This morning I had my first ultrasound since we started the Follistim and Menopur, which was only a week ago, but seems SO much longer. I have been so nervous about this appointment. The unknown about all of this is the hardest part for me to deal with. Since this is my first cycle we had no idea how my body would respond (or IF it would respond) to the meds and I've been struggling all week over anaylising every feeling in my body. I think I had convinced myself that it wasn't working and was all in my head even though I have been feeling pretty miserable the last few days. Well this morning we would finally find out one way or another. The news was overall GOOD. I had 10 follicles, which I was a little disappointed about. I was hoping for more, but 10 is a good number considering my elevated FSH. The GREAT news is that the follicles were a really good size! I had a 23mm, 2 21mm, 2 18mm, 17mm, 2 15mm and 2 12mm. I think they want them to be at least 18mm to trigger so that's great news! My doctor is processing my lab results to check my estrogen and progestrone levels right now. He said depending on how those come back we could either trigger tonight or do one more night of meds and have me come back for a 2nd ultrasound tomorrow with potential trigger tomorrow night.
So I'm waiting anxiously for Nurse Jenny to call with the news. I was so scared that the ultrasound would show that the drugs weren't working and this cycle would get cancelled. I think I had prepared myself for the worse so I'm still a little in shock that not only are we moving forward but looking to trigger much sooner than I thought. There's still so many unknowns - how many mature eggs we will get, how will they fertilize, will we have good enough quality embryos to transfer, any to freeze? But at least I know now that my body does respond to the fertility meds so I'll take that win for today. Thank you all so much for the continued prayers and support. My heart feels a little rare with all of the emotions right now. I can't find the words to describe how badly I want this. For myself, and for D. And even though our journey so far as been short compared to most, I know that I will never take the gift of being a parent for granted. I know this struggle will make me a better parent - kinder, more patient and forgiving. I just pray that I get the chance to put these difficult lessons to use. One more milestone down.