Saturday, August 23rd at 6:20am we did our embryo transfer. They biopsied 4 embryos and out of the 4 only 2 were Grade 1 which is the best and my chromosomes were perfect which she said is rare. We are happy to say that we transferred 2 perfect embryos, 1 boy and 1 girl and here is there picture.
The transfer itself was pretty easy. I was really nervous at first, thinking that it would hurt but it was just like a pap smear. The speculum was cold, colder than normal since it was 6am. Then they washed my cervix and it was the weirdest sensation when they are inserting a liquid wash. Then you feel the insert of the cathether go in and we waited about 2-3 minutes for the embryologist to come in with the 2 embryos. At the same time they did a lower abdominal ultrasound and kept pressing down to get a better picture. That was somewhat uncomfortable since for this procedure you have to have a semi full bladder. The embryologist walked in and she looked like she was about ready to perform surgery. She had a medical surgeon gown, gloves on, a head cover and a mouth cover. She was holding this straw like tube and my embryos were inside of that, she than handed it to my doctor which was then inserted inside the catheter to go up the cervix and up to the uterus to be released. The procedure was quick, she kept the tube inside of me for 30 seconds to make sure the embryos made it out. It was then pulled out of me and the embryologist walks away with a bloody tube to make sure that the embryos did indeed make it out. Once we confirmed that the embryos were in me I was told to lay down for 30 minutes and to then go home and be on strict bed rest.
The picture above was when the picture of the embryos was given to me. It was somewhat emotional and such an amazing feeling to know that those 2 little embryos (boy and girl) were now inside of me.
Our "hopefully" Family Selfie. As you can see our smiles could not get any bigger on a very early Saturday morning. Robert and I were in awe looking at this picture and of course we joked like we always do and laugh at how when we were kids we all used to joke around and say to our friends, "Oh yeah, well at least I'm not a test tube baby" and here we are happy because we have test tube babies. It's amazing how much goes into IVF. I had no idea it entailed so much. People always say, if you stress it won't happen but seriously there are so many medical reasons why it cannot happen. Although being stress free does help, it does not necessarily mean that being stress free will guarantee a miracle. I have been fortunate that my experience went well. I did experience lots of pain I have never experienced before and the shots did hurt and after two weeks of having Robert give me the shots I was like so over it. But the result of the shots got me to this point. I now have 2 perfect embryos inside of me and I hope that in the next 8 days I find out if we are pregnant with 1 or twins or not pregnant at all. It is now out of our hands. From here on out there is nothing we can do it and just have to patiently wait for a miracle to happen. I have been on bed rest for the last 3 days. Now my plan is to take it easy for the next few weeks and be calm and stress free until we do the pregnancy test. I have hope that all will go well.
On that I leave you with this:
"Already in my heart, someday in my arms"
On Friday, 8/15/14 I had my trigger shot. The one important intramuscular shot to take 36 hours before me egg retrieval. Robert and I were watching YouTube videos and we freaked ourselves out. But I have to give credit to Robert for staying calm and for doing an excellent job with my trigger shot. I leaned over the counter, crossed my feet and put weight on the side where he was not injecting. The shot went on my butt and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I recommend to not watch those videos. 15 minutes after the shot I began to cramp bad. We were one step closer and that was exciting for both of us.
I just can't believe how much goes into this whole IVF procedure. Saturday was a rest day... (meaning no shots) YAY!!! Now it was time to prep for the big day. The Egg Retrieval Day!
8/17/14 (Sunday) THE BIG DAY - Egg Retrieval Day.
As you can see from my selfie, I am smiling, but deep down inside I was nervous. Robert was not allowed to be with me at the beginning since there was another female in the prep room, so I was patiently and nervously waiting for the Anesthesiologist by myself. I saw the lady that went in before me being wheeled out of the procedure room and she was in a lot of pain and all groggy. That of course made me more nervous.
