Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We have embryos

I called Max yesterday and we started out with 25 eggs. 7 eggs where immature and could not be used. 10 eggs he tried to fertilize doing intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) That is where they inject the sperm right into the middle of the egg. I don't now how they do it. I've seen pictures but don't know how they get instruments that small? Really the process is amazing.
So 10 of them he could not get the needle in the egg. Hard shell. (Keep the jokes to yourself, ha, ha)
So that leaves 8. He fertilized all 8 and only 4 took. The quality of the eggs was not that great. I was devastated!! I was so worried that meant they would not make it. He was still going to work with the 10 other eggs.
Today I got much better news. The 4 embryos from yesterday were doing great. Splitting the way they should. I was thrilled. He also fertilized 4 more eggs and will freeze them.
We still have to get them to keep spitting and make it to blastacyst phase.
I talked with the nurse Lana and we are planning on transfer Friday!! I'm so nervous and so excited!! Pray and cross your fingers that my body and my little embryos make it to Friday!!
What they do in Transfer is use a catheter and an ultrasound to guide them to put the embryos in the best spot in my uterus. They give me Valium, thank heavens!! Not because it hurts but to keep you calm (some how this whole process seems to get you a little on edge, can you feel the sarcasm oozing?) and to help keep you down the rest of the day.
The only problem is they need me to have a full bladder so they can do the ultrasound. It helps them to see better. I'm not looking forward to that. Hopefully the Valium will make me feel so good I won't care that my bladder is going to burst! Or that I even have a bladder.
So as of today, You know with this process it is a one day at a time thing. We will plan on Transfer Friday at 11:30.
So pray that my embryos keep doing there job and that my body heals.
Shaun and I are so excited! You really become numb to it all after a while. It's so hard to get your hopes up and go through so much and then be let down. We've had a lot of that. But it is so exciting!
I wanted to make a list of all the medications they have me on now for the future. It would be fun to look back and see how things might have changed. These are the medications they have me on for now:

Heparin injections in my stomach twice a day
Progesterone oil shot in my outer hip that Shaun has to give me every night. Yikes!! We continue this for 6 weeks, even into pregnancy until the placenta takes over
Keflex 500mg 3 times a day
Prenatal vitamins once daily
aspirin 81mg once daily
Metformin 500mg with dinner
Folic acid 1mg at bedtime
prednisone 20mg at bedtime for five days then back down to 5mg at bedtime
Tylenol with codiene to help with pain (sore swollen belly, and it is annoying!)
I can't wait until I'm off of all these medications.

Keep splitting little embryos!!!


trishafofisha said...

Wow. I'll never again complain about taking multivitamins. That is crazy how much you have to take. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Chelle! said...

You are amazing!!! I pray that all goes well!!!