sleepy follicles…

So had my 2nd appointment for this cycle this morning. In and out…no crazy stories this time.

Got the call from the nurse a bit ago, and it seems my follicles want to be sluggish this go round. Damn them. Although, the tech I had this morning only measure 2 of them, so I kind of wonder if that’s part of the reason they think I’m having trouble? Anyway…

I have 2 main follicles at 8mm a piece, which I don’t think is too bad. I’m on CD7, so if they grow 2mm a day, that puts me around 20mm on CD13, which would be great for a “normal” person and excellent for me, so I’m not sure what they think the problem is…

Anyway, I usually do a dose of 150 of Bravelle every night during my IUI cycles. Tonight they want me to up it to 225…that’s 3 vials of the precious, expensive (though very happily donated by my amazingly wonderful nurse) meds…Then 150 tomorrow night and back bright and early on Friday for another blood work and u/s.

Hopefully the little buggers will be appeased by this increased offering of Brevelle tonight and decide to expand to their full growth soon, then we can do this IUI and commence the 2ww. We’ll see. I have hope for this cycle, I really do: grow damn you!

my life right now…

Hey folks…it’s been a while, and let me tell you, a lot has happened in that time!

At last update, I was counting down to Sept 9th, when I can call in for a perscription to jump start AF.  Still waiting for that, but nervous it won’t happen.  Let me tell you why.

My husband and I had planned to go visit my parents over my birthday (Aug 24th) which we did.  We left last Friday and arrived back last night.  However, before we left, we had a bit of excitement.

I had noticed on my stomach last monday that I had an irritation.  I sometimes do get small cysts of some type there where my jeans rub on my stomach when it’s hot out.  They are small, show up for a day or two then go away.  This one however was about 2 inches around, rock hard and painful.  Any pressure that was put on it was excruciating.  Also, I got home from work on Tuesday after spending the day completly exhausted and went straight to bed.  I ended up sleeping until 10:30 pm when I woke up and realized I’d been having chills the whole time.  Had a temp of over 100.  My husband finally convinced me to go get it check out, so on Wednesday we went in to the doc (a regular doctor to, like, the kind normal people go to, can you believe it?).  Here’s where we start getting into the gross stuff.  The area had burst open that morning, so I showed up at the doctor with washrag on my stomach.  She looked at it a bit and took a culture.  She finally decided that, due to the fever and size of the infection that I should go to the ER.  Yup…I spent 6 hours in the emergency room last Wednesday.  Good times!

We got into a room right away, as my doc had called ahead to tell them to expect me.  We waited about 20 min to see the doc.  They set me up on IV antibiotics and pain killers.  I also got a local on my stomach.  She then used a scalpel to open up the wound to drain it.  Let me tell you, that was the 2nd most painful thing I’ve ever experienced.  Even with all the pain meds they had me on and the local, I could feel it all.  I was crying and screaming the whole time.  I felt bad for the people around me, as we were just in a curtained off section.  I also had a CAT scan, to make sure the infection hadn’t gotten to my organs (it did not).  They were worried that I might have mersa (a very severe staff infection), but from culture results today, it looks like it was just a general staph infection.

So, I’m on antibiotics and I stopped taking the pain meds a few days ago as it is much better now.  Went in to the doc this morning and the infection is pretty much gone.  They put packing in the would at the ER to keep it open (it basically looks like a shoestring) which is put in the infection to keep it open so it continues to drain.  My husband now has the job of pulling out the string 1cm a day until it comes out.  Good times.  That does not feel good either.  More pain in store!  Woo Hoo!

So, that’s pretty much done, and the antibotics are done in about 3 days.  Here’s the main problem – I hope this does not effect starting my next IUI cycle in September.  The infecting is right at the injection site for my brevelle.  I’m hoping we can do it on the other side of my belly button (anyone know if it matters what side you inject on??).  I’m nervous though that they’ll say since it was so soon they don’t want to do an IUI.  Does staph effect pregnancy?  Now that I’ve had it once, I can be more prone to getting it again, so I have to be very careful.  It was just on my skin though, so I’m hoping this will not effect IF treatments in anyway, but I’m nervous.  I’m also nervous that the damn cyst in my uterus will still be there and I’ll have to wait again.  All I can do is inform my nurse when I call on the 9th of everything and hope I get the go ahead.

just a bit awkward…

So I went in for my baseline u/s and blood work today.  Again, my most wonderful nurse set aside some free Brevelle for us (huzzah)!  All went fine.  Should get the call later today with my dosage and to schedule the next appointment.

But, I have a question for you all, and please be warned descriptions may get a bit personal here – you were warned.

Every time I go in for my ultrasound, the tech wants me to help “guide it in”…by “it” I mean the transvaginal ultrasound wand.  Is this normal?  If it was just one particular tech, I’d think it was just her thing, but I’ve had multiple techs and they’ve all asked me if I want to help them.  You know what – you’re basically sticking a camera on a stick up my lady parts…I would not be offended if you did that yourself.  It’s so awkward to have to reach down there and do it myself.  Isn’t this what I’m paying them the big bucks for?  Didn’t they go to school to learn how to do this?  I mean, it’s not like they don’t know where that probe is supposed to go!  We’re already in a very personal situation here, you may as well just go for it.  Not to mention that they lady I’ve had the past few times loads up the wand with the ultrasound jelly and they proceeds to hit my leg, stomach and any other part of my body in that vicinity, covering me in blue goopy gel.  Ewww…then when I have to help her “guide it in” (read, but the darn probe in all by myself) it gets all over my hands.  By the time it’s all said in done, I need a shower.

So, for all of you transvaginal ultrasound veterans out there, is this normal?  I have no basis for comparison really, as I’ve only had one of these outside of my RE clinic.  Sometimes the techs will ask if I want help and I’ll say no, they can do it.  Most of the time however, they just tell me to guide it in.  It just seems awkward to me – I mean I can understand that maybe they’re just trying to make me more comfortable, but that just agitates me.  I just want them to do it and get it over with.  Maybe this is the way they are supposed to do it, I don’t know. Any insight into the phenomenon would be appreciated!

Hope you are all well, and I’ll keep you updated on the progress this cycle!