The Little Ovary That Could


DAY 9 – Monitoring Day
(Saturday Nov 12)

Meds: 300iu Gonal-f , 150iu Menopur, 1 x Cetrotide 

Estrogen: 2544
LH: 1.95
Progesterone: 0.9
Left Ovary: 17, 16, 16, 14, 14, 13, 12, 11
Right Ovary: 18, 17, 9

You would swear this is the first time I’m doing this because I thought we’d be doing retrieval on Friday. All my retrievals have been on a Friday so I had no reason to think otherwise but surprise surprise, I will likely be triggering tomorrow for a retrieval on Tuesday. How did this happen? I just started stims.

I feel slightly unprepared. I need to shave. I should wash my hair. Did I eat well enough? Did I take this cycle seriously enough? I didn’t do any exercise. I didn’t do any meditation. What the heck?

*Breathe* Despite me panicking on the inside, I think this cycle went really well. I’m feeling good, physically, right now. And I’d like to take a moment to congratulate my right ovary. She doesn’t have the numbers but she is certainly the over achiever this round. 3 follicles? Wow. And she’s sporting the lead follicle right now? Damn girl! *slow clap*. I know that little 9mm probably won’t have a mature egg in it but it’s there and it’s trying damn it. I wish they could tell you which ovary made mature eggs. I have to go in tomorrow morning again for probably my last scan. I can’t wait to see how my little 9er on the right is doing.

I don’t know how this cycle is going to go but I am happy with my body today. We did it guys.

Emotional: 10% what if I fall… 90% what if I fly.

Physical: Sharp pains on the left. No dizziness or nausea which is great!

Food: Smoothie (strawberries, banoonoos (see below), coconut milk, 2 eggs) for breakfast, Sonic double cheeseburger without the bun and some tator tots for lunch, Roasted chicken, ceasar salad and some brie cheese for dinner. Halo Top Chocolate ice cream because we deserve it!

PS: I went to visit my friend yesterday and she had this sing along show on Netflix on for her son and I canNOT get this song out of my head. Maybe this is why I’m in a good mood. Here’s hoping you get this one stuck in your head too :).


Just A Quicky


(Friday Nov 11)

Meds: 300iu Gonal-f , 150iu Menopur, 1 x Cetrotide 

Notes: estrogen=1336; LH=10; progesterone=xx; Left Ovary=12, 11, 11, 11, 11, 9; Right Ovary=13.5, 11.6

Just a quick update. Everything is the same as yesterday. My next monitoring appointment is tomorrow.

Emotional: No complaints. I’m a bit worried about tomorrow’s scan. But only a bit. 

Physical: Symptoms come and go. Even the bloat isn’t very significant anymore. 

Food: Didn’t eat much today. Smoothie (berries, coconut milk, 2 eggs) for breakfast, giant burrito bowl for dinner. 

Enter Jabba


DAY 7 – Monitoring Day
(Thursday Nov 10)

Meds: 300iu Gonal-f , 150iu Menopur, 1 x Cetrotide 

Notes: estrogen=1336; LH=10; progesterone=xx; Left Ovary=12, 11, 11, 11, 11, 9; Right Ovary=13.5, 11.6

Hitting the wall now. I was hoping for some more growth at the scan this morning but no such luck. No new follicles and the ones I have are just a smidge bigger than last time.

We still have time, of course, but this is what it feels like when you hit the wall. I started feeling the bloat after my last post last night. I felt fine throughout the day but as soon as I got home the bloat started again and I’ve been having terribly sharp pains on both sides. All good signs I’m sure.

I’m very thankful for the long weekend. I need to not do anything for a few days.

Emotional: Doing okay, despite the side effects.

Physical: jabba-the-hutt-portrait-tall

Food: 2 Boiled eggs for breakfast. Fail pork leftovers for lunch. Chili and fried queso fresco for dinner.



(Wednesday Nov 9)

Meds: 300iu Gonal-f , 150iu Menopur 

Notes: estrogen=651.6; LH=2.7; progesterone=0.3; Left Ovary=10.5, 10.3, 10.3, 10, 9.2; Right Ovary=10.4, 10.1

Day 6 is like kinda halfway-ish with stims. I’m starting to feel less miserable which is good and my ovaries are aching which is even better. I don’t have anything else to report. Next monitoring appointment tomorrow.

Emotional: Yesterday and today was emotional and stressful and for once it wasn’t IVF related. I’m just hoping the stressing didn’t have adverse effects on my eggs.

Physical: Nausea has dissipated somewhat and I’m myself again and TMI so much discharge.

Food: 2 Boiled eggs for breakfast. Keto chicken patties and spinach for lunch. Failed pork loin and beans. Total fail meal.

