Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The long and winding road: trigger tonight

I know that I haven't done a good job at updating the blog, but I really didn't think you'd want to see stim check posts #5, 6, 7, and 8...But, our day has finally come and we are triggering tonight at 11pm for an egg retrieval at 10am on Thursday. My estrogen was up to 3276 today.

Steve and I have been all over the place as to how we feel about this cycle. We finally had an appt. this afternoon with Dr. Schoolcraft and discussed all of our concerns with him. He feels that my cycle has gone well overall and that it's been slow and steady, just as he had wanted. I never thought my body was capable of stimming for 12.5 days, but apparently it is. He hopes that this will translate into better quality embies. Let's hope so! He still predicts around 15 (or more) for retrieval and hopefully a good number still for maturity and fertilization. I pray he is right! I'm overly concerned about the number this go around as we want some to make it to blastocyst so that we can have something to biopsy and send off for genetic testing!

I have to go in for labs tomorrow morning, but then we are free to enjoy the day with no set times to take a particular shot. Yippee for that! We bumped up to 4 shots a day on Sunday, so I'm really done with my thighs, hips, and abs looking like pincushions. This wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have to get into a swimsuit soon, but we do have our trip to Cabo coming up on Sept. 10. I don't want to freak out my work colleagues too much!

We are headed up to Boulder tomorrow and hope to check it out along with Estes Park. Steve really wants to go there, so I hope I'm not too uncomfortable from the trigger shot and am able to still have a good time. In other news, the weather has completely changed overnight here in Colorado. Fall apparently arrived today and the high was only around 65 (it was around 90 yesterday). Steve loves the cool weather. Me? I'm a warm weather girl all the way. And, we packed summer attire, so we are ill-equipped for fall weather. Oh well, just a few more days...

Steve and I ate dinner at P.F. Chang's (thank you Emily!) tonight. We don't normally look at the fortune cookies, but for some reason did tonight. Steve's read: "You do not have to know where you are going to be headed in the right direction." Mine said: "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood." And our lucky numbers were all different except for one number: "4". Retrieval on 9/4??? Well, if any of it is a sign, we'll take it!

I'll update on Thursday following the ER to let everyone know how it went and how many were retrieved, etc. Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.


DAVs said...

Yay--happy triggering! I stimmed for 17 days once so I know the feeling of long stim cycle. I'm hoping slow and steady wins the race for you!

Leah said...

sounds like your right on track! slow and steady does win the race.

Congrats :)

I hope the retrieval goes well for you. Can't wait to read how many you get

Lorrie said...

G/L with the retrieval! Yay for triggering! :)

Karen said...

Good luck Jill, it sounds like your doctor is pleased with how things have gone so far! I will be thinking of you tomorrow!!! Enjoy the rest of your trip in CO!

Jen said...

Good luck, Jill! I've got all crossables crossed for you!

The Wright's said...

best wishes for an awesome er, lady!! slow and steady is great. can't wait to hear how it goes and i will be thinking about you!

so now let's just hope that your coworkers don't think you're pulling an amy winehouse when they see you in your bathing suit!


Two of a Kind said...

I,ll be thinking about you tomorrow!! It seems like this has flown by! Good luck, sweetie!

beth said...

Save those forTunes for your BELLY BOOK!!!!!!!!hahhha

sooooooo exciTTTTTEdddddddd!!!

love both fortunes PERFECT!!!!!!!

you guys are so in my thoughts this week!!!!!!!
Wishing you insane amounts of

Boulder is so fun...across from Ben& Jerrys diagonally is a mexican joint that rocks!!!!!!

have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kate said...

GL!!! I will be thinking about you tomorrow and I hope your ER goes well. I am sure Dr S and the rest of CCRM will take good care of you and your soon to be embryos.

Jill said...

YAY for triggering! I hope you get lots of beautiful, mature eggs at the retrieval!

Emily said...

enjoy your med free day! hope boulder is a relaxing day for you guys!

good luck tomorrow!!! i will be thinking of you!

Jen & Jeff said...

Good luck Jill!!!!!!

ttc said...


I have stimmed for 12-14 days in the past, so don't think that's unusual.

I have my fingers and toes crossed for you.

Let us know how it went.


Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Good luck tomorrow! Hoping the retrieval goes splendidly.

Kristen said...

I can't believe it is TIME! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you. Best of luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Penny said...

yay, trigger time!!!

If you are going to estes, it is much colder up there, so buy a sweatshirt or jacket at least.

I lived in boulder for over a decade and loved it. Hope you stop by Pearl Street Mall (take US 36 which will turn into 28th street, keep going all the way to Pearl, turn left). It is a very beautiful part of the city.

Good luck thursday!!

Mary said...

Good luck, Jill!

Jen said...

GL GL GL GL GL. I am so excited that you have come so far. I hope the ER goes well, smoothly and exceeding all of your expectations.
Crossing everything for you these days.