Sunday, August 2, 2009

3rd Follicle Scan

Zach and I woke up this morning (all decked out in purple--of course) to head to the local hospital to get my estradiol bloodwork taken before my appointment at 9:00am. Zach and I drove around and around this hospital to find parking and finally we found a parking garage...they obviously color code there floors...well ironically we parked on the 'purple' floor....

Don't we look like a huge "grape"? HA!

You can no refer to me as "HPC"....are you asking yourself what's that??? Well my friends....that's "Human Pin Cushion"...I have been poked so many times within the last week that's what I feel like...my poor arms are all bruised from giving blood, it's pretty much inny-minny-miney-mo as to which arm to poke now...I admit....my emotions are running crazy right now. The financial part of this is adding up...fast may I add! My body is tired of being poked, although I am getting used to it; I very well don't care for it. My medicine is obviously causing me to be extremely emotional. I am trying tremendously hard to be 100% positive, yet be realistic at the same time- so that I don't get my hopes up throughout this. The trips to Austin and continuously having to ask off for work is not easy, although I thankfully have bosses who work me me and I am very grateful for that!! This whole thing is wearing me out and really taking a toll on me and it's only just begun....sorry for the vent session...sometimes it helps to get it all out. I really am ok; promise! I am just worn out-

Back to my Appt...

My appointment went rather well. I have tons of follicles. 17 and counting to be exact...as of right now I only have 4 potential, however all of the other ones still can grow--we just have to see.

Right now we have:

R-7, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6...(there were tons of other little ones, so she stopped counting and just said "put 'dot-dot-dot'...")

L-8, 7, 7, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6

They are only anticipating the 8's and the 7's to increase in size, however the 6's are not far behind so there really is no telling. However remember we really don't want more than 5 follicles to mature otherwise my cycle will get canceled as we are not up for reduction. So please pray that they do mature but please pray that only a few of them mature.

My estradiol level today was 50 {not quite sure where this should be as I haven't had this in the past and forgot to ask, so if you know please message me and let me know:)}

My lining is still fairly thin, but they don't seem concerned...so I guess that's good---it's 4.7 right now (needs to be 7+)

I was given instructions to take 225iu tonight and 150iu tomorrow. I am already out of meds so I have to order another batch tomorrow and have them overnighted to me--

I will go tomorrow and get MORE bloodwork (sob!) and then head back to Austin on Tuesday for another ultrasound to measure my follicles. The Dr. I saw today (as mine is at a conference) seems to think once I have a follicle that hits 10mm this whole thing will be down hill and go very fast.

I do want to tell everyone who messages us, comments us, calls us, text us, sends us an email or a letter, prays and supports us---THANK YOU. You know this purple thing started out as a silly thing Zach and I were doing to helps us keep our minds off of things...it's very unlikely a little color would bring us 'good luck'...however it's something that we had fun with...when Ashley and the girls joined in, it meant alot that they cared; not necessary for the 'good luck', but it showed how much they cared and that they wanted to support us. Since this purple thing came about I have received so many emails, comments, calls and so forth with people saying they are wearing purple for us on the days we have our appts. WOW!!! I know that the more people who wear purple isn't going to bring us more 'luck', but can I tell you that it's amazing to see how many people are routing for us, how many people are supporting and praying for us...I am speechless! I found out today that my Sister in law contacted her whole family and friends and they all wore purple today and will be wearing purple all week and esp. on the days of our appts...something so little has turned into something so big! THANK YOU ALL!! Y'alls support and prayers are what keeps Zach and I going strong. When we have a weak moment it never fails that we get a sweet comment or email that makes us grin from ear to ear. This journey is so hard, I thought it was hard before but it's really hard now...I know that this journey was given to us for a reason, to build us. God has an amazing-special-lovely plan in store for us....although we can't see it, I have 100% faith in him! No matter HOW steep the mountain, God will climb it with us!
And just so you can see the fortune yourself--
where just knocking out week and making it 'cycle' :)


Live for today, but hold your hands open to tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. There is a seed of God's love in every event, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL! :)

15 comments:

Kristin said...

I totally wore my purple shirt today.....sending some good luck your way!

Eileen said...

Sending good vibes your way. I love purple. I will wear it this week just for you.

Sarah said...

Hi Tiffany,

When my aunt adopted her daughter from Vietnam, she, my uncle, mom & other aunt (they all made the trip to Vietnam) all wore red to the orphanage the day of the adoption because red is the Vietnamese color symbolizing good luck and happiness. Eight years later (a month and a half ago) my beautiful cousin was my flower girl in my wedding - and I had all the bridesmaids were red!! It brought me luck that day.

I will absolutely be wearing purple for you on this journey!! Just a fun way to show you that we're praying all over the country!!

Sarah

The Simmons Family said...

Oh Tiffany, I'm sure it's all a little emotionally draining, but you are doing great!! You have such a positive outlook on the whole situation and I PRAY that you are blessed throughout this whole process! I'd wear purple if I had anything.. Kamryn's school colors are purple and more purple, my bridesmaides dresses were even purple. I should really go shopping... really... like NOW!!

Andrea

Following HIM said...

Have to say OUCH for being the HPC! Praying for you guys and hoping for the best to come :) Purple is def one of my favorite colors, so when I wear it each day, I will think of you! HUGS, LOVE, and PRAYERS!!
~Elyse

Veronica said...

Me and the girls wore purple for you today! Thanks for the update and I will continue to keep you guys in my prayers!!! :)

The Dyess Family said...

Not only will God climb it with you, but he will carry you up the mountain. Praying. Stay strong. I will definitely be wearing purple for you this week.

God is in control!

Amber Schmidt said...

Did you know that the color purple represents happiness? It also historically represented royalty because the purple dye was very expensive and thereby only worn by members of the elite. Also in many cultures it can be seen as a
"mixing of male and female energies- red and blue"

I think QUITE perfect for baby making!!!!!!!!!

Still praying for you guys!

Amber said...

sounds like things are going so well and its so neat to see how much support you two receive:)

Lauren Kelly said...

Who knew that the color purple could mean so much :) You'll probably never look at it the same again!

G & H said...

Tiff ! First girl you look gorgeous in that picture with you and hubby! Adorable! 2) Will be praying for the perfect amount of follies.. bodies are so funny its like we dont get them on our own give us a kick of meds and bam get a zillion :) My first IUI I had the same thing so many to start and luckily ( i Think) only 4 resulted in mature eggs so...we will be praying for you is my point!!!

Ashlee McCrary said...

I finally got our purple for pifers pics up! haha
hmm...so there's 4 follicles now that are 7/8. perhaps you could be the next quad mom?! =D

Melody said...

Love you can't wait to hear the rest of your good news in the next couple weeks!

sweetpeanme said...

Just stumbled across your blog! You are too cute with the whole purple thing!!! Its nice to have something fun to get excited about when being the human pin cushion as you say!!!

Lookin' forward to seeing your journey unfold!

Our Journey... said...

your estradiol will be 150-200 per mature follicle. My last round I had one mature follicle (size 18) and my estradiol was 230 when they had me trigger. I was very skeptical since I had more follicles on previous rounds that didn't work but it obviously only takes one because as you know the round worked : ) Hang in there!


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