Menopur is going to be a challenge. Squooshing 1 cc into a subcutaneous space (although ample) does not feel spiffy. But, to quote Fred Durst, I do it all for the nookie. Well, if you substitute "nookie" for "IVF stimming," with the end result being the fixed variable (live baby), that's what I do it for. We're starting with a pretty rocking dose of Follistim with Menopur - so a total of 1.375 cc get injected into my belly until it looks like I got what I deserved for stealing Tyson's tiger. I can't wait until we add the antagonist next weekend. My abdominal s.c. layer will be the clown car of injected fluids - just keep packing 'em in.
I am cherry picking amongst suggestions for food rituals this cycle. I can do high-protein. I am prepared to make eggs and turkey sausage for breakfast. That's an improvement in my morning routine, not a sacrifice. I have the high-protein variety of my favorite cereal (not as good as the chocolately kind, but I'll bite the bullet). I even had a protein-fortified shake with breakfast today. I intensely loathe pineapple, but I will consider trying to choke some down at the end of next week when we get to transfer. That's pretty committed. I am thinking of skipping acupuncture this time. Getting to appointments, squeezed into a busy practice schedule - let's just say it falls short of relaxing and the benefits of acupuncture in IVF have not been demonstrated in an adequately controlled study, anyway. We'll see. I'd rather schedule massages around important dates, which have no proven benefit other than I freaking love them. All in all, I am convinced that the less I think about this cycle, the better. That includes ancillary appointments and consulting Dr. Google. I just need to keep distracted. (I finished the bathroom makeover. Now I have all those books I said I would read. And the new TV line-up starts this month. I wonder which one will predominate? Idiot box is a good bet.)
Day 1 of stims (day 3 overall) is under my belt now. Another week and we're ready to harvest from this egg farm.