Tuesday, September 30, 2014

9/30/14 - Let's Move To Ojai!

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Today I feel so much better. Somehow, I'm still constipated no matter how much prune juice I drink, but the bloating went down a bit in the night and I can walk a little easier! I feel like I'm turning the corner.

Embryo update for Kayt:
We now have some embryos in GOOD condition and some in FAIR condition.  They think that some of the ones in FAIR condition can improve in the next few days and be in the GOOD category.
I just want to move to Ojai, buy a farm and start having some babies!

We are so happy. I will get another call in 2 days and they will start to freeze whatever they have. Almost time to get ready for an embryo transfer! (After a few glasses of wine first!)

Monday, September 29, 2014

9/29/14 - Final Embryo Report

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I still have a lot of fluid in my abdomen, which I read is very common after a high number of eggs are retrieved.

Some women talked about discomfort after their high number of 17.
Bitch, please!!!!

As long as my symptoms keep getting better and I'm peeing and don't have trouble breathing, I should be ok.

Final Embryo Report for Julia:
Today they were able to freeze some embryos in FAIR condition.  And FAIR embryos can certainly make babies, so this was an added bonus!

The good news is that we ended up with some GOOD and some FAIR.  We will try first with the GOOD embryos for a transfer and see what happens.
This was so worth every shot!
We are ecstatic!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

9/28/14 - Over Egg-chiever

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I'm feeling much better and can actually walk on my own today! It's a miracle! I know in the next few days I'll be feeling even better, but for now I'm glad it's Sunday and I can relax!

Embryo report for Julia:
SUDDENLY, we found out there is an extra embryo that is now in GOOD condition. This is incredible news.
They are freezing what they can today.
We are so happy and so glad we did this again for her. It was so worth it.

Embryo report for Kayt:
Out of the 68 eggs, they were able to ICSI about half.
Out of those, about two-thirds fertilized.
We know that some will definitely drop off, but these are good numbers for the first report.

Our doctor recommends transferring only one embryo again this time, and we should be dealing with GOOD quality embryos, which greatly increases the implantation percentage. This is so exciting and so worth all of this.

Now let's get knocked up! I'll get another report on Tuesday.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

9/27/14 - Egg Hunt


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I had my egg retrieval today! I was definitely nervous. I was afraid of the anesthesia and the possibility of ending up nauseous. I mean I get nauseous sitting in the back seat of a car! And of course I was afraid of the millions of other things that could possibly go wrong.
But this morning I woke up and was feeling so full. These eggs were ready to come out and I knew I had to go through with this. I remember on Day 1 being so scared of the retrieval.  Trust me, today I was still scared but after 10 days of shots, I was feeling more ready.

Our doctor is so lovely and she helped me feel at ease before the procedure. Just before they wheeled me into the surgery room, the anesthesiologist gave me a shot of something that definitely took the edge off. We can call that HAPPY JUICE.  Then, Jules gave me a kiss and they wheeled me back.

The room was big and a little daunting. I was introduced to the embryologist and I scooted onto the operating table. Then, the anesthesiologist massaged my forehead for a minute and said, "Now is the time to think some good, positive thoughts." And I thought, "Please God take care of me and help me through this."
And then I was out!

I wish I wasn't so scared about the anesthesia because it was LOVELY!!!!

Next thing I knew, I woke up in the recovery post-op area and felt pain. Oh my... it was like bad period cramps. I was so happy I was still alive and I called for the nurse. I told her I was in pain and thus began one of three pain medication shots into my IV.

Then, I was shivering at one point so they gave me extra warm blankets and then laid this crazy looking trash bag on me and that they pumped hot air into it! Genius!

A few minutes later, my lovely wife came in and sat next to me.
She said, "Well, you broke a record."
I said, "What?!?!"

We knew I had about 30+ eggs on each side. As was our experience with Jules, usually the doctor can't get all eggs that she sees on the last ultrasound. Jules had 12 in the ultrasound, but only 9 were retrieved.

Before my procedure, we took bets as to how many they would get from me.  I said around 40 and Julia said around 50.  We were both way off.

She retrieved 68.
6. 8.
That was one hell of an egg hunt!!!!

The doctor came back to see me and she told me that her previous record was in the 40s.  I blew that out of the water!

Clearly not all eggs will fertilize. A lot of them were probably too small and immature, but I believe that a lot will fertilize. We will get an update on all of our embryos tomorrow. I'm very excited for that call!

So today I'm glued to my heating pad and I'm feeling a lot of pressure. I'm taking Tylenol every 4-6 hours but am doing better than I thought I would be at this point. More updates tomorrow on these tiny embryos.