Tuesday, September 13, 2016
All of our sonogram checks have been at 7:30 or 7:45 in the morning. The doctor’s office is only 10 minutes away from where I work so the frequent doctor visits haven’t impacted our jobs too much thankfully (it’s about 15 minutes away from where Don works). Both of our employers know what’s going on and have been very supportive and flexible. We are usually only at the doctor for about 15 minutes as they are always ready to see us upon our arrival. This is a small practice and we love the personal attention they give.
We had another great check up today. The lining is now at 11 mm! We are so thankful to God! The doctor said the follicles are ready (the measure around 17-20 mm). He said they would call us later that day and let us know what time to do the “trigger shot” and that the egg retrieval would be Thursday, September 15. The trigger shot is Novarel which is another injection. It tells the body to ovulate and takes about 36 hours. Once the doctor and his staff figured out their schedule for Thursday, they called to give us further instructions. The trigger shot had to be taken exactly at 9:00 pm so that I would be ready for an 8:00 am retrieval on Thursday.
I had bible study (BSF) that night, and it was the first night with a new group after the summer break so I was determined to go (and it’s 40 minutes away). I decided to go for the group portion which is the first hour and leave at 8:00 and miss the lecture portion in the second half. I was home by 8:30 and started getting set up: wash hands, disinfect table, gauze, alcohol swabs, band aid, medicine, syringe, mixing needle, injecting needle and sharps container. Don is always very helpful to help me with everything. I give myself my own subcutaneous injections on my belly. It’s just easier since I can control the pressure. I also had another injection of that Monday night which was a ninth and extra day.
I have a second acupuncture appointment tomorrow. Studies show that acupuncture the day before egg retrieval can increase success rates. There is a lot of evidence to support better success rates with IVF and acupuncture together. So as long as my doctor is okay with it (which he is at this point), then I will continue with it.
This is the revised calendar: