Monday, June 19, 2006

Monday, Monday

Well, today was another visit to the RE's office for monitoring. I had to have my blood drawn once again and submit to another ultrasound. After three blood draws I am starting to show some "track marks" and some bruising (see above). This will get much worse by the end of the week. As of right now, I am carrying a total of 20 follicles...12 in my left ovary and 8 in my right ovary. All of the follicles are measuring between 10 and 15mm. Everything is growing nicley at this point. I can now "feel" my ovaries when I sit down. They are starting to get just a bit uncomfortable, especially the left one. My endometrium is measuring 8.8 mm, which is a nice increase from Saturday. My estrogen level came back at 810, which is also a very good increase from Saturday. I get to take one more day off in between doctor's appointments, so I do not have to go back until Wednesday. Starting Wednesday, I will be going in every day. My RE thinks that we could be doing our trigger injection (HCG, or human chorionic gonadatropin) on Friday. This trigger injection is an intramuscular injection (long needle that has to be jabbed into the backside of my hip / upper part of my buttocks) that will "trigger" ovulation. IF we do get to have the trigger injeciton on Friday, that will put us having the egg retrieval on Sunday. Things can always change, though, so nothing is written in stone as of yet.

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