Saturday, November 22, 2008

Cyst Be Gone!

I'm back from MTL and I am glad to report that the cyst aspiration went without a hitch.

My hubby was able to be in the room with me and he watched the cyst on the ultrasound as it shrunk in size and disappeared from the screen, all while holding my hand and letting me dig in a nail or two when I felt the pain of the needle poking through. It felt like a lot of pressure in my abdomen, like a stitch in your side that doesn't go away, and it sorta took my breath away a little but nothing drastic. Mind you, I know my pain threshhold is rather high, so I expect some women might feel it much more intensely. At least now I know what to expect for the retrieval in early December.

The actual procedure took less than five minutes so it wasn't bad at all. And I have to say, those are the most comfortable 'stirrups' that I've ever had the pleasure to be in: padded, nice and long up your calf, and cozy in fact... actually WARM. Odd to describe stirrups that way isn't it? Would that all doctors had that style of stirrups!

When we were done, I asked the doctor to tell me how many follicles were on the right side (my monitoring ultrasound couldn't see them all because the cyst was in the way). He started counting...

I have seven follicles (at least) on the right, and at last count, five on the left. For a grand total of about 12. Not bad. I hope that continues and that I get a bunch of them to mature in the next week or so with the Gonal-F and the Luveris.

So we returned to our home last night and at about 10 p.m. we started laying out all the injections. I'm currently taking the following meds:
  • Metformin (500 x 3 times per day) for PCOS
  • Levothyroxine (0.5) for Hypothyroidism
  • Pre-natal vitamin
  • Buserelin (20) sub-cue injection
  • Luveris (75 IU) sub-cue injection
  • Gonal-F (225 IU) sub-cue injection
  • And hubby started his doxycycline (oral antibiotics) last night too.
MTL would like me to have a monitoring appointment on Wednesday the 26th as well. And next Friday, I'm back in MTL for an appointment so they can see me themselves.

So this cycle is still on track. At least, for now.

Next week, I have a distraction. my best friend MH and his wife and kids will be arriving on Thursday for the long Thanksgiving weekend in the States. I cannot wait to see them, and it'll be the first time I get to meet their kids. It'll be wonderful. We're ALL going to MTL next Friday; me for my appointment and with luck, we can take their kids (boy-girl twins, almost 6 years old) to the Biodome or something. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do to entertain children in MTL? Advice most welcome.

Oh and Mel? Thank you for putting a link to my blog on Friday's L&F. I really appreciate it. Support is a great thing and I know the women (and men) here 'get it' and can offer their good thoughts. Sending hugs your way for the kindness.


Anonymous said...

PHEW!!!!!! You will survive this roller coaster, my friend! Just hold on tight and accept all the love and tlc you're offered!!!
Still holding on to oodles of hope for you.
Enjoy your guests and your slightly more fun trip to Montreal!

Vee said...

Yay! That is great back on track and no more hiccups for Gil please.

Nearlydawn said...

SO Exciting! I didn't know they could DO THAT!!!!

I can't wait to see how this goes for you - I am totally excited. I feel so good about this clinic you've connected with - it just seems like they totally have their shit together!!! (knock on wood)

I will send some good vibes in your direction!

- Big Hugs -

Anonymous said...

Entertaining kids in Montreal... hmmm...
1. Sporty Kids: The indoor skating rink downtown:
2. Older Kids: The Montreal Museum of Archeology & History, pretty neat as it is actually on an archeological site:
3. Outdoorsy Kids: Hike to the top of Mount Royal to see the view (or drive to the top and walk around AT the top):
4. Shopper Kids: explore 5 km of Montreal's Underground city (essentiall a number of malls string together). Not to be missed, "Sugar Heaven" on the basement level of the Eaton Center.,_Montreal
5. Any Kids - the biodome is an excellent choice, the tropical rainforest, ocean and antarctic ecosystems are particularly big hits:

So happy to hear that things are looking up for this cycle!

Leslee said...

Yay for the number 12! So glad the appointment went well :D