Shawnee Barton
2:6
2011
The meds now take up just one shelf in the refrigerator instead of two. We are nearly half-way through. I see an egg carton in the frig that reminds me that today is an important day.

Most women release one egg a month, but fertility drugs hopefully stimulate the body to release many more. Each cycle, a woman’s egg[s] grow inside fluid-filled protective sacks called follicles that look like black ovals on the ultrasound screen. Since eggs are too small to be seen, doctors count follicles to determine whether fertility medications are doing their job. The more follicles they find (assuming they contain growing healthy eggs), the better the odds are of fertilizing an egg.

This morning I am readying myself for the most stressful Easter egg hunt ever. Today, the doctor is counting my follicles. If my body hasn’t responded to the stimulation medications, then everything stops because it’s impossible to conceive a baby without a healthy egg. All the time, money, and energy we’ve spent and all the hormones I put into my body will have been a waste.
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