Embryo Transfer Day !! – The 411

ivf #5 think positive

Today was my embryo transfer day !  Here in Syracuse, a snow storm started yesterday and continues.  When I got ready to leave to head to the clinic, the streets were in horrible condition and the people here drive like the ground is clear !  No respect ! lol.

I prayed the ENTIRE 15 minute drive to the clinic that I would get there in one piece.  I  cussed out everyone on the road because they were flying around me and others who chose to drive like we had sense.  Just because you are driving an SUV or minivan, does not mean that you are Richard Petty and can use your car like its a snowmobile !  I was a nervous wreck by the time I got to the clinic.

I went in, checked in, and then was escorted to the spa for my pre-procedure acupuncture.  It was very relaxing !

An hour later, I was taken to the OR and the nurse explained what we were doing today and then Embryology came in to tell me I had two nine cell embryos and one eight cell embryo with a tiny bit of fragmentation.  The embryos looked great for day threes and were strong looking embryos and just what they expected to see on day three.

IVF #6 - transfer day 20

After speaking with the Embryologist, Dr. Kiltz came in and gave me a huge hug and kiss on the cheek.  We chatted for a while about all kinds of things and then he asked how many I was thinking of transferring, as he already had a figure in his head !  I told him I was torn between transferring two and transferring three.  I was leaning more towards three because I really want twins and am willing to take the risk of triplets.  I wanted to up my odds for twins.  I figured if I only put back two, one was not going to take.  I was sitting in the ER texting my mom and my friend SpiritBabyComeHome asking their advice.  Both said to do three.  I looked at Dr. Kiltz after thinking about their earlier replies and said lets do THREE !   I told him I was keeping the two cutest ones and the ugliest one could go home with him. lol.

After Dr. K checked my uterus and lining, he then called for Embryology to bring my babies out.  Dr. Kiltz put them in and then had me relax with my bottom elevated.  Shortly after, the acupuncturist came in and did my post op acupuncture.  I relaxed and just listed to the music playing throughout the clinic.  Before I knew it, it was time to get dressed and check out and gear up to drive back to hotel.  The drive back was a lot more pleasant, as the roads had been cleared some by then.  I came back in, showed my mom the paperwork and the picture of the babies, and immediately put on my pjs and started ordering food.  I order pork fried rice from one place, a large NY cheese pizza from one place and also a turkey club, salad, hot wings, and a soda from the last.  Thank goodness, all of it tastes good !  I wasn’t sure about these places, so I wanted to make sure I had enough delivery for lunch, snack and dinner since I have no plans on going back outside until we leave for DC tomorrow !

So ladies, I am PREGNANT until proven otherwise… Okay… I am just PREGNANT !  We will not put anything other than that out into the universe !   🙂

 

Blog Update 01/17 – The 411

baby - ivf egg and sperm

My embryos are growing in a lab and awaiting Mommy to come get them and nestle them inside ! Tomorrow at 10:30 am, I have acupuncture and then at 11:30 am, Dr. Kiltz is going to transfer embryos to my womb.

Today, I got up as usual and started my injection and pill swallowing regimen.  I then learned that a friend, Comedian Joe Torry is flying in to Syracuse and performing tonight at Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant at Destiny USA.   My mom and I went there this morning to see Will Packer and Tim Story’s new film Ride Along 2.   The movie was really good.  After the movie, we went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner.

Tonight, I am going to go back to Destiny USA for Joe’s comedy show.  It should be a lot of fun.  I tried to get my mother to come along, but she has declined to go.  She only likes a handful of comedians because she says they do a lot of cursing and the majority of their content is about sex or vulgar.  lol

In family news, my sister who lives in North Carolina and my little mini me niece drove up to my other sister’s house in Northern Virginia/DC area for the impending birth of our niece’s baby. My niece is finally having some contractions and her mucus plug came out last night or early this morning.  By the time I get back to the DC area, I will be a great-auntie !  Not sure I like that title… I am not even a mother yet…

This week is going to be a stressful one. My mother will get the results of her CT Scan on Thursday at her appointment with her Oncologist.  We are praying that she gets an all clear, despite the fact that she is acting like she expects them to find something.

