Saturday, October 22, 2011

Nothing like a weekend full of DR appts... IUI tomorrow!!

So, today I went into the doctor's office.  I got there for 8am and when I got there there were already a few people waiting.  The nurse said that there were quite a few IVF procedures today.  I was fortunate enough to go in first.  I barely had any wait time- sweet!! 

Even with my bruised arm- the blood work was painless.  She used one of those butterfly needles. Bless her :)  She wasn't the best at the ultrasound.  She had a hard time seeing anything on my right side.  Oh well.  Then she looked at my left and I had 2 good sized ones.  One at a little over 20mm and the other was right under it.  After it was over she said she'd call me later to let me know what Dr. G wanted me to do.

After I left I headed to the church to help clean.  Jon was there and another family in the ward.  I felt bad coming late, but there wasn't much I could do about it.  Afterwards, we went home and then we headed over to Beth's (Jon's sister) house to babysit for a little while.  While we were there I got a call from the nurse.

Dr. G wanted me to take my trigger shot between 2-6pm and then we set up an appointment for me to go in tomorrow (Sunday) morning for my first IUI procedure then I will have my 2nd on Monday morning.  It's weird to go in on a Sunday and I feel bad for the nurses/doctors that have to come into work.  I am really thankful that it has worked out this way though.  Jon is here and in town and he can go with me tomorrow.  Then on Monday Jon's mom, Anne, will come with me.  I'm a little nervous because I'm not completely sure of what to expect.  I've read about how it goes and it doesn't seem like it'll be a big deal.  So, we'll see.

I am really excited, but at the same time apprehensive.  Every thing seems to be falling into place and it is much better this time around than the other times.  I looked on my patient portal where my doctor's office enter in all my stats so I'll go ahead and write them down.  It doesn't look like my LH is surging (to tell if you're ovulating) but hopefully the trigger shot will do it's job and get that done. 

LH: 6.31
Estrogen: 436
Progesterone: 1.67

Oh, and Andrea, because you asked what IUI (intrauterine insemination) was... here it is:

"Following intercourse, only a small proportion of the sperm ascend the female genital tract. The goal of intrauterine insemination (IUI) is to increase the quantity of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and thereby facilitate fertilization.

Before the IUI procedure, the sperm are washed and placed into a small volume of sterile medium. This is injected directly into the uterus via a soft, thin catheter. This portion of the procedure is comparable in sensation to a Pap test. The woman is able to resume normal activity immediately after intrauterine insemination.

For intrauterine insemination to be effective, the woman must have normal ovulation, open fallopian tubes, and a normal uterine cavity. Ovulation induction with fertility drugs may be indicated for women with ovulatory disorders. The sperm of the male partner, or donor, is analyzed beforehand to determine count, motility (movement) and morphology (shape and size)."


One last thing... after coping the IUI stuff I decided to look up the bio's on my doctor and Dr. Secret-Keeper... one thing it said about Dr. seecret-keeper that made me laugh out loud:

"Dr.'s... clinical interests include the psychological impact of infertility treatment"

Are they kidding??  I'm no psychologist.. but I did study psychology for 4 years and let me tell you... he grades pretty low in my book with that.  Sorry, I just found that a little funny :) 

My Dr's full bio (this is more for my record keeping than anything else)

Dr. Jason Griffith - Medical and Practice Director

Photo - Dr. Jason Griffith

Dr. Griffith completed his residency and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and he also earned a master's degree in physical therapy from Baylor University. After serving six years in the U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps, he returned to Texas to complete medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
During medical school, he earned the McNutt and Klein awards for academic achievement and was inducted to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presented original research at national meetings. He is a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as reproductive endocrinology-infertility.

1 comment:

Allie said...

Crystal, I am hoping so much that this is successful for you!!! I will be praying so hard every night! Please let us all know how it all goes.