Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hurry Up!

Sooo...I'm trying to make a new friend around here.  Her name is PATIENCE!  Me and that chick have been at odds for some years now, but I'm trying to take the high road.

However!  My period...GOODNESS!  When I want that thing to start, it always takes its stanky time.  When I'm hoping for a miracle, natural pregnancy, it shows up like five days early. COME ON, MAN!

At the moment, I'm waiting for the aforementioned period and results from the pre-implantation genetic screening of my 6 precious embryos.  Yup, six made it to the blastocycst stage:-) They are all chilling in their winter paradise.  They are part Scandinavian so I know they are enjoying it.

When my mind really gets nasty and has me chasing my proverbial tail over waiting for all of this stuff, I literally have to say to myself, "PATIENCE, BOO!"  I also have to give thanks for the six em-babies waiting for me. 

It semi-works.  The waiting continues....

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My IVF Life

I am so emotional these days that I can't even begin to write it out.  Here's a quick rundown of my IVF life.

The RE retrieved 11 eggs from my ovaries.
Five made it to blastocyst stage. Today they were biopsied for preimplantation genetic testing (PGD), and frozen.  The embryologist is still watching two more. We will know tomorrow if they make it to the freezer.

I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED, but I still have to control myself because this is just one step. I have to keep things calm and cool in my uterus (the baby's room).

The day after the retrieval, the doctor told us we were freezing all the viable embryos.  The husband and I were confused.  We thought all of this time we were going for a fresh IVF cycle, which meant our embryos would be tested on day three and transferred on day five.  However, we did have concerns about the Day3 PGD.  Your embryos only have six to eight cells at that stage and the embryologist steals one to test.  Strange, right?  The medical community swears this is not a problem.  At blastocyst stage, the embryos have a lot more cells, so the loss of one is not as traumatic.  I also didn't know how I was going to swing another two days off of work in the middle of the week.  So this sudden switch was a gift and a curse.  A gift because well... I needed it and a curse because I thought my lack of patience would get the best of me.  So far it hasn't...ok..it hasn't killed me.

My husband and I will meet with the doctor on Friday or Monday to discuss when to prepare for the next step.

In the meantime, I'm still going to acupuncture once a week and taking all of my supplements. Most important of all, I KEEP PRAYING and my Husband IS PRAYING TOO:-)


Friday, March 8, 2013

Good Friends

I was just sitting here dazed and confused about a whirl wind of a day, when a friend sent me this:

"You celebrate your hurdle.  Big victories happen small wins at a time."

Man! What a message....

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Love Is...

Love is...

Giving your loved one a shot every night:-)

I tell you, that combo shot of Menopur, Bravelle and cetricide burns like hell, but I deal with it because my sweet husband administers it.

He's my secret hero, even though sometimes I want to throw him out the window. LOL!