If you can get the song reference in the title, I will be your eternal fan. But then, I'm a huge fan of most of you already, so perhaps this is the wrong incentive...
Ladies, I give you the facts. They're quite good:
- On the left: 16, 14, 14, 11
- On the right: 22, 19, 18, 17, 15, 14
- Lining: 10.6mm
- E2 3659 (997 American)
Clearly my right ovary is going for the mid-term performance turnaround, while my left is still skulking in the "could do better" corner. Not to knock it, or anything. I'll take those four follicles, thank you very much indeed. The growth seems very random - a couple have grown just 1mm, while others have shot up by 6mm, and two on the right seem to have come from nowhere. I assume that at least some of this wierdness is due to the follicles being hard to measure accurately. It's fairly miraculous to think that we could retrieve as many as nine or even ten eggs. That is of course assuming they can get all of them, that the little ones keep growing, and that all the follicles actually contain eggs. But still, that's a lot better than three! I bow to all of your superior wisdom on this point, particularly Wessel who took the trouble to write all that detail in the comments.
The doctor took 20 minutes to do the scan, and was very good at telling us what was going on once he'd had an initial look. He showed us all the follicles and described what they'd have to do to get round the endometrioma. I now have three follicles, all on top of each other, all directly behind the endometrioma. That's the right ovary pretending to play nice, but secretly trying to mess us around and still get an A. They'll basically have to go in with the needle straight on top of the camera probe, and try to get one at a time without losing them or puncturing the endometrioma. Sounds like fun. He kept telling me how complicated it was and what a difficult scan it was. Luckily once I saw all the follicles I was in a considerably better mood and was able to crack jokes about what a tough patient I am. This doctor, by the way, was Dr ICU. I think Dr Candour spread my memo around the place as Dr ICU was a different man today than at my last interaction with him.
So we trigger tonight at 22:30, for retrieval on Friday morning. I'm sort of excited now. Of course, they may not get all those eggs, and the eggs may be crap, etc etc., but I think I'm allowed a little excitement after the general shittiness of the news so far this cycle. The good news is that they will (probably) put the most experienced egg retriever doctor on the case on Friday. The bad news is that this is Dr Condescending. I'm sure that her medical skills outweigh her interpersonal ones, or they wouldn't be suggesting this. After all, it's in their best interests for this to work.
And I almost forgot the really good news. From a conversation with a colleague at work where she figured out I was doing IVF, I was pointed to our company's administration office in the US to check on the global health care policies. Apparently since I am now quite senior I'm covered by an additional insurance policy that I didn't know about, and it covers fertility treatment. All our costs are covered - drugs and everything! I still have to submit everything and given all of your experienes with US insurance companies I'm sure it won't be entirely straightforward to get the money, but it will be a great help to get it. Our insurance also covers up to $10,000 of adoption costs. The only thing they don't cover is surrogacy. Since that's not an option we've considered (yet), that doesn't make me too sad. Confused about why that would be excluded, but not sad. I'm thanking my lucky stars and feeling very blessed to work for such a generous organisation.
Picture me breathing a big sigh of relief, and repeating the mantras from your comments on the last post. Grow, follicles, Grow! I'm still working on Ovagirl's image of them "like coloured balloons, blowing up into beautiful rounded globes of goodness." There's no mistaking that she is a writer and I am not, is there? Thank you for all your thoughts. I'm in a much better place today, and even feeling slightly foolish for my trauma at other points in this cycle. No doubt I will be foolish again before this cycle ends.