even had to run out to pick up the refill for the stimulation meds. If I can remeber correctly, Jess got her HCG shot on cycle day 11. Thats only three more days!! It’s all starting to come together, and become real. I’m just hoping for the best!!

Jess’ symptoms of the day – No real news here, it was just about the same as yesterday. Headache was again bearable, and her tummy is getting more tender by the day! Those damn Cetrotide shots are still a kick in the stomach!

Today’s Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur(2 vials and 1/2 cc diluent), Follistim (375Units), and Cetrotide (.25mg) . Kenny’ last dose of 200mg of doxycycline! WOO HOO!!!!!

Feb 26 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 7 (Snow Day)

First I must apologize for this post being a day late.  I was busy cleaning up from the Snowicane, all day, and then shuffling the cars around at night for the plows.   Anyway, Jess got a call today from the doc with the results of yesterdays blood test.  Her E2 level was 278.  The doc wants her to increase the Follistim dose to 375 for the next two days, and see where we are on Sunday. 

Jess’ symptoms of the day – Her headache was completely bearable today.  This was nice because when she gets the migraines, she’s really not able to do much but sleep.  Her stomach was really upset all day. This combined with the bloating made what I could only see as, a very uncomfortable situation for her.  The area where she has been doing the shots is getting  tender.  The 1 Menopur Follistim cocktail isn’t too bad, but the real crappy thing is the Cetrotide shot burns for at least an hour after it is administered.

Oh, I almost forgot that we had to call in a refill for the meds yesterday.  The pharmacy called today to let us know they didn’t have any couriers, because of the snow.  We need the meds by Sunday, so Jess is going to run out there tomorrow, to pick them up.  It’s only a half hour away, but I’m stuck at work tomorrow, so she’s gonna have to make the trek alone!

Today’s Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur(2 vials and 1/2 cc diluent), Increase Follistim (375Units), and Cetrotide (.25mg) .  Kenny  200mg  of doxycycline

Feb 25 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 6 (Add Cetrotide)

The day started off for me waking up to a phone call from the RE.  Jess was on her way to work, and I was still sleeping.  Now the first thing you think of when the doc is calling that early in the morning on a day your not even scheduled to go there, is that something must be wrong.  Fortunately for Jess the nice doc was just calling to tell her that she should could come in today instead of tomorrow because of the snowicanes impending doom!!  Unfortunately for me, I was unable to get my beauty sleep (believe me I need it!!)!  My little sidekick Keena thinks that when the phone rings, it’s time to get up!!  That is her alarm clock!!  Oh well, I guess I’ll live!!  It definitely makes it a hell of a lot easier now that we don’t have to try and trek out tomorrow morning in all the snow.  Enough about me, let’s move on to Jess.

Jess had to leave work early to get to the docs office today for her unscheduled surprise blood test and ultrasound.  Isn’t she lucky, she got to do it 2 days in a row!!  It’s kind of like practice for when they make her come everyday.  That should be coming soon!  We won’t be able to get any results from the blood work until tomorrow, and the ultrasound showed the same follicles as yesterday, but a whole lot more small ones!! (Grow Follies, Grow!!!)  The doc said to continue her meds the same with the addition of the extra Cetrotide shot tonight, and that they would call tomorrow with the blood test results.  Unfortunately for Jess, the addition of the Cetrotide, means the addition of another subcutaneous shot. 😥

As for symptoms, Jess began getting the migraines again, like she did last cycle. In fact on the exact same cycle calendar day.  It was pretty bad for her today.  When she got home from the docs office, she took a long nap.  When she woke up, she felt a little better but it was still lingering in the back of her head.  The doc prescribed her some pain meds, so hopefully I can get out tomorrow and get them filled.  I’m not quite sure how much snow we are going to get, so I don’t know when or if I will be able to get out.  It’s looking like around a foot, so if that’s the case, I will be able to get out, but not till afternoon.  The (2) shots tonight, were a bit worse than normal.  Jess had a little more pain than normal, and some itching that she never had before.  It could be the addition of the Cetrotide, but who knows.  It’s been almost a year since the last cycle, so I don’t remember everything.  Let’s just hope that this is the worst of the worst!!  If it is, I know she can handle it, she is a trooper!!  Plus, it will be well worth it in the end!!

Today’s Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur(2 vials and 1/2 cc diluent) and Follistim (300Units), Add Cetrotide shot as well (.25mg).  Kenny  200mg  of doxycycline (ouchy on my tummy :-()

Feb 24 2010

Stimulation Meds – Day 5 (We Got Some Follies!!)

After a terrible night last night for Jess, she had to get up at the butt crack of dawn and head back over to the docs office.  Today was her CD5 blood test and ever so exciting/wonderful ultrasound.  (Yep she didn’t get away without one this time!).  The headaches seem to be leveling out, and she’s still getting some hot and cold flashes.  The most uncomfortable thing has become the bloating!  She is completely full all the time!  Otherwise today is the best she’s felt since the injections have begun.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this continues!!

Her ultrasound results were– Endometrial Lining at 4.2, 2 measurable follicles on right side 10 and 9, and 1 measurable on the left side 8.  Blood Test results – E2 level 224.  They want her continue the same meds today and tomorrow, but add the Cetrotide shot tomorrow.  The Cetrotide shot is to prevent ovulation.

Today’s Meds – Jess’ Injections – Menopur(2 vials and 1/2 cc diluent) and Follistim (300Units).  Kenny  200mg  of doxycycline 🙁