I am beyond thrilled! I have finally been given the green light to take my trigger shot tonight. I am currently on Day 9 of my stimulation medications. My body has responded all too well to the drugs and they have been worried about my risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). As a result, every other day, after my ultrasound and lab work results have come back, my meds have been decreased in hopes that my estrogen levels wouldn’t continue to rise too dramatically. They say they like to see them double every other day, mine had been tripling early on. Though decreasing my doses has increased the duration of my treatment cycle, it is a HUGE precautionary step for which I am so grateful. Also, I have read that an estrogen level above 5000 on the day of trigger can dramatically increase your risk of OHSS. After backing off my Follistim significantly on Friday, I am finally where they want me, an estrogen level of 3967 and 22 follicles.
Nonetheless, on Friday they started me on an OHSS preventative diet. This diet will help keep fluid in my blood stream and moving through and out of my body, rather than into my cells which would result in water retention, bloating and many potentially SEVERE complications. This diet includes the following recommendations.
- No Free Water. My husband picked up some NUUN dissolvable electrolyte tablets at REI…so far, so good.
- High PROTEIN. Whey protein shakes. I am adjusting…not a huge shake girl, but it’s for a short time.
- High Sodium. I like a little salt on things, but I’m typically not one who loves a little food with her salt. But, once again, a small sacrifice. They recommend drinking V8 juice for this. This has NEVER been a beverage of choice for me. NASTY stuff…but I might as well drink in a few more veggies.
- Limiting carbs, sugar, pasta…all that good stuff!
Anyway, one day at a time. I am going into my egg retrieval eyes wide open. I have done the anesthesia for egg retrievals many times, it’ll be interesting being on the receiving side of the IV this time. Though I give anesthesia every day, I am definitely more nervous about THAT then I am the retrieval. I am sure it will all go very smoothly.
I feel super blessed to be in this spot! God is SO good and it has been a very LONG journey. I am just so thankful for my sweet husband, supportive friends and such a wonderful infertility clinic to help me through this process!
Here’s a pic to spice up this post. My favorite Chateau of the Loire Valley with QUITE a juicy story behind it. Chenoceau.