IVF #4 – Stim Day 5 – The 411

baby - ivf 4 stim day 1

This morning, I went in -15 degree weather to the women’s imaging center for my ultrasound.  Guess who has 12 follicles?   ME !!!!   I am glad that the follicle count is increasing, which is indicative of my body returning to normalcy after my miscarriage this past summer.    After my transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound, I trekked over to LabCorp and got the blood work done.  It is really sad when the entire staff KNOWS you !  They are all rooting for me too.

I got instructions from my doctor to remain on the same medication dosage and return on Monday for another ultrasound and more blood work.

From the looks of things, they anticipate my egg retrieval being on Friday, February 27th.  I was thinking it would be on Monday instead.  I have a monitoring appointment on Wednesday, and depending on what things are looking like then, they will let me know if I am to trigger Wednesday night and again on Thursday night for a Friday morning retrieval.  That puts my embryo transfer on Monday, March 2nd, for a three day transfer.  This time, I am doing a double trigger and doing a three day transfer in lieu of a five day.  Dr. Kiltz wants to put back all of my embryos on day 2 or 3 and take it from there.  He feels that putting them back in earlier will possibly increase my chances of them sticking and staying.   Fingers, toes, legs, and arms crossed !  Prayers sent up….

IVF # 3 TRANSFER DAY ! – The 411

baby - ivf 3 embryos

This morning, I got up, showered, did my injections and rammed all the stuff I was supposed to put up the hoo haaa in…  Went downstairs for breakfast and awaited patiently, while operating on little sleep, for my driver.

I arrived super early at my clinic and I was escorted upstairs to the spa to change into a spa robe and slippers and then I sat in the resting room by the fireplace until it was time for my acupuncture.

baby- cny resting room spaI was so glad to get on the acupuncture table because it is heated !  Yaaaaaaaas !   I was in heaven.

I did my hour long acupuncture session, went back to the resting room and fell asleep while waiting for my transfer.  It was supposed to be at 9:30 am but they were a bit behind with the retrievals going on downstairs.  The nurse eventually came to get me and I went downstairs to my procedure room and Stacy, my nurse got me on the table and we waited for Dr. Ditkoff to come in to give me an update on my embryos that were to be transferred.  He came in and told me that were transferring three embryos, one frozen and two fresh.  They were all blastocysts and the frozen was a 5AB after thawing and the fresh were both BBs.

They went to insert the catheter and of course my uterus was tilted so they had to corkscrew into my cervix and the other catheter which is less flexible, went right in.  Un-com-fort-a-ble !

The three embryos were transferred to my womb beautifully and I just rested for 30 mins.  I was taken back downstairs for my second hour of acupuncture and then I got dressed, went back downstairs to the lobby to let Stacy know I was ready for an intralipid infusion and I made a cup of hot chocolate.

During my infusion, Aileen, the other nurse brought me a plate of these awesome cookies.  I got star treatment, as usual.   The nursing staff and doctors at CNY Albany are always superb !

After my now weekly intralipid infusion, my driver picked me up and took me to Carrabbas to pick up my take out.

I came back to the hotel, sent my box for Fedex down and heated up my soup and spaghetti with meat sauce and ate like a little pig.

I am now lying in bed and relaxing.  I will be taking it very easy the next two weeks until my beta.  I am not lifting a blessed thing but a fork and a bar of soap !  🙂

My Embryo Transfer- The 411

My Embryo Transfer- The 411

Today, I had my embryos transferred ! I went in an hour early to do acupuncture and then went down to meet my nurse and get prepped for the transfer.

My doctor, Dr. Grossman, came in to explain the procedure, answer any questions I may have and to explain the status of my embryos. Out of 12 retrieved, 8 fertilized and 4 of them made it to five day blast and ALL OF THEM were PERFECT !! Grade 1AA !! How about that !

I decided to follow my doctor’s advice and transfer three. The last one will be frozen tomorrow.

The transfer starts with a mock transfer to make sure the catheter goes through the cervix and into place. After that, the transfer takes place. It feels like a paps smear… It was very quick, about 15 mins and then I had to rest for an additional 15 mins before being escorted to the spa for post transfer acupuncture.

After I was done, my mom and I left and hit the road to her house.

I do not feel any different. No pain, no bloating.. nothing. I am really glad that this is over and now I just wait until May 1st for my beta ! #twinsorbust #maybetriplets

My Fertilization Report – The 411

My Fertilization Report - The 411

The nurse called to give me my fertilization report. Out of 12 mature eggs they collected, seven of them have fertilized and there is one more that may still fertilize- they are watching it.

It has been suggested that I do a 5-day transfer since I have plenty of eggs and to allow them to continue to grow and learn more about the embryos. Those that make it to blast typically have made it because they are the healthier of the eggs that fertilized. I was given my medication regimen again, even though they told me verbally and gave me a print out.

My RE, Dr. Michael Grossman, will be doing my transfer after an acupuncture session on Tuesday !!

So exciting ! I had a Maundy Thursday egg retrieval and an after Easter Monday transfer 🙂