Friday, April 22, 2011

Did They Put Happy Pills In My Intralipids?

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Today has been one of those “sun breaks through the clouds and birds fly around your head singing their sweet melodies, while flowers bloom under your feet” kind of days (cue Nina Simone's "Feelin' Good").  My alarm went off at and I thought “What do I want to do today?”  It didn’t take me long to have a response… Sleep in!  So…while I can’t indulge in that particular wish every day, I decided to take a couple hours worth of vacation time at work and sleep in, guilt-free, because that was my “pleasurable thing for the day.”

I went directly from home to the fertility center, for my intralipids.  I didn’t realize I would be in one of the procedure rooms, but that ended up being great because the temperature control in those rooms is awesome and the table/chair is actually really comfortable when you don’t have your legs up in the awful stirrups.  I even was able to stay dressed...completely dressed...no gown!  One of my favorite nurses went over the paperwork with me, explaining that research indicates that intralipids may help with pregnancy by attacking natural killer cells, but noting that there is no definitive study proving intralipids’ effect on pregnancy outcome.  The nurse explained that the intralipids, a little bag of milky white substance, was only about 100 calories…but 100 calories of pure fat from eggs and soy beans.  I was told that I would need to drink 80 ounces of water, at least, today and that I should be peeing opaque white urine for a day or so.  I’m really glad she told me that last part because the doctor probably wouldn’t have appreciated my late night call, inquiring as to why I was peeing milk.  After the paperwork was out of the way, the IV drip was started, the lights were dimmed, I was given a lavender eye pillow and was ordered to relax for a couple of hours. 

I did relax, eventually…but initially I called the donor coordinator for my update.  She was pleasant (I told you it had been a great day) and she said that my donor is definitely a split cycle donor – she has lots more than 15 follicles, it was just too early to be accurate before.  Because the donor has just really gotten the bulk of the follicles growing, the egg retrieval date has been bumped.  So now, it looks like next Wednesday will be the retrieval day, as they anticipate the donor will be ready for her trigger injection when she gets checked on Monday.  So, my schedule has changed and I still have to wait for another update, but I’m not freaking out about it.  I’m just so elated that I can stop obsessing about the number of eggs to embryo ratios.  And “lots more than 15” was a perfect way for the donor coordinator to describe it to me…because I can’t develop a chart of possible outcomes with “lots.”

After hearing our happy news, and listening to The Prince whine over the phone about how he wished the egg retrieval was still Monday (who was that, a couple of days ago, that was telling me to suck it up and roll with the punches because we can't control these things?), I put my lavender eye pillow on (they seriously make the intralipid infusion a spa treatment at my fertility center), and relaxed.  I dozed for awhile and then…a knock at the door.

My RE had come in for a surprise visit.  I joked that I hadn’t ever noticed how tall he was since I could never see over my legs in the air, and he joked that he hadn’t noticed what nice eyes I had…or that I even had eyes.  He asked me how I was doing.  But when I launched into how the cycle was going he said “That’s great.  But how are you doing?  How’s work?  Have you been doing anything fun outside of the joy of infertility?”  Myabe this doesn't sound like a big deal...but my RE is busy.  Super busy!  And I know that he had been doing procedures all this morning and that Friday is his only day of the week that he can go home early.  I was so moved that he came in just to chat with me.  We talked about books and how irrational humans are and about how he is disappointed that he won’t be the one doing my embryo transfer but he is so pleased that he will get to experience my prenatal ultrasound with me and The Prince.  Have I mentioned how much I adore our RE?

So anyways, I now have the whole weekend to rest, or clean, or go and visit with my husband’s family on Easter.  I smile every time I think about our egg donor and this cycle.  I’m sure the rollercoaster isn’t over yet, and I know there are still twists and dips ahead, but it really feels good to be sitting at the top, looking out and feeling like all is right with the world, at least for today.



10 comments:

New Year Mum said...

Sounds like a lovely day... great news that your donor has plenty of eggs - hopefully easter will be a good omen for growing (and retrieving) eggs :)) Your intralipid injection experience certainly sounds relaxing... and great that your RE came in to visit - he sounds lovely :)) Wishing you and your donor plenty of growing and relaxing vibes this long w/end xoxo

Ants said...

Sounds like a great day!A good sign of things to come for you I think, and your RE sounds SO lovely, I don't think they realise how much that personal level of care means to us and how much a few kind words and actual interest in us can do wonders for the spirit through all of this. Feeling very excited for you and hoping everything goes well next week! xo

amiracle4us said...

What a wonderful day!!! Good to know about the pee bc I am going to be giving myself the intralipids and have to say, of all the cancer patients I have given intralipids to in the past, I have NEVER seen milky urine come out of them! It would freak me out too! How long did they infuse over?
What a nice RE to actually ask about YOU! Keep that happy relaxed feeling...

Lindsey said...

What an awesome day!! I have a great feeling about this cycle, too bad I'm not a psychic, then it might mean more... Ps I can't believe ER is on wend already!!! Time flies and pretty soon we're going to be getting pregnancy updates!

Empty Arms, Boken Heart said...

Sounds like a well-deserved wonderful day! I hope this is the beginning of more wonderful things to come! :)

Christina said...

Sounds like a great day! Definitely a better outlook today than a few days ago, both yours and for your cycle! I'm feeling good things for you!

China Doll said...

What a lovely day! And a lovely RE! And lovely clinic! And great news about your donor!! Maybe this stuff my clinic's been telling me about the best time to do IVF being the Spring could be true...! xx

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Ants said...

I've also given you an award! thanks for all of your supportive comments over the past few months, and I hope that your good day/s have continued!

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