I’ve found it really hard to blog the last couple of weeks. It’s been a whirlwind of injections, early mornings, water, milk, protein. I guess it probably helps to break it down into chunks. I’ll keep it fairly brief.
The go ahead
We got the ok the day after my last post. My FSH was borderline high but they were happy with my other levels which was great. I had already booked my next acupuncture appointment and looked for any which way to keep my stress levels down. That day we got a bag full of meds, a lesson in how to use them all and I was booked in for a hysteroscopy the following day – an early morning, the first of many, a quick sedation and we were told everything looked ok, step one, done.
The blood tests
This is where the ARCG is so different from any other treatment I have experienced/heard of. That Monday was the first of my early morning pilgrimages to Harley Street. On the 5.59am train with lots of commuters. Fortunately I’m a morning person, although I did miss not having a coffee – even a decaf. I’ve been up there almost everyday since and have eaten lots of breakfasts on Marylebone High Street. If you need a recommendation you know where to come! Following the blood test they review the results and you get a call instructing you on which meds to take, which in my experience changed daily. On average we’re talking 4 injections a day plus aspirin, some steroid tablets and a careful diet which includes 3 litres of water a day and 1 litre of milk.
We’re told that egg collection usually happens between Day 10 and 16 so as we were approaching day 10 we were getting excited. On Friday, Day 7, I was told my trigger would likely be 3 to 4 days away. With only 6 follicles I have to say I was a little disappointed – in my last cycle I got 14 eggs, but that didn’t work out so who’s counting really. It only takes one.
On Monday, Day 16, I was called back for any afternoon scan but the call I received later was just to amend my meds, no trigger. That call came after my scan on Tuesday, finally! It’s only a couple of weeks but feels like an eternity.
I was first in and having been told I had 10 follicles they actually collected 11 eggs. We received the call this morning that of the 11 eggs 8 were mature enough and of those 8, 6 fertilised. A good number I feel but it doesn’t stop me worrying. There’s nothing I can do other than wait now though, until tomorrow, or the next day or Tuesday if we get to Day 5 transfer.
There’s so much more I could write but I just don’t feel like going over it all at the moment. Perhaps once it’s all done and dusted I’ll feel more comfortable going into more detail but right now I’m just bored with the whole thing, it’s literally taken over our lives. That’s not meant to sound ungrateful, I’m happy to have devoted my time to it, I just don’t want to revisit it all again so soon.
So that’s me for now. I will try to update more regularly over the next few days even if it is only quick snippets.