Friday, November 7, 2008

Getting Ready To Hit The Road!

So long Seattle!

After 20 days of needles, including 4 doses of stims, we’re finally ready to fly to sunny Denver tomorrow morning!

For those of you wondering about the nitty gritty, let me give you the update. And for those of you who don't speak 'IVF', sorry for all the technical jargon.


I'm still on whopper doses of stims. 300 Gonal F, 2 Amps of Menopur. And taking dexamethasone at night. I'm starting to get really bloated and feeling pretty yucky, so I'm trying to take it as a sign that this is working. And since I'm doing the antagonist protocol this time I start back up on antagon tonight (this is the stuff that I have the allergic reaction to. They switched me to cetrotide but it didn't help) so unfortunately I will just have to live with the welts, swelling and itching for a couple of hours after the injection. UGH! But what else can I do? We've spent so much extra money on drugs and monitoring this week that we weren't prepared for, but other than that, we're happy to be monitored so closely and taking the right drugs for my body. I really still can't believe I'm on such high doses, when every other cycle I've been on less than half and responded even better. My fertility really must be falling off the cliff faster and faster every year and month that goes by.


Day 3 (After 2 stim doses)
E2 - 118
P4 - Less than .2
LH - 0.8

Day 4 (After 3 stim doses)
E2 - 294
P4 - .2
LH - 0.6

I have today off from the dreaded bloodwork, thankfully. Which means I had a dose last night and one more tonight, before I'm checked again. I can't say that I'm not worried about my E2 shooting up over the next couple of days due to the fact that I'm still on whopper doses of Gonal F, and the fact that I have a history of coming close to hyperstimuating. But I'm trying not to worry. Dr. Schoolcraft is on the case, and I must at least TRY to let go of my obsessive worry.


So far I've got a total of 18 follicles growing! 14 follicles growing on the right ovary, but only 4 on the left. What a big and crazy difference! I can't say that I'm not a little disappointed in my left side -- it's the least I've ever had grow there. But all in all the right side has made up for it. The one problem to note so far is that I already have about 3 that are almost at 14mm, quite a few around 7mm, and the rest are straggling behind. It's never a good thing to have them spread out so far in size, because when we do the egg retrieval, they will trigger me based on the average size, which means some will end up post mature, and unusable, and others will end up immature and unusable. So I'm hoping that the stragglers start catching up and the others slow down and I have a healthy average size to retrieve when it comes time. But only time will tell, and this, really is completely out of my hands right now.


TODAY: Pack like crazy!! We'll be away for 2 weeks, and I want to make sure I have enough creature comforts, all my comfy loose clothing, and the right things to make it through this stressful time. Confirm flight, rental car, and prepare all medication for flying. Some of our medications have to stay cold, so we will be cold packing them in a cooler, along with the rest of the meds and needles and bringing them on my carry on with me. Security is going to LOVE this. A woman with a million syringes in her bag. But the alternative is to check them, and possibly risk having my bag not show up, which at this point is not an option. My nurse has given me a note explaining that I'm allowed to be travelling with these needles and meds for medical purposes, but still, I'm very nervous about how this is going to go over.

TOMORROW: Our flight leaves at noon (Thank you for the flights Sue and Jim -- we really appreciate it!!!). Our car will be picking us up at 10am. But first, I have to get up and drag my butt into our Seattle clinic for an ultrasound and bloodtest at 7am for monitoring. The results will be faxed to our doctor at CCRM while we are flying and when we arrive in Denver, we will have an email waiting for us, about what doses we are supposed to take for my needles tonight. So this'll be tight. And stressful, but I'm just hoping everything works out and the plane doesn’t get delayed and we are able to pick up the rental car on time, or we everything will get royally screwed up. So fingers crossed it all works out. I'm actually excited to finally be travelling, but I'm sad to leave our dog (but thank you SOOOO much mom for staying and looking after him for 2 weeks while we are gone. I feel so much better that he'll be loved and taken care of!)

SUNDAY: Starts our daily bloodwork and ultra sounds in Denver. We have a bunch of other appointments set up, and we will basically continue on my medication at the appropriate new doses until finally, at some point, the doctor will make the call to give the trigger shot. (And that is a brutal one!)

TENTATIVE EGG RETRIEVAL SURGURY: As of right now, our tentative surgury is set for Friday Nov. 14th. This could either get moved up or back, depending on how follicle growth and hormone levels.

TENTATIVE EMBRYO TRANSFER: As of right now, our tentative transfer is set for sometime between Nov. 17th and Nov. 20th depending on if my eggs fertilize, how well they divide and grow, and the big big question -- whether or not we have enough strong embryos that hopefully (cross fingers) grow into blasts this time!!!

