Monday, January 21, 2008

They are down but not completely out

I had my two week follow up ultrasound appointment today.

On 1/7, I had 9 cysts ranging in size from 21 to 46 mm.

Today I had only 6 cysts ranging in size from 20 to 35 mm.

I didn't expect them to be completely gone since I was still feeling cysty. It's good to see that 3 got their walking papers and the other 6 are reducing in size.

My nurse gave me another two week prescription of the oral progestin (chemical progesterone). My next ultrasound is only a week away on 1/28. I doubt if the cysts will be completely gone by then. So I do expect to continue the progestin for the second week.

That would be a grand total of 4 weeks on this energy sapping prescription. That's the worse side effect so I really can't complain too much. I've been getting extremely tired and sleeping close to 12 hours isn't unheard of. Another way infertilty steals and consumes your life I guess. There's worse things than requiring a lot of sleep so I'll try not to complain. I just don't think my husband understands it though. He tries.

I'm still on restricted physical activity (no exercise, heavy lifting, or sex) because of the size and weight of my ovaries. The right one isn't too bad at all but lefty is still on the FAT side!

Overall I'm okay with everything. I expected it to take one to two cycles for the cysts to go away. I've made some progress so that's all I'm going to focus on. I'm trying not to think about how soon we'll be able to TTC or what EDD for 2008 are slipping by.

Speaking of EDD... 01/28/08 was the EDD of my first pregnancy. Most of the time the fact that it's approaching doesn't bother me. I've gotten all the newborn diapers and formula in the mail that I can handle though. ;)

I'll probably schedule a private cry on 1/28.

I find keeping track of my follicle sizes and cysts gives me something concrete to hold on to. If the nurse had only told me they were smaller, I would forever keep wondering how much smaller? Are they a lot smaller or just a little smaller?

Here's a listing for those interested in the numbers.

Ultrasound on 1/21:

Left Ovary:
35 mm
25 mm
23 mm
20 mm

Right Ovary:
28 mm
20 mm

Ultrasound on 1/7:

Left Ovary:
46 mm
37 mm
34 mm
33 mm
32 mm

Right Ovary:
38 mm
25 mm
21 mm
21 mm


Stephanie said...

I'm glad things are getting better. I'm sorry you are getting all that stuff in the mail. =( That sucks. I'll also be dispensing endless amounts of ((((HUGS)))) on Jan 28th. I'm here if you need me.

Maria (MKC101103) said...

You don't need to cry in private. We are all here for you and will cry right along with you (it doesn't take much effort to get me to cry these days).

{{{Big hugs}}}