Friday, September 18, 2009

IUI Cycle #11

Driving to our RE appointment Monday morning we made guesses about how many follicles we would see and joked about having twins and triplets. The one good thing about our having to use fertility meds was the higher instance of multiples. We would LOVE to have twins. Triplets are scary, but even still, I'd be thrilled. Much to our disappointment, the ultrasound showed she still had only one responding follicle on the right side. I know it only takes one, but I sure would feel more confident if we had a few to work with. It was 15.7mm and her estradiol was 248.We were told to come back at 8 the next morning for a recheck.

Tuesday morning's ultrasound showed our solo follicle had grown to 17.14mm and labs revealed her estradiol was up to 380. She was to trigger at 9pm and be back in the office for IUI#1 at 9am the next morning. We left the office with mixed feelings of excitement and anxiety. I was scheduled for hip surgery in an hour and I had no idea what shape I'd be in the next morning. What I DID know was that I would be there for the IUI even if I had to crawl on my hands and knees.

Wednesday morning came and I was not exactly happy to be conscious. I had been asleep for the better part of the last 20hrs. My wife, the rock star, had given herself the trigger shot the night before. I can't imagine how she made herself stick that 1.5" needle in her rump. I slowly got to my feet and with Trina's help slowly dressed myself in the baggiest clothes I own. She frowned at me when I refused to take my pain meds, opting for Motr1n instead. I was barely holding on and I wanted to at least remember the day we made our child. I slept the whole way to the Dr's office and stared into space while we waited in the lobby. A nurse came out and called Trina's name. It was our turn. Trina was so nervous since she had had a horrible time with her 3 IUI experiences. Her last IUI had gone so badly that we chose to do at-home ICI's for the last 7 cycles.

We didn't have much time to worry because, as usual, our doc didn't keep us waiting. He came in with a beaming smile and as he got his tools ready, he told us we had a whopping 56million swimmers! We were stunned and even he seemed impressed. We were used to counts in the high teens and low 20's. The IUI was, much like our Dr, fast, gentle and efficient. There was no sharp pain like when our old Dr bumped the top of her uterus with the catheter. Afterwards, he shook our hands, told Trina to lie still for 15min and said he'd see us the same time the next morning. Then he left with the smile he came in with. We sat there half waiting for the pain to start, for the cramps to double her over or for the nausea to come. 5 min passed, then 10. Nothing happened. She was so relieved that she teared up. Was this how everyone else experienced IUI's? No wonder no one thought they were a big deal. Amazing. Other than a few passing cramps and light spotting throughout the day, all was well.

The next morning we repeated our routine and ended up back in the same exam room as the day before. This time we had grins to match our Dr's. How could this not work? The previous day's sperm count was double what we were used to and here we were doing it again. Add in the nearly painless IUI and we were on cloud 9. Again, he came in and got right to work. He said "Today we have 63 million! Your donor is a champ!" This IUI was a little more painful, causing some small cramps during the procedure, but still nothing like before. He told Trina to start the pr0gester0ne suppositories on Sun, shook our hands and wished us luck. Our 15min was soon up and we were out the door. Our TWW has officially begun and our next appointment is for a beta on OCT 1.

Our swimmers waiting to be deployed.
Marveling in the pain free 15 min wait.

13 comments:

alimis said...

Glad to hear that you all had such a great experience at your docs office and that the IUI's were relatively painless. Sending baby vibes your way.
-Peony

JS said...

I'm feeling really good about this one for you guys! Yes, that's what most IUIs felt like for me. Mild cramping, light spotting, and a little achiness the day of the IUI. The count looks good, and you are right - all it takes is one egg. So, you know you had the timing right, you know you had good sperm...I really, really hope this works for you this time. For what it's worth, I gave up after my 11th IUI and took a year off. I finally got pregnant on the 12th try. Perhaps you two can stop here and get that little bundle of love you have so waited for. I will celebrate that day with you guys!!
(my word verification is "oven thus"...maybe a hint at something in the proverbial oven!)

journeytowardsourbaby said...

So glad it went well - will be thinking of you and got fingers crossed!

KraftyKay said...

Crossing everything crossable for you two!

B and J said...

Really happy to hear that it was much better than the last IUIs you did. Crossing fingers and toes for you and wishing you a VERY SPEEDY TWW!

Keely said...

Oh I hope this the one!

anofferingoflove said...

those are rockstar numbers! wishing you lots and lots of luck!

welcome2ourworld said...

Good luck to the two of you :)

nutella said...

Wow, great numbers! So very glad that the IUI's were easy this time around. Mine were not any more painful than any other exam with a speculum and I only had spotting on the cycle that worked.

Hoping this is the one for you!

mrsbasement said...

i love it when the *word verification* is actually *a sign*

Heidi said...

I'm so glad these IUI's were more painfree!! How wonderful!!

And check out Mr. Donors huge numbers!!!

I've got everything crossed!! Can't wait to see your bfp!!

2momswithaplan said...

Wow!!! You ladies had some great numbers! One beautiful follie and 119 million sperm! Fingers crossed and prayers are going up... I can't wait to hear the results on Oct 1!

thebao said...

yay for a relatively pain-free experience and such kick-ass numbers! fingers crossed for you ladies!! I'm off to catch up on the rest of your blog now...