I have some good updates! While they may not constitute "good" to most, if they don't involve someone dying, getting arrested, being rejected for Home Study, or threatened with ovarian torsion, they're good updates for me.
I went for my first follicle scan on CD 6 (yesterday), after 3 days of injectables (50ius Follistim). I had 1 small follicle on the left and 4 small follicles on the RIGHT ovary... yes, you read that correctly, the RIGHT ovary, i.e. my righty-tighty, outta-business, gone-fishin', bum ovary! Lefty has been great, but lefty has yielded no baby bump, so I'm more than stoked for righty's Coming-Outta-Retirement event!
As I mentioned, yesterday was CD 6. Today it is now 6:00pm EST, and as of the evening of CD 5, I have had NO BLEEDING. That's right. No red, no pink, NO BROWN(!!!!), no purple, no green, no orange. NOTHING! CD 5 was a normal VL day (red), and then it stopped. Like a miracle! It stopped!! A 5 day period?? I thought those only existed on television!
I am taking a buttload of Doxycyclene (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills at night) along with DH, and I imagine the change in color (no brown) has something to do with that. Which, technically, I could look at in a bad way - if my brown bleeding disappears only with STRONG antibiotics, it must be infection. But, I'd rather look at it as, hey, I have no brown bleeding right now, therefore, right now I'm happy! And who knows... maybe the Sacrament of the Sick we received while on a TTC break also comes into play here. For those of you concerned, I am taking probiotic. Twice a day.
Speaking of normalcy, my next bit of news is in regards to positive changes from my gluten-free diet. I have been "regular" EVERY. DAY. FOR. FIVE. DAYS.
FIVE DAYS!! That is absolutely a record for me!! I feel like a new woman. Light and empty, just like my uterus :)
I am right smack in the midst of my crazy treatment cycle, had bloodwork this morning for cytokines and NK cell Assay, tomorrow I get an aPTT (blood clotting time) test done to double check the dose of my Lovenox which I started CD 6, I also get another follicle scan tomorrow, Friday I get an Intralipid infusion, Saturday I get acupuncture, Monday I go see Dr Ste.gman, Tuesday I get a Uterine Biophysical Profile ultrasound (my mentor at the imaging center where I'm doing my externship agreed to try this for me so I no longer have to fly to Chicago, yippee!), and sometime in there I will trigger. I suppose DH's 31st birthday on Sunday will be a BD-Fest. I'm sure he'll be ok with that.
Luckily, the madness will be over by the time Holy Week really gets going. I would much rather be focused completely on God from Thursday through Sunday next week, and yes, I will have to take meds still but it won't be nearly as much running around as now.
PS, I met Father Frank Pavone on Sunday night at an Anniversary Dinner for the local Crisis Pregnancy Center. He's such a great speaker (as we all know), and I also got to speak with him as he signed my book. We chatted about our infertility, NaPro (he said he's "good friends with the Hilgers"), IVF and the ironic travesty of so many lives lost by an industry striving to give people life. It was a brief conversation, but so good to meet someone I've admired for so long. I also told him (which is true) how I had sent Priests for Life my resume when I was a junior in college, but never followed up for an interview because I wasn't sure if I could move to (gasp!) Staten Island! DH told him how I was a FertilityCare Practitioner and becoming an Ultrasonographer (he's so cute when he "brags" about me).