IVF #3 – Ten Growing Embryos

At 12:34 pm today someone from the Andrology Lab (didn’t catch his name) called to give us an update on our embryos. My first thought was, “Oh my gosh he said ’embryos’ – that means at least one fertilized!”

He said they retrieved 11 eggs and 10 of them were mature. I was grateful to hear that because I thought that 10 were retrieved and some of those wouldn’t be mature.
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IVF #3 – Retrieval Day and Progesterone Shots

We got up early today to go to the egg retrieval. It was mostly uneventful, except for the training for the progesterone shots. I’m scared of those. A freaking 22 gauge needle is way too big to be going inside someone’s body. And she said if he hits bone I won’t be able to feel it! WHAT??!! If he hits bone?!
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Day 2 of POAS Every Day

I did another home pregnancy test this morning. By the end of the 5 minutes I couldn’t see a second line. A few hours later when it was completely dry, I could totally see a line.

I’m surprised that the hCG was out of my body already. I expected it to last at least a few days, but I guess it’s because I only used 2,500 IU for my trigger.

I’ll keep doing it every morning and report anything interesting!

IVF #3 – Stim Day 11 – Part 2

I want to buy a satellite phone.

If you’ve been following my blog this week you know it’s been one heck of a week. Every single day has had something.

Even yesterday I didn’t write about how my mom and I spent forever searching for some forms that Mr.E and I were supposed to sign for this IVF cycle. It turned out that they were in the car that Mr.E took to Boy Scout camp. I want to buy a satellite phone. It’s so annoying not to be able to reach a person!
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IVF #3 – Stim Day 10


Here’s a fun picture of one of my ovaries. You can see 7 follicles! Today my biggest follicles are 20mm again, but I have 2 @ 20mm instead of 1 like yesterday. My doctor predicts that my estradiol will be high enough today and that we will do the trigger shot tonight. If not we’ll have to order another dose of each medicine.
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IVF#3 – Stim Day 9

Major disaster averted! My brother-in-law flew in early this morning and went straight over to the clinic. He got tested for everything all over again, took the donor screening questionnaire, had a physical exam and gave a semen sample.

It almost feels like yesterday was a bad dream because everything is back to normal today. Except our credit cards have a higher balance.
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IVF #3 – Stim Day 8 – Problem with Directed Donor Sperm

It turns out that of the 8 vials, 1 was unlabeled, 2 were unreadable, and 1 had the wrong identification number on it. Testing the semen for DNA didn’t seem reasonable given the short period of time (4 days) that we have, so the lab director gave me 3 choices: use the other 4 vials that were marked correctly (yeah, right!), cancel the cycle, or get my BIL to fly up tomorrow and redo ALL of the testing and give a new semen sample. Neither of the first 2 options were what I wanted, but I would have cancelled before ever using that sperm without it being tested in some way, but I didn’t want to do that (I want my baby now!). So even though it seemed like a major long shot, I called my BIL to see if he’s busy tomorrow and if he wants to come up here. Can you believe he said yes?! He’s flying up here at 6am tomorrow, then we’ll go straight to the clinic for testing and the sample. All while Mr.E is living in sweet oblivion with the Boy Scouts! So many people at UCRM were really working hard for us today and will continue to do so the rest of this week and next week. I’m so grateful.

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