The Easter Bunny Left Me Estrogen.

First of all, if you asked a question in my last post, the answers are in that post’s comments.  Keep ’em coming, if you have more.  I don’t have much to do out here on this gray Easter day, so answering questions is a form of entertainment for me.

I failed to answer one of the most common questions we get about this whole IVF gig…”Why in the world do you have to be in Denver so long???”  Basically, they want to keep super-duper close tabs on everything my body’s doing and have me come in for daily ultrasounds and blood work.  The ultrasounds show how many follicles my body is producing and their sizes {follicles are what eventually produce eggs}.  The blood work shows what my hormones are doing.  All those factors added together tell the doctor when it’s time to retrieve the eggs.

It’s an egg hunt just in time for Easter!

Sorry.  Just trying to keep this from being too serious.

Honestly, though, it doesn’t even seem like Easter today.  Doesn’t seem like a holiday at all, really.  I started the day early with an always-dreaded internal ultrasound and then followed that up with them sucking more blood from my arm.

Good times.  Typically I prefer to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with some nice ham, green beans, and perhaps some sort of pie.

Luckily, the ultrasound and blood work showed that I’m ready for retrieval.  I have 17 good looking follicles.  My hormones on the other hand are a bit out of control.  Not a huge deal, but it does change some things.

Want to hear some crazy numbers?  A normal girl’s estrogen should be somewhere between 50-400.  During ovulation, between 400-1500.

Want to know what my estrogen level was this morning?  Are you sitting down?

4, 835!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shouldn’t I be an absolute crazy woman at this point?  Shouldn’t I be crying and bitchy and absolutely psychotic with levels that high????  Isn’t that what Glenn Close’s levels probably were in Fatal Attraction?  Shouldn’t Trav be sleeping with one eye open?

Believe it or not, I’ve been totally fine.

Except for the fact that I just bought my third jumbo box of Hot Tamales and will surely polish them off within a couple of hours.  And I’m sitting here drinking Fanta.  Pretty sure this is the first time that’s ever happened within the borders of the good ol’ US of A.  I usually reserve Fanta drinking for when I’m in another country.  Why is that?  It’s really good stuff!

I was so worried that I would be a weepy, stressed-out, hot mess through all of this, but really I’ve only had one morning of crying and it was just two days into the process and due to me thinking about leaving Arle for so many days.

Praise the Lord for no major side-effects to all these crazy meds!

But, because my hormone levels are so high, they will not implant any embryos at this time.

We will go home after retrieval, let my body calm down and recover from all the meds I’ve been on, and then we’ll come back for the embryo transfer when my body is ready.

Got all that?  TMI??  Yes, I know.

So that’s that.

Other than being poked and prodded, blogging, eating Hot Tamales, and drinking Fanta, I’m spending the rest of this chilly day laying on the sofa reading a FABULOUS book…Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist.  Such a perfect read for this period of my life.  Amazing perspective on dealing with the ups and downs that life brings. A great read for any and all women in your life.



10 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Rhonda Phillips said,

    Got to see your precious Arle this morning!! She is gorgeous!! I know your Mom and Dad are having a great time with her!! Love you!

  2. 2

    bethany said,

    Bought that book this winter and you just inspired me to finally crack it open!

    Praying for you guys!!

  3. 3

    Kristin said,

    How are you not a crazy woman?! You are the most emotionally stable person I know. Seriously. Thank the Lord I don’t have estrogen levels of 4,800+. Or maybe I do?! (just kidding) Excited for you!

  4. 4

    Jocelyn said,

    Hang in there! Still praying!

  5. 5

    momdiggity said,

    Honestly, a day in the life of IVF would be extremely boring. Plus, I’m way to vain to post pics of me giving myself shots because that would mean I would have to show the world my jiggly belly and NOBODY wants to see that.

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. 6

    so proud of the hot tamales.

  7. 7

    Jenny said,

    So, does that mean you will be leaving behind embryos to be implanted later? How much longer is later? Is that to personal? You don’t have to answer. I love you, Trav, Arle, and your potential embryos. You are truly amazing! Can’t imagine what I would be like w/ that much estrogen coursing through me….wait, maybe that is my problem. :)

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    jami nato said,

    well, i am glad to hear all these details. i feel a little more connected to you…far away on the interweb. :)

    your hormones are awesome! eat those tamales… it’s going to happen. the babies are a’comin’!

  9. 9

    Jenny Harris said,

    Heather, I am absolutely amazed at your level of calm, strength and amazing sense of humor. You are truly a joy to know!

  10. 10

    annalee said,

    thank you for sharing, praying away here in houston and thinking of you often!!

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