Monday, June 30, 2008
This entire process has been the biggest challenge of my life! Everyday I am amazed that I have been able to get through it-- and kept my sanity (which Gary may argue with!). Gary has been my rock through this- my voice of reason! Without him- this experience would not have been as "easy".
These are some of the thoughts I have pondered on over the past couple days. Laying around not being able to do much gives much time for reflection. Uugghh... bed rest alone has been a test! One that I am happy to say is over!
Next test... stay patient and wait out the next couple weeks until my blood test. This may the most difficult of all!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
So anyway... about our embies! First embryo's are graded at our clinic on a scale of 1-5-- 1 being the best. The embryos are graded based on how fast they are splitting, how their cell shape looks and how many cells they have. At this point-- 3 days past retrieval-- we want the embryos to be 8 cells-- that means they are splitting on track. So the Dr. told us we had one 8-cell Grade 1 embryo, one 8-cell Grade 2, one 7-cell Grade 2, and a few 6-cell Grade 3's. We were thrilled to hear that we had at least one perfect Grade 1 and an above average Grade 2. Huge sigh of relief! The Dr. told us that the grade 3's seemed to be fragmenting negatively--so that is why they had us come in for the 3 day transfer.
The actual procedure took about 20 minutes or so. Slightly uncomfortable but nothing too bad. The Valium I popped prior to going in probably helped with that! Thankfully Gary was allowed to be in the room with me and held my hand the whole time.
So now we sit and wait and hope our babies get cozy! 48 hours of bed rest will hopefully help with that! Gary is fully ready to wait on me hand and foot!! Yay! I have my stock pile of magazines and the remote close by!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Positive thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated for our babies!! I consider myself and Gary parents already and in 9 months we will be welcoming our baby (or babies) into the world!
I will keep you posted after our transfer...
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Of our 21 eggs, 15 were mature and of those 15, 10 fertilized!! I am so happy! But I am fully aware that we are not out of the dark yet and there is always a chance that some of those 10 can drop off.
Please pray that our embies stay strong and keep on growing!!!
If all goes well-- we will have our transfer either on Saturday or on Monday...but I wont know until Saturday morning.
I will keep you all posted!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
So...reason my entry is titled blackjack??? We got 21! 21 eggs!!! YAY! I am beyond thrilled!! Of course we know not all will be mature and even less will actually fertilized, but having 21 to start greatly increases our odds! We are really excited!
So I am going to lay low for the rest of the night since I am still pretty achy and I will post our fertilized report when I get the call tomorrow!
Thank you all for you thoughts, prayers and well wishes! They mean a lot to me!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Wednesday will be our day!
***Edit- Since a lot of have asked-- I figured I would clarify here-- when I say "triggering" what I was refering to was a shot that triggers my ovaries to release my eggs. :) I worked!!! See my post above! ;)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I am starting to bruise up pretty bad from the injections. Not fun or attractive to look at... poor Gary! Thankfully after (hopefully) Monday when I trigger I will be done with these injections! I will have to start progesterone in oil injections (PIO)...but that is just 1 and in my bum. I have heard not so good things about the PIO--long needles, hurt, leave bruises, etc... so I am not out of pain quite yet! Of course, I am sure this is nothing compared to labor...so I am just prepping myself-- right??? :)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
In light of trying to stay positive...I know this is all for a good cause! I know that in 3 weeks when I pee on that stick and see 2 lines...it will have all been worth it! Each and every needle stick I endure will be in effort of a miracle!!
I am also happy to say that I have found a car pool buddy! As I have posted before my clinic is an hour and a half from my house...aka $70 in gas! So when I went in on Monday for my 30 seconds of blood work-- i mentioned to the nurse how great it would be to know someone from my town who was cycling with me. She said they actually had a couple ladies from my town. So I gave the nurse my number and told her that if anyone came in on Monday from my town and was also going in the day of my next appointment to give them my number and if they were interested in carpooling to give me a call. Sure enough... Monday afternoon-- I got a call. So on Thursday I will be riding to my appt. with a complete stranger! Ha! Seems strange...but in reality she and I already have something bonding us together--INFERTILITY! I look forward to hearing her story! (hopefully she will want to share)
Monday, June 16, 2008
I went for blood work today! Waiting for the clinic to call and let me know how I am responding to the meds so far. Right now I am stimulating my ovaries. Word on the street is I will probably get very bloated and really feel my ovaries working. Generally I can feel when I am ovulating so I am expecting this is going to be like ovulation on steroids--aka- not fun!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Went for a check up today-- blood work and ultrasound. The ultrasound looked good-- no cysts! I don't think I have ever had a cyst so it wasn't a real big surprise. I learned how to do my next round of meds-- Follistim and Repronex. So I wait for the call this afternoon (blood work results) and I will start the new meds on Saturday. That will be 3 injections per day-- my poor tummy!
