A quick update from my first scan during stims for IVF 2.
Right ovary: (partially accessible – this is the guy who looks like a peanut and tends to hide)
12, 13, 13 + 2 smaller
11, 12, 12, 11 + 4 smaller
Apparently this is on track and good. (I’m not sure if that is actually true – they tend to be a bit positive at our clinic.) It’s sort of where I was this time last cycle, just under a year ago, but last time my progress sort of plateaued at this point and I needed a whole other week of stims. Apparently they want the follicles to get to 18 (I think it’s mm, but I can never be sure… They don’t tell us much and the stats above I had to memorise whilst I was having the scan!).
Actually this is something I’ve noticed a bit at my clinic (NHS hospital). They don’t tell you a great deal. Also you don’t get to see the scan whilst they’re doing it – they don’t show it to you. They more or less don’t talk much during the scans, other than to the note taker, which can be a bit disconcerting. I also learned during the previous cycle that they aren’t straightforward with you when the prognosis is bad. I had hope last time because they didn’t say “It looks like your baby isn’t growing which is a bad thing” – they just said to come back in the next week because they wanted to do another scan.
I’m not complaining about the NHS because I think we have to be grateful we get NHS treatment at all. It’s more of an observation compared to private where they specifically show you the scans and explain what is going on. At least this time I kind of know what I’m looking out for so I lay there and memorised what she was telling the person taking notes.
The nurses at the clinic are the nice ones and they have a bit more time to explain stuff. The nurse was very positive about the stats and seemed to think it was okay. She said to us (T came along as he had to sign the consent forms) that we should be on track for a Monday or Tuesday transfer. Though it depends on Friday’s scan.
Also I called up Dr S’s clinic and spoke to L, the midwife. As part of the borderline immune protocol for Dr S, I have to have treatment (intralipids infusion) before transfer. I got a bit confused previously and I thought it was before egg collection, but the treatment is more for transfer. She said that ideally I should have the IV infusion 7-10 days before transfer. So we tried to figure it out and realised if egg collection happens on Monday then the transfer would be Friday. So then we tried to decide when we have the IV infusion. She’s away on Friday so it couldn’t happen then, so it was between Thursday (tomorrow) and Monday… In the end we went for Monday, which I can cancel if I end up having the egg collection then.
It’s all a bit hectic!
In terms of symptoms, my stomach is all puffed up and my boobs = humungaboobs. I can hardly do up my coat! I really don’t like it and it means I’m completely paranoid about being fat, and having to try on loads of outfits to try not to look super chub. T is being nice about it and saying he thinks I still look beautiful (I think he has been to Boyfriend 101, with distinction). But it makes me feel really not myself! I’ve been weighing myself too – I dropped last cycle as it was too scary, but this time I’ve put on a few kilos, which is quite alarming. Yesterday I didn’t overindulge at all and I put on almost a kilo! Argh. I’m hoping it’s all ovary / fluid retention or something.
My other symptom is that I’m sooooo tired. Like, to the point of people actually asking if I’m okay. I must look like I’m knackered! I am usually a night owl. I was saying to T this morning, can you imagine that just under a year ago I was doing this whilst on a really stressful project and working 18 hour days away from home? Quite frankly I have no idea how I got through it. At least this time I can take it easy!
Aside from that, we went on a mini date night last night to the cinema to see Eddie the Eagle. If you haven’t seen it, I really recommend it! It was really enjoyable and easy to watch. After the last few I’ve seen (10 Cloverfield, High Rise, Anomalisa) were all weird, it was nice to watch something that was just easy viewing and fun. Uplifting! Try and see it before it finishes! And have a happy hump day! 🙂