If you landed on this post by way of Googling for information about riding a non-motorized, two-wheeled contraption with pedals, gears, and a hard, narrow seat shoved up your ass, you're in the wrong place.
However, if you're here to read about hormones and ovaries and uteruses (uterii? utes? WTF is the plural of 'uterus'?), then I shall not disappoint.
Thursday morning Chance had her first blood work drawn post-start of stims. Thursday evening we recieved an email from our nurse coordinator saying that Chance's estrogen was lower than expected and that she was to bump up her Follistim from 300 units to 450 units. I was instructed to report to our local monitoring RE on Sunday for a repeat ultrasound to see if my lining has thickened (it damn well better have). Chance will also have her first follicle check on Sunday morning.
While there is no indication that this cycle is going straight to hell in gasoline-soaked drawers, we haven't had the much-desired "Everything's going perfectly!" and the congratulatory swat on the ass, either. Needless to say, we've spent the past couple of days talking each other down out of the rafters. It goes something like this – I talk Chance and Apollo down, Frank talks me down, Apollo talks Chance down, Chance and I talk each other down, we all talk each other down, and then we make plans to eat fattening comfort foods at cozy little dives in downtown Savannah. So on Sunday morning, it's the vagiwand then ice cream cones for EEEVERYONE!
Additionally, per Chance's request, Frank the Kitchen Chemist will be baking up an original cupcake recipe. Lemon glaze, mascarpone and cream cheese, and white chocolate are involved. He's calling them the Calm the Fuck Down Cupcakes. Recipe and pictures to come.
Chance's ovaries are beginning to shout at her and my lining only has to get up to at least 7-8 (I was at 6 on Tuesday). I know everything will be fine. It's just that getting from here to there is making our nerves stutter-step a bit.
At least there are cupcakes and ice cream, and that's always a good thing.