I vaguely remember complaining about how slowly time was crawling while taking birth control at the beginning of August. And yet now it feels as though I blinked and we are 36 hours from retrieval day.
Follicles are locked and loaded (and feeling slightly uncomfortable). I pull the trigger (in the form of yet another injection) tonight at 830 and show up bright eyed and bushy tailed (and with my coffee and ovaries – though minus the coffee that day) Tuesday morning. I’m still not sure of an actual follicle number, but the number of eggs on Tuesday is what really matters. I do have to start a med and a hyperstimulation (OHSS is basically fluid accumulation where the eggs were but in the worst cases can end up in your abdomen and cause a lot of bloating and pain) diet, which recommends 3 things:
1. Fluid – and mostly electrolyte based sports drinks
2. Foods high in potassium- bananas, oranges, and the like.
3. Foods high in sodium – are you ready for this list? Fast foods, chips, bacon, lunch meat, pepperoni, pickles.
I was looking over the list this morning while my nurse was explaining a few things to me when I suddenly interrupted and said “wait a minute, this piece of paper is TELLING me to eat fast foods and chips? Like, the doctor is ORDERING me to eat chick fil a french fries? SWEET!” Though naturally the crazy person in me is freaking out at the concept of fast food and no running.
Yes, I fell out of the crazy tree and hit every branch on the way down, but I’ll do what I have to. It’s been a long road and I actually find myself feeling like this could work. It’s the closest shot to a pregnancy we’ve ever had. And we are close now.
The loss of my friend has had me thinking a lot lately about the importance of cheerleaders. (Not literally, they are bit too peppy for me….plus what would they cheer for me anyway? Gimmie an I-M-P-L-A-N-T!! What’s that spell!!?? Pregnant! GOOOOOO embryos!!!) I’ve participated in group sports and activities since I was a kid and nothing feels better (even when your team sucks) than a good group of people there to back you up and cheer you on. I’ve been public about our journey since the beginning and have really appreciated all of the words of encouragement, prayers and humorous ancedotes (bonus if sarcasm was thrown in). The clinic has been wonderful, my nurse has been FABULOUS (I want to give her a huge hug every time I go because she has just been so truly encouraging), and I feel blessed to have this many people cheering us on.
Put me in, coach. I have all my cheerleaders behind me.
(And gatorade and french fries in my pocket…)
September 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm
Dang, girl. You are locked and loaded. Enjoy your French fries, and make you post on the far side so we know what happens.
September 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm
Yayayay! Gosh it felt like time was dragging for me too…I can’t believe your retrieval is almost here! I’m crossing my fingers and will be cheering on your ovaries from my coast!!! Enjoy all the yummy food!
September 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm
I hope everything is amazing with your retrieval and that you breeze through it!! Cheering for you!!
September 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm
Wishing you a great, painless retrieval with lots of eggs ripe for harvesting! And enjoy those fries…eat a few extras for all of us!
September 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm
Hooray for the chips, pickles, and fast-food! I always thought lunch meat was supposed to be healthy.
September 3, 2012 at 6:55 am
I think its fairly healthy but it does have quite a bit of sodium in it.
September 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm
Enjoy your retrieval…had mine a little over a week ago and it was definitely not as bad as I thought it would be. It actually wasn’t bad at all, so try not to go in too nervous…you will be great! Good luck 🙂
September 3, 2012 at 4:57 am
I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your friend. I always think it’s sad when it end that way. Seems so unnecessary.
Best of luck for tomorrow’s retrieval!! you are so close now.
September 3, 2012 at 6:57 am
I agree, and I miss her, but I’m really trying to be more vocal about thanking people for what they have done for me, since I didn’t get to with her.
Feeling good today, here’s hope that stays!
September 3, 2012 at 5:48 am
Good luck with egg retrieval! I’ve just been diagnosed with late onset OHSS and after two days of drowning in gatorade and french fries – it seems to be getting better but best to avoid getting it in the first place! Though I wish I had a CFA nearby so I could get some oh-so-delicious waffle fries!
September 3, 2012 at 6:57 am
ugh well thats not particularly encouraging but congrats on your BFP for sure!!!!
September 3, 2012 at 9:47 am
Thanks! Drink the electrolytes and eat salt and I’m sure you’ll be fine. Enjoy the doctor’s orders to eat food that’s normally bad for you!
September 3, 2012 at 10:39 am
i didn’t even know there was such a thing as late onset OHSS
September 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm
My doctor says that it happens once the body starts producing hCG and typically lasts longer because of the constantly rising hCG levels in the body. I really hope you don’t get it – it’s such a pain because there’s really nothing I can do about it besides eating sodium and drinking gatorade.
September 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm
Getting close! And Im here, really rooting for you. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, and I am sorry Ive been negligent to your posts lately. Ive been struggling a lot on my own and havent really been handling it all very well.
My thoughts and good vibes and prayers are with you!
September 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm
No worries. I know things are hard. However if you’d like a laugh at my expense I suggest you read what I just posted….
September 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm
You had me at pickles and pepperoni. Enjoy!