If this were a marathon, my sciatic nerve and patellar tendon would start to throb just about now, and I would be choking down my first pack of PowerGel. On the 24-hour IVF News Channel in my head, I see myself looking a little gimpy--but determined--in my knee-length running shorts and silly purple bib.
It's about mile nine, I'm estimating, and there are seventeen or so to go. I'm on a nice steady downhill for the next bit; a chance to catch my breath and look around at all the nice people waving and offering bottles of water.
I'm bruised, I'm tired and I'm content. I brought a fair helping of dread to today's appointment: What if my E2 decided to take up pole vault and they had to cancel me? What if one of my follicles took off on a 100-meter sprint and they had to cancel me? What if they had to cancel me because all of the follicles boinked on the stims, with nothing left but tiny ovoid notes of apology that could be deciphered only by ultrasound?
But none of those things came to pass. My E2 has slowed down just a little--1312, where it was 778 on Wednesday--so no worries there. And there are still "twelve or thirteen" follicles growing steadily at around thirteen millimeters, with a half-dozen stragglers that may or may not catch up.
Final ultrasound Sunday morning; trigger scheduled for Sunday night, with retrieval Tuesday morning and transfer Friday. Which, if we get there, will take us to about mile twenty. Those last six miles and change--the hardest six miles--will no doubt be filled with the slow, painful limp of waiting.
P.S. A couple of people asked what I did differently this cycle, so I thought I'd provide more details than anyone could ever want. Here goes:
Started with six weeks of low-dose birth control pills, with a five-day break in the middle. Began stims five days after the last BCP. This time, we're using 300 IU Follistim in the mornings and 225 Folli plus 75 Repronex in the evenings. After Wednesday's ultrasound, we added .5 ML Ganirelix Acetate to the p.m. shot. The key difference for me seems to be not using Lupron.