Sunday, November 22, 2009

the high achiever and the also ran... with update at bottom

The high achiever? The egg donor who on day six of stims has a lorryload* of follies that are approaching 17 and 18  ( is that mm?).  I got the call from the clinic today to say that the donor, "hmmmm...rattle rattle.... let me look at the computer screen....hmmm.... yes, errrrrmmm, she was seen at another clinic, yes, she has ermm......... well she is on day six and she already has lots of follicles and is responding really well to the meds, her estrogen is 900 and we are a little worried that she is going too fast."
Me: what are you going to do?
Nurse: watch her like a hawk.
I hope she knows that watching like a hawk does not equal preventing early ovulation.
She tells me that she is going to talk to the doctor this afternoon at home and I ask her to get back to me. She says she will.
The also ran? Rewind to Friday and my b/w and u/s at the clinic. Lining: faint at 7, b/w: estrogen low at 74. Where should it be? About 150 by now. The nice very cheerful egg donor coordinator answers my frantic e-mail to say that I am doing about average and not to worry.
But the problem is - it's day six of stims, the ER is supposed to be in 7 more days -will she hang in there with those wopping follies for six more days and can I catch up with my lousy estrogen levels?
I really don't know if they get it. Do they get what a big deal this is? Please do not let those follies sneak through on their own.
I know I am over-reacting..... I just wish there was something I could do!
Am I being too passive? Should I call the clinic back and say, WTF is going on? Please put a lock on those follies so they can't escape!!
So if anyone knows anything about estrogen levels and how much is too much and how little is too little, please tell me, because I wish I could say I know, but I don't.
Thanks for listening to my hyper ventilational ranting. I wish I could say it was my hormones!

The cheerful nurse coordinator does not think things are looking bad and foresees Ovidrel tomorrow and retrieval on T day! I think the nurse I spoke to was just being a drama queen. At least that is what I am hoping!

*lorry is the word for we in Britain use for what we in the US call trucks. The biggest ones are called articulated lorries! How is that for a mouthful!


Malea said...

Oh honey she needs to slow down and wait for you.

anofferingoflove said...

i've got everything crossed for you that the timing works out. seriously, everything - im tied up in knots! keep us updated.

Best When Used By said...

Oh boy. Seems like they ought to have known what an overachiever she is. But okay. Here we are now. What to do? You know I only started with frozen embies, so bear with me if my thought sounds insane to you. What if the donor NEEDS to have ER done (before she explodes those follies) and they mix it with the sperm, create the embies and freeze them at day 3. Then, even if it takes YOU another week to catch up in your levels, they can thaw the embies when you are ready. I know that everyone wants a fresch cycle, but (1) frozen does work and (2) is it worth blowing the whole cycle? Okay, if it's an insane suggestion, I apologize, it's the best I can think of (unless the clinic can slow the donor down). Let us know what happens!

Bella said...

It can never just go smoothly, can it? I'm crossing everything for you! It will all work out. ((HUGS))

K said...

First of all, yay for a good response and lots of follicles!!!

Now about that timing... I agree with the previous poster that an FET is better than a lost cycle, but hopefully it won't come to that. It sounds like your clinic expressed concern about the timing, so maybe they'll tinker with her meds a bit. If not, I had an E2 result of around 900 and it was still another five days until my retrieval. A lot can happen to both of you in five days, especially if the left hand knows what the right is doing and vice versa.

Good luck. I've got everything crossed for you!

Anonymous said...

Oh phew! I'm glad for that update! A T-giving retrieval sounds quite perfect. I'm so excited for your high achieving donor - I hope those are the freshest, bestest eggs!

MAJ Bryen said...

I'm sure it will all work out but most cycles include drama. All is crossed for you for a great retrieval! At least you don't have to worry about an ego associated with the fertilization!

Journey Girl said...

I am with 'Best when used by' as I read a study a couple of weeks ago that showed some results from FET that were better than fresh cycles. Hopefully your oestrogen level will catch up real soon and this will be one of those little drama's that you laugh about later!

Good luck, I have everything crossed that this is the cycle for you!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you tons of luck this cycle. I so hope this is the one for you!

Coffeegrl said...

I hope that your wish comes true. It seems so unfair to have to worry and wait and agonize over family-building and then to add in the stress of the money factor - ugh! Even worse. May you have a perfect and happy ending one day!

Fran said...

Follicles count: check! well done donor!!
then I don't know when you put the update on, but things are on track it seems. For your estrogen levels what support are you on? pills? patches? a 7mm lining on day 7 was actually really good, I bet you'll be perfect for the trasfer day? What was the pattern? trilaminar already?
Much much love, Fran

C said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers for a fabulous retrieval.

Anonymous said...

how did I miss this post for so long - Oh my goodness ET today!!! And with a donor who is producing a lot of folli's - eeeeeee - I am soooo excited for you. I will be stalking your blog today to hear how many eggs.