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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ten little follies


follies after 7 days of stims

i can't believe how good this cycle is going. it is so nice to have things work the way they are supposed to for once. k has been amazing. she sends me an email immediately after each of her monitoring appointments so i never have to wonder what is going on. and i mean immediately, if she has an 8AM appointment, i have a text within an hour afterwards. 

and today she even sent me a picture of her follicles. doctor said she has lots of good follies and they are all growing at about the same rate. they only show ten in the ultrasound image but there are more than that. 

uterine lining check
as i mentioned, i wasn't too worried because i don't really have a history of cysts or anything. although, if i've learned anything…it's that the situation could take a turn for the worse at any moment. 

but my lining was exactly where they wanted it to be and no cysts. during my uterine evaluation cycle, i misread the protocol sheet and took less estradiol than prescribed. my lining was still 9mm triple pattern on less meds. that being said, i had to advocate to have my doctor adjust my dose for the real cycle. the protocol sheet has patients taking up to 5 pills a day of estradiol. my nurse said that i needed to follow the protocol sheet. but i escalated it to the doctor and linked to a study that states lining that is too thick can be just as detrimental to IVF success as thin lining. so why would we increase the dose when we know that i can get to the optimal thickness in 3 pills per day? i won. 3 pills per day it is. 

i hate to play doctor when i am paying the clinic for that. but everyone's body is so different and they never want to personalize anything. they'd rather just max you out on all the meds. and nothing is weight based. that drives me crazy too. i mean seriously. i weigh 100 pounds. you can't tell me that i'm not taking too much medication if someone who weighs 200 pounds is taking the same amount. anyways, i digress.

power of prayer
thank you so much for all of your prayers during this cycle. we appreciate it more than you know. i swear it never hurts to have prayer warriors out there. my sweet instagram friend and her mother had a mass said in my name at the Church of Miracles this week. i think its working V..thank you! speaking of instagram, please feel free to follow our journey to baby @dreamingofdimples using hashtag #teambabysunshine as i will post more frequently there…especially with follie growth over the next few days. 


37 comments:

Alana Christine said...

I have learned so much about the entire process through your blog and I'm so glad that you are not taking anything at face value--I need to do a better job of taking control of my health decisions (in general) instead of listening to the Doc at all times. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us!

Infertile625 said...

Baby sunshine! I love it!! Wishing you nothing but lots of mature follicles! So happy for you J!

futureMom said...

I'm really excited for you! That is amazing that your donor keeps you updated like that. good luck!!

Amanda said...

Yay! It all sounds PERFECT!!!! I'm so excited for you, Jessah! Feeling really, really positive!

Aubrey said...

Yay!! Such a great update!!

Ashley Sanderson said...

praying praying praying!! You are surrounded by so many prayer warriors sweet Jessah!!!! Can't wait to hear more of the progress!

Charity said...

So excited for you! Being your own advocate is so important. And weight is very important when dealing with medicines I wish more people remembered that. You are so close and I am so excited for you!!

Cristy said...

Looking good! And good for you for Dvocating! Yes, it's hard to do, but no one else will do it for you. Besides, think of it as traininh (seriously, I now scare family doctors with what I ask).

Sending love and grow vibes your way!

JoJo said...

Amazing news! Way to go on demanding them to change your dosage of estrogen. I had to start with two then increased to 3 a day. I can't imagine doing 5! Wow! Prayin that your real cycle is as succesful.

Mrs. Trumbo said...

Praying for you <3

Endo_Life said...

I love all the positivity I am reading at the moment. I am thinking of you all and praying all keeps on the right path for you x

Elisha Kearns said...

lookin good girlie! Prayer is sooo powerful! It's the direct line and communication to God. Sometimes when I stop to think about how we can talk to the One who created everything and withholds the universe by just His word, I get goosebumps. Love ya girl!

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Amie said...

Yay!! This is wonderful news! I am so happy this is going well for you, you deserve it for sure!

holly said...

