Friday, May 16, 2008

Stims and the big red welt

Today I went in for my baseline scan and blood work. They make the IVF patients come in between 7:15 and 7:30! I think for all the money we are paying we should be able to come in whenever the hell we want! At any rate, although I am not a morning person- must get over that if want baby- it went ok.

I was a little dissapointed that my antral follicle count was 6 on one side and 4 on the other for a grand total of 10. I thought it "should" be much higher than that, according to Dr. Google, but the u/s tech assured me that was just peachy. Lining was at around 4, which I understand is good for beginning of stims. The nurse called in the afternoon to tell me bloodwork looked good, so I was all clear to start stims tonight.

All went well with the exception of a lovely reaction to the Menopur. Follistim I have done before, no prob, easy. The Lupron has also been a piece of cake. Menopur, on the other hand, not good. It stung going in much more than the Follistim and later was itching like crazy. I looked at the injection site (on the stomach) and it was red as HELL and all welted up in a nasty way. Of course, the hubby got me all concerned I was having a bad allergic reaction and convinced me to call the "emergency" cell phone number to the IVF nurse. It's available until 10:00 p.m. but I still felt bad calling at 9:00 on a Friday night!

At any rate, if anyone needs to know- that is apparently a very common reaction to Menopur. She said some batches do that more than others and to try it in the leg tomorrow. If it still welts up, then I am to ice the area both before and after the injection. So, if this happens to anyone, you are likely NOT going into anaphylactic shock, it's just a normal reaction to the crap you are paying tons of money to shoot up with. Lovely, eh? :-)


Leah said...

Menopur stung like a bitch for me too. I got welts from the PIO, but not the Menopur. Sorry it's messing with you. Meanwhile, I would have killed for an antral follicle count of 10. Color me jealous.

I wanted to officially welcome you to the Braces Bunch. I've been following your blog for a couple of weeks since JJ sent out the list of new folks, but have been slacking. I'm sorry! I'll be cheering you on this cycle and can't wait to check back in for updates.

Alison said...

Ewe, it sounds horrible! Hope the ice helps!

Jen said...

I had that same reaction to the Novarel trigger. Don't feel bad, I was about to call the emergency # with my fears of death, but then I fell asleep.
Maybe the next one will go a little more smooth for you? I hope so!