Friday, November 7, 2008

IVF #3 and Unwelcome Visitors

I am a little late in posting this, but IVF#3 is underway!!!! I took last BCP on Sunday, had my suppression check on Monday and started stims on Thursday morning. I am doing an antagonist protocol this time and here it is:

225u Follistim in the morning

75u Follistim at night

150u Menopur

1 baby aspirin
1 prenatal vitamin with DHA/EPA

Ganirelix when my follicles start to reach the 14mm mark. No Lupron for me!!!

ER is tentatively scheduled for 11/18, but I am betting on sooner by a day or so.

5 day ET with AH (assisted hatching) tentatively scheduled for 11/23
I will be doing PIO and Estrace starting on day of ER.

My first stim check is Sunday morning.

This protocol is brand new for me:
higher stim doses
stims 2x per day
antagonist protocol
5 day ET

It is exciting - sort of. I said before that the one word that summarizes my feelings about this cycle is apprehension and that is still very much the case. When it was time for the 1st dose, I had to refrain from running screaming the other direction. When it was done, I felt a little, tiny bit better. I am hopeful as well, but that is definitely not the overwhelming feeling.

We have not told anyone (minus the entire blogosphere) except my best friend & my mom. We are very leery about sharing every aspect of this cycle with our family and friends. At this point, we have opted to keep it (mostly) to ourselves. If we have good news, they'll be the first to know. Otherwise, it is just too painful to have so many other people disappointed and sad along with us. Telling the story over and over pretty much sucks!

In other news, we have unwelcome visitors in our neighborhood. 30+ turkey vultures have ascended into our yards. Even worse, they gave us a special wake-up call this morning.

At 6:30 we heard a tapping and scratching sound coming from the master bath. We went in to find 3 HUGE turkey vultures on our skylight very captivated by something. They wanted in and they were going to work on the glass pane. It was freaky!!! We felt like we were on the set of a horror movie. Sean tried to scare them off, but they were unfazed. They finally got bored after awhile and took off to the tree tops where they look like the harbingers of doom.

I stepped out a few hours later to snap some photos. They are down right CREEPY and I hope they will be on their way soon.

For your viewing pleasure - the scavengers!


Anniep said...

Ok, they are creepy!!!
Just dropping by to wish you ALL the luck in the world on this cycle. Anything new and different is a GOOD thing. They know what they're doing and have their reasons. It took every ounce of self control I had to not question every little thing and to just go with it.
It might be a bumpy ride at times... but you know what? It could WORK, too!

Maria (MKC101103) said...

Those things are so ugly!

Good luck with this round of IVF...third time's a charm, right??!! That protocol worked great for me, and I hope it does the same for you...I had 28 eggs retrieved that cycle. I'm praying that you have wonderful news to share by Thanksgiving :)

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Yuck, we had a swarm of them in the wooded lot behind our house before and it grossed me out!

Good luck with this cycle!

bb said...

Just wanted to say hi and good luck with this cycle! I have been following your blog for a while and just wanted to say hello. I will also be starting an antagonist cycle in January. We haven't told any family either.

I hope this cycle goes wonderfully for you!!

Jill said...

GOOD LUCK with this cycle!

Sorry about the gross birds. Yuck.

poppy.f.seed said...

once I woke up to turkey vultures walking on my roof. They are heavy(and as you know) and make a lot of noise.

Great news on ivf being underway!

Lisa said...

I am so happy for you! I had so many words of good luck and encouragement and then you had to go and talk about those things I can't even mention pecking on your skylight. And, as if that wasn't enough, than there were pictures! I have an intense fear of birds!!