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Transfer Update

We have been home for about an hour from the hospital.  I love how you spend 2 1/2 hours at the hospital for a 15 minute procedure.   I have three teeny tiny little embryos in my uterus, hopefully at least one of them is starting to attach!  Of the six fertilized eggs, only three were viable embryos; one never split, two of them only split into two cells then stopped growing, and three that were somewhere between the four to eight cells they want at day three.  The three they implanted were four cells, five cells and six cells, all of them rated A.  Yea!!!!  While I am disappointed that we didn’t have any left to freeze, I am so excited that we had three A rated embryos to put in their new home!  It was kind of neat to watch the process, the only really uncomfortable part was having a full bladder and then the ultrasound wand (or whatever it is called) pushing down on that full bladder.  Otherwise it was not so bad, but I still couldn’t relax and could feel my leg trembling.   I was excited and nervous at the same time, this was it, now it is up to my body to do its work.  We have a photo of our tiny embryos in my uterus, all you can really see is the fluid around them, but it is still exciting.  When Dr. D asked if I wanted a picture, I wanted to ask her if anyone ever says no.  I am feeling pretty good, periodic cramping, but not severe.  I plan to lay around for the rest of the day and let C wait on me.  I can’t believe we made it here!!  It has been a good morning!

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Tomorrow is the next step

The embryologist called yesterday afternoon, all six eggs were mature and all six fertilized.  I am thrilled, it is fantastic news!  But I find myself not feeling as excited as I should, I am being very cautiously optimistic.  I am a little worried that so much can still go wrong.  I am a little bit of a control freak, and at this point it is out of my control.  I am taking my PIO shots as I should, taking the antibiotics and steroid as prescribed, taking it easy (except today).  But when taking the Lupron and stims you feel more a sense of control.  As long as you are taking those as prescribed, you feel like things should go well; even though you don’t have any more control over your follicles growing than you do the embryos developing in the petri dish. So before tomorrow I need an attitude adjustment.  I am very excited we have six fertilized eggs, I am going to believe that all six have developed well over the last few days and trust that one of those tiny little things will implant in my uterus.  I am positive!

I was reading my post-transfer instructions tonight; “You may experience increased bloating, abdominal pain and/or cramping over the following week.”   Great!!!  The post retrieval instructions said I would have mild cramping – I was in excruciating pain!  So now I am nervous about how I am going to feel after tomorrow.  I had to call  the on call nurse on Saturday night because I was worried I was in more pain than I should have been.  She called in a Tylenol 3 prescription for me, but said I shouldn’t worry about it.  The Tylenol 3 didn’t help with the pain at all, but I was at least able to get some sleep.  Yesterday I felt better, but would have periodic sharp pains.  Unfortunately I think being constipated contributed to that (sorry if that is TMI), I am drinking Metamucil like it is going out of style!  I did feel better today though!

Since I felt better today, I decided I needed to get some things done.  I think I overdid it a little, as I am a little sore now.  I figured after tomorrow, I may be a little laid up for a couple days so there were things I wanted to get done.  I needed to vacuum, clean the litterbox (since I won’t be able to do that after tomorrow), clean out the fridge, run to the grocery store; that was too much.  The grocery store was necessary, I wanted to cook something that we could eat for a couple days and was tired of C and I not having an actual meal together, since my appetite was shot by the stims that stopped happening for awhile.  The cleaning leads back to me being a bit of a control freak, I have set up our household so C really doesn’t have to do anything but take out the trash and recycling.  I admit, I like things done a certain way and since I have been out of work, it is just easier for me to do all the cleaning.  Well, I told C tonight he was going to have to pick up some slack on the housework.  He said he would and was sorry he had let things go like this (not his fault at all!  I made it happen).

Even though my doctor does not prescribe to the more conservative school of thought on bedrest after transfer, I am still going to take it easy for the next couple weeks.  I do not want to look back and say I shouldn’t have done that, or should have been more careful if we get a negative result.  We talked to Dr. D about the whole bedrest thing and she said that used to be the norm, but results have shown there is no difference in success rates between those put on bedrest and those who are not.  I am still going to take it easy.

I am getting more excited and a little nervous.  Can’t wait to see my little embryos tomorrow!  I also wish luck to Myndful of Tenaciously TTC as she goes through her retrieval!

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