Saturday, April 25, 2009

Update from last week's appointment

I talked with Dr. Dunn last Wednesday and got a scan. As it turns out, I do not have a cyst. I have THREE cysts! I just kind of giggled when they told me. I mean - what can you do, right? :) I think it was to be expected - but wow - THREE!

So, the nurse told me to stay on the birth control pills until the entire pack is gone. I'm supposed to get checked again when my next cycle begins. I'm not really expecting the cysts to be gone at that point, so I am going to make an educated guess that we're sitting out at least one more cycle to give them some time to reabsorb. I'm at peace with it. I'll just be thankful when I'm finished with the birth control, because some very weird things are happening to me, and I am wondering if it has anything to do with all the hormones.

I woke up on Thursday feeling like I'd been hit by a truck. I have a lot of pain that seems to be entirely concentrated on the right side of my body - interestingly enough, all 3 cysts are on my right ovary. Hmmm...

Anyway, I am just rolling with it. :)

The plan for my next cycle (whenever we get the all clear) will be to take the Gonal F injections again, but a much lower dose - less than half the dose from last cycle. We are getting closer to our vacation to Jamaica now, so it may have to wait until we get back. I won't be able to do an injectable cycle while out of town, since I have to go in every other day for monitoring. It will work out one way or another! Hey, maybe I'll get knocked up the natural way while we're gone! A girl can dream, right??

Dr. Dunn mentioned egg donation to me during our visit. He said I was such an amazing responder to the meds that I might consider it. He said I have a lot of physical traits that are "in demand" from those who are purchasing donor eggs. I've been thinking about it a lot since we talked. Part of me really wants to do something to help an infertile couple achieve their dream of having a baby - but the larger part of me just can't part with my DNA. I think it would haunt me to know I potentially have babies out in the world who I've never seen and can't raise myself. It sounds weird, but I think I would worry about them. So, unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to donate. :(


Heather said...

Thanks for the update, I was wondering about you. I just wanted to say, that I too have cysts and mine are on my right side(unless there is more on the left now) and my right side hurts like the dickens at times. One night, I was hurting so bad that I thought about going to ER....dr said that the cyst most likely busted...greatttttttt lol

Melanie said...

Oh, Heather! I'm sorry! Funny...of all the pain I've had, I've never experienced pain in my side! Go figure. My aches seemed to move to my left hip and knee yesterday, so I am beginning to wonder if I have the beginnings of arthritis? It may just be totally unrelated to all this other stuff. Who knows.

surro said...

I totally understand your feelings on egg donation. That is why I could never agree to traditional surrogacy. I have enough children, but I wouldn't feel right about "giving" my kids away. KWIM?

Melanie said...

Yes, and the fact that it pays so much...I'd almost feel like I SOLD my children. I just can't seem to come to grips with the idea.