Hello friends and fam! I'm back. It's been a while since I wrote because not much was happening. Things are coming along finally, so I'm getting re-excited. Today we ordered the medicine, so I feel like it's really coming soon now! My parents have been very very helpful in making this happen for us and I am soooo appreciative.
Here's my update:
Nov 8th I had some blood work for my FSH level and Estrodiol. They both looked good. Then I had an ultrasound to check resting follicles and they were ok. I had 4 on one side (not great) and 9 on the other (good). Overall, Dr Bankowski thought things looked fine enough and I am a good candidate for IVF. He would like to use a higher dosage of stimulating hormones than on my 1st try.
A couple of weeks ago, I received my IVF calendar from my nurse, Carol. It was like opening a Christmas present! I LOVE the clinic I'm at and how organized they are. I will begin birth control around Dec 4th. Bryan and I will attend a class on Dec 13th to learn more about injections. We did them last time, but maybe this clinic has some special tricks we should know about! Then, around Dec 15th I'll start Lupron. Those are the shots that put me in a temporary state of menopause. (Yes, I'll probably have hot flashes--I did last time!). If all goes well, I'll start my stimulating shots January 1st so I can start growing lots of eggs (yuck that sounds like some type of insect). Between January 13 and 15th they'll harvest the eggs, fertilize them in the test tubes and let them grow for about 5 days. When they reach the blastocyst stage about day 5, I'll go back in and have them put back in the oven. The "best" case scenario speaking in my feeble little human mind would be to have 2 beautiful embryos to put in and some others left to freeze for later. However, I'm trusting that God will provide just the right number for us and we'll have peace with whatever He gives us (I'll admit I"m hoping He doesn't say 0 so please pray for us!) After they transfer the embryos back in, I'll be on bed rest for 2 days. At my last clinic, they did not really recommend it, so this will be something new. About 9 days after that, I'll go in for the big fat blood test. I know from experience that it will be the longest 9 days of my life! I'm going to do my best to stay distracted. Anyone have a fun book series to recommend?
That's all for now. Hope all is well out there!