Thursday, February 9, 2012

All in: Thoughts on a 7th embryo transfer


Just back from the transfer and resting comfortably on my hotel bed while Will whips up a nice lunch for us. Bed rest has commenced and will end on Saturday morning. Kind of nice to have an imposed rest.

I did acupuncture before and after transfer, which I think helped relax me (along with the 10mg of valium they give you). I was so relaxed, I actually fell asleep during the hour-long lie down following the transfer (Will says I even snored a little). This transfer was much more comfortable than the last one because they didn't make me overfill my bladder. I explained how uncomfortable I was last time and how I can't seem to use a bed pan (all those years of practicing not peeing on myself lying down as a kid, I guess). So the tech actually let me get up and partially empty my bladder twice before the transfer. This made all the difference.

We decided to transfer three blastocysts back. I had six total frozen (five chromosomally normal ones and one no result), so we figured we'd use half on me and save half in the case I need to move forward with the woman who has so generously offered to be a carrier.

For those into the details, the three embryos transferred were of the following qualities:

1. A Day 6 3AB
2. A Day 7 4AB
3. An invitro matured day 7 4AA (was immature at retrieval and so fertilized a day late. Technically this one then is a day 6)

These are all three confirmed chromosomally normal...So with my amateur embryologist hat on, I rate these as seemingly one that looks pretty good (the straight up day 6) and two that are more wild cards (the day 7 and invitro matured one)...

we shall see...

Two survived the thaw 100% and were re-expanded. One survived 98% and hadn't fully expanded, but they said it was on its way. Here's what they looked like up on the screen just prior to transfer (I have highest hopes for the one on the bottom right).


Now to just rest as much as possible and hope that at least one of these guys decides to burrow in to the nice lining I've been working on developing over here...

I can't believe this is my 7th embryo transfer! Please please please let this one be the one.

Mo

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54 comments:

  1. Delurking to send you prayers!!! Please God bring this amazing couple a baby...

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  2. Mo, enjoy your rest! That's the best you can do now. And watch some funny videos / movies - I read that they help. You did very well and seem to even have enjoyed the transfer! Best of luck!!! We are praying for you, Will, and the little ones! Hugs

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  3. Oh my goodness! I am praying so hard for you right now! This has to be your time. You rest as much as you can. And I will be obsessively looking for updates. If anyone deserves this, it is you guys. Take care...

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  4. Hooray for a fabulous sounding transfer! Rest up and I'll send the best vibes I can round up your way!

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  5. I know this will be it for you! Good luck!

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  6. Thanks for posting Mo, I have been thinking of you and wondering how things went. I am so excited for you, am praying so hard that this will be it!!

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  7. So glad to read this...been thinking about you all day. Best wishes!!!

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  8. Keeping my fingers crossed for you guys!

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  9. Sending you all kinds of good vibes and sticky thoughts.

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  10. Hoping this is the one!!! Thinking of you!

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  11. Hoping and wishing and praying for you!

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  12. so glad the transfer went well! Looks very promising! Sending big sticky prayers your way! Enjoy the rest of your bedrest and I hope the next 9 days fly by.

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  13. Saying prayers. I'm sorry I don't comment more often, but please know that I think of you frequently and am always rooting for you.

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  14. I really hope this is the one, Mo!

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  15. I'm a lurker popping in to send you my best wishes--you have yet another person out here in Internet-land thinking good thoughts for you and Will.

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  16. Hoping with everything I have that this is the last time you have to go through this. You are so brave and you deserve to hold your baby(ies) in your arms in about 8 1/2 months. We are all pulling for you!

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  17. Sending you positive thoughts. I really hope this is it.

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  18. My knuckles are PURPLE they are crossed so hard...right here with you...please please please!!!

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  19. Have been thinking of you all day. Fingers, toes, and everything crossed and hope headed your way.

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  20. I'm glad you sound more positive in this post... hope you feel that way too. Regardless, praying and hoping for you.

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  21. Always so relieved when you post. Your "regret management" approach sounds like the perfect way to get through a 9th cycle. Sending much love to you and Will.

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  22. Yes, 'all in' says it all, everything that can be possible be done has been done with this one. Going forward, no matter what,you should have no regrets and be so proud of yourself for trying this one last time, with all guns blazing.

    I'm going to be biting my knuckles with you. I cant tell you how badly I want this to work for you.

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  23. Oh, best of luck to you! They sound like super embryos to me :)

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  24. Sending you good thoughts and positive vibes!

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  25. Enjoy the bed rest. I sure hope this is it for you and Will!

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  26. Everything crossed! Will be thinking of you.

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  27. Sending all good thoughts your way- the prep and transfer sound as good as it gets so baby dust coming your way!

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  28. I am so excited for you. I hope this is the last cycle you will have to go through! Keeping you in my prayers. Get plenty of rest!

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  29. Fingers crossed for you guys! I think we all share the same sentiment...please please let it work!
    Thinking of you guys!!!

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  30. Yo, power that be, listen up. These people are beyond ready for their take home baby. Enough crap already.

    Mo, thinking of you and Will and your lovely embryos. Hoping with all my heart that one or two sticks ... for the long haul. Wishing you poopy diapers before the year is out. xoxo

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  31. Please, please, please, this has to be the one Mo! You deserve this so much!! xoxo

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  32. Welcome home little ones.

    Pineapple. Movies. (Sacrifice small animal.)

    More pineapple.

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  33. I truly hope that all these encouraging words of support help shoulder some of the burden of the 2WW. Congratulations on doing this cycle