Several weeks of shots and scans and lots of driving and here we are.
My FIFTH embryo transfer.
I realized that today...as I was driving to Rockville...five.
I've had five bracelets on my wrist for five different days I walked into that clinic praying I'd come out pregnant for the long haul.
I have one little boy that I get to love on each and every day.
Those numbers don't really match well, do they?
Today went great! I always do acupuncture before and after, and even doing so, my nerves apparently could not trick my blood pressure! It was 152/110 when I went in for the transfer and was only down to 144/99 when I left.
I'm a 90/60 kind of girl, remember? Even though I was optimistic, I guess my body isn't so easily fooled!
Dr. Stillman did the transfer. He did the retrieval for Matthew, and is a pillar of Shady Grove, so I was in excellent hands! Dana was a tech who helped me, and she was also one who helped me in December when I had to do my HSG. It was a nice and reassuring little sign that I was not alone!
My embryologist was amazing. She was the same one who did the transfer for Trey in February and she remembered me. She said some very, very special things before the transfer and gave me the low-down on the blasts after and I cannot emphasize how grateful I was!
Dr. Stillman said he had emailed Dr. K because he wanted me to only transfer one! ONE? I told Dr. Stillman that we'd always transferred two and he said, "Yeah, but they were day 3. You transferred two day fives and had a twin pregnancy that didn't work out."
Ouch. I know his point was that the blasts with Trey's cycle both took and he would prefer a single pregnancy, therefore he'd prefer only transferring one because he felt the odds of it working were good. That was encouraging.
But hearing, "A twin pregnancy that didn't work out," just stung. Can't lie.
He had NO problem getting the catheter in, though I have a crooked uterus, haha. He said if anything, my cervix was thinner, like as though I'd given birth, vs. thicker and closed or stenotic. Have I mentioned how much I love Shady Grove?
Anyway, even though he'd prefer one transferred, two were already thawed out, so that's what we did.
And apparently, they looked great! They looked as good as if they were a good fresh cycle. Thawing went great, fragmentation was minimal and I was stoked.
I think my favorite part of the whole thing was right when Dr. Stillman shot the embryos out into my uterus. I could watch it on the screen, and the collective, "Ahhhh! Perfect!" from everyone in the room made my heart just leap!
Again, it just couldn't have gone any better.
Just what I wanted...and just what scares me, as usual, as I wait for the other shoe to drop.
Dear Lord, I just feel like I ought to be out of shoes right about now....
I'm doing this all by myself...John has been gone for most of June, so Luke and Grandma are spending some quality time together and I am in Rockville myself. I checked into a hotel, plopped myself onto the bed, have ordered room service and may or may not have been following a Sister Wives marathon.
Sort of like a mini-vacay.
I've been a bit goofy with the iphone camera since I've been by myself. Why not, right?
Don't see this shot every day, do you????
Right before they all came in...this is what a blood pressure of 152/110 looks like!
Dr. Stillman gave me the first pictures of the embryos inside Mommy's tummy!
Praying this is our LAST "First" picture!!!!!!
(Umm, and how great is that sweet little "Good Luck!" with the happy face??????)
The bigger one on the left looks a bit more promising, but they both look pretty great, according to those who know!!!!
I totally get the logic behind this...and do most of them anyway, but have to admit...not fond of using it all as a learning experience. Yuck. I'm tired of learning.
Yes, so...relaxing acupuncture followed by a fluffy bed, barbecue cornchips, Harry and David cookies, the computer and some crazy reality tv. Hmmmm....what to do with myself????? Oh, yeah, stay in bed!
I can't figure out how to use arrows in photoshop, so these are drawn, but the bigger arrow with the fatter head on the left is pointing to where the embryos are. The thinner one on the right is the catheter...see how it's crooked and sort of has to bend? Dr. Stillman said that was fun to navigate through the crooked, ha ha!