My Butt Hurts: A Tale Of Two Hours

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Even though this is my spring break, and I thought I'd have time to blog, this week has been so insanely busy. However, I had my follicle scan today, so I wanted to give an update.

This whole ordeal was kind of a hot mess. They called me this morning to let me know that the ultrasound machine at the lab at the women's center (where I go for my blood work -- they also do the ultrasounds there) stopped working last night, so they were going to send me to a practice across the street.

Fine. No big deal.

I get there, and I'm told it's probably going to be a 45 minute wait. This normally wouldn't be a big deal, but I was nervous and had asked Tom to come with me, and though he had an extended lunch break for the occasion, I was worried about getting him back on time. Ten minutes later, they come out and tell me that the machine at the lab is fixed so they're sending me over there (which I was fine with -- I see them so often that they don't even need to ask my name anymore, plus Gilmore Girls was on in the waiting room). I get there around 12:15 (my appointment was at 12). We're waiting, and someone else comes in. She ended up getting called back first, because apparently they had already started her across the street, but then THAT machine started having issues); Tom wasn't very happy about that.

I finally got called back around 12:55. My left ovary had several small follicles. When she went to look for the right ovary, she couldn't find it at first. I never imagined "Do you have a right ovary?" would be such a terrifying question. I freaked out, of course, thinking I'd been born with only one ovary and just never knew it. When she finally found it, I was so relieved that I cried.

I was very glad that she did find it, because my right ovary had a 22mm follicle! She told me that normally they're looking for at least 18mm to be mature, so my follicle looks good :)

I went downstairs to my doctor's office, and he decided to go ahead and have the nurse give me a trigger shot (an injection of HCG, the pregnancy hormone, which is supposed to stimulate ovulation). So for the first time in at least 20 years, I got a shot in my butt (which, of course, is why my butt hurts). Two hours after my appointment was supposed to start, we were finally done.

I go back in next Friday for my progesterone check, and I'm really hopeful that the trigger does its job, and I'll be looking at good numbers.

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