I HAVE A THICK UTERINE LINING, and I want to shout it from the roof tops! My monitoring appointment yesterday confirmed a lining of approximately 9mm, which means my body, more specifically my uterus, is ready to take on an embryo. And with that news, we were able to set a date for our frozen embryo transfer. Drum roll please…Tuesday, November 15th!
But first, progesterone.
For the past two weeks, I have been on an estrogen regimen – 6mg of Estrace daily – to keep me from ovulating and to support the growth of my lining. Good job, Estrace. I forgive you for the mood swings and heart burn. I’ll continue to take Estrace through the transfer, but to ensure that my lining doesn’t get too thick I have to add my little friend PIO (progesterone in oil) to the mix. PIO is an intramuscular injection, which means big needle in the hip. And our first injection was tonight. In fact, as I write this, I’m sitting in the car with my right cheek pressed firmly against my heated seat on our way to a steak dinner.
This is the first time in this entire process, including Round 1, that I was shaking from nervousness. I knew too well what was ahead. When Brennen walked through the door, I tried to mask my nerves and bravely said, “Ok, I’m ready. Progesterone, now.” It didn’t help when he started mumbling, “Oh my gosh we’re really doing this.” Then, I hear the voice of a stranger in my house. A lady on YouTube was giving Brennen instructions on how to give a PIO injection. Her voice…not so comforting at the time.
As Brennen reached for the Sharpie to temporarily tattoo my backside with injection targets, he said “Now, where exactly do I inject?” Brennen called my uncle (a nurse) for advice. I heard the words “6 inches from the top of the butt crack…” and saw Brennen go for the tape measure. This just kept getting better. He drew the first circle, put an X through it, and drew another. Finally, we were ready, and gave and took that progesterone like total champs. When the needle was out, Brennen asked me how it was. Tears filled my eyes. They weren’t sad tears. They weren’t happy tears. They were just tears…because here we are…5 days from transfer…and wanting this to work so badly.
So, the plan is to continue PIO until I take a pregnancy test; further instructions will follow depending on the results. I’ll also take an antibiotic and a steroid, Prednisone, for a few days for transfer prep. The antibiotic is to help ward off any infections from the procedure, and the Prednisone is administered to address any inflammation that may result from implantation. Aside from medicine, our hotel is booked, and our bags will be packed by the end of the weekend. I’ll have to be on bed rest for a couple days following the transfer, so I’ve opted to just stay in Memphis. My mom will be babysitting me so that Brennen can get back to work. And that means for those few days we’re in Memphis, she’ll be the one injecting me with PIO. That should be interesting…
Well, that’s about it for now! My tears have dried up. My butt is starting to feel better. And I have a steak dinner waiting on me. We like to celebrate. Let the countdown to November 15th begin!