Alrighty peeps another vaginal ultrasound and blood draw went down this morning. Luckily my drive was a bit smoother today and I didn't have to deal with a ton a maniacs like I did on Wednesday. The nurse and I are getting to know each other pretty well, she's getting to know me more then I would probably like, legs up in the stir-ups and all, but I love how she always compliments my uterine lining with adjectives like beautiful and gorgeous and then proceeds to tell me how good of a job I'm doing on my progress. She definitely makes me feel like I'm not screwing this whole process up. My arm is starting to look like a drug dealer from the blood draws, that is thanks to crappy veins and bruising easy. Props to my nurse though who has successfully drawn my blood on the first attempt each time. With Mayo clinic it never failed I got poked in both arms sometimes three times just to get a blood draw on me.
I have four big follicles that are progressing well. They measure them and want them to at least be a 15 and mine are measuring above that. I also have many smaller follicles right now that are measuring below a 15. The nurse said to be prepared because I could potentially have my eggs retrieved this weekend but that all would depend on my blood work, or I could be back up Sunday for another ultrasound and blood draw. I left feeling the, excuse my language, but holy shit this is happening kind of moment. I called Ryan and told him and said I would know by lunch time what the plan was. With in minutes I had tears in my eyes and felt incredibly scared. So much is riding on this round with IVF. Game time is fast approaching and I could soon be finding out that Im going to be a mom, that Ryan and I would be parents. Crazy!! I went to crossfit and got in my version of the 17.5 open workout, remember I'm on restriction but can still work out, thank baby Jesus for that!! It felt good to move, sweat, and focus on something other then IVF. After crossfit I phoned in to my voicemail system and found out that I will head back up Sunday morning for my 8:15 appointment for another ultrasound and blood draw. By lunch time on Sunday I will know what the game plan is, but potentially could be doing my trigger injection either Sunday night or Monday night. That means my egg retrieval would happen either Tuesday or Wednesday!! Crazy! Crazy! Crazy!
So for those of you praying for us, pray for my follicles, that they continue to grow and be strong and healthy. Pray that we will have enough eggs to be able to have embryos to freeze and pray that everything this next week goes smoothly. The obvious, pray we get pregnant on the fresh embryo transfer and pray that God gives Ryan and I the strength to deal with whatever the outcome may be. I had a patient the other day who follows the blog and she said to me how much she admires that I'm choosing to be so vulnerable and put myself out there when it comes to this process. She said she never realized how much it takes for some people to get pregnant. She was able to get pregnant pretty easily and she said how easy it is to take that for granted. My hopes for blogging about this process is to hopefully help someone who may be going through the same thing. To let them know that they aren't alone and talking about infertility is ok. I have had more people come up to me and say that they are praying for us and that they are hear to support Ryan and I. It is such a good feeling to know that people care and that people are routing for us. I have been blessed to build a new friendship with a gal I have never met who is also going through IVF, please say a prayer for Becky. Her and I are pretty much on the same time frame with our IVF so its been fun swapping stories with each other. Ive also been seeing a new chiropractor. Dr. Ryan and his wife Dr. Kaitlin are awesome, I can't say enough about them. Even though they are just my chiropractors they give me a lot of peace and make me feel really calm. Happy people are contagious and the two times a week Ive been seeing them I always feel really good. They are a positive light in my day when I need it most, same goes for all my crossift peeps, the support from crossfit family has been tremendous! Look for another update on Sunday other then that enjoy your weekend!
I snapped a photo of my ultrasound, my right ovary, the large black circles you see are a couple of the follicles, the yellow dotted line is the nurse measuring my follicle. The second photo is a picture of my beautiful, gorgeous thick uterine lining, just incase everyone wanted to know what that looks like. Hormones keep doing your job!!