I feel like Shelob…

24 09 2012

Remember, the big spider in Lord of the Rings (also in “It” by Stephen King) who was dragging a big fat sac full of eggs?

I’m not complaining really, just noting. 

Here we are in Long Island and I have loved every minute so far.  Got in Friday, staying with my cousins Joey and Kathy, and we’ve been in the lap of family ever since.  Dr. Braverman is SO nice, and I am very happy with their handling of me and my case so far. 

Tonight is trigger night 🙂  I have at least 7 good-sized, symmetrically-developing follicles on each ovary, and I go in to the Manhattan IVF clinic (Gramercy Fertility near Union Sq) on Wednesday at 630am for egg retrieval.  I think we’ve decided to let them grow till day 5 before vitrification, and we’ll come back for a FET later.  When depends on how aggressively I want to treat the cytokine problem.  If just with IVIg, then mid-November.  If I want to do IVIg + Humira, that means one shot in two weeks, second shot in two more weeks, wait 3 weeks, then retest, and if need be, a second go-round with Humira.  Dr. B says it depends whether I want to throw the sink at it now or not.

Dr. Braverman released me from gluten and dairy restrictions on Friday, so my cousin Joey (proprietor of several pizzzerias) made us homemade gourmet pies for dinner.  A clam pie, a fresh mozzarella-tomato-olive-prosciutto pie, and one with just herbed goat cheese on the crust, melted, then sprinkled with fresh arugula, red onion, and balsamic glaze.  SO good.  Also we ate at a Colombian restaurant called Pollo El Paisa– my simple humble roast chicken with rice was ridiculously good thanks to the chimichurri and the caramelized onions… and the rice made with butter and garlic… Mmmmm!

But for right now, my belly feels distended and I have to lean back a bit in my chair.  Last dose of Gonal F tonight and I’m really excited.  And hopeful.

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