My wife had her first round of shots last night: menopure and gonal-f. The menopure is a series of two vials that have to be mixed by drawing out a liquid, injecting it into a vial with powder, and making a solution before switching out the top of the needle to one that is suitable for the injection itself. The gonal-f is just a pen-like apparatus that she has to adjust to the correct number before injecting it. So far, no symptoms but she did tell me that she can taste the medication after injecting them (which I don’t know is actually happening or is just in her mind, but she did have major surgery a few years ago and was on a lot of IV meds at the time, and she claimed that the same happened back then, so I suppose it is possible, but the meds get injected into her belly area – no where close to her mouth). She is really bummed that I won’t be here for the next 4 days to give them to her, as she’s terrified of this entire needle process, but I head out in a few hours for another work trip (ugh).
She had her big baseline visit on Friday (she had one last month when she started the birth control) and I had a check-in as well. My uterine lining is thickening and my estrogen levels have gone up (the nurse gave me specific numbers, but they’re packed in my work bag, so the fact that “all looks good” will have to suffice) and she had something like 18 visible follicles (which sounds good, but she is at the “bottom” of her cycle, so we expect that number to drastically increase as she gets closer to the retrieval date). All we are really hoping/praying at this point is that the retrieval goes well and we get a few extra viable embryos above and beyond the one that our doctor will transfer. (Side note: our doctor said that it is against this particular clinic’s practice to implant more than one embryo at a time. They think doing so is irresponsible and doesn’t increase your odds of conceiving as much as it does increase your odds of conceiving multiples, which puts you in the category of “high risk” pretty much immediately). I am no medical professional so I don’t really have thoughts on that one way or the other, but my wife and I said going into all of this that we didn’t want twins, so we’re perfectly happy with that policy. In all honestly, I think she wouldn’t be sad if we had twins (she has a twin brother and I think she’d love to have that “twin bond” with our kids) but as the one carrying this pregnancy, I’d be a little terrified.
Anyway, this entire conversation is a little premature, as we don’t even know if we’ll get ONE viable embryo. This next week is going to be tough – her transfer is looking like it will be next week (the 14th or 15th) and we’re also still contemplating putting in an offer on that house (you guys: it’s SO perfect for us!) so between all of my medications and that waiting, my stomach is going to be in a semi-permanent state of upheavel and I am going to be sitting on the edge of my chair biting my nails (in a lot of training sessions that I’ve already seen multiple times now, so my mind will have plenty of opportunities to wander).
Please send any positive thoughts and vibes you may have in our direction, and similar positive energy back at you all!!
In the meantime…..
Haha, just kidding. More like this…