Thursday, May 28, 2009

Next step.....IVF (Fun pictures attached)

I had my post-op appointment today. I got to see pictures from the procedure. If you have a weak stomach....don't scroll down. lol. But, I am sharing these because I am trying to be as transparent as possible. So here goes...

Picture #1: The instruments are ripping through my "cyst". Gross, I know.
Picture #2: The white line at the bottom is actually a laser. The laser is cleaning off the endometriosis on my ovaries. That is my ovary! Poor thing. Fried eggs, anyone?
Picture #3: The little egg like thing is my ovary...they are working on removing the endometriosis from my ovary. It looks gross and scarily permanent. Good thing tissue can heal!!!I have several more pictures but I don't want to make anyone sick. lol. It just seems so amazing that I can see my ovaries, see the endometriosis, see the is crazy!

Dr. Batres said everything looked good. I have one more shot of Lupron next week. In 2-3 weeks Matt and I will go in for an IVF class. At that time they will tell us all the gory details, do another ultrasound and do a "dry run" to see if they can run the catheter up to where the eggs will be. After that, we will switch to daily injections (subcutaneous) of Lupron and do high doses of Gonadotropins (stimuates my ovaries). Right now, my system is in full menopause and my hormone levels are bottomed out. So, they will need to stimulate my ovaries to produce and mature eggs.

Depending on how high the doses of gonadotropins are will depend on how many eggs can be retrieved and fertilized.

OK - enough of the female reproductive system lesson. We will know by the end of July if the first round of IVF worked. Whew. Dinner anyone?


Sara L. :) said...

I am so proud of you!! First, I bet your mom was like, "Leeeesah!" on the promiscuous comment. I laughed. Out loud. :) Second, you are going to be such a great mommy. You already take such good care of the rest of us! Go, babies, go!

Kristy Terrell said...

I will be praying for you. I've been through infertility, so I can relate. Luckily, the IUI worked for me, and I was able to get pregnant on my own the second time around. We had several miscarriages the second time though. I know how frustrating it is and how much it hurts each time you hear of someone else who is pregnant. I remember wanting to be happy for my friends, but still every time I got upset.

Let me know if there is ever anything I can do. I'll be praying for you.

Marc and Charity said...

Thanks for the pics of your ovaries Lisa. :) Lovely.

love you! :)