A whopper. That was yesterday.
There was the Irish Times article, which has had a really positive reaction. Via email, text messages, through the paper, and of course here. Thanks to everyone, we're delighted, the supportive messages from family, friends, and complete strangers has been very uplifting.
Infinitely more uplifting though, we were back at the specialist yesterday, so read the following words carefully.
It went well. Very well.
The doctor agrees that enough is enough, and it's time for them to start getting involved.
When the next cycle starts, in about 10 days or so, we are beginning an intrauterine insemination(IUI) cycle.
We finally get our IUI, and medicated for good measure!
I could have kissed that crumb covered Dutch woman, but I had just been biting my nails and thought leaving semi-chewed body matter on medical professionals who hold the key to your very happiness was not the wisest of moves.
So I smiled politely.
They are very strict about the management of possible multiples, so we are aiming at mild hyper-stimulation.
ET will take the unpronounceable Dutch version of clomid for 5 days to stimulate the development of an extra follicle or two.
After 10 days or so, she will have an ultrasound and they decide when we should administer a trigger shot to spark off ovulation within the following 36 hours.
What is a bit scary is that if more than 3 follicles mature, they cancel the cycle.
When ovulation is expected following the trigger shot, Spencer flies solo, they shake the living daylights out of him, and the swimmers left standing get injected into her uterus.
Right on the egg's doorstep.
Then, we wait. I think I'm familiar with that bit.
There is an undercurrent of excitement, but the chances are still small, 10% a shot, so we are not getting carried away. ET said for the first time in a long while, she really feels that this might happen, and I have been convinced for a year or more that IUI is the most logical solution to our problem.
Of course, there is one other good reason why the IUI could still be canceled, it's CD17 now, so maybe.