Monday, December 1, 2008

And the waiting begins

IUI was done this morning. There was no problem making the appointment because I was called in last night and had to work a night shift (11 PM - 7 AM). The ladies I worked with ended up pushing me out the door about 4:30 AM so I could rest before the appointment. (Which I did.) They all but did a fertility dance as I was leaving. Hubby woke me about 7:30 AM and started to produce his sample as I scrubbed my girly parts and generally tried to be more awake than I was. Hubby produced his sample, and I carried it under my arm to the RE's office. (I was directed to carry the sample close to my body so that it would stay warm. I had no room in my bra, and my underarm was more convenient.) The nurse took the sample from me, and spun down the sample to prepare it for the IUI.

No cooter cam today, just a speculum and the IUI catheter and syringe. The RE said the sample looked good. The office is not an IVF center, so they are not able to do counts and any detailed analysis. I am not sure what to think. After the IUI they let me lie on the table for about 5 minutes. RE said that if I have not gotten my period in 14 days, I should take a home pregnancy test. As it stands now, I will probably give it at least 12 days before I test. I am thinking I may not test until the 14th, though. I gave up POAS a long time ago. Seeing all those blank tests only depressed me. But I reserve the right to change my mind.

Just a word about the people I work with. I am a nurse, and I work with nurses and doctors. We work very closely together in the OR, so the people I work with know me pretty well. I have a strong work ethic, so I rarely miss work. If I do miss work, then there is usually something wrong. With all of these doctor's appointments for the monitoring and stuff, I had a lot of people wondering if I was all right. It just seemed easier to tell the truth about what I was doing, so that people would not worry as much. I was surprised at the number of people who were behind me and are hoping it works this cycle. It is really wonderful to work with a group of people like that. I feel very fortunate.

Now that the IUI is done, the waiting begins. This is the hardest part for me, and I fully expect to go a little crazy over the next couple of weeks until we know the outcome. Thank goodness for this internet community where you all will listen to my craziness, and understand.

Hurry up and wait. All too familiar to us infertiles.


Katie said...

I'll be thinking about you over the next 12 days! Mike carried his sample in his jacket pocket. It kinda weirded me out to carry it. Best wishes

Soxy Deb said...

Keeping all good thoughts flowing in your direction for the next couple weeks. Longer if you need them. {{HUGS}}

andrea said...

oh i have everything crossed for you!
lots nad lots of luck.

PJ said...

Well yay! That's really exciting! I'm wishing you all the best!

So IS there an IVF Center in Roanoke? I bet my center has people come up from Roanoke for IVF.

And just soyaknow, they don't do ultrasounds with IUI's at my center either. I think that would be an extra expense. I think the charge $150 every time they crank up that machine!

I've told a lot of people at work also. I mean, when you come in an hour late for an entire week, people start to wonder! It's just easier. I think. Although some people know my business that I'd rather NOT know...

Anyways, good luck! We'll be in part of the 2ww together. That 2nd week drives me absolutely batty!

VA Blondie said...

PJ- I am sorry for the confusion, but there is no IVF center in Roanoke. If I wanted to do IVF, I would likely go to Richmond. I loved the RE I had there. I think most people in Roanoke go to North Carolina or Charlottesville for IVF. This RE just follows IVF patients.