I'm now officially stimming for this IVF cycle! I had my baseline b/w & u/s yesterday at the ass-crack of dawn and all was good so I started 150 units of Gonal-F last night. The shot was actually even easier than the Lupron - a little less pinch, no irritation at the spot of injection and NO BRUISE! Hoorah!
My baseline work yesterday was kind of annoying though. I've never had to go in on a weekend before but I learned that (a) they apparently don't bother turning on the heat on the wknds, (b) the weekend Ultrasound Tech sucks, and (c) there is only 1 nurse on duty.
Let's start with (a). No heat probably wouldn't normally be an issue (I was wearing a cozy sweatshirt!) except that because (b) the wknd u/s tech sucks, it became an issue. I'm not entirely sure this woman knew what she was doing. The transvag u/s usually takes about 5 mins tops with the other 3 techs I've seen. This lady had that dildo cam up in there for a full 15 mins just poking around taking a billion pictures. She was slow as molasses and kept doing everything twice. I know this because she talked to me about every single detail as she went along, which I suppose might have been nice with my first-ever t/v u/s but I've been at this a while now and already know what I'm looking at. There's no tactful way to say that though so I had to just grin and bear it for 15 mins while my bare butt was hanging out in the freezing room. By the end of it I was so cold I actually started shivering. It was very unpleasant.
The other thing that was unpleasant was that (c) there is only 1 nurse on duty and she happened to be the nurse that always has a hard time finding my veins for b/w. Granted, I am not an easy draw because my veins are deep but you're a nurse! Please don't pierce the skin, miss the vein and then keep the needle tip under the skin and dig around in there until you find it! I may not have a bruise from the Gonal-F but I sure do from the b/w. She was getting visibly nervous and started saying that she might need to send me over to the hospital to have them do the draw when she finally hit the right spot. Thank god. Ugh. That sucked.
However, my estradiol is good, my lining is good, and I found out that I already have 18 tiny follies making their appearance (11 on the right, 7 on the left). After 1 month of BCPs and 240 units of Lupron, I'm not so sure that's a good thing though. I'm as suppressed as I'm going to get and I STILL have almost 20 follies in there. The nurse said they'll have to monitor me closely to make sure we're using the right dosage of stims since they want to slowly grow the follies to get mature eggs, so we'll see how that goes. Yay for PCOS! (/sarcasm)
Lastly, I feel a little weird this morning physically but I can't describe how it feels. I'm not sure if it's from the Gonal-F or because I didn't sleep all that well. I'm going to monitor that and see if the weirdness continues. I also have an omnipresent headache which started Friday morning and hasn't really let up. Extra strength Tylenol (aka: the only thing I can take) helps a little bit but not enough. Naps don't help either :-( The nurse said it's from the Lupron (since it's forcing my body to suppress its natural activity), so hopefully that will start lessening now that my Lupron dose is cut in half starting today!
That's all in my world!
Today Hubs and I are going to look for new fixtures, etc. for our bathroom makeover :-)