My IVF Journey: 1 week on stimms
All this IVF stuff can really consume you - thinking about the next injection, the next scan, the "what ifs"
I thought we needed our extension being built right now like a hole in the head but actually it's been a blessing in disguise. So far it's keeping my mind off all of this IVF stuff as it really can consume you - thinking about the next injection, the next scan, the "what ifs". So having a giant hole in the ground and a big mound of dirt is actually quite therapeutic. Wonder how long that feeling will last? G's reaction was "oh no mummy! Big mess! Rubble, rubble, rubble". My child is not cleverly defining the type of aggregate on the ground, Rubble is a character from Paw Patrol; a digger. I know this because I am cool and down with the kids.
It's been a week now that I've been on the stimulation injections (in IVF talk that is "stimms"). I've had a scan and right now I have 13 follicles which have grown to almost 10mm each. They need to get to 18mm before they are collected. Hopefully in each of those follicles is an egg, so I may have 13 eggs retrieved, and that way the recipient will get at least 6 eggs for their treatment and we will get 7. That's a good number and I'd be delighted with that.
I inject in my stomach; it's like a dot to dot and I'm feeling like a pin cushion. Can't imagine having to do this every day for life like some people have to.
L says me injecting is putting her off her dinner! She must've sensed I was in a jovial mood when she said it otherwise i don't think she would've dared! Her face was a picture when she got a double yolker making me scrambled eggs. She said, "It must be a sign". I really hope not as she's not the one who would be getting up in the night... remember she "doesn't do nights"!!
I know people manage it, but 4 under 4... my personal hygiene would suffer considerably more than it does now. My main excitement about work is getting to go to the toilet on my own and have a shower for as long as I want and even then there is a chance I can be caught with my pants down if I get a shout!
On the whole my mood has actually been ok. No tears this week and I even braved a Starbucks as I knew I was emotionally sturdy enough not to freak out if I dropped it. I did have a bit of a wobble today as I've been trying to do anything I can do to grow these follicles (which isn't much really) but mainly drinking loads of water so I don't get unwell and making sure I'm eating lots of protein.
I then thought about how I need to make them really good and healthy as I have the responsibility for the recipient’s eggs too. I was overwhelmed for a few minutes until I was distracted by the kids trashing the place and it didn't stop me from scoffing about 5 chocolate brownies, so I obviously got over it quick. If the recipient is successful they have me to blame for their child being a cake addict! Sorry.
Back again in a few days to see how the follicles are progressing and to see if we are on track for egg collection next week. Eeeeek!
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