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Archive for January, 2011

Incubating?

It’s Saturday and I’m resting with two embies (hopefully) getting to know their surroundings. A day-three transfer yesterday mid-day seemed to go well. It was mildly funny that I literally just left work around lunch, no explanation, and got back in time for a 2:30 meeting.

The doctor on duty, who I had seen once before, recommended transferring three embryos. One was a ‘perfect’ 8-cell and the other two were 4- and 5-cell ‘questionable’ embryos. None of the other 5 fertilized eggs made it – so no reserves this round.

DH and I had discussed this and since I’m still young (33) and presumably healthy (three doctors have yet to tell us what’s wrong over the course of 3+ years), we opted for two embryos. So, the 8-cell and 4-cell came home with us. The doctor seemed skeptical, commenting that two failed fresh cycles and two failed frozen transfers should cause us to want to be more aggressive. However, both failed fresh cycles and all but the last frozen transfer were with CRMI, so technically this is RMA’s ‘first’ cycle. The push to be more aggressive seemed unnecessary at this point. I’m glad we stuck to our plan.

We went out to dinner at a neighborhood fish restaurant (where I ate lots of green veggies and soup) and then bought a pineapple on our way home.

So today I’m enjoying resting on our couch, reading an amazing book (Outcasts United, about a refugee soccer team in Georgia) and praying, wishing, hoping that this works.

Thanks for all the encouragement!

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Forty percent

Well, fertilization report is in. They were able to do ICSI on 12 of the eggs and 8 fertilized. Forty percent, not bad!

So tonight starts the PIO shots and with DH on the road, I’m going solo (for the first time in 2 fresh cycles and 2 frozen cycles). Thankfully I’ve watched a bunch of YouTube videos and I think I can do it. At least I hope I can do it!

The snow is falling (again!) in Brooklyn and I’m just hoping that the 8 embies are warm in their petri dish.

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Twenty-one

Today was retrieval day and well, they got 21 eggs. I knew I was feeling full!

DH is away for two nights for work (he left right after getting me home) and then, post-retrieval I had to get dressed to staff client meetings. The upshot? I’m JUST now getting to relax on the couch.

So, here’s hoping that lots of the eggs fertilzed…and that they make it to a five-day transfer…and most importantly that the end result is a healthy pregnancy and baby.

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Ohio and the TSA

I don’t travel much for work, but for some reason I seem to have been on the road during every assisted cycle over the last couple of years. So, here I am, in Dublin, Ohio (outside of Columbus) with a slew of needles and two days of client meetings.

Since I’m on Follistim, Menopur and Lupron (three to five needles per day if you count the pen) and was traveling with a liquify-ing cold thing for the Follistim, I thought it wise to get a letter from the clinic for TSA. Given that I live in NYC, you’d think that they would be a bit more vigilant about security, but when I mentioned I had needles for medical reasons, the guy just waved me through. So, lots of stress for nothing…

Before I left for the airport this afternoon we had brunch with some out-of-town friends, who were very clearly avoiding the whole infertility conversation. I think my friend knows we’ve been trying for a while and DH thinks she just didn’t know what to say. (That said, she did ask how much we pay in rent each month, so it wasn’t politeness!)

So, I think I’ll just do tonight’s shots and kick back in my hotel room overlooking the highway. Any recommendations for the greater Columbus area would be welcome!

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Bruised belly

Could it be the cold weather? The piles of (browning) snow outside? For whatever reason, the subcutaneous injections are bruising my belly this go-round.

Today is cd5 and I’m on a familiar cocktail (Lupron, Follistim, Menopur, prenatal vitamins & extra folic acid). I go in for more monitoring tomorrow and then a business trip, with needles & meds in tow, to Ohio on Monday. It’s looking like a retrieval (*if all continues to go well, please, please) early the week of the 24th.

I haven’t told any of my co-workers that we started another cycle which will make a sick day necessary for retrieval and transfer. In the past, I’ve let a few key folks in, but for a variety of reasons, didn’t seem like the right thing to do this time. Honestly, I feel like I’m observing this cycle from outside of my body vs. obsessively focused as I have on fresh cycles 1 & 2 and frozen transfers 1 & 2. Perhaps detachment is a good thing?

I will continue to sing the praises of the admin side of RMA though. They use email (amazing!) to get quick answers to me on financial matters and logistics. And, miracle of miracles, my doctor has actually called me. My experiences with CRMI were drastically different from a patient-service perspective. Of course, what I really want is to be a mom, but having some patient-service support does help reduce the stress though –

Between the morning & evening injections – and regular acupuncture – it’s turning into a needle-heavy January. Please, please, please let this work…

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Lupron all over again

It’s 2011 and – well – it’s on. Despite ovulating more than a week late, I got the green light to begin lupron injections on Sunday.

What I realized about this go-round is that nothing in the protocol is new – and so I know exactly what I’m getting into.

As soon as I get my period, which is probably in about 10-12 days, I’ll start regular monitoring.

I really, really, really hope that this is the year.

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