Today we have a visual aid, which caught my eye this morning in the refrigerator. These grapes represent what's growing on my ovaries. At slightly under 2 cm in diameter, they're the target size we're going for. When the follicles get to look like this (except probably a different color, and without the stems), I'll get the shot that triggers the ovulation. That lets loose the eggs that are inside. Like the grape seeds, let's say, except microscopic. At the moment my follicles are about 1.2 to 1.5 cm, so it will still be another few days. At the beginning of next week we'll probably go to harvest.
Meanwhile, it's gotten a little uncomfortable on the inside of my belly. You can tell that there's something out of the ordinary going on in there. Just a little squished. On the outside I'm still contending with the injection sites where I get my three shots a day. One of those shots leaves welts; the other two just leave little bruises. Wearing a seatbelt is not fun. Not to mention a waistband, but you know how I feel about waistbands in general.
To protect my little eggs, I'm off caffeine, raw cheeses, alcohol, all those things you're not supposed to take when you're pregnant. I'm eating healthier things with vitamins and minerals. High anti-oxident content. Like dark fruits and vegetables. Grapes.
It's almost cannibalistic.
We do what we have to do.