Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mile High Home!

We're finally here!

And not a moment too soon.

Saturday morning was hectic. We rushed into Seattle to do an ultra sound and bloodtest, before heading out for our flight. But once we were at the airport, things went smoothly and security let me through with all my drugs and needles, only confiscating our rubbing alcohol from the suitcase chocked full of meds. HURRAY -- One for the good guys!

We arrived in Denver and checked into our hotel just in time to check email and find out our numbers from our morning bloodwork and ultrasound in Seattle. While we were in transit the info was faxed to Denver, checked by Dr. Schoolcraft, and emailed to us, so that when we checked into our hotel we knew what dose of medication to take. And based on the numbers, Dr. Schoolcraft kept me on the same whopper doses of stims. I couldn't beleive it! I thought for sure he would lower them by now.

E2 - 877
P4 - 0.6
LH - 0.3
Left Ovary - 4 over 10, 2 less than 10
Right Ovary - 8 over 10, 7, less than 10
Average Follicle Size -- 13mm
Leading Follicle - 17mm

After my evening doses of drugs, we crashed, thankfully, because we had to be up early for our first round of monitoring at CCRM!
It is such a great feeling to be back in Denver. The sky is blue and sunny, the air is crisp, and there is a feeling of hopefulness that has crept in and taken hold. So off we went to our first appointment, to get bloodwork and ultrasound done.

While we were waiting for our numbers to come back, we unpacked, headed to whole foods armed with our list of fertility foods, and got settled into the Marriott Residence Inn Denver (South Park Meadows Mall). It's about a five minute drive to CCRM, and right next door to a Park Meadows Mall with great shopping and restaurants. Our hotel room is perfect for us -- it's got a full kitchen, sitting area, small table, bedroom and bathroom for just $99 a night. It has free high speed internet, daily breakfast, and the staff is great, friendly, and accommodated all my extra requests for extra pillows and feather duvets for the room. I wanted to be sure to be as cozy as possible, and I'm happy to report that I am! The only thing that's missing is our dog but I know he's in the best of hands with my mom (who has already called to say they are having a ball together)!

When we got back to our room, we had a message waiting for us with today's numbers.

E2 - 1177
P4 - 0.6
LH - 0.7
Left Ovary - 4 over 10, 2 less than 10
Right Ovary - 8 over 10, 5 less than 10
Average Follicle Size -- 14mm
Leading Follicle -- 17mm

Unfortunately not to much has changed with my follicles in the last 24 hours, so Dr. Schoolcraft wants me to continue taking the big doses of stims --300 GonalF, 2amps Menopur! I can't believe it, in my last cycles, my old clinic had even started weaning me down my much smaller doses by day 6 and 7. But, I'm happy that my E2 isn't climbing out of control on these doses and happy to get the opportunity to see if I can grow some of those smaller follicles. The downside is that we are going to have to order even MORE drugs tomorrow. Oh well, what's more money at this point --- put it on our tab!

This afternoon we decided to head into Down Town Denver and look around. We walked around Market Street in Denver and along Cherry Creek Park trail.

It was great to get out together and enjoy the fresh air, but it's even better to be back in the room to crash. My stomach is getting heavy and full and my ovaries are pretty tender, and it seems to be taking a lot out of me. Tonight feels like a good TV night, and hopefully another good sleep before our many appointments tomorrow morning.

All in all, a very good day in beautiful Denver Colorado!


Lost in Space said...

So happy you are there all safe and sound. I have to admit I'm tired just reading all you have done in the last couple days. (:

Your response sounds great!! Do you think maybe the "lack of growth" is really just differences in u/s techs? (;

Your pictures are great and you 2 are such a cute couple. I'm so glad you are sharing your journey. It makes me less anxious about my own. (:

Good luck and keep us posted on your next appointment.

Emily said...

Yay for Denver! Nice pics!

Your stim reports sound great! I'm already coasting on Day 4 thanks to my 300U of follistim - ugh!

My hubby lived in Marriott Residence Inn for 3 months for work and it was pretty cozy. Make sure you sign up for Marriott Rewards Points :) We took a free vacay with ours last year.

GL, GL, GL!!!!

Anniep said...

Sounds like you have a great setup at the hotel! It would have been really nice to have had a kitchen when we were there. *shrug*
Oh, btw, I was on your same dose-- but I was on repronex b/c there was a menopur recall over the summer. Be glad you have the good menopur- the other stuff stung like a mofo.

Enjoy your time in Denver!! Any sightseeing plans?

DAVs said...

Glad you're all settled in. It sounds like things are going well! Enjoy that beautiful weather!

Linda said...

Glad you're in Denver...finally! Don't worry about the big doses. My cycle this time, I was on the most dosage of meds ever... But I started out with 75 Follistim and 1 amp Menopur. And when I started the Cetrotide, that's when Dr. Schoolcraft upped my meds to 300 Follistim and 2 amps Menopur. seems like you're off to a great start! Can't wait to hear more updates! :)

Polly Gamwich said...

I checked out that Marriott and LOVED it. Did you know they offer free 24 hour passes? Maybe you can't use it but DH could!

So excited to see such good results from your u/s's ... I'm lovin your E2, I can't wait to find out how many eggies you get.

YAY for Denver!! Isn't it nice to be there during a beautiful time of year?

Rest up for those exciting days to come!

Jill said...

Glad you arrived in Denver safely. Sounds like things are progressing very well, even though I know you're surprised at the doses. I freaked out the whole time I was there about every stim check and dosage adjustment (or lack thereof). All I can say is try to trust them. They really do know what they're doing. :-)

Great pics. I miss Denver. Can't wait to be back there for Thanksgiving!

Erin said...

Your photos are soooooo adorable!
What a handsome couple!!!