A new day, an old protocol

After a quick visit up to the doctor this morning, I received my sheet that “projects” where we go this cycle.  I’ll be starting the pill tomorrow providing the bloodwork comes back normal(ish!) this afternoon.  I’ll stay on it for just about two weeks (Oct 12) and then after that will start with the microdose lupron, and then three days later add the stim shots (same as before–300gonal F, 400 Menopur).  The past three fresh cycles with this doctor I have used the antagonist Ganirelix, but now he wants to try the flare.  This pretty much mirrors the protocol I used with my first two IVFs back in California in 06/07–although then I was shooting up the entire 450 of Gonal F.  I recall that I produced a lesser number of eggs than I have on the antagonist (save for this last busted-converted cycle), but I’m glad for the slight change, in hopes that my body responds differently (read: better).  Of course, there were two cysts that looked like canteloupes on the screen, but were apparently 15mm and 12mm, and my doctor thinks they will be gone by the time I go in for my next baseline on Oct 15th.


If all goes well, I will be retrieving and transfering almost exactly when I did for my very first IVF in 2006 (failed, but let’s not harp on that…).  And hopefully the retrieval will be before Halloween and the transfer well after, so I can get to take my (soon to be!) two-year old “mealmean” (mailman) around to trick-or-treat.  But as my husband wondered aloud if he needed to cancel a business luncheon on the 29th–I reminded him that we can’t count on anything going “as planned” when it comes to this nebulous situation that IS infertility.


A new day.  An old protocol.  New hope. 


I found a few cliches the other day that I want to embrace for this upcoming cycle.  Normally, I hate cliches.  I was the first teacher to draw a huge red line through a student’s essay that used a cliche to bolster a point.  Cliches are used when there is nothing else to use.  You know what?  That sounds about right for me right now.  So I’ll give it a shot (just don’t tell any former students).


  • you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have
  • If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own
  • When a heart breaks it also opens
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
  • With love and patience, nothing is impossible.

  • A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps


And a post-script:  please keep my sil in your thoughts and prayers–that she and her husband continue to receive good news about their pregnancy.  I wish them days of excitement and joy from here on out…yay, baby!




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  1. I’m a sucker for cliches. I say they are bunk, but I latch onto them like a vice grip on a plate of nachos (I love nachos).

    Hoping lots for you.

    September 29th, 2009

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