July 21, 2009

Thursday it is! ...ER for IVF # 1

Just heard from my nurse – the retrieval is Thursday (and not Friday). My E2 is screaming high and they do not want it to blow the roof off… it is 4680 (ICLW’ers: please read my previous posts for my follicle scan/count story)! I will be triggering tonight (with just 1 syringe of Ovidrel – I guess normally it is 2) and have to go in again (tomorrow morning) for b/w and u/s.

The dates so far for IVF # 1 are as follows...

  • Egg Retrieval (ER): Thursday, July 23, 2009
  • Egg Transfer (ET): Sunday, July 26, 2009 or Tuesday, July 28, 2009
  • Beta: Thursday, August 6, 2009
  • Tentative WTF appointment: Thursday, August 13, 2009… this is something I asked for! No, I don’t want to have that meeting, but just in case things don’t work out in our favor, I am not willing to sit on my ass till September mid/end wondering what went wrong. It is very difficult to get an appointment with my RE and on top of it he is supposed to go out on vacation around end of August... hence the tentative appointment!

I have already started loading up on Gatorade and drinking tons of water. As you might have already figured, I am shit scared of OHSS with the big team that I am carrying. I just ran the last batch of errands before my IVF break. I am trying to ease my DH’s woes in case I turn in to a zombie! I hope I look back and laugh at how much I prep’ed being worried that I would be knocked out with OHSS. Any tips about how to deal with it are greatly appreciated.


  1. My RE's office said to eat lots of salty foods (which you would think would have the opposite effect) to help the OHSS bloat. Also, sit upright and sleep that way after ER if you have to. It will keep the fluid from interfering with your breathing. I hope they give you a script for painkillers- I could only take extra strength Tylenol. You'll be just fine though, and it will be all worth it! I'm excited that you are triggering tonight!

  2. FYI, I felt fine, just drowsy, after the procedure and the rest of that day. The cramps and mild swelling were a little worse the second day (today for me), so whatever your doctor says you can take for it, TAKE IT! Tylenol is always OK, but they may give you a prescription for something stronger for a day or two. And gatorade is like nectar of the gods - the drugs (whether the antibiotic or the steroid) are making me so thirsty! I have one more looooong day to wait until we (hopefully) transfer...I hope tomorrow brings no news, since that is good news. Thanks so much for your kind words earlier.

  3. ooooo, a new cycle, that is exciting, good luck! while i do love yellowstone my heart is in glacier national park, have you ever been?

  4. Sending best wishes! I'm starting my first IVF (take two) so you give me hope! :)

  5. Hi there!!! thanks for stopping by my blog!! WOWOWOWO we are sooo cycle buddies! Given the time difference I'm only a few hours ahead of you but I'll be checking your blog regularly to see how you get on. You have indeed a massive number of follicles, but try not too worry too much as probably there will be a good few that are small. Very very best of luck to both of us for tomorrow!!!! Love Fran


  6. im sorry, i have a friend on cafemom that is on about the same cycle as you with about the same results...pretty weird...are you the same person? just kiddin...apparently she is using some form of alternate trigger? oh well...if you are interested in talking with her let me know...well, unless you are the same person..lol

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you're right and things work out. Good luck with your IVF!