Thursday, September 15, 2011

1st Monitoring Appointment

We headed to the Dr. early in the morning on Wed., Sept. 14th.  I had my bloodwork done and then met with the 4th Dr. in the practice - the only one I hadn't seen yet.  He is filling in for mine who was out yesterday.  This Dr. kind of looks like Bob from the Viagra commercials, so we will call him Dr. Bob.  Dr. Bob did my ultrasound and pointed out that I have 6 large follicles on the right and 5 on the left.  (I thought there were more on the screen, but they were smaller and he didn't measure those.)  He pulled out my chart from the last IVF round and showed that I have a couple more follicles and they are a little bigger than where I was at this point last time.  So I guess the extra medicine this time is helping a bit.  Let the record show, it's still a pain to shoot up every 12 hours...

I got a phone call from the nurse later that afternoon.  She said that my E2 level had come back at 310.  During Round 1 IVF at this point, I had an E2 level of 204.  So this was also above where I was last time.  The nurse went on to state that the threshold for retrieval is 500, so I'm well on my way to getting there.  She said that they want me to come back in 2 days for another monitoring appointment.  She went ahead and put me on activity restrictions (no running, high impact, or strenuous activities).  Also, no alcohol, caffeine or pain meds other than Tylenol.  I guess I'm a lot closer than I thought I was if they're already doing that!

As of writing this on Thursday, Sept. 15th, I am starting to feel uncomfortable.  My stomach is a bit upset when I wake up in the morning.  I'm a little sluggish and tired.  And I'm just uncomfortable - kinda bloated and tender - like I'd rather wear my pj pants all day.  I seem to remember feeling this way when I got close to retrieval last time.  However, I'm not complaining.  If this round is successful, I'll be way more uncomfortable!


  1. Everything sounds so promising! Your levels seem better this time around, so I hope that's a sign that this 2nd try is what gives you your twins;) I've also heard Gatorade can help with the full and queasy feeling. Good luck!

  2. Hope these are all signs of a positive test at the end!