Sounds like things are going great with K and good for you for being your own advocate!! Sometimes we have to stand up for ourselves more than we think we should, it's tough! Good Luck!

Aislinn said...

I'm so glad things are looking wonderful this cycle. I agree, I hate having to play doctor when we pay so much money for the doctors to do their jobs, but if we don't advocate for ourselves, who will? While I'm not the praying type, I think about you and K often and hope with all of my heart that this cycle is it for you!

The Run Away Stork said...

That is such great news sweetie! I'm getting so excited for this cycle and I'm super proud of you for being your own advocate. I think you definitely did the right thing by going with the lower dose of estrogen. Thinking about you everyday and praying for great results! Keep us posted!

Court @ Sweet Home Alabamian said...

Yay!!! Continuing to pray for your journey!......

Non Sequitur Chica said...

YAY for at least 10!! Keep growing follicles!!

Aramis said...

Great update! I love that K is so open and transparent with you. Definitely something I didn't get with my Czech cycle, but it's what we chose I guess. Sounds like those are shaping up to be some great eggs!

Kristin said...

Glad all is going well!!

Suzanne said...

The power of prayer can be pretty amazing. Good for you for standing up for yourself with your doctor. Sometimes I think we know as much if not more after all we've been through.

This cycle is shaping up pretty darn perfect...so very exciting!! xoxo

Emily said...

Look at all those perfectly aligned follies, growing so nicely with each other. And awesome response. Glad you are voicing your opinions...totally doesn't make sense that your tiny little self would just bombard your body with the same dosage as someone who's 200 lbs. and hey it worked! I see some SUCCESS in your very near future, and that is very exciting!

Brianna said...

Yea for 10 follicles!! And I'm so glad that you were able to work things out with your meds for the best lining yet! I think we are in a strange place in societal evolution when it comes to our own medical care. It used to be that you do what the doctor said and don't question it, but more and more, people want to be informed patients, and therefore it's more of a partnership with docs. Fingers crossed for continued good news.

Caroline said...

Praying for team baby sunshine!!! Love that hashtag! Love that K is so good at communicating! So important especially in a process like this!

Sarah J said...

Yaaaay for 10+ great growing follies! And kudos to you for taking the initiative of pushing for a dosage change based on how you see your body responding. We are our own best advocate!

Will be wishing you much success.

Morgan Brooks said...

I am so happy to hear this update and that things are progressing perfectly! I just love everything about this for you!! XOX

conceptionallychallenged said...

Wonderful news!
And I agree, it is annoying having to do the "research" part, but you still know your body and reactions best. Fingers crossed!

TwoPlusOne said...

Everything looking good so far! Wishing you all the very best. Will be crossing everything for you..

Holly said...

I have to agree with Suzanne-everything is looking pretty perfect. When things are right it usually seems smooth, of course sometimes disasters turn to great things but all this to say, this is looking super hopeful and promising and exciting!!

AMY MICHELE said...

We just got our phone call to meet with a IVF coordinator! I'm pretty excited, terrified, nervous.. did I mention excited? I'm so happy to read the good news!! I followed you on instagram! I'll keep you in my prayers Jessah.
<3, Amy

Stephanie said...

What great news that everything is working out so well so far! I pray that it continues to go that way.

Bren said...

Yay! This cycle is looking fabulous! Hooray for 10 follies! Love that K is keeping you updated so frequently. This is super exciting!!!

Whitney B. said...

So happy for you Jessah, those are some beautiful follies!

Lisa {Amateur Nester} said...

So glad this cycle is going well!

Northern Star said...

So very excited for you! Sounds like it's all happening exactly as it should! Fingers crossed this is it Jessah!

Weylin said...

Wow. Such even follicle growth. Feeling really really hopeful for you!

I can haz babyz? said...

It's so important to be your own advocate!! Awesome for standing up for yourself.

Good luck lady, you are getting close.

--Mindy (MM29)

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