So, today was the day. Today S. and I went to the fertility specialist for our IUI. It was a bit of a process. The semen drop off was scheduled for ten this morning, but in our area traffic is horrid. I was riding with the sample in my bosom hoping and praying that we’d get there in time for the sample to be used. I called the office and told them we were in route, running about ten minutes behind schedule, and they didn’t have a record of me!!!! WHAT?!!!!!
After talking for two more minutes, they told us to come in anyway since we were already in route and they had some records in their system for me. When S. and I arrived, he dropped me off so I could rush in with the sample and he could park. The office had appointment time available and told me to have a seat. S. came in shortly after and it wasn’t long before I dropped off his sample with the tech.
A few minutes later one of the nurses called us into the consult room and told us that S.’s sample was sub-optimal. Optimum sperm counts should be at or above 5M after the sperm wash. S.’s sample was 800K. There was also confusion as the office had called to confirm our appointment on yesterday, only I never got the call. Turned out they were dialing my work number and never dialed my cell phone which was listed as the number to use on weekends and after hours. Because of this the office thought that I’d only taken my trigger shot on yesterday and would have to reschedule for the next day. Once I told them that I actually trigger per my monitoring nurse’s guidance on Saturday, they were ready to proceed. However, they did let us know that it would be a very low percentage in conception. Sigh. We are just going to leave that up to God. That being sad, I did feel a few tears in my eyes. They didn’t fall though.
We were sent back into the lobby for a few more minutes. I actually took my work laptop out to keep my mind off the news we’d just received. Shortly thereafter, the nurse called me back and we were prepping for the procedure. I voided, went to the lobby and called S., and then returned to the room where I disrobed from waist down and sat on the table.
It was just like a usual pap smear exam. They’d warmed the speculum which was so appreciated. The certified mid-wife nurse (whom I wasn’t expecting) was engaging and thorough. She’d viewed my pics before hand and knew I had a tilted uterus. I was nervous about that because I have read some horror stories about IUIs and tilted uteri, but it wasn’t bad at all. A bit of cramping (very minute) and two minutes later, we were done. S. was great holding my hand while the procedure was done. The nurses had me lie on my back for five minutes and then they left the room. S. and I prayed afterwards that whatever God’s will, we would be good and would move forward as directed.
It was a painless process for the most part. The cramps felt like ovulation cramps, which I’d been experiencing all day, so I can’t blame the IUI. I got home and was able to continue to work from home before I was overwhelmed by the need to sleep. So, I slept for about an hour and a half and then woke up to make chicken and rice enchiladas.
So, we are officially in our two week wait. We’re supposed to BD tonight and then I am to take progesterone vaginally twice a day from tomorrow until told to stop. Test date is Dec 8. I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated.
Have a great day.