There and back again and again and again
As luck would have it, my wife scheduled an appointment for both of us at the clinic near our house on the same day I scheduled my third appointment with my second mistress in the big city. I’m just glad we didn’t pick the same time.
Successfully I mark the time on the top of the lid. Keeping a close eye on the assassin for any sudden movements, I stand up and head over to the little door under the note, “When finished, please mark the time on the lid. Initialize it. Then place the cup in the door and ring the bell.” This is my seventh time doing this, but the first time I’ve read the note after finishing the task. I don’t recall initializing any of my other samples. Does that make them invalid? I initial the lid, place it in the door and ring the bell. Then I begin the hour-long journey to the other location.
This is the meeting to finally get the IVF process officially rolling for us. The wife has been on birth control the last few weeks to prevent ovarian cysts from forming. Plus it allows the doctors some control on when her next cycle starts. We meet with the nurse who will guide us through each stage of the process. She is very thorough, going through each stage and what we will be doing and why we are doing it. Answers all our questions and provides a list of the drugs we will need for the process. Warning us that each case is different and avoid worrying how this plan is different from the plans other people have done on the internet.
We will start off using Bravelle and Menopur. Now I’m sure these drugs do different things. I’m not a doctor, how they differ doesn’t interest me. We will be mixing them together into a cocktail shot to be given every night in my wifes backside for 10 nights. And together these drugs will tell the ovaries to begin maturing eggs.
Every few days the wife will head to the clinic for an ultrasound to check her progress. When the timing is right we will begin the Ganirelix shots. My understanding is this drug prevents the ovaries from releasing any eggs, while the Bravelle and Menopur continue to help mature more eggs. It’s all about collecting as many mature eggs as possible. You sure don’t want the ovaries releasing eggs before the doctor can go in and collect them.
Next is my old friend HCG. In females, this tells the ovaries to begin preparation for releasing the eggs. When the doctors feel there are enough mature eggs, we will stop the other shots and give her the HCG “trigger” shot. That starts the clock on the ovaries to release the eggs in 2 days. The goal is for the doctor to collect the eggs from the ovaries just before the ovaries would naturally release them.
As they are collecting the eggs, me and the folding chair will provide a fresh sample so someone in back can then join the two together.
While the fertilized eggs are doing their cell division thing, the wife will start another shot containing Progesterone. This will assist in letting her body accept the embryos.
It will then be 2 to 5 days depending on how the embryos are developing before we go back to the big city where the doctor will insert a catheter into her uterus and place 2 hopeful embryos and freeze the rest.
The nurse provides a helpful list of pharmacies so I can compare pricing and we head to another room for one more test for the wife. A few months ago she had a test to check if her fallopian tubes were open where they had to insert a catheter through her cervix. She was told there would be minor discomfort. She said it hurt like hell. Well this was a different test. I don’t recall the reason for this one, I just know it involved another catheter through her cervix. Naturally the wife was nervous about this test. Well after the test, the doctor agreed to give her something to help her relax before inserting the embryos.
The excitement is helping mask the guilt I feel for all the pain my wife must go through because of my condition. But I must remember, this is all for the attempt. I must keep the emotions in check.