Monday, September 04, 2006

They're In

Here they are, as named by Hubs: Larry, Moe and Curly...



Today we did the Frozen Embryo Transfer and everything went great. All three of the 5-day embies survived the thaw. Two re-expanded beautifully and the third sort lagged behind but was still viable. So after consultation about stats, we decided to replace all three into Utie, with endometrial lining measuring in at around 11mm which is a fine thickness. Good ol' Utie!

I am on bed rest today (happily typing from bed ; ) Feeling relaxed and as you guys know by now about me, measured and hopeful. Even if we wind up getting a + pregnancy test a couple weeks from now, there will still be many hurdles to jump.

Some good news is that we do have 2 additional frozen blastocysts for another FET attempt later on. This is quite a nice bonus.

The procedure itself today was, dare I say it, rather enjoyable! I did take a Valium (why the hell not?! It resulted in some fine napping this afternoon) and got relaxing acupuncture before and after. I have a challenging retrovrted uterus so my RE had to use a special catheter that basically navigates around a sharp curve in my cervix. He is extremely skilled and there was no problem.

It was really an emotionally intense moment at that time. 6 people in the room total: the doc, me, Hubs, the abdominal ultrasound tech, the embryologist and the nurse practitioner who has been really supportive and helpful. As the embies were transferred in, there was... how do I explain it... well, I am not traditionally religious, but let's just say the spirit of the universe, the spirit of the possibility of new life, was present. More than one person wiped away a tear and uttered his or her own invocation of hope - in a very professional manner. It was perfect.

And in a few days we take off for vacation. Other than not lifting heavy suitcases, I plan to enjoy myself thoroughly and think about all of this as little as possible - for it does not serve any purpose. We're scheduled for the first beta the day after we return - a full 4 days after they normally do it. I don't think I'll pee on a stick prematurely, though I cannot promise.

Oh! and by the way, you know how I am always talking about hormone manipulation (the BCPs, the Lupron, etc) and the effect all of it has on me in terms of depression/anxiety? Well, listen to this - ever since I started on the micronized progesterone vag poppers, I feel like a new person. No joke. The progesterone seems to have literally shaved off any edge of chemical anxiety. I think I just discovered something very valuable. You KNOW i will be seeing a neuro-endocrinologist in the future with some questions!

Will post again around Sept 18 or 19. In the meantime, reading you.

23 comments:

Lyrehca said...

Sounds like everything went wonderfully with your transfer. Enjoy your vacation!

songbird36 said...

Good luck, my friend. Enjoy your vacation. I'll be thinking about you. :-)

Lori said...

I'm so glad to hear all went well with the transfer. And the moment you describe after the embryos had been transfered was just beautiful.
I hope Larry, Moe and Curly enjoy your vacation!

Sunnie said...

Hey!

this post sounds so hopeful and great! :) Gives me a little bit of hope for you this time around!

Have a great vacation!

xoxoxo

TeamWinks said...

Glad to hear about the poppers helping! Gosh, we all have our fingers crossed and hoping and praying...

Sunny Jenny said...

Yippeee!! I am so glad the transfer went well! Enjoy your vacation! I think the progesterone makes us feel good cause it's a pseudo pregnancy feeling - you know that glow--- anyway that's my dribbling!

seattlegal said...

Have a great vacation and I hope to hear some wonderful news when you return!

Kris said...

Nyuk Nyuk. Enjoy your vacation. Hoping for the best for you.

Shazz said...

Congratulations and fingers are all crossed.

Emmie said...

Good luck! I'm very excited for you and will be hoping!

ellie said...

cool- I am so glad that it went well! I am so happy for you! Enjoy your time off!

Hope548 said...

That is great news! Glad to hear it went so well! Enjoy your vacation!!

Lisa said...

What a lovely transfer story - I wish it could be that way for everyone. Enjoy your vacation and I'll be anxious to hear news of Larry, Curly and Moe when you get back.

steph said...

I LOVED the progesterone, too. I'm trying a second full round of IVF after first try a year ago failed with no embies left to freeze. I remember feeling better on the progesterone. I'm on follistem and biggest side effect is total lethargia. All I want to do is sleep.....and eat. I heard the symptoms are similar to whatever you experience as PMS, which for me is usually food and sleep. No depression particularly, but no stamina for anything either..........
I'll be checking back to your blog and hoping it works out for you!

Inglewood said...

Heard my husband talking about the IUI procedure to one of his friends. He said, 'the nurse who did it was quite friendly and nice, put us at ease, hoping to get her again.....'. These strangers witnessing, helping what is normally a very intimate process. And if we are lucky we can get the ones that don't make it feel strange at all.

LOVE progesterone. Had to take it orally to bring on my period and I was reborn. The 'vag poppers' as you so eloquently put it, don't help me out as much.

Have a relaxing vacation.

Debbi said...

Great news about L, M, and C. Good luck to you. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the vaca!!

Mary Ellen and Steve said...

I am so glad that your transfer went smoothly. I so hope that you have wonderful news for us in a couple of weeks. Have a great vacation!

soralis said...

Glad to hear your transfer went well... good luck!

Thalia said...

Looks like some goodies there, I hope they enjoy your vacation to the max and settle in well.

Beagle said...

Have a great vacation and good Luck! Love the names, though, once they are babies, I hope they'll get something new!!

Just another Jenny said...

Those are great thaw results. I hope those little guys are busy implanting right now. I'll be hoping for some good news from you.

Sarah said...

Great looking blasts!! Good luck!

Bea said...

Hey! Good luck! Not long til you find out now (it only seems that way to the people going through it).

Bea