Sunday, September 03, 2006

Triggering Tonight!

I've been offline since Friday, and I never expected that so much would happen so fast. On Saturday morning, the nurse told me that I was very close to triggering. She said my lining was looking good and my follicles were really developing nicely, with several very large ones. My estrogen was also rising very nicely. I have to admit, I haven't been paying attention to the estrogen results each day from the bloodwork so I didn't really know what was good or bad.

This morning I went in again for bloodwork and an ultrasound, and the nurse said that she felt I was going to trigger tonight for sure, depending on my bloodwork results. I have 4 follies on each side that are 18 cm--I take it that is pretty large. There are a few others that are 16's that she said they might wait to turn into 17's. She said it was possible that I would do a "boost" of my final g*nal f and men*pur shot tonight along with the trigger.

Well, I waited anxiously all day for the call. They usually call me by 2:00 with the results; the latest the ever called was 3:30. We waited forvere but then finally decided to go out and just be home in time for 6:00, our regularly scheduled shot time. I kept checking our voice mail remotely and there was nothing.

We walked in the door at five of 6:00, and I saw the answering machine going off. The nurse said I'm definitely to trigger tonight at 12:45 am for retrieval at 12:45 Tuesday, no boost required. My estrogen was something crazy--over 2,000. Does anybody have any insight about estrogen levels?

I am shocked that this is happening so fast because my estimated retrieval was for Thursday. I'm excited because this means we'll get the results of this cycle that much faster, plus I'll be in better shape to go on my trip the week following transfer, but I'm also a little scared. I can't believe it's really happening. No matter what the outcome is, I at least know now that an IVF cycle isn't that horrible for me, and I have the strength to do it again for (hopefully!) a second child. I'm taking the good advice offered to me and staying positive. I even smiled at a few babies today when we were out shopping instead of hiding. I just know I'm very lucky to have this chance.

14 comments:

Lisa said...

Emmie - Congrats on getting triggered! Your numbers sound good. Re. your inquiry about estrogen levels: the amount of estrogen is proportinal to the number of follicles you have over a certain size. Since the body is induced to superovulate (produce more than one egg) in IVF, the estrogen level generally goes through the roof. More specifically, each follicle generally produces 200-300pg/ml estrogen for each follicle over 17-18mm so a rough calculation (in your case) is about 8 or so follicles presently over 18mm multiplied by 300 (taking the higher of the range) and that's how your estrogen level reaches over 2000. During my IVF cycle, mine reached about 3200 before I was triggered. It's crazy if you think about these levels. Please let me know if you have any more questions. Sending warm thoughts your way...

luolin said...

Wow! Good luck with the trigger and retrieval. I'll be thinking of you.

Thalia said...

It all sounds good, Emmie, I hope all those follicles have great eggs for you.

Motel Manager said...

Holy cow - so exciting! I think everything sounds fantastic (aside from a shot at 12:45am).

I believe estrogen levels in and of themselves vary a lot from person to person, but I think yours sound very good - high enough, but not so high you'll be likely to get OHSS.

Nice work! I will eagerly await word on retrieval!

Melissa said...

Oh Emmie! How exciting! I'm so glad this cycle has gone so well for you. It's wonderful to hear stories like yours that make me not so completely terrified of IVF! Good luck, good luck, good luck!

Hope548 said...

It does all happen fast sometimes! Good luck with the retrieval. I'm glad you're feeling so positive right now!

JennyK said...

I hope the trigger went okay last night and good luck with the retrieval on Tuesday. Crossing all kind of body parts for you.

GLouise said...

Wow- this is really happening! Congrats on getting to "trigger."

Sunny said...

YEAH!!!!

Meg said...

Good luck for the retrieval, Emmie. x

Motel Manager said...

If my calculations are correct, you should be having retrieval today sometime, right? Good luck!!!!!

Alli said...

WOW EMMIE! Those numbers are awesome! I'm hoping and praying for you!!

luolin said...

Wow. Tuesday already. I hope the retrieval went well and that your are recovering comfortably.

deanna said...

Hoping the retrieval went well today!! Best wishes!!