I went to the doctor this morning for my ultrasound to check on activity in my ovaries and where we need to go from here. I had two follicles that were 9mm on my right ovary and one follicle on my left ovary that measured to be 8 1/2mm. It seemed like Dr. Bundren liked this, mostly because this didn’t happen the last time I took Follistim. This is much better. He wants to see the follicles get to 18mm, I guess that’s the size they need to get to be fertilized and eventually become a baby. I had to wait all day to get the call from the nurse to hear my blood test results and to get our next step. She called about 6pm and told me to do 100 IUs of Follistim for the next 5 days and come in Saturday morning to get another ultrasound. I had to ask about my blood test, which is a good thing because she would’ve told me up front if something was wrong with them. But she said my estrogen levels were low but that it was normal at this stage in my cycle. I am just trying to relish this good news and this success. No, it isn’t a baby yet but my body is working better than it ever has before. I had to be sure to order our other Follistim cartridge so we could get it by tomorrow. Now we wait, again and do the shots every night at 11pm. I am starting to get pretty bruised up on my upper thighs but it’s a small price to pay for a miniature Josh/Kacy. This will work. This. Will. Work. Que funcionia. Il fonctionnera. Maybe if I say it in every language it will be true.
My goal this past week has been to relax and be as healthy as possible. I pretty much had to whole week of Christmas off and was very happy to go back to work that Monday. Work is a wonderful distraction from my personal life and the hours and days just fly by. We had a stress-free New Year’s Eve, Josh and I went out to dinner and then went to visit my parents and other friends until midnight. I drank sparkling grape juice, it wasn’t so bad considering it tastes a lot like my drink of choice, White Moscato. I must admit, it was really nice to wake up New Year’s Day without a hangover. We slept in, lazed around in our “jam jams” and took down Christmas decorations. I am not making any New Year’s Resolutions this year, I am already doing everything that I would have resolved to do. I have been drinking anywhere from 30-60 ounces of water a day. This is a huge feat considering I hate drinking water, but it was the doctor’s order. The Follistim has been dehydrating me and it leaves my mouth very dry, so it makes the water chugging more bearable. I have been conscientious in exercising at least 30 minutes daily, I walk my dogs everyday (except for yesterday and today with the wind chills being below 0), I do strength training every other day (mostly) and I go to dance Monday and Tuesday nights (my favorite form of exercise). The only thing I haven’t been good about is eating because I have been having some bad side effects. I haven’t been hungry for breakfast or lunch, I just feel sick to my stomach most of the time and I have headaches periodically. Hopefully my body adjusts and the pain will subside. I have been recording all of my activity in a journal, I am writing down which leg I had the shot in (because it’s easy to forget and you have to alternate every day), I write down how much water I drank, my exercise for the day, my mood for the day and what I ate. I find it’s easier to hold myself accountable this way. But back to the relaxing part, I had my very first facial Saturday afternoon and goodness gracious it was marvelous. I will definitely be doing that again! And I am looking forward to my massage this weekend. Thank you Saint Joshua. 😉 So until Saturday…Don’t worry about whether or not it’s going to rain tomorrow, just enjoy the sunshine today.