I really can't believe that it's here already. I'm nervous, I'm excited, and I'm trying to build up my hope. This is it! This going to be the one! Cross your fingers and toes everyone.

Denver Here We (finally) Come!


Sue said...

Lisa- Now starts the fun and exciting part! Don't worry about the added meds- it doesn't mean your fertility it going downhill, I think it was explained to me that different protocols require different levels. So it has nothing really to do with you. Dr. S knows what he is doing! 18 is great! I bet you get even more than that. Have a safe trip and make it fun! With CCRM's ban on traveling during the first trimester, it will be your last trip for a while!!!

DAVs said...

It's exciting at this point, although overwhelming. I hope your follicles continue to grow and the spread lessens somewhat. Although I had a great cohort and look where it got you never know.
And just so you know we had zero problems at the airport either way with all the meds and syringes. I only packed what I needed immediately on my carry-on and packed all other syringes in checked luggage. And of course carried my meds on with me (no way I'd risk 5,000 worth of meds getting lost!).
Good luck with everything!

MamaSoon said...

Congrats! You are off to Denver. How great is that?! CCRM will fax you a letter to say you are travelling with meds. Just call and ask. THey can email the letter to you too. :-)

Remember that your body is doing everything it can to make good eggs for you right now. Be patient with her and love her lots.

Nikki said...

Lisa - good luck with your packing and flight tomorrow. Security doesn't even check medications in carry ons, so you should have no trouble there. Just tell them you've got meds.

Pack warm - it seems to be cooling down considerably in Denver. Take care and we're all pulling for you!

Can't wait for your updates! Good luck dear!

Polly Gamwich said...

WOO HOO!! So exciting!!

I can't wait to see how things go for you in Denver. I can't believe it's finally here.

I will so be praying for those follicles to keep a stead pace with each other and for everything to go well.

I can't wait to hear your updates and see those two lines!

trish said...

Good Luck Lisa. I hope Denver is good to you! Sending you postive vibes ... T

Linda said...

Good luck! Sounds like you're off to a great start!! I have high hopes for you!! :)

Emily said...

Ooh! Exciting times! I can't imagine the stress of traveling out to Denver on top of the stress of IVF. GL!!

I didn't realize this cycle was so similar for us.

I am 300 of follistim and 2amps of menopur and doing antagonist protocol too! I have never taken this many meds either. I am on day 2 of stims and have my first stim check on Sunday. My ER is tentative for 11/17 and ET is 11/22/23.

Travel safely and I'll be looking forward to your updates.

Christi said...

Have a safe trip! pack warm, I heard it's cold. enjoy Denver... GOOD LUCK!

Auntie Anne said...

hi David and Lisa.. Kerry and I have everything crossed that this will go so well for the both of you.. We even threw in a few prayers.. Lots of Love

Miss Tori said...

Best of luck at CCRM! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. One of my friends just had success there, so I'm you you will too!

Anniep said...

Happy and safe travels! And PLEASE have some pizza at Via Baci for me, ok???

Good luck with security. *snicker* Bastards confiscated my cold packs when we traveled for my FET. Of course that sent me into a sobbing mess... ahhh good times, good times.

Lisa said...

Thanks for all the support girls!!! It means the world to me to know I have so many of you wonderful ladies pulling for me!!! Thanks to our family and friends that our rooting for us. And thanks to all my new wonderful amazing cyber IF friends -- I've never even met you, and your support makes me well up in tears! It's just amazing that you care and support me in my hour of need. I'm hoping and praying the best for every single last one of us!

Annie said...


I am delurking to say GOOD LUCK and we are pulling for you ! I live in Seattle too & I love your picture with your husband with the skyline in the background. Must be West Seattle, right?

Stay strong and positive!


musicmakermomma said...

You and your DH look great in that picture - lovely view of Seattle! I'm from Spokane and my folks live near you. I actually went to SRM and was all set to go when the clinic here finally called with a donor (after a YEAR of waiting with them, grr!)

Wishing all the best for you in Denver! Sounds like you are doing great.

babydust81 said...

Hi there...

All the best for your cycle this time. Have a safe trip and have fun while you are at it.


Lost in Space said...

I hope you had no troubles travelling today and that all is going off without a hitch.

Sending lots of steady growing follicle thoughts your way. It always amazes me at how quickly some of those little guys can catch up. (:

I'm excited to read your updates, but apologize in advance if I can't post every day. Work is killing me lately. Know that you are in my thoughts every step of the way.

Good luck!!!! (:

Anonymous said...

Yippee Lisa, I'll be thinking about you! You're on the right track! ~LGB

Jill said...

Lisa-Hope you have a great trip out to Denver! GOOD LUCK!

Andy W said...

Best of luck and wishes to you both through this journey you are undertaking together.

Fingers and everything else possible crossed for you