I would love to hear from you ladies as to what you feel I should do if I have more than two embryos tomorrow.  I am torn still as to how many to transfer back.  As far as I know, I have three, three day embryos.  I am not sure if I should transfer two and hope for the best, or transfer all the embryos.  My dilemma is, if I transfer three, then I will have no embryos left and will have to do another cycle with another donor since my current donor is no longer cycling.  I do have another donor that I like, but she does not look like me and is much lighter in complexion than I.  If I transfer two, then I would have one to freeze, if it is of quality to freeze, and transfer later.  The only concern there is that the embryo may not be good enough to freeze and also that even if frozen, does not guarantee that it will survive the thaw.

If I transfer all three, and none of them stick, then I have to start all over again.  The new donor would have to do a fresh cycle instead of a frozen one.  There are no donors in the frozen bank that I like.

Why does this have to be so darned complicated?   If only all of the eggs would have made embryos, then I would have two transfers worth of embryos or even three if I did two at a time.  Then again, that would all depend on them making it to freeze and thawing properly.

I definitely want twins, however, I do not want triplets.  My mom wants me to have triplets… not sure why that is even a thought in her head, given how she knows I have no tolerance for a lot of foolishness and just a little bit of patience. Two will be a lot of work, but I am mentally prepared for it.  I just can not see myself with three kids. Whoa !

Prayers needed tomorrow and please weigh in with your thoughts ~

 

Val’s Paleo Omelet Muffins – Recipe

Paleo Omlet Muffin

Ingredients:

  • 8 large organic eggs
  • 8 ounces cooked ham, crumbled
  • 1 cup diced organic red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced organic sweet onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons bottled water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 8 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
  2. Beat eggs together in a large bowl. Mix ham, bell pepper, onion, salt, black pepper, and water into the beaten eggs. Pour egg mixture evenly into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until muffins are set in the middle, 18 to 20 minutes.

 

Blog Update- 01/16 – The 411

Above are pictures from my HCG wash that I had done this morning.  I arrived in Syracuse at 8:30 AM, checked into the hotel, changed my sweater, put on boots and left for the fertility clinic. I met a FB fertility page friend who donated three vials of Neupogen to me that she had left over from her cycle and then I went inside, checked in and awaited my name to be called.

My nurse, Allyson, did my HCG wash and then another nurse, who never gave me her name, came in and did the two bags of intralipids.

After my infusion, I was able to leave and I came back to the hotel and relaxed for a bit.  I have been waiting on my mom to wake up so that we can go out and grab a meal and tomorrow, I plan to go the AM movies to see Ride Along 2 since I missed the pre-release screening.  I am looking forward to seeing it.

In baby news, six of my eggs survived the thaw and three fertilized right away and are growing little embryos.  The others they are watching and if they fertilize, they will grown them out to see if they are good enough a grade to freeze.

I am so torn as to how many to transfer now.  If I only have three embryos, do I transfer all three hoping that two of them take?  Do I just transfer two and pray both take and then I have one on ice in case the transfer fails?   Do I transfer all three and if it doesn’t work, then just select a new donor and do a fresh cycle?

I guess I just need to wait until I arrive at the clinic on Monday at 10 am for my acupuncture to get an updated report on the numbers and grades of the embryos and then I will be in a better position to decide.   I was hoping I would have six embryos so that I could have the option of doing three transfers with this one cycle, but this all such a crap shoot !

I just pray that this cycle takes and I deliver healthy babies this Fall and that be the end of it.  I am exhausted !  This whole process is daunting and tiring.  The ups and downs… ebs and flow of it all is enough to drive a sane person as insane as my stalker is !

Speaking of stalker, this crazy woman somehow managed to “like” my film pages and fan page on FB and posted some foolishness on it.  I deleted the posts, banned her fake profile from the page, and then put a post on my main FB page alerting everyone as to the fake profile and asking them to block her should she contact them or send a friend request, which she has been doing for 2 weeks now.  UGH !!

Only positive thoughts and no stress !!

 

 

 

Baseline… Let’s Get The Party Started ! – The 411

baby - lets get this party started pink keep calm

Today was my final baseline appointment !  My mom went with me and after my appointment, we went to Benihana for lunch to celebrate.

At my appointment, I learned that my lining has increased to 8.6mm.   It is a good thing that I added two to three Estrace vaginally with my every three day Delestrogen injections.  It took my lining up  !  By the time I transfer on Monday, if I do the Estrace until tomorrow, I should be about a 9mm, which is perfect.

I started my progesterone in oil (PIO) injections today as well as the Endometrin three times a day.

