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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

worse or better


I had my local stim check yesterday morning. 
Unfortunately, the nurse that called me from CCRM was not nurse sweet pea nor was she very informative. I had to really draw information out of her and didn't really get much clarity or reassurance regarding my questions. But here's what I know…and it's a bit of a mixed bag.

Worse.
Last cycle, after four days of stims (with 300IU of follistim) my estrodiol level was 80. Yesterday it was 47 after four days of stims (with 450IU of follistim). Ugh. More drugs and less response.

Better.
However, it does look like I'm showing more follicles and consistent growth this time. So that's good. Here's what they saw in the ultrasound.
(1) 8mm, (2) 7mm, (1) 6mm, (4) 5mm, (1) 4mm
4 follies on the right and 5 on the left….so 9 is much better than 7 (follicles last time).

Dr. S's instructions were continue taking the max dose of stim meds and head to Denver for monitoring. So after a long day of traveling, I arrived in Denver this evening to ring in the New Year in the Mile High City. I'm such a party animal that I'm starting my meditation CD and will be asleep by 10pm.

Lowlights of the day
-  Delayed flight and arrival into Denver. To save money, I didn't fly direct and had a pit stop in Portland so it's been a REALLY long day.
-  Giving my injections in the airport in full view of everyone because the bathroom was so dirty, I didn't want to open my suitcase on the floor and put my meds on the counter.

 Highlights of the day
-  A sweet family helping me with my bags and wishing me luck with IVF. The dad said "you're going to be pregnant soon so we might as well start helping you with your bags now."
-  The rental car guy upgrading my vehicle to a brand new Infiniti SUV because they had so many all-wheel drives on the lot. No Ford Focus for me. It still has the new car smell….and leather, heated seats.

Happy almost 2014! 

36 comments:

Stephanie said...

Good luck!!!! Thats so nice of the family to help you and what they said. I believe youll be pregnant soon too!

Endo_Life said...

Great news on the follicles. Happy New Year Jessah x

Amanda said...

What a sweet dad! I hope that made you feel good!

I don't even know what me estradiol was, but honestly, I don't know what it's supposed to be, what's good and what's bad. I think it must have been lower than he thought it would be, because he bumped my cetrotide back an extra day. But yay for good follicles all growing together... hoping the estradiol level starts to move along! Thinking of you Jessah!

Just T said...

Besides having a dud nurse, it sounds like a promising appointment! Will you stay in Denver until retrieval? .

Happy New Year.

Aubrey said...

Happy New Year! I'm really praying that this is it for you! XOXO

gypsymamasjourney said...

Happy New Year, I hope 2014 brings you your miracle! xo

Ashley {Life on the Parsons Farm} said...

Many prayers for success in 2014! That guys was right, you will be preggo soon!

Northern Star said...

Awwww Jessah this is rough. I hope you got a good night's sleep, despite such a rough day. Fingers crossed that this is it girl!

Laura Rahel said...

Happy New Year, gorgeous! Keep your head and hopes up <3

Kasey A said...

Praying and hoping and wishing for you!! Sending so much love and happy thoughts!! xo

Elena Ridley said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for you!! Happy new year!!

Emily said...

Ok, that random guy's comment about carrying your bags just made me cry! That is so sweet...and also true. :)

Sweetness you got upgraded to an Infiniti too. Those cars are so fun to drive and holy pick-up, they are fast! Enjoy the mile high city as much as you can. I'm glad you are at least somewhere that is beautiful. Follies all sounds great and growing nice and uniformly. That is awesome!

JoJo said...

Happy New Years Jessah! Hoping for the best this new year. What a sweet family, I'm glad you had help from caring people. Wishing u the best n praying for u!

Team Harries said...

Oh girl, love the way God gave you grace with the dad and the car!! Sorry about the delayed flight, but glad you are there and believing for great news!

Aramis said...

Did you do estrogen priming again? I know with my EPP cycle my estrogen rose really slowly, but as long as the follicle growth was even they were happy. Wishing you so much good luck!

Morgan Brooks said...

Happy New Year! Praying that this cycle goes smoothly and that you are completely covered in His mercy and grace! Praying for success! Yay for good follicles! Lots of love your way!

D. said...

thinking of you, my ttc sister.

i hope today proves to be a better day. acknowledge the lowlights, and keep your eyes on the highlights of your day.

you are a warrior!

D.

Nina S said...

I think having all those follie sizes synced closely is far more important than your estrogen level right now. You're doing a fantastic job! Please allow yourself to be proud and don't be so hard on yourself.

Suzanne said...

9 follies!! I'd be doing back flips. Looks like there's still time for more to pop up and get in the mix too, so here's hoping!

Glad you made it safely (even if delayed) and that you had some kindness along the way. Happy New Year, dear Jessah!!

Jennifer T said...

Love the highlights of the day!
Glad you made it to Denver safe and sound! Sounds like you have some good follicles there!
Hoping and praying for you and this cycle!!

Lisa Mace said...

Happy New Year!! Good luck with your cycle! Praying for you.

waiting and wishing said...

Hoping for big exciting news in the new year! Wishing you all the best!

Logan said...

Praying, praying, praying!!! Thinking of you every day, and hoping this is the one.

Em said...

LOVED reading the highlights. Sometimes, those little kindnesses are all we need to make it through really tough days. Praying more of those little kindnesses your way.

Amie said...

Sounds like you are off to a great start based on the encouragement around you :) I love that you were helped by another family out there. You are in my prayers!!

conceptionallychallenged said...

Happy new year! This up and down sounds exhausting though. I hope things get clearer now that you are in Denver and can talk to the doctors directly. Hoping that 2014 will be your year!!

Always Maylee said...

That is so sweet of that dad. I think it's a good sign! Happy New Year... new year, new beginnings for you. Good luck! :)

xo, Yi-chia

bellehavendrive said...

Bless your heart! I have faith this is IT for you, Jess! Worse or better? Anything can happen. ANYTHING!

Courtney Wilson said...

I want to thank you 1,000 times over for sharing your journey. It's incredible. I hope 2014 is your best year yet!

Elizabeth Lambert said...

Grow, follies, grow!

wishingwales said...

Hoping and Praying for you! I love your story of the Dad in the airport, little words of encouragement mean so much even if they're from complete strangers!

Whitney B. said...

2014 is your year!!!

Sarah said...

xoxoxox!

SmallTownFamily said...

Heck yes to 2014!

Meditation, nice people helping with your bags, and driving a brand new car for a few days!

Welcome back to the Rockies! :)

Janna Renee said...

What a sweet family! I'm glad you were able to get AWD. That is way better for Colorado driving!

Amber said...

I'm trying to catch back up on my blog reading. By now, you probably already know how everything turned out. I'm crossing my fingers for you Jessah!

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