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Error Bars
After my last post enugent was pondering what the error bars where on follicle measurement. Apparently large enough. According to this morning's sonogram tech, my largest follicle is 18mm. Somehow I doubt that it only grew half a millimeter between Monday and Wednesday and then plumped up by 4.5 millimeters between Wednesday and today. Just a hunch. In other news I have one that is only half a millimeter behind on my left ovary, and then a bunch in the 16mm and under range. This is pretty OK news.

Speaking of errors, my morning so far has been a comedy of errors. Its amazing what half an inch of snow will do to morning traffic when you are trying to get to an 8:15 appointment in Kenmore. Then, as I was approaching Kenmore square I realized that in my rush to leave the house that I had failed to bring my Follistim with me. (7:30 is too early to be injecting on my current twice daily schedule, so I had been bringing the pen thing with and doing it at my morning appointments.) Sigh. Well, I am running late anyway, so the obvious plan is to get wanded and then run back before work and inject. Sadly the clinic is running even more behind than I am and there are two people ahead of me. I went to get my blood work done while I waited, but still, it was 9:30 by the time I got back to the house, where I proceeded to nearly kill myself by slipping whilst running upstairs in shoes that were slick with half-melted snow. Its a miracle the I managed to get into work at just after 10.

Update: No Follistim tonight, just the lupron, and another wanding & bloodwork tomorrow morning. Apparently my estrogen is quite high, though the message didn't say exactly how high.
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twe From: twe Date: February 23rd, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

On a mostly unrelated note

Woot! I just heard you will be joining us in the near future.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 23rd, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: On a mostly unrelated note

Yes, subject of an upcoming post. Sadly my boss is out today, and I will (hopefully) be out some next week for retrieval & transfer, so giving a full two weeks notice may mean I'm not available for close to three weeks. I don't want to short-change my current boss on that front because its not *his* fault, and I like him a lot.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 23rd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just curious - was it the same tech for all three measurements, or different ones? I would suspect that there is a significant operator bias, so if it was the same tech for the first and third measurements, but a different one for the second, that would lend further credence to the idea that the second measure was anomalous.

Also wondering how many is "a bunch"? Wishing you lots and lots of follicles and a good harvest of eggs. Any estimate of when they're going to want to do the retrieval?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 23rd, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was different techs all three times.

I'm not sure of the exact numbers of other follicles. The techs are always very rushed, and its difficult to get someone to slow down and answer questions when you are naked from the waist down -- it sort of discourages following them out into the hall.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 23rd, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, c'mon! They gave you a sheet to put in your lap, right? You can just wrap it around your hips as you sprint out the door! :)

Seriously, that's kind of a pain. I haven't had to have the routine wanding by techs yet - my doctor did the one for my initial workup.

Good luck!
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 24th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sheet around my hips? How is that going to solve the problem of my being barefoot?
twe From: twe Date: February 23rd, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


My mind keeps wanting to read that as "flotsam."
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 24th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Follistim

Well, that is one of the words the spell checker perpetually suggests was what I meant to type, so the computuer agrees with you, though it thinks 'hollistic' and 'fullest" are more likely candidates.
merastra From: merastra Date: February 24th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like cautious good news. Crossing fingers that it's a trend...
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