This morning at 6:45 am, my eggs were thawed and at 1pm, the sperm vial was shaved and the eggs were fertilized.  I will get a fertilization report tomorrow when I get to the clinic, unless they call while I am enroute.  I am praying all of the eggs survived the thaw and also fertilized normally.  I just want to have something to work with.  I am praying that the first transfer takes and then I will just leave the others frozen until after the birth of my babies.  I am praying for TWINS and done !   Healthy, happy, beautiful, highly intelligent twin girls or a boy/girl twins !  Just putting out there into the universe what I would I would like to receive ! I will later make the decision as to what to do with the remaining embryos.  That is all dependent on (1) if I have twins (2) if the first transfer takes (3) that I have a live birth. After I have two babies, I am leaning towards donating the additional embryos, if there are any, to science.

Well, I am off to bed now since I have to get up at 1 am to leave by 1:45 am for Syracuse.

Tomorrow at 10 am, I have my HCG wash and then my intralipid infusion. I will update tomorrow once I get settled.

Good Nite !

Password Protected Blog Updates

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If you are one of my longtime readers or friend, please send me an email with your WordPress user name (so that I know who you are) to request the password for the posts. (planbchronicles@gmail.com)

Some posts I will post as normal, however, some with info I do not choose to share with the world right now, will only be shared with those who have been on this journey with me from the beginning.

There is so much going on in my world right now and I want to feel free to write about it and express my feelings, but not on a worldwide platform 🙂  Thanks for understanding !!

Swedish Cured Pork Loin – Recipe

Swedish Cured Pork Roast

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds boneless pork loin roast
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions:

  1. Rinse meat well and pat dry. Place in a glass dish large enough to hold it. In a separate small bowl, combine the sugar, salt, cumin, pepper and cardamom. Mix well and rub liberally over the entire roast. Cover and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for indirect heat and lightly oil grate.
  3. Remove roast from the refrigerator and discard any juices in the dish. Rinse meat well and pat dry.
  4. Grill over indirect low heat for about 1 hour, or until internal pork temperature reaches 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

 

Blog Update 01/13 – The 411

Very Cold

Today, it was MUCHO FRIO !  I do not know who in heaven turned the heat off, but in Washington District of Columbia suburbs, it.is.COLD !

This morning, we got up at 5:30 am because my mom had a CT scan scheduled and she had to start drinking the barium.  I text chatted with my best friend, Gary, for an hour and then I got up, showered and got ready to leave out for the radiology center.

It took about an hour for her to come out  and then we went to Walgreens to get Imodium for me and then headed back South to my sister’s area of town to eat breakfast and then go back inside.

We are praying that my mother’s scan shows no cancer !  She has an appointment next week on Thursday with the Oncologist to go over the results.

Tomorrow, I am glad that I have nothing on my schedule, except a possible meeting with an investor liaison who is on the East Coast for pre-production of a film being shot in CT. Since we are both within an hour of each other, he wanted to try to meet.  I am really excited about the work we are embarking on !  It has been a LONG time coming, but God sends you what you need when you need it and when He is ready for you to walk in that space in time.  My latest mantra has been: Do not ask God to order your steps if you are not willing for move your feet.

 

UPDATE 1/12 – The 411

IVF 5 - Keep Calm Keep Stimming

Whew !  Making progress….  I am starting to feel like my old self !!

Today was the last day of the z pack and other than slight bowel issues, I am pretty much back to normal.  Things seem to be clearing up from the bottom end too, thank goodness LOL.

The doctors office called today and gave me instructions.  I continue on my same meds until Thursday and then I stop the Lupron only on Thursday.  On Friday, I start to 1ml progesterone in oil injections and the three times a day vaginal Endometrin progesterone.

On Friday, my eggs will be thawed and fertilized and I am PRAYING for ALL seven of them to come thru for me !!  I decided to drive from Washington DC since my mother now wants to come with me.  I am picking up a rental on Friday at the airport after my baseline appointment on Friday and will leave for Syracuse at 2am on Saturday.

Saturday morning at 10 am, I have to report to CNY for the HCG wash and the two bag intralipid infusion.  Dr. Kiltz wants to do the wash a couple of days before the transfer because it has proven to be more effective.

My mom had to have two teeth surgically removed yesterday that were damaged by chemo.  There goes my plan to go to Dinosaur BBQ lol.   She will have to nibble on soup or something…  I will relax on Sunday and get ready for the transfer on Monday morning and we will drive back to DC on Tuesday morning early.  My niece is set to be induced on Monday if she has not gone into labor by then.  She was due on Monday the 11th.

So, here we go !  Twins 2016 underway !!!