Thursday, January 30, 2014

Trigger day!

Well, today was my fourth and final monitoring appointment. They were running late and I was running late so I didn't get a chance to see or hear any of the details about my follicle growth. The ultrasound tech did mention that my left side was still falling a bit behind the right, so I figured I would be stimming for another night.

Around 2:00, I received a call from one of the nurses telling me that I would need to give myself - or really, Seth would need to give me - the trigger shot at 11:30 tonight! Oh my gosh, already?!? I was really happy to hear this at first, but before we hung up I asked for some information about my follicle growth. The nurse told me that I had 5 dominant follicles (between 16-20 mm). She said "so if we get 5 eggs, that will be great" and then we hung up.

And then I had time to think about it. I went from thinking I had 16 decent follies to having 5 which, as the nurses love to remind you, may or may not have any/mature eggs inside them. 5 doesn't sound like a great number to me. So I panicked but after being talked back down to reason (thanks friends!), I calmly called the office back and spoke to another nurse, my favorite Nurse Jacki. She explained that yes, there are 5, and yes that's not a ton but they're all ready to go and we don't want to risk losing them while we wait for the others to catch up because that might never happen. As my friends reminded me (thanks again!), it's better to have a few good quality eggs than it is to have a bunch of lesser quality ones. So here we go - I'll trigger tonight and the egg retrieval with be on Saturday morning!

I feel better now. I'm still a little disappointed and really, really nervous but I just need to keep repeating the same thing I've been telling myself for days:

You only need one.

Worrying about it won't change anything.

You only need one.

Please, please let us get one.

IVF #1 Progress Report
Status: Trigger Day!
Lupron: Done!
Stims: Done!
E2: 2265
Follies: 16 measurable, only 5 dominant
Side Effects: Aging, puffy belly, sore back


  1. Yes! You really do only need one! ER on Saturday!!! I'm so excited for you!!

  2. Good luck on Saturday! I'll keep my FX for 5 perfect mature eggs!

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    1. Thank you so much! I've been following your blog as well and I wanted you to know that you're in my prayers.

  4. Yay!!! Good luck on Sat, I am rooting so hard for you!!! <3

  5. Yay! Very excitied for you Ana! Good luck on Saturday!