Thursday, June 21, 2007

Here We Go Again

Well, I am almost ready to begin cycling again. I am excited to get started but a bit apprehensive. I take each cycle so seriously and can never truly relax because I view each milestone as the gateway to the next milestone. For example, this monitoring session went well, okay let's worry about the next monitoring session. Retrieval went well, but how many eggs fertilized? It's never ending. I have never had a positive result as the end of the 2ww, so the entire process is very very emotionally draining.

Regardless of all of that, it will not stop me from trying again, so for right now - I am excited to get started (insert sigh here). Here is the tentative calendar as of today:

6/30 - start Lupron and baby aspirin
7/6 - stop BCP, continue lupron (argh)
7/13 - baseline monitoring, continue lupron (argh)
7/14 - start Estrace (continue Lupron - argh)
7/18, 7/22, 7/24 - monitoring (continue Lupron - argghhh)
7/25 - retrieval, stop Lupron (yay), and start progesterone
3 or 5 day transfer after that.

My donor had a good number of eggs retrieved and embryos that made it to blast on her last cycle, so hopefully the same will apply with this cycle. She also is no longer an IVF newbie so that is reassuring. My coordinator said that she is excited to cycle again so I am happy to hear that.

I am all stocked up on some extra strength T*ylenol, so Lupron - you better watch out this time!

Well, onto other news - earlier this week I met up with the D.C. Queens. We had a wonderful time. Thanks to LJ for coordinating such a great get together. I am already looking forward to next time!


Trish said...

Good luck this cycle. I tend to find mini-goals a little easier to get through. Sort of the AA one-day-at-a-time stance.
"Just have to go to the follicle scan." "Just have to go to the trigger shot." etc etc.
I hope this is the last time you have to do it, though.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good plan!

serenity said...

Good luck... cycles are so freaking draining, yes, I hear you. My current coping mechanism is to expect the negative result at the end and in the meantime pretend like it's all not happening. I'll let you know how that goes. :)

In and Out of Luck said...

Good luck! I sure know what you mean about investing every appointment with such milestone importance. I hope hope hope that this works.

Pamela Jeanne said...

Wishing you all the best...

Anonymous said...

Yes, one milestone at a time.

Congrats on getting started again!

ultimatejourney said...

Very exciting! Best of luck with everything.

Lara said...

I am currently going through much the same protocol for a donor egg fet! I know how you feel about the lupron and I'm doing lupron now and have been for over a week with at least another week to go! I've started the estrace (which upsets my stomach) so that should be good fun for another few weeks! Anyhow, good luck! Just wanted you to know that you have a cycle buddy out here in bloggyland!


Foreverhopeful said...

I so relate because I too have never had a positive result after a 2WW. I know how emotional draining this all can be. Hang in there and we're all here to help you through each milestone at a time.. :)

Good luck with your next cycle and I'll be thinking about you.