I'm glad I spent a lot of last week agitating with Dr Candour for a prescription for Zoladex. It turns out I'm going to need it. When I disappeared to the loo yesterday morning just before a workshop was starting, I found out that my period had started. And I was wearing white underpants, too, for the first time in months. That makes it 5 weeks and 2 days post ERPC, or just on 4 weeks since I estimate my hcg returned to zero-ish (becaue I know that it was about 150 when we went to the hospital on the Saturday after the ERPC).
While hoping the workshop would start late I rattled off some quick calls to the clinic, and had an interesting conversation with Dr Candour's (temporary) assistant:
"I need to come in after I've had a scan for Dr Candour to give me an injection. My scan is at 11:30.
"Ok, I can give you an appointment at 8am."
"Um, no that's no good as it will be before my scan"
"Well he's very booked up."
"Yes, I appreciate that. Perhaps he could call the clinic and tell them they need to scan me early? He's done that before."
"I don't think he wants to call the clinic."
"Ok then, is there any other time he could see me?"
"Yes, he can do 4pm."
"Well, that involves me spending 2 hours of my day travelling to and from work twice. Is there any other slot?"
"I guess he could see you at 11:45"
"Fantastic, I will come straight up from the clinic."
"No, not sure he can do that actually, how about 12:10?"
"Ok, I'll come straight up anyway."
Gotta love them. So on Friday - tomorrow - we will get started again. Assuming my ovaries look ok, which I am hoping very hard they do. They've only had one cycle on which to get messed up, so you'd think that even my ovaries could cope with that. You think? Prepare for much weeping and wailing if it turns out tomorrow they are buggered and I need another lap.
Maybe to you all a month of doing nothing after having 1 injection doesn't feel like getting started, but to me it is clearly the start of a new chapter. So that we can take a two week holiday (ish), we'll start stims on 21 August. Which means I can now predict that our retrieval will be sometime around Monday 4 September and we will find out if we are pregnant or not on my brother's birthday, 18 September. I've never been able to predict with such accuracy before but after 2 IVFs I feel that my pattern of needing to stim for 2 weeks is unlikely to change, and I feel confident that I won't just get my period early because the PIO will keep it away. I am currently resisting checking what the due date would be for retrieval on 4 September, but only just.
Speaking of due dates, Caroline, who was my cycle buddy on IVF number 1, has just given birth to twins I and W, after over 5 weeks of bed rest. If you are feeling up to it, please do go and say congratulations. I'll return to the topic of pregnant blogging in another post, thank you for all your thoughtful comments on that topic.