Wednesday, October 29, 2008


That thing stings every time.

My Day 12 follicles met triggering criteria this morning — so trigger I did, at 8:00 pm on the dot.

For those who want numbers — I'm talking to YOU, current and future IVF-ers scouring the Web to obsess about how your follicles compare to others' — here's my size breakdown:

The Presumptive Leaders

3 follicles at 18–21 mm

The Still-in-the-Running Hopeful
1 follicle at 16.5 mm

The Scrappy, Ready-to-Come-from-Behind Underdog
1 follicle at 15.5 mm

The Also-Rans
3 follicles at 9.5–12.5 mm

The "Less Thans" (actual clinic-speak)
3 follicles at less than 7 mm

My E2 today was at 1,600, only slightly higher than my trigger-day E2 during IVF #2. But it's a better number (I think) because I have many fewer mature-looking follicles, which are the ones that give off the measurable E2 reading. So, relative to the last cycle, the reading is higher in a potentially desirable way. I think.

In any case, this is the thought process that's allowing me to feel not so glum about having less than half the seemingly mature follies I did last time. It's also keeping me from letting my mind revisit the time where we thought we had 4 follicles at retrieval but got nothing. These 4 follicles are different from those 4 follicles.

Please, please, please, please don't let these 4 follicles be empty. Please.

My personal best-case prediction is that we can possibly get 5 eggs with 3 acting mature.

ER is Friday morning at 7:30.


Opus #6 said...

Oh, I'm praying with you that your follies are full of mature, perfect little bean-making eggies!

SandyR said...

Thinking of you and praying for 3 very nice little eggies. My 2 ivfs I only ever had 3 eggs each time. I just kept telling myself that it only takes one! :)

Polly Gamwich said...

Oh MAN I hope those stupid follicles participate this time around.

Praying for you sister!

Ms Heathen said...

I know that it's an old, old cliche, but it only takes one. Thinking of you as you go in for retrieval, and hoping that all goes well.

Coll said...

I have just come across your blog in the last few days. I will start IVF #2 in late November. As I read your progress, I find myself cheering for your "follies". Go follies, grow! Thank you for sharing all that you have been through and especially all that you know. Good luck!

niobe said...

Fingers crossed.

Tiffany said...

Good luck on Friday. I will be crossing my fingers for you and all those mature follies.

Beautiful Mess said...

Thinking of you and your follies!!!

Evil Stepmonster said...

Best wishes for retrieval.

Joonie said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. Breathlessly awaiting news and a fert. report.