Saturday, May 31, 2008

Insemination #2 (sans graspers)

Well, it's done. Wed morning Trina's fertility monitor peaked so we called and they had us come in for insem #2 that afternoon. Once again we checked in at the Andrology Lab to pick up our swimmers. They gave us a beeper that would notify us when they were ready. An hour later we went back, silent beeper in hand, to see what the hold up was. Apparently the beeper wasn't working and our guys had been waiting for us for about 15min. Doh. We took the boys upstairs and checked in 10min before our appointment. The pain of the first IUI was weighing heavily on Trina's mind so she was a bit on edge. After not-so-patiently waiting for 45min Trina was about to pop. Several people had come in after us and had been taken to the back. Trina assured me that if one more person was called in before her, she was going to scream. As I was explaining the virtue of patience and "inside voices" an unsuspecting nurse called another patient back. Trina jumped up and asked semi-politely if they were running REALLY behind. The nurse asked her what doctor she was waiting for and directed her to the person with that info. 30secs later Trina was waving me back. Apparently when we checked in at the front desk, they put down that we were still waiting for our "specimen" to be prepared. Ugh, always with the speed bumps, such is our life. Doc came in and assured Trina that the swimmers last for 4hrs after the big thaw. She's still convinced that the hour wait caused them all to die. As Doc got "into position" Trina was squeezing the crap out of my hand and turned up her MP3 player. He did a quick exam and said "everything looked clear". Not sure what that meant exactly, but it was good to hear that there were no visible roadblocks. He noted that she had "a little curve" and bent the catheter a bit. 30secs later she winced and he said "Ok, they're way at the top" and removed the speculum. Trina's eyes popped open and said "That's it??" When he nodded she nearly cried "That was AWESOME, hell yeah!" He looked confused and asked if she was talking on the phone, because that's not the response he usually got. I tried to explain that my wife was not a masochist, she was just relieved that it went smoothly. He didn't look like he fully understood so I gave him a basic run down of the crazy painful IUI she had last try when he was on vacation. He seemed amused and went on to give us a basic pep talk and told us to call in 2wks after taking a HPT. We were both thrilled that everything went so smoothly. Trina was cramping a bit, so I had her sit in the lobby while I settled the bill. A few minutes later when I came back she was gone. Hmmm, I'm forever misplacing my keys, but this was the first time I lost my wife. I found her laying on a couch 20ft from where I'd left her. She was cramping so badly she was seeing stars. Poor thing. On the way home she started feeling much better. We had a nice lunch and headed to the house. All was right with the world, or so I thought...

The next day her temp dipped a bit and that night she threw up out of the blue. She's been nauseous since then. Her temp has still not spiked so we're not sure what to make of this cycle. She had a definite LH surge, but no thermal shift. I read it was possible to surge and not ovulate, but that it was pretty uncommon. Trina's temps have been so regular every other cycle, but it's a possibility that she ovulated with no spike. At this point, who knows. I'm not having any warm fuzzy feelings about our chances this cycle. It's kind of depressing to think that we may have wasted a good vial on an anovulatory cycle. Ah well, nothing to do but wait and see...

5 comments:

j.k-c. said...

I'm glad that this IUI was so much easier for her and some cramping is really normal afterwards. Who knows with the temp thing, but my doc ALWAYS says that seeing the Lh surge on OPKs is the best predictor of ovulation. So go with it...and I will be hopeful and keep my fingers crossed!!!

Amy said...

We waited that long between thawing and insemination the time that we went. A minimum of one sperm lived.

Fingers still crossed.

Vada said...

thinking about you guys...hope Trina is feeling better.

my cowgirl alter-ego said...

I'm so glad it wasn't painful; mine have never been more than a pinch.

And I am with you on the wait. I almost had a meltdown ... I don't want my swimmers anywhere other than my business.

Good luck in the TWW! I'll be CD 1 here in a week or so. Hopefully we'll be buddies again.

Mrs. Bluemont said...

So happy that things went better this time. I'm all hopes for you two. ox