Saturday, May 15, 2010

3 Day Transfer today!

If you read my last post you know that I was up early this morning waiting for the call from the Dr.'s office to find out if we would be a 3 day or 5 day transfer.  Jamie answered the phone and I heard "okay, we'll see you in a little bit".  I was worried that the embies may not have shown the embryologist their full potential in this short time frame and had some concerns but after my normally pessimistic husband shed some positive light on the whole thing I felt better.  I showered and got dressed.  Jamie was so sweet to fill my water jug, make me oatmeal with walnuts (supposed to help with implantation) and bananas and a protein shake.  He even laid out all of my vitamins and pills.   It wasn't long before we were off.  The nurses had told me to start drinking water 45 minutes ahead of time but I had read too many accounts of girls in so much pain that I decided to start about 30 minutes ahead and I paced myself.  They had suggested 20-32 ounces of water before we arrived and I stopped at 15 ounces.  Sure enough, with the protein shake and water my bladder was full. 

We arrived at the Dr.'s office and waited in the waiting room for 10 minutes or so and when the nurse greeted me she asked how I was and all I could say is "I have to pee".  She let me relieve my bladder partially after she showed us to our room and had us both change into gowns.  Relieving my full bladder felt AMAZING.  In fact, it felt so good that once I started it was hard to stop, she told me not to go crazy.  I walked back to our room and it wasn't long before the Dr. was in.  She showed us a picture of our two embryos.  They were both 7 cell embryos with less than 5% fragmentation.  These were the front runners even though there was a 9 cell-it had more fragmentation.

Next, we were off to the transfer room which was a dark operating room.  I laid down, Jamie sat next to me.  The Dr. got everything into position-speculum and catheter.  I verified my name when a nurse brought in a petri-dish, we all stared at the ultrasound screen while we watched Dr. K point the catheter in just the right place in my uterus and the two embryos were transferred.  There, in the middle of my uterus on a fuzzy ultrasound screen was a bright glow, our embryos.  Jamie rubbed my arm and then grabbed my hand once we got closer to the moment and when I looked back at his face once the transfer was complete he was red and he had tears in his eyes.  I looked back once more and he had his head down.  That summed it up, all of our hard work, our many appointments, all of those injections, vitamins and pills were for this one little magical moment we had been waiting for.  The embryos sat in the brightest spot on the screen in a little air pocket in my uterus, it was done. 

I was wheeled back into our room where I rested 30 minutes.  I finally got up to use the bathroom and while I was in the bathroom J must have asked if there was anyway to know if our embryos were ICSI or non-ICSI.  They were both ICSI.  No matter to me, if the embryologist felt they were the best then so did I.  We agreed to freeze any remaining embryos and signed.  Then we were on our way home.

I've been on couch rest all day.  J has been so sweet and has really gone out of his way to make sure that I have anything I need.  His Mom, Nancy, also had sent the most beautiful sunflowers to the house which were on our back porch by the time we came home and she later brought over a bed tray where I am typing now.  We showed her a picture of her "Grandbryos" as Jamie called them earlier. 

I am still sore from the egg retrieval.  It amazes me that I feel the same today that I did on Wednesday, no improvement what so ever.  I am hoping this bed rest will help me heal and I hope the pain is not affecting the embryos. 

A couple pictures of Jamie to close with.  He looked like a blue haired Ronald McDonald in his hat and gown.  I was laughing so hard as I took these pictures and was so afraid the nurse would hear me laughing and walk in as only a curtain separated us from the nurses!










9 comments:

Glass Case of Emotion said...

Love the photos! Congrats on being PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise.) Hope this is your time.

Jessica said...

Congrats on being PUPO....here's to hoping those embies are snuggling in!!

nge said...

Sleep well tonight knowing you and Jam have done a great job with my grandbryos. ILY, N

Julia said...

How exciting, Amber! I'm praying for you, sister. Those embies better be making themselves right at home!

And WHEN you get to your 20 week ultrasound when officially pregnant, that 'drink so much you nearly pee yourself' thing comes back to haunt you:)

Amy said...

I'm so happy you had a great transfer and are now resting and PUPO! Take good care of yourself and I hope your bed rest will take care of the rest of the pain of the ET. I know how painful that is...it will get better!

Aly said...

Congrats on your transfer! Those embies sound very promising! Take care of yourself, and allow everyone else to take care of you as well. You deserve it! Hopefully those embies are attaching themselves for the fun 9 month ride ahead of them.

linda said...

You have the absolute most sweetest husband in the world! That is so awesome how he is being so supportive, making you breakfast, helping keep your pills organized. :-) You're a lucky girl! I hope that all your efforts pay off in a BFP!!!

Baby On Mind said...

Congrats, and praying that this is the one for you. Love that Jamie looks like RMD! Take it easy, enjoy your rest, and we look forward that that BFP!

Christia said...

Okay, this one was a tear-jerker! I'm so happy for you! Looking forward to the next update... it's like a reality show. I love hearing of your adventure. No matter what happens, you two WILL be parents, someway, somehow.