Chatty Day


DAY 5 – Monitoring Day
(Tuesday Nov 8)

Meds: 300iu Gonal-f , 150iu Menopur 

Notes: estrogen=651.6; LH=2.7; progesterone=0.3; Left Ovary=10.5, 10.3, 10.3, 10, 9.2; Right Ovary=Champion! 10.4, 10.1

She did it! My right ovary finally has something measurable at our first appointment. I’m so happy. And they’re comparable to the Left.  Well done you! If you find yourself having a drink tonight, please toast to my fighter ovary. So proud.

Just a quick story. My clinic has two doors to get into the building. In between the two doors is just a holding area I guess. Anyway, the first door always seems to be open but the second door to get inside opens at 6:27am and there’s always a group of women huddling in the holding area waiting for the second door to open. Sometimes the group is chatty. Sometimes the group is quiet and buried in phones. Sometimes it’s just me. The area is very small so you can feel everyone’s energy and I think sometimes we’re all just hoping someone will be chatty so that we don’t have to be in our own heads. That’s my thought anyway.

Today was a chatty day, thankfully. It’s been a while. Two young ladies. One doing her first IVF after 2 failed IUI’s. She was there for hopefully her last check to see if she could trigger. The other was I think in the middle of her cycle. I didn’t get which cycle it was but I think she’s a lifer like me. I walked into the 2 of them discussing something and I found myself joining with the vet and telling stories and giving advice. What struck me was how jovial she was. She’d mentioned that the doctors didn’t give her much hope but she was here giving it her all. Everything that came out of her mouth was with a smile. She was really funny too. I admired her. I like when people speak candidly about infertility. It makes it seem less taboo-ish, I think.

Anyway, there’s no real point to that story. I just wanted to remember her and the fact that she brightened my day.

Emotional: Still feeling good. Clinging to the happy.

Physical: Every present nausea and dizziness. Please make it stop. Let’s add tiredness. Probably because I’ve been up since 4.

Food: 2 Boiled eggs for breakfast. Turkey sandwich minus the bread for lunch. Keto chicken patties and stir fried veggies for dinner.

Big Day Tomorrow


(Monday Nov 7)

Meds: 300iu Gonal-f , 150iu Menopur 

Notes: estrogen=26.49; LH=4. 68; progesterone=0.226; lining=4.9mm; antral follicles=13 

Nothing of import to report today. My period has stopped so life is good again. And tomorrow is a big day for the country. “Huge! There’s never been a bigger day than tomorrow”. My first monitoring appointment! I can’t possibly think of anything more important happening tomorrow in America :D. (JK, enjoy voting day!)

Another thing to look forward to is the public holiday on Friday. Then I suspect my retrieval will be next Friday so another day off and the the week after that it’s Thanksgiving. It’s going to be a great November, people. Probably not for whoever’s candidate loses, though.

Emotional: Short week short week short week!!

Physical: Every present nausea and dizziness. Please make it stop.

Food: 2 Boiled eggs for breakfast. Spinach and chicken salad for lunch. Steak and stir fried vegetables for dinner.

Family Day & Funny Dreams


(Sunday Nov 6)

Meds: 300iu Gonal-f , 150iu Menopur 

Notes: estrogen=26.49; LH=4. 68; progesterone=0.226; lining=4.9mm; antral follicles=13 

I had a very strange dream last night that I was at my clinic just waking up from my retrieval. Nate was sitting on the bed next to me and what looked like most of my clinic’s staff were seated in the room around me. My new RE, my old RE and my nurse were all there as well. Then a bird flew in through the window and gave a note to my nurse (wth!) and she opened it and said “Oh it’s from the PGD lab”.

The note said that they would be closed for Thanksgiving so I wouldn’t get my results until after that weekend but they can let me know the 2 of the 3 embryos are brother and sister.

Everyone cheered and hugged but my RE said that we shouldn’t get too excited because  we don’t have the results yet but so far so good.

And then I woke up.

Now I don’t think dreams mean anything. I used to but I haven’t been able to find a correlation between dreams and reality in my life yet so I think it’s just a manifestation of what’s on my mind at the time. I just thought I’d write it down and I especially thought the bird was a nice touch. Thanks brain :).

We spent the day with N’s family today. His gran had a heart attack this week and we went to see her with his mom and his 2 aunts. She’s doing well, his gran. She looked good today,  just tired. They’re just trying to get her medication doses in order before she can go home.

We spent most of the afternoon at the hospital chatting and joking around and then we all went to IHOP for a late brunch. I did have half a pancake at IHOP because I think it’s illegal to not have a pancake at IHOP… It is illegal… Trust me. 🙂

On the stim side of things. While I was driving today I felt a sharp pain on my right side. I really really hope that’s my lazy right ovary getting her ass in gear for once.


Emotional: The tingly right ovary is making me excited!

Physical: Every present nausea and dizziness. Please make it stop.

Food: Boiled egg for breakfast. 2 Scrambled eggs, 2 sausages and half a pancake for late lunch. Too full for dinner.