Well, I am back from Puerto Rico and overall, it was a good trip. I wouldn't say great, but it was nice to get away from the office and relax.
Flights were on time and we had no real issues (we even got upgraded to first class). The resort was OK. Although it was ranked as a 5-star, I would say it was more of a 3-4 star resort. The lobby and restaurants were all very nice, however the rooms could've used an update.
But, I guess the main reason why the vacation was just OK, was the island itself. There's really not much to do. There aren't a whole lot of nice beaches, no real places to sight-see (other than old San Juan and the rain forest), diving was mediocre at best, and the food was just so-so. I wouldn't say it was a bad vacation, but I probably wouldn't make the effort to go again since it takes close to 10 hours to get to PR from CA. Both Doc and I decided if we want an easy U.S. beach vacation, we'll go to Hawaii.
One really cool thing that we did do was swim in a bioluminescent bay. In Puerto Rico, they have a couple of protected bays where bioluminescent plankton live. The plankton glow when they're disturbed, so as you swim, the water around you starts to glow and if you hold up the water in your hands, you can see the individual plankton glowing and it looks like flecks of glitter. Very, very cool.
Alright, now that I've finished my vacation summary, time to start writing about IVF #2. I had my baseline ultrasound and E2 levels taken yesterday. Everything looks good. No cysts, polyps or any other issues. I'm already starting to develop a trilaminar lining. I think the estrace that I'm taking has helped...thank goodness, since my lining has always been on the thin side). My E2 level was at 152, but they said that's to be expected since I'm doing the estrogen priming protocol.
I started the microdose lupron today and will be starting the stims on Saturday. I'm just hoping that I react better to the stims this time around. According to Dr. Zed, the estrace priming will help my lining and it'll make me more sensitive to the stims so that I should react better and faster.
I'm still taking the fol.gard and also the low-dose aspirin, which is making me bruise like I got into some UFC fight. One little bump and I have the biggest, nastiest looking bruise ever and I haven't even started the hepa.rin yet. Doc says that he's going to make me wear my snowboarding helmet 24-7 when I start injecting the hepa.rin.
The other bad part in all of this is that I feel bloated like a freaking whale. I think the estrace is making me retain boatloads of water and I'm a very unhappy camper. Ah, but it's a small price to pay for the end result, right?
Back from NZ
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