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This week we have to be at the clinic Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, then J’s retrieval next week. I can’t work out or sleep as much because the schedule is crazy and requires me to travel 1/2 hour to the clinic downtown, then an hour back to the west side for work. Work is super busy for both of us and in the meantime I’m in the hiring process for my new job. I not complaining, it’s exciting, but I’ve had my moments of feeling overwhelmed.

The monitoring during egg retrieval keeps track of J’a follicle growth, number of follicles, and estradiol level. Last week her estradiol was 37. Her current level is 380! She has 16 follicles on one ovary today and 14 on the other. One of them was already large and is now 13 mm. Monday the US tech was concerned that with one big follicle the others would stop growing and we’d have to wait a cycle, but today she said the others are growing too, so we’re still in the game.

J had to have the clinic bloodwork, then another blood draw for some tests we had forgotten to get, and tonight is about to get three more needles in the stomach šŸ˜¦ The kitties and I are being very nice to her!

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Last night we started Lupron injections. We were a little nervous so I suggested an after-work run, as pain is less noticeable after exercise. Upon return, we look at each other fearfully. Where’s the pharmacy bag? J asks. We spent some time watching YouTube videos of other baby-challenged girls giving themselves lupron injections. If she can do it, we can do it! J says.

We open our syringes and bottle of medicine. J cleans her belly with alcohol swab and waits for it to dry and I draw up. She tells me to go steady. I tell her I’m going to just do it so we don’t psych ourselves out. She looks away, I stab the needle in quickly and as gently as possible and push the medicine in. She repeats the process with me and afterwards I lie on the floor on a yoga mat. We give each other high fives. We did it!!!

Now we just have to do it every night for weeks…

In other news, we haven’t picked up J’s medications from MDR yet. For those of you not in fertility treatment, MDR is the fertility pharmacy. Apparently if you walk around LA carrying one of these bags other baby-challenged couples will know you’re in treatment. I know this from the intern at my office whose wife went through three IVF cycles, didn’t get pregnant, then finally got pregnant using IUI. Yay! She’s actually due next week!

Anyway, back to meds – we haven’t picked them up yet because the total cost of them is… gulp… $2,641.30. Wow.