I had my monitoring appt. this morning at 7:30 a.m. at the downtown office. It was my first appt. at that office (where the ER & ET will take place) and I was impressed with the office and the staff there. When I entered the office they had all these large color pictures on the wall of embryos at different stages, which I thought was very cool to see! 🙂

Anyway, apparently my follicles had a growth spurt over the past 24 hours as according to the u/s tech they looked great! I have one of each of the following: 22mm, 18mm, 16mm, 15mm, 14.5mm, 14mm and 13mm! If you compare today’s measurements to yesterday’s (22/19.5, 18/14, 16/13.5, 15/12, 14.5/10 & 13/9.5) you can see just how much they developed!!! 🙂

The Thickness (of my uterine ling) was up to 11.5, which the nurse said was great! Though the nurse said that there is still a chance that we might have to convert this cycle to IUI, it is looking more and like we will be able to “push through” with IVF!

As it stands now there is a “Plan A” and a “Plan B.” They literally have forms/paperwork that the nurse went over with me labeled Plan A , Plan B and Pre-Aspiration (ER) instructions that I had to sign showing that I understand all the components of both scenarios. The process is actually getting a bit complicated at this point, at least for us as a couple going through IVF for the first time, but I do appreciate the nurses thoroughness and after reviewing all of the details I think we understand what is involved in the days to come.

Here are the two plans: Plan A: ER (aspiration) would be scheduled for Monday, April 16 with the time to be given this afternoon. I would do the trigger shot tonight at a specific time to be given this afternoon. I would cease my other injectable medications. Tomorrow (the day before the ER) I would start taking an oral medication (Doxycycline) twice daily (I think it is an antibiotic, but need to double check/read up on it) and continue it for 6 days or until finished. I am not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before or on the morning of the ER. I am to avoid spicy or gas producing foods, such as cabbage (won’t be a problem) or milk products (I tend to consume more of these). The rest of the details are probably TMI(too much information), not that I haven’t already shared more than you might want or care to know. 😉

Plan B: Do my injectable medications as usual tonight. Go tomorrow (Sunday) morning for another monitoring appt. at 7:15 a.m. to have an u/s to check follicle size and blood work to check my estridol and progesterone level. With this plan I would most likely trigger Sunday evening and have my ER on Tuesday and follow the directions given for Plan A except everything would be one day later.

The nurse I met with this morning thinks that our RE (who I found out is actually at a conference in Texas right now, but has been reviewing our monitoring results daily from there) will likely go with Plan B. But, I should receive a phone call this afternoon sometime between 1:30-3:30 p.m. letting us know if he decides to go with Plan A instead.

On a side note, the u/s tech I had this morning was like a stand up comic! She has apparently been doing her job for many years and was hilarious giving me a non-stop commentary complete with tips for me to consider as an “IVF1st Timer!” She told me from here on out I should take it easy (no exercise) and rest as much as I can, try to go to bed by about 8:30 p.m., drink lots of water, don’t worry about keeping my house clean, tell my husband to take care of the meals (even it if means getting take out) and that when in doubt “shopping therapy” always helps! When I told Bob about the “shopping therapy” prescription he asked if she meant “online shopping” as otherwise it contradicted her other recommendations of taking it easing and resting!

Thank you again for all of your support, thoughts, prayers, emails and comments (on this blog)! It means so much to us to know that so many of our friends and family members are behind us! I will keep you posted (pun intended)! 🙂

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