I exhale with a sigh of relief every time I receive confirmation that the emission was accomplished, as I still fear he could miss the cup or accidentally spill the contents. However, I learned today that I had been underestimating his ability to triumph in the face of uncouthness. A rather cute, medical assistant led him to the special room, picked up the remote control and turned on the small TV set, which opened with an orgy scene already in progress. She continued talking with him to check the identity on the label and reviewed the instructions for where to place the collected sample as he stared at the floor, shifting uncomfortably. I wondered it were specifically written in her job description:
- Escort gentleman to masturbatorium
- Turn on Pornography
Wow. It seems like it were only yesterday when I was overly optimistic about our last IUI attempt. During my first cycle, I asked my RE if I needed to do LH surge predictor testing, as Co-worker's RE had her do. He replied that it wasn't necessary and commented that many patients use the tests even when he advises against it. He asked me to test during my second IUI, but I forgot about it and then he never inquired about the results. This cycle, I decided I would be compliant, not that I think it makes much of a difference. In the interest of collecting my infertility stats, as I was away over the long weekend, I tested for my LH surge in my fourth airport bathroom. Washington Dulles gets added to the list with Toronto Pearson, New York -JFK, and London Heathrow. Additionally, I administered my Ovidel trigger at a Major League Baseball stadium. I am truly feeling like an infertility veteran.
Continuing with our TMI details; my lining was 10.2. My left ovary was the bread winner again, with a dominant follicle at 23 x 18 mm (biggest to date). The right ovary made a valiant effort, but came up short with a 14 x 14 follie, which was unlikely to mature in time. Unfortunately, Husband's count was back in his usual territory; 14 million pre-wash, 70% motility, progression scored as '3'. So it was a poor showing with only 4 million used for insemination, but at least the guys who came to play seem really determined. Additionally, we supplemented with a post-IUI "intercourse can only help" bonus bang. High five! Let's see if the third time really is the charm...