Friday, January 28, 2011

IVF #1 CD 6 "Chatter Box"

Forgive me; I fear this may be jumbled.
Today started out really well. I had a really fun chat with my dad and my sister the whole 40 minute drive to the RE. So I was all awake and in a good mood when I got there (and I was even on time today!) I wish I could find the post I read the other day. It was talking about how invisible infertility can be because we can have a hard time opening up about it. Anyway, this article mentions how quiet and isolated it can be in the waiting rooms especially compared to cancer patients. When I read that I was totally reminded of my appt on Monday. The room was as full as I have ever seen it but, it was silent. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember noticing it on Monday and feeling a little depressed by it. So when I got to the RE, that article and my recollections of Monday were on my mind. I put my phone (and emails and blogs) away and struck up conversations - novel of me, I know. Anyway, it was a great experience for me. At least to my eye, it seemed to really lighten the mood of the room and, I think (and hope) it was well received. It was a little hard to get going at first. I almost gave up on the idea because I am little shy but, I am so glad that I put myself out there a little. Not only did the wait go by super fast (I almost wanted to have the nurse wait for me!) but, I met some really nice women. Definitely something I want to keep trying to do. Does anybody else have super quiet eerie waiting rooms?
Anyway, on to the actual appointment. The US was blah and, I am a little discouraged. I only have 4 follicles on my right ovary. They are all good size and all about the same size so, that is good, though. My left ovary was playing hide and seek and was really good at it. After turning the wand in every possible direction with every possible point of pressure, she gave up. So we don't know many are growing on the left side. My estrogen levels were not as high as the RE wanted them so, I'm thinking there the left side isn't doing much better than the right. I am a little discouraged. I was comforted to find out that the cyst on my right ovary has shrunk a tiny bit.
My follistim has now been doubled so hopefully we'll have better news (and be able to find the left ovary) on Monday.


  1. Glad everything is moving along nicely and that you got to meet some real life women. lol

  2. Thanks for all your support! I left you an award on my blog!

  3. I bet the other women waiting were really appreciative of some conversation and support. Sounds like good news that the cycle is progressing and the double dose of follistim may really get things growing! :]

  4. I'm so impressed you started some chatting with others in the waiting room. We should all definitely do more of that. Yay for progressing follicles and more follistim!!!

  5. I think waiting rooms need more people like you! Everyone wants to talk, but it's hard to break the ice.

    Thank you so much for your kind words this week. Congrats on the weight loss!!! That is awesome.

    Also, thank you for your kind words on my blog this week. Losing my friend has been difficult and will continue to be that way, but having the support out in blogland is a HUGE help!

  6. Good for you for starting up conversations! I have done that before too. It is good to make things a little more comfortable.