Thursday, September 9, 2010

Did I hear the word "follicles?"

This morning I had my baseline ultrasound appointment. I've been looking forward to this day for a long time now, for it's the day when the whole DE process really gets rolling. I mean, it's the first significant day on my DE recipient calendar. It obviously was a big day for me because I couldn't sleep at all last night. (geez, what am I going to be like the night before the BIG transfer!?!)

Currently, I'm on Day 3 of my period, so I wasn't sure if it was normal to even have the baseline u/s today. The nurse assured me that this is a typical time to have the procedure. Dr. B (whom I have never met, nor can I pronounce his name--nice nonetheless) did the ultrasound, measuring my lining at 8mm and noting the few follicles in one ovary. I said, "follicles, really?" "There's two, nothing like there should be though," he replies. He then preceded to locate my other ovary. I was somewhat in shock. For one, a doctor hasn't been able to see any (meaning none, nil, zilch!) visible follicles in my ovary for the past 5 years. Secondly, my one ovary has been non-existent the past couple years. Either this doctor has REALLY good eyes or my ovaries are changing their appearance! Regardless, Dr. B made by day. Maybe there is some inconsistencies to this crazy condition, as I like to refer to as some doctors call it "Primary Ovarian Insufficiency." (Sometimes called Premature Ovarian Failure). Failure would imply complete failure of your ovaries and that's obviously not the case--my daughter is a perfect example that sometimes they do actually work! Yep, I'm excited about follicles! Enough to make a baby? Probably not.

So, I regressed. My lining was somewhat thick, but that should shed some more in the next couple days. Dr. L (my RE) will see the ultrasound and blood results this afternoon, and hopefully, I'll get the green light that I can begin my Vivelle Dot patches tomorrow. My donor also has her baseline ultrasound tomorrow morning, so I'm hoping that goes well too.

It's so hard to believe that we are at this point now! A couple months ago it seemed like this day would never come. This may sound silly, but I feel so lucky to even have this opportunity to become a donor egg recipient. Don't get me wrong, I much rather have created a sibling for my daughter the natural way, but this opportunity is better than none at all.


  1. So excited for you and things going forward :) It's always encouraging to see follicles no matter the time with POI. Hope this cycle is perfect for you.