IVF #5 – Stim Day 18 – The 411

ivf 5 - thou shall respect the stim

Today is the 18th day of stims.  I went in this morning for monitoring and blood work.  I have 11 follicles on the right and two on the left according to the technician who did today’s scan.  I have not logged into the patient portal as of yet to read the follicular report, so I am just regurgitating what was told to me this morning.

I did my morning injections of Ganirelix, Lovenox (which is causing to me to bleed from the little scabs on my tummy where I have been injecting the past 18 days) and the Neupogen.  I took my synthroid today, which I have been taking every 2-3 days because my TSH plummets when I take it daily and I also took the prednisone, prenatal vitamin and Claritin.

This evening, I will take my vitamin d emulsion and inject the Menopur and Follistim.  I will also take the second dosage of Prednisone.

So far, I do not have that overly full ovary feel that I am used to having.  By now, on the other protocol, I would have had a hard time sitting up straight by now.  My nurse said my largest follicle is 17 mm so I have a little ways to go.  I am scheduled to trigger on Thursday and my retrieval will be on Saturday morning.  I assume that my transfer will be on Tuesday or Wednesday.  I am not doing a five day transfer, but a three.  I want to get back and spend Mother’s Day with my mom.

ivf 5 - stim day 18 scan

I am relieved that my uncle is going to come get my grandmother the day before I leave for New York and keep her until I return.  My mom started radiation this week (tomorrow is the 1st actual radiation as today was just practice) and I was worried about how the radiation will affect her.  My grandmother is a sneaky little thing and if left unattended (while my mom is asleep) she will plunder throughout the house or do things she knows she is not supposed to do, like feed her dog my $23 pot roast complete with rice and gravy, as my mom caught her doing while I was at the theater on Sunday, lol !

It is akin to having an 83 year old child in the house.  You can not leave your mail or documents lying around unless you want them read.  Alzheimers or dementia causes the elderly to become extremely suspicious.  I am not exactly sure what it is she thinks she is going to find…. It drives me mother crazy and I find it hilarious.  Well, I found her antics funny until she fed that damned dog my pot roast !  I made the pot roast for myself and got a really good cut.  I gave my dog and her dog what was left over on my plate that I had as an early lunch, so I guess in her mind that translated to FEED THE DOGS POT ROAST !  When my mom came into the kitchen, my grandmom was preparing a plate for her dog and almost jumped out of her skin when she got “caught”.  She knew I was gone because she can see me pull out of the garage and out of the driveway from her room.  I think she assumed my mom was with me and she was at home alone lol.   We have cameras up all over the house so even when away, we can see what she is doing.

I am excited to report that tomorrow is the first day of filming for my cooking show. I got my final SAG documents today and I faxed them my taft hartley paperwork so that I can get my SAG AFTRA card.  I got a cute grey and white pj set to cook in.  I only wish my make up artist were here to beat my face, but for a cooking show, I can pretty much handle a simple make up job.   I can not wait for you guys to see my logo !   🙂

Have a great evening ~

3 thoughts on “IVF #5 – Stim Day 18 – The 411

  1. I’m sorry for laughing about the pot roast fiasco but I couldn’t help myself. Radiation was so hard on my mom but I think in large part because she couldn’t do the chemo portion of the recommended treatment because she was so frail after her cancer became advanced stage and affected her heart function, leading to congestive heart failure. I took her every day to radiation for over six weeks and in the last couple of weeks she was so sick and hardly ate anything. Her hair was falling out and she lost all will to live. It was soul-crushing to watch. I am hopeful your Mom is scheduled for a much shorter duration. The first few weeks were not bad for my mom. It was very depressing to go and for me to wait and watch all of the other patients. But for the first while my mom was such a trooper I followed her lead and tried to stay positive and unaffected. I’ve been keeping you and your Mom in my prayers and will carry on doing so.

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about your cooking show. So exciting!

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    • Girl, I was cussing when my mom text me to tell me what she caught my grandmom doing. I was livid ! Thank goodness I was caught up in traffic so it took me 30 mins to get back to VA lol. I got over it. The next time I am gonna lace my pot roast with a strong laxative and let her clean up tons of poop LOL. That will teach her LOL. Seriously, what can you do? Her brain cells are dying. I feel sorry for her. My mom has 35 sessions over 6 weeks. They radiate her for 30 sec exactly. The last week will be spent just on one specific area where the cancer came back. Thanks for your prayers and concern ! Hope my lil niece or nephew is hanging tough in there 🙂 Summer debut is on the way !

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  2. Good luck with the cooking show! It sounds fun. 🙂

    I’m glad to hear about your 11 follicles. I hope you get a good report.

    Radiation is, of course, different for everyone. I hope your mom is able to tolerate it well. Thirty-five sessions over 6 weeks is not uncommon but it does get tiresome. I think that’s what surprised me the most – the amount of energy that radiation can take out of you. You and your mom will be in my thoughts. ❤

    I definitely laughed about the pot roast! Oh dear! 🙂


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