Thursday, June 21, 2007

IUI #4 complete

What a long ass day this was.

Before I get into the day, I want to update on the OPK status. PURELY in the interest of science again (*ahem*) I peed on three sticks Tuesday morning. Remember that I gave myself the Ovidrel (hcg) shot on Monday night. An Answer Brand OPK, A Clear Blue Easy Easy Read, and an internet cheaper HPT. All were negative. Apparently it takes more than 12 hours to show up in my pee. I wish I'd have done another Tuesday night but didn't. I did use a CBE Easy Read tonight and it was almost positive. Pretty close to positive. As close to positive as I ever see. So it takes somewhere between 12 & 48 hours to show up in my pee. Not exactly news, I know. (As a side note, I left tonight's OPK on the bathroom sink to develop. David wandered in and held it up, looking at me quizzicly. I explained it was an OPK not a HPT. He said "I thought, Damn, you're pregnant already?" We could only be so lucky.)


Anyway, back to my day.
Started early. I work 2nd shift, so I don't actually have to be out of bed til about noon most days. We had to be at the clinic at 7:30, so I had to be up at 6:30. David opted to skip a shower and throw on a hat. I figured since my hoo-ha was going to be probed, it'd be nice if I washed up.
We fought through rush hour traffic and made it to the clinic about 7:32. Traffic was REALLY heavy, so I was relieved to get there. Went in and sat til about 7:45 when they called David back to produce his specimen. This was the first time he'd had to produce at the office. The old RE and my GYN both had us collect at home and bring it in. He did once have to do his business in a hospital bathroom for a SA. He said he'd do okay cause nothing could be worse than that.

We get to the room. It contained a small sofa and a cabinet of porn. Now, I'm not expert, but they could really expand their selection. There was one hustler and a shit-ton of playboys. Playboy is really the vanilla of porn. David is all about the boobs and big girl. Help a couple out.

Anyway, without getting into way TMI let's just say he had some stage fright. Just couldn't get there. I was freaking out and honestly about to cry. It was so noisy in there. We could hear people walking up and down the hallway and other people ringing the bells that indicate the specimen are ready. So romantic. I did my best to help but after nearly 45 minutes I asked if maybe I was doing more harm than good and should step out. He said maybe we should try it. So I went out to the waiting room to be a nervous wreck by myself. He was done less than 10 minutes later. Poor guy. As stressed out as I was, I can't imagine being able to get myself to orgasm in that room, so I felt bad for him.

I nearly cried when he walked out to the waiting room to join me looking smug. So proud. Maybe 25 or 30 minutes later, we were called back and I donned the oh-so-familiar blue sheet. At least it's fabric. A step up from the paper blankets of my past. The nurse, Crystal, came in.

I wish I could convey to you how wonderful she was. So sweet, just enough humor to diffuse the situation and embarrass my husband. And she didn't hurt me at all.

The count was great. 24.5 million. (This won David a high five from Crystal. He blushed.) Another compliment on my cervical mucous. I didn't even feel her put the catheter in. I didn't know it was in until she asked David if he'd like to push the plunger. When he pushed, I had 2 very small cramps, but nothing major. Layed on the table a few and then was ready to go.

Mostly felt bloated today.

Now we wait. I have a progesterone in a week. I can POAS on the 4th of July.

I had some panic this morning. David seemed so happy as we drove home. All I could say was "I hope you're not disappointed if it fails." He said "well, I will be, but we'll move on and try again next month." He's such a great husband. Just think what a great dad he'd be.

16 comments:

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I just had my first IUI and my test day is July 2. Hopefully we'll both be getting great news!

Kierstin said...

you never fail to to bring a smile to my face. sounds like things went well and Dave sure does sound like a good sport about it all. His positive attitude will really come in handy, believe me! I thought about you yesterday, i hope the good vibes helped. Holidays seem to be lucky for you so maybe there will be a firecracker baby! best of luck!

niobe said...

Hoping 4 is going to be your magic number.

The Bugala's said...

Stick Stick Stick! Come on little firecracker!

Diana said...

Glad it was uneventful and he was able to "do his part"! Good luck on #4!!!

FattyPants said...

Hoping 4 is the one for you. I just had my first IUI and I'll be testing on the 5th. I'm happy he was able to overcome his stagefright. My husband had a touch of it too, but was able to work it out. It is a lot of pressure. We are lucky to have such good husbands.

Changing Expectations said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! It's great to meet you. I hope that everything does work out with a BFP this cycle. Sending positive thoughts your way!

Needles said...

STICK STICK STICK ALL 24 MILLION OF YOU!!!!!!!!!
Found you through the Commentathon and surprised at how parellel our lives seem to be- I"m in the middle of IUI #3 and am 30-married for 2 years. Rotten eggs, and two headed sperm.....
I hope this is it for you- besides the almost no orgasm drama it sounds like everything went smooth! Cant exoect ANYONE to get aroused and produce in a setting like that...and th epressure for the guy is intense.
Thank goodness 24 million escaped!!!

Marz said...

Wow! thanks for explaining the day to me. We were lucky & never got to this point. I KNOW my hubby would also have some stage fright, he wasn't too keen on delivering the sample from home, lol.
Let's hope this sticks & you won't have to repeat it next month.

Aunt Sassy said...

Hey, thanks for your comment on my blog... I'm glad that you found me. Dh has always been able to do his "thing" at home since we are only about 10 min from our clinic. It would stress me out in your position also 'cuz I think my dh would also have a bit of stage fright.

So glad to hear it went well. Everything crossed for you!

KarenO said...

Oh how I wish I had a Crystal when we were doing IUI! Her asking David to push the plunger is just too wonderful. I'm actually crying here... why didn't we think of doing that way back when?

Inconceivable said...

WOW, he got to push the plunger ..tha tmade my heart flutter !!! Glad he was able to do is business. It so great reading your blog, yu make me smile!

Rachel said...

I hope you get a positive on the 4th.

ultimatejourney said...

Wow, we're cycle buddies! I'm so glad everything went well for you, and that your efforts weren't thwarted by the unromantic atmosphere.

Fingers crossed for both of us!

Tuesday said...

That is super cute.

Also, the thing about how he got to push the plunger - I am SO going to ask my doc if we can do it that way. That's such a nice touch, it really is. I think it'd make me feel better about the whole situation.

Amy said...

What a story! You really do make me laugh, girl. Sorry about poor David and all the pressure, but proud of him for pulling through. ;) Crystal sounds wonderful, and I too love that he got to push the plunger! :)
Praying for you!