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I admit to being a bit of a moron sometimes.

So there I am, wondering why on earth my bum hurts so darned much… solid as a rock after only 3 nights, throbbing every time I walk, I mean, really, WHAT?

Every time I’ve done a retrieval and started my PIO injections I have screwed up and taken 2cc’s of PIO the first few nights until I stop and look at the directions and realize I only need to to take 1cc per night.

Well, that explains the rock-solid glutes.  Yeah.  Did I mention I do this every single cycle? The good news is that you can’t overdose on progesterone.

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I’m unique.  That’s what I am.  A very, very special snowflake.

Apparently, my nurse has never seen the clinic allow someone with such a clearly dominant single follicle push through a cycle.  They always cancel and/or convert to IUI.

But not me.  They’re letting me push through.  SuperNurse said she’s really excited because she’s always been curious to see what would happen if someone pushed through a cycle with a single dominant follicle, but multiple smaller follicles.

I don’t like being the exception.  It does not give me warm fuzzies; it makes me nervous.  I think I might cry.

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…for IUI.  That’s what I am.  When I was doing IUI cycles, I was nearly always a perfect candidate for IVF.  I had lots and lots and lots of follicles and rarely a dominant follicle.  Now that I’ve been doing these IVF cycles, I am having a hard time growing follicles, but I nearly always have a dominant follicle.

Seriously, I asked SuperDoc, what is up with that? “Well,”  he responded patiently, as if he was talking to a second grader, “we’ve seen your ovaries go through this transition of sorts.  And ironically -”

“Should we consider converting to IUI?”

“Well, it’s certainly an option, but as long as your other follicles are still growing, we’re just going to ignore that perfect, enormous, dominant follicle of yours.”

On Sunday I had a 15mm follicle and 13 other follicles.

Today I have a perfect 18mm follicle and 4 other viable follicles and 2 other tiny, itty bitty, teeny weeny, wimpy little stragglers that, well, they’re a little embarrassing, frankly.  But we’ll count them.   For a total of 7 (but really… 5, if we’re being totally honest here – and let’s not forget the fact that we’re going to lose that 18mm one because it’ll be overmature come retrieval time, so we’re actually looking at probably…4).


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The Aftermath

Last night, I showed you the medications I had to take in one evening.  Tonight, you shall see the aftermath.  When my children are overwhelmed and choked by the piles overflowing from the landfills?  Well, they’ll have me to blame.  Me alone.



All of that is trash generated from tonight’s shots.   ONE NIGHT of shots.  And I do injections twice a day (admittedly, the morning injections are just Follistim, and therefore generate very little waste, but that’s hardly the point, is it?).  Thank heavens this is the short protocol.

According to my super-genius Pharmacist husband – apparently the “sharps” will be incinerated, so they won’t fill up any landfills in their present form.  But that still leaves a hefty amount of garbage.  Maybe I should get a trash compactor.  Why did those things fall out of style, anyway?   Maybe Buy-N-Large sells one…

My ovaries feel like softballs right now.  They hurt.   A lot.    Beyond that, I really have nothing useful to say – I’m completely exhausted, having spent the day driving back and forth to Long Island for a funeral – my husband’s uncle died and we drove up there and back today.   Nearly 11 hours in the car…  and less than 4 hours actually there.  Then home again for my nightly pincushion routine and up bright and early tomorrow for more pincushioning and another appointment at Ye Olde Fertility Clinic.  Whee!  🙂

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Ye Olde Fertility Clinic had me start the Ganirelix shots yesterday, and along with that, my Luveris dose went up to 225 units (3 vials  = 3 injections).    So, this is what I had facing me last night when I had to prepare my nightly injections (nevermind that I’m still taking morning Follistim, as well):

Holy Pincushion Batman

I ran out of Follistim halfway through my shot, so that was six, count ’em, six injections in my stomach last night.  Dividing my stomach into quarters didn’t help, I’ll tell you that!  It’s all good.  I could try Barren’s Smiley Face trick, but frankly, I’m not feeling extra smiley right now.

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14 follicles this morning.  The tech only measured a few of them – but the most notable thing is that, once again, I’ve got a big, fat, DOMINANT follicle.

Why is it that I couldn’t manage this with my IUI cycles (in which you WANT a dominant follicle!), but always manage it with my IVF cycles (in which you do NOT want a dominant follicle!)?


Most of my follicles are around 9-1omm, except for that lovely 15mm follicle.  Awesome.  Maybe we’ll convert to IUI.

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Honest to Murgatroid, will this period never end??  Normally my period is 4-5 days at most.  I’m on day 8 with no signs of stopping.  I would like it to stop now.    Le Sigh.

I started Follistim & Luveris on Wednesday.  Have been nauseated ever since starting the Follistim.  Apparently, I’m the only person on the planet that has this reaction to Follistim.  Awesome.  I finally got clarification on the Luveris dose – 150 IUs per day.  Holy cow.    This means a minimum of four injections per day before starting the Ganirelix (1 Follistim dose in the morning, 1 Follistim in the evening, 2 Luveris in the evening).  Yesterday was five injections becaues I ran out of Follistim in my cartridge halfway through my dose in my evening dose.  Whahoo.

So here’s the thing about doing morning and evening doses and having multiple injections in a single day…  You know how you’re supposed to alternate sides for an injection site?    Well, how exactly do you do that without still overlapping?  I mean, when I was doing one belly injection a day, I just did a different side every day.  Now it’s… less easy to figure out.  Not a big deal, I just make sure to move around in different spots.  My husband (a pharmacist) tells me there’s a limit to how much fluid the skin can absorb, so I assume the point is just not to overload one spot with a large amount of fluid at once.

In other news, I got laid off, so my benefits expire at midnight August 31st, so this cycle MUST be complete by August 31st.  No, I’m not canceling it in light of the layoff.  This is my last covered cycle, and I may as well just go for it.  After all, what are the odds of it working anyway, right?

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