Thursday, January 6, 2011

One-follie Molly

My appointment this morning has left me feeling...unfulfilled?

First of all, I think there should be some kind of unspoken rule that bans babies from the RE waiting room. It's not an OBGYN or a pediatrician. I know that makes me sound heartless, but I'm already depressed and forlorn enough without having to stare at a cute 1-year-old, watching how well the dad interacts with the child. The whole time I keep thinking how much I'd like that to be Buster taking care of our baby.

So they call me back, and into the exam room with the ultrasound machine. The nurse leaves so I can disrobe from the waist down. I hop up on the table and cover myself with the sheet thing. And I wait. Pretty much the worst thing happens that could happen at this point: I feel the urge to pass gas (Yes, I'm going there. I already discuss equally as gross things, might as well bring it full circle!). So here is the dilemma: try to hold it, through an ultrasound (!) or let it go and hope it dissipates by the time the doctor comes in. I went with the latter. You should have seen me fanning it out from under the sheet. I'm a mess!

Thankfully they had me waiting for quite a while, so there was no need to be stressed about the above paragraph. Finally, in walks Fran. She's a really, really old nurse. She has been there for centuries, I believe. She's very sweet, and I like her very much... but. I was really disappointed that my RE wasn't doing the u/s. Of course I didn't say anything, for fear of hurting Fran's ancient feelings. She also had in tow a trainee, or student, or something. It is a university-affiliated office, after all.

Totally off the subject, but did you know they use real Trojan condoms over the weird ultrasound dildo?! I thought it was maybe just some special condom-like thing, but no, it's a real condom! They had this little basket of all these red Trojans right on top of the machine. Bizarre.

Anyway, Fran the Fossil did the ultrasound. My lining is 6.3mm, which she said is good. She showed me, on the screen, how there were these black and white layers in the lining, which is apparently good news. I need to do some googling, though, before I'm completely satisfied with that number.

Next, we take a look at my right ovary. There is a nice-looking follie that measures 17mm. She seems pleased with that. I am too. We switch over to the left ovary, and I can already tell we don't have much action. There are two small follies, each measuring 10mm (barely).

So, basically, the Femara did nothing for me. I already ovulate on my own, and I ovulate one egg. That's what I will do this cycle. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't have two follies. I just feel like there was no point in taking the Femara.

Now, I am still very much looking forward to the IUI. Due to the fact that I've already self-diagnosed myself with having hostile CM (I've not had the post-coital test done), the IUI will bypass all of my hostility and hopefully squirt that sperm where it needs to go. I told my sister this morning that it was like a fancy turkey basting.

I will trigger on Saturday night, and go in for the IUI Monday morning. I voiced my concern to Fran about if for some reason I ovulate early. She told me to do an OPK on Saturday, and if it's positive, call her at home and we will do the IUI on Sunday instead. I took an OPK yesterday, and it had a light line. From my past experience using OPKs, I think I'm about 3 or 4 days out, so I probably will need to do the trigger.

Oh, and I asked about the spotting. She said it could be from estrogen suppression, but that was pretty much all she said on that subject.

Monday (or maybe Sunday) is the big day! I'm nervous, anxious, and excited.


  1. I am so excited for your upcoming IUI~! I just know your BFP is right around the corner!

  2. LOL! This post is cracking me up. Ancient feelings?! Fossil Fran! I sometimes wonder how we manage to keep our sense of humor through all this crap. Don't be discouraged over the one egg. I know I was, but if it's a really really good one, then that's all that matters! Love you!

  3. Here in a couple of weeks, we'll be singing "Good Folly, Miss Molly!" :)

  4. I agree with you-I think children should be banned from fertility clinic waiting rooms too...
    And I'm so glad you brought up the gas issue hahaha, why is it that the urge is the greatest when you're on that table!
    All the best for your IUI,that's great that you're looking forward to it, it's just exciting to be able to do something isn't it!Fingers crossed that your lovely looking follie is all you will need!

  5. You are too funny! Good luck with your IUI!! I've heard of plenty conceiving with ONE follicle! So, don't lose hope!

  6. The condoms on the wand story is hilarious! Everytime I've gotten a trans-v ultra sound (all for cysts) the lights in the room are always super dim and I feel like I'm in a B film or something, its creepy.

  7. Maybe you could try a higher dose IF you need it next time. I'm hoping you don't.

    I did know about the Trojans. My RE keeps a basket of them right by the U/S machine too. So funny...

  8. Hopefully thats one strong follie! BTW, I never actually saw the RE at my dr.'s office unless we were there specifically for a consultation. He did one of my IUI's, but only bc my nurse was on vacay. Not that my RE is all that stellar though, seeing as he wasn't completely honest either ;-/. Sometimes its hard to know what's "normal," and what you should question, huh? Best of luck with the IUI!

  9. Thanks for making me laugh. Good luck with the IUI. I hope this is it for you!

  10. I really appreciate your humor! I hope the IUI does the trick. GL!

  11. So excited for you and this IUI (or turkey basting procedure should I call it?) :)

  12. Good luck with this IUI. I am sure it is disappointing to only have one dominant follicle. I am sorry you did not get better results.
    The waiting room thing is an issue. I very in my tollerance level for it.
    wishing you the very best of luck.

  13. I have had SO MANY of those waiting room moments. Never a fun time at all!!

    But seriously - lots of love and luck coming your way lady!!

  14. Oh my gosh! You are so funny!! And wow, I didn't know they were REAL condoms! LOL
    You already know my feelings about this cycle for you :-) <3

  15. I had an appt yesterday also and pointed out the red packaged Trojan's in a basket to my husband. Too funny! Hope this is it for you!

  16. Yay, it is coming up sooo fast!
    I am 100% with you on the babies in the waiting room.
    I call it a turkey baster too! It's very romantic isn't it?
    Lastly, I love the gas story, I have that luck too! Good choice, as I would imagine an u/s being very diffcult with holding in gas!!!

  17. One big follie is good! Funny about the condoms... my clinic does not use condoms on the wand, they use a glove - with a finger over the wand... so still strange - you would think they would have a proper cover. Good luck this weekend!

  18. I have so much hope for this IUI for you!!! I agree though - no babies in the waiting room would be wonderful. I seem them a lot...

  19. I so agree with you and you are not heart less. I would love to take our baby when she comes to our RE that is our hero but I just can't unless he lets us in the back door. I know how painful it is to see babies and that person is the heart less one. Good luck with your just takes one!!


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