All in all I am feeling pretty good. Slightly more moody and emotional than normal, but I guess that is to be expected. If Gary can make it through the whirlwind of my mood then I think we should be in great shape!!
On one of the message boards I frequently read there have been a ton of BFP (big fat positives) lately-- so I am hoping that is a good sign. Not that their BFP's have anything to do with me... but I will grasp at straws if I have to!!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Here are the rules:The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
1. What was I doing 10 years ago? I was still in college at Plymouth State College. Actually-in June of 1998 I was nannying in Watch Hill, RI for a great family. Nannying at the beach gave me a couple of WONDERFUL summers. It was definitely hard work, but I had great friends with me, made some great friends and had some fun experiences!!
2. Five things on my to do list for today. 1. Hang the pictures back on my wall in my living room(I painted yesterday), 2. do some laundry, 3. get to the gym, 4. make dinner for me and my hubby, and 5. Watch the season premiere of Army Wives!!! (so excited!!)
3. Snacks I enjoy. TLC Mediterranean crackers with laughing cow cheese, carrots with hummus, peanut butter toast with banana, popcorn
4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire. A couple things: Try to help fund finding the cure for cancer, Adopt some babies, Travel the world! There is so much I would love to see if I had an endless bank account! I would also shop my heart out!! :)
5. Places I have lived. CT, NH, RI, WA and now LA
Saturday, June 7, 2008
2. Post it to your blog including a visual illustration if you would like.
5. Don't forget to leave a comment in the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
So our seats on Friday night were in row 8 along the third base line-- prime target place for speeding foul balls. About 20 minutes before the game starts an older woman comes and sits in front of us. She had several bags with her and puts them in a couple of the other seats-- we figured she had others with her. A little bit later a younger girl and an older man join her (assuming her husband and daughter). Her daughter has a young baby in a swaddler. Now generally I would think nothing of this. Gary looks at me, looks at the girl and shakes his head. He leans over to me and says-- "This is a very bad place to be sitting with a baby-- what is wrong with people?" I thought it was so cute that his first thought was about the safety of the baby! His protective instincts are there... and the baby wasn't even his!
Thankfully, the only time a foul ball came in our direction... the mother and baby were already gone.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Our weekend started off on Friday. We were heading to Arlington, TX to watch Texas Rangers baseball. Anyone who knows my hubby knows that a majority of his life revolves around sports! On any given night of the week the sound of baseball on TV echos through our house. He literally watches it almost every night! So this weekend was our first trip to the Ballpark in Arlington to watch a couple games. (I will fully admit- I have come to really enjoy baseball!!--but please don't tell my hubby ;) )
On our way out we stopped in Shreveport for my blood work and mock transfer appointment. It went great! Took far less time than I had expected. Basically the Dr. did his thing to measure and route his map for the actual egg transfer. He told me my ovaries looked great and because of this he was going to save us a trip this week! Yay!! I wont lie-- being able to save the $60 in gas it takes to get there and back-- a wonderful thing!! Because we were not going to be making the trip out there this week they had to show us how to do the injections. I have to say-- now that they showed us how to do it-- I am not as worried. I still don't think the pain of nightly injections will be fun, but the actual process doesn't seem like it will be so bad! Hallelujah!!!
After our appt. we made the 3.5 hour drive to Arlington! The weather was absolutely gorgeous this weekend! On the hotter side (mid 90's and 70% humidty), but not a cloud in the sky. Perfect weather for 2 night baseball games. We had great seats and a great time!
While we were in the Dallas area we took advantage of being able to browse in a "nice" mall-- so we headed to the Dallas Galleria. Nice stores-- great for lots of browsing! The only thing we purchased... candy apples! :) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company has the best! The most unhealthy way to eat an apple- but a total treat!
Today we made our way home! We were so anxious to see Tanner. We talked about him all weekend! He spent the 2 nights across the street at our neighbors (Thanks Rachelle!). They have a 6 month old Rottie puppy who is a total ball of energy. Tanner was pooped when we picked him up. This has been his position since he came home... Poor thing...tough being a doggie! :)I will say...I think he has the right idea! I am beat and ready to head to bed!
All in all...this was a great weekend before the madness of our IVF life begins! Bring it on! :)