Wow. I'm still a little bit in shock, but I will try to relay as best I can to you what transpired today at the doctor.
As I said in my previous post, during my doctor's appointment Saturday, Dr. Dorsett asked me if Richard and I had ever considered doing in vitro fertilization (IVF). See previous post for more details or to catch up.
So, I returned to the doc today, had another ultrasound that looked good and bad. It was really good in that I had beautiful, large, healthy follicles. It was bad in that there were too many of them, and Dr. D won't do the IUI we were planning on this cycle.I also had some blood work and urine test done. The urine test came back saying it detected Leutenizing Hormone (LH). This is the hormone that tells your body you are ready to ovulate. That wasn't the best news. It meant my body was starting to ovulate on its own, and if we were going to do anything with this cycle, it had to be QUICK!
Well, nothing can be quick when your husband is 7 hours away in College Station. I kind of need him for this part. ;)
So, Dr. D sat me down and said we had two options (McH is on speaker phone and participating in the conversation). OPTION #1: Trash this cycle altogether, take our losses, and move on after we regroup. OPTION #2: IVF, starting with a harvest TOMORROW MORNING...as in, 10 hours from now!
But don't get your panties all in a wad just yet. Remember that LH stuff I mentioned above? Well, depending on when it started doin' it's thing, I could get there in the morning, have an ultrasound, and discover all those beautiful follicles are nowhere to be found. That would be a bummer. But, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Not for a long shot. We would just regroup, and start another cycle, but this time with the INTENTION of doing an IVF cycle, instead of having it sprung on us the day before...talk about a SHOCK!
Anyway, I am nervous, excited, anxious, but mostly just anticipating what tomorrow will look like. If the ultrasound shows those beautiful follicles are still in place, I will go into retrieval which involves Valium, an IV, a tube and lots of other stuff you probably don't want to know about. It means I can't drive myself home (McH will be there, so I won't need to anyway). It means a LARGE investment of both faith, time and money.
If it can be done tomorrow, the resulting embryos will then be transferred five days later and I will have to be on bedrest for two days following (sorry, EKP)!
Whew...see why I'm exhausted, overwhelmed, and shocked, to say the least?
Oh, and McHotterson is on his way here (to Levelland) from College Station and won't be here until the wee hours of the morning, only to get up around 7:00 to leave for Lubbock. Poor guy.
I miss him SO much. I haven't seen him for nine days. Yuck.
And probably the most entertaining and intersting part of this ENTIRE post for most of you: I didn't know I would be spending the night, so I had to stop by Wal-Mart on my way into Levelland. Some clean underwear and a toothbrush later, I figure I can make it work!
A day in the life of infertility. Isn't it grand? But I really am thankful for all of it. I wouldn't choose it for myself or anyone I love, but I am thankful for all the possibilities God has given McH and me.