IVF Round 2: We Start Today!

Our second IVF cycle starts today. I give a quick update about my first ultrasound and an overview of how I’m going keep my headspace calm and collected over the next two weeks.


15 follicles!

I got a call from my nurse yesterday afternoon with the results from my first (pre-stims) ultrasound. Great news all around! I don’t have any cysts in my ovaries (yay!), so there’s no chance of me developing hemorrhagic ovarian cysts and torsion (i.e., devil-inspired twisting) like last May. My hormone levels are at a good starting point. And, I have 15 follicles at baseline. This means I have the potential for 15 eggs (or more) to be retrieved in a couple weeks after we pump them up. (All I hear in my head is first few lines from the song below: PUMP UP THE JAM, PUMP IT UP!)

In just one hour, Cory will be injecting me with my first stimulation. On the docket for this morning: Menopur, Omnitrope (human growth hormone…immabout to Hulk it out!), and Clomid. This medication cocktail will undoubtedly result in a hormone fog lasting through midday (sorry morning patients!) and a dull, global headache all day. I’ll probably feel like crashing around 7 PM tonight, and I’ll happily allow myself to do just that.

So how am I going to get through the next couple of weeks? Right now, my game plan includes:

  • a daily gratitude practice

  • engaging the senses (candles, bubblebath, heating pad)

  • distracting TV (I just started Breaking Bad…I know, I’m a little slow on the uptake)

  • kindness (towards myself and others)

  • relaxation

  • captivating reads (on the docket: All the Light We Cannot See. Thanks, Maggie, for the recommendation!)

  • frozen meals

  • “Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,” the idea that we are walking on holy ground; that life is holy; these moments are sacred; that all is holy. (Anyone else go to Rob Bell’s “Holy Shift” tour in Denver last Saturday night? Holy moly…it was moving. Read more about Rob Bell’s message here. And see a pic of my lovely mom, Doreen, and me waiting outside the Paramount for Rob Bell below.)

  • grace and patience

  • this quote: “Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable.” -Anthony De Melo

Wish Cory and me luck as we start in again on another round! I’m incredibly grateful that we even have the opportunity to do IVF (not just once, but twice) as so many people in our nation who are struggling with infertility don’t have access to healthcare, let alone infertility treatment. It is with a grateful heart that I start this next cycle.

Kadosh, kadosh, kadosh.

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