Well now it was my turn to be escorted into the procedure room. With my IV attached, Anesthesiologist and nurse with me I was ackwardly positioned on the bed with my legs completely over the stir-ups. They asked me a bunch of questions like my name, were I was, who I was with and the rest is history. I took a nice nap, woke up in the recovery room to Robert's voice and to some major pain.
Yup I had my photographer/husband there to snap pics of me waking up. It looks like I was crying but I was just hurting bad. Apparently my doctor had difficulty getting to my left ovary so she had to go through my cervix to get the eggs out. 12 eggs were retrieved, 1 cracked (I had no idea my eggs could crack) but that's exactly how the doctor worded it. So I had a total of 11 eggs retrieved.
I was given some pain meds and a heating pad during recovery. I was then wheeled out into the car. Came home to some excited dogs and rested all day. This has been very difficult for me since my cramps were stronger than what they would normally be due to difficulty of getting to my left ovary. I obviously took some time off from work and I am cramping more on my left side than the right side.
Monday, 8/18/14 I got a call that out of my 11 eggs only 8 fertilized. So they will be keeping an eye on those eggs (blastocyst) until Friday, which is when they will do the biopsy and genetically test each embryo. On Saturday, 8/23/14 I am scheduled for my embryo transfer. On that day I will find out which embryos are good and which ones are females or males. I am excited to find out the sex and love it that I have the option to choose. I just hope that I have more good eggs than bad eggs.
In the mean time it's just a waiting period for us. I am anxious for Friday and nervous for Saturday but I am hoping that all will go well and will go as planned.
On that note I leave you with this:
"Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do
Look at my puffyness! My ovaries are right on track and growing like they should. I have 20 follicles total, 10 in each ovary. Current size: 12mm, our goal is to get them to 18mm. So on that note I will be ready (we think, Saturday) for the egg retrieval. I am super excited and super nervous.
In all honesty I just want to stop my injections. Seriously they are no fun. I am taking 2 injections to enlarge my ovaries and create more follicles and 1 injection to stop me from ovulation. So the feeling in my stomach right now is some cramping, bloating, feeling discomfort inside my belly (like tightness or pressure). The 3rd injection makes me itch, my belly is not bruised but it is marked up and blotchy looking.
So I go back to the doctor tomorrow for more blood work and another ultrasound. Tomorrow we will confirm the date for the egg retrieval. They will hold them for 5 days then genetically test each embryo so that we can have a better chance of picking out the good eggs. So according to my calculations the embryo transfer will be on Friday the 22nd and then it will be bed rest for me. We will decide how many embryos will get transferred on the day of. Hopefully I will have a lot of good ones so that I can freeze some just in case this does not work on our first try. I hope to God it works. It would be so heartbreaking to go through this all over again.
Last night Robert was like, "It's so sad and silly to have to put you through all this pain." I was like, "yep, that's our luck but we have no other choice."
Although I hurt and I'm uncomfortable, we do make a joke out of it. We can't be too serious and stressed so we try to make it a funny experience. I think making it like that will make it much more memorable or at least easier to deal with.
Today I had to wear leggings to work since I am so bloated and my regular work slacks won't fit me. I do feel very comfy so I'll enjoy the comfy wardrobe for a bit .
Ok will update some more tomorrow.
"Don't be ashamed of your story, It will inspire others"
Well today was my first check up since starting my injections. I had an Ultrasound today to visualize the ovaries and count my follicles. I had 10 follicles in each ovary. That is great news. That largest ones being at 10mm. The goal is to get them to 18-20mm before doing the egg retrieval. Everything in the ultrasound looked good.
On Sunday I begin Cetrotide (injections) to stop my ovulation. So I will be doing 3 injections a night for who knows how long. My doctor said that come tomorrow or Sunday my ovaries will grow in size. I will definitely feel the size change and will start to swell up around my lower abdomen area. Whoopie... so not looking forward to this.
I have been miserable for the last week. Since Sunday I have not been able to get rid of my bad cramps. I have had the worst abdominal pains, nauseous, loss of appetite and I've lost 4lbs in 5 days. I just want to be pain free for a bit, but that day is nowhere near. My injections seem to hurt more and more, I guess its because my belly is starting to feel soar and getting somewhat bruised from all the poking. I do have to give kudos to my husband for being so patient with me. I'm sure its not easy to give injections to someone, especially when you know they are hurting. I love him dearly for being so patient with me.
So things to look forward to this weekend are:
1) Getting bigger ovaries (Woo hoo)
2) Getting bloated (Oh boy)
3) Worse cramps (hmm... just wish they'd go away completely)
4) Adding a 3rd injection to my nightly routine (Nurse Robert will be pleased)
Today I also paid for my entire IVF treatment and paid extra to genetically test my embryos. Testing them will be the best thing for us and can guarantee us a 70% success rate. Come Monday, I have another appointment for more blood work and another Ultrasound.
So here's to a miserable week but hopeful that all this will be worth it.
I applaud all the women out there who have gone through this. You ladies are brave.
On that note I say:
"Give me strength, give me hope and hopefully soon I'll have some joy!"
Well it has been a rough few days. On Sunday I was as miserable as I could ever be. I had the worst cramps ever, so bad I almost went to the ER. I was nauseous, clammy, bloated and crying from the pain. My lower back was killing me and I couldn't really walk. Decided to tough it out and wait till my doctor's appointment on Monday. I was in bed for 2 days straight and think perhaps this is a bad reaction from the birth control pills they had me on for the last 3 weeks.
Monday- 8/5/14 went to my fertility doctor to pick up my big box of goodies. Picture below shows all of the medications my body will have to consume. Had my usual blood work done so they can check my estrogen level and give me the go ahead to start my shots that evening. Robert an I were taught on how to administer the injections. Let's just say I'm not looking forward to it. Shortly afterwards the doctor's office called and said my estrogen level was at 51 and that I could go ahead and begin my medication that evening.
Day 1: Monday Evening as I prep my injections, I was starting to freak out. I began crying before Robert even had a chance to poke me. He was firm with me and told me to stop psyching myself out and to put myself in his shoes too since he was the one administering the shots which is something he has never done before. I'm so glad he calmed me down. So he cleaned the lower abdomen area with an alcohol swab, had me squeeze my skin and in went the entire 1" needle. My first shot was Gonal which was a piece of cake. He said the needle went in like butter... I was like, "gee thanks a lot". Second shot was Menopur, and boy they weren't kidding when they said it would burn/sting. I felt the poke and felt the medication burning. That one was not a pleasant one. So day 1 was all done and I survived!
Day 2: Tuesday Evening: Holy crap I felt both shots and it was not as easy as day 1. Nothing was done differently so I'm just assuming that my body is getting more sensitive to it now. I know the soreness, bruising and bloating will be happening soon. For now I just feel tired and still cramping bad. I wish there was something I can do for these cramps, Tylenol is the only thing I can take but its' not helping much. I can tell you this, I'm not looking forward to tonight's shots. My skin is starting to look a little blotchy too.
It's amazing that the goal to these injections is to help me produce more eggs. The goal is to get my ovaries the sizes of oranges so that i can produce more eggs. This is why I will be bloated. This weekend I might have to go buy some comfy pants to wear to work. My work pants are fitting a little snug right now since I do have some bloating.
I don't feel any effects yet but I know that come Friday, according to the doctor is when I'll begin to feel my discomfort. I'm just bummed that this past weekend I felt so bad and that I didn't give myself a chance to feel good before feeling like crap on Friday. I've been cramping ever since Saturday evening and will continue to cramp till this is all over.
I still have lots more medication to take but they will teach me to use it at the appropriate time. Wow, my journey has really begun now. There's no backing out, just move forward and hope for the best!
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