Yesterday I woke up at 5:30 a.m., 45 minutes later than planned, and RUSHED out the door to get on the road to the clinic. Fortunately, I didn’t get stuck in the worst of morning rush hour, so I did my lab work, ultrasound, and made it back home by 10:30 a.m.
Doctor said everything looked “as expected.” I got the all-clear to call the pharmacy, order my meds and charge the $3,975.06 to my credit card. Meds will be on my doorstep, requiring a signature, before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The next 20 days or so I will be in the heart of an IVF schedule.
Today I stop birth control, Sunday (7/23) I start stims (follistim and menoupur).
My trigger shot will be anywhere from cycle day 9 – cycle day 14, although the doctor said most commonly it will fall on 10, 11 or 12. Egg Retrieval will be 2 days after that, Embryo Transfer will be 3 or 5 days after that. I am booking myself for 2 days of recovery or bed rest after the transfer. No one has told me this is necessary, but I am a Nervous Nelly and have heard this can help. I want stress and strain to be as far from my mind and body as humanly possible as it recovers from an IVF cycle and hopes to make a suitable home for an embryo.
In true accountant fashion, I made a spreadsheet to help assess what my next two weeks could look like. This helped me decide I will take off work the 8/7 – 8/11. The week prior, when I am driving down to the clinic for who know how often, I am just going to tell my boss I have to be on-call that week with my doctor and may have to come in late some days or not at all (in the case of the ET). Since I know now I can make it back by 10:30 a.m. I’m not so concerned. If he asks why, I will tell him, but I knowing him I would very surprised if he showed any desire to know about my personal life.
The IVF Cycle is almost here! It’s been almost 5 years in the making and I am so excited to be doing SOMETHING.
(T = Trigger, BW/US = Blood Work, Ultrasound, R = Retrieval, ET = Embryo Transfer)
|Scenario 1||Scenario 2||Scenario 3||Scenario 4||Scenario 5||Scenario 6|
|Monday July 31||CD 9||T||BW/US|
|Tuesday Aug 1||CD 10||T||BW/US|
|Wednesday Aug 2||CD 11||R||T||BW/US|
|Thursday Aug 3||CD 12||R||T||BW/US|
|Fri Aug 4||CD 13||R||T||BW/US|
|Sat Aug 5||CD 14||ET||R||T|
|Sun Aug 6||CD 15||Recover||ET||R|
|Mon Aug 7||CD 16||ET/ Recover||Recover||ET||R|
|Tues Aug 8||CD 17||Recover||ET/ Recover||Recover||ET|
|Wed Aug 9||CD 18||Recover||Recover||ET/ Recover||Recover||ET|
|Thurs Aug 10||Recover||Recover||ET/ Recover||Recover||ET|
|Fri Aug 11||Recover||Recover||ET/ Recover||Recover|
|Sat Aug 12||Recover||Recover||ET/ Recover|
|Sun Aug 13||Recover||Recover|
|Mon Aug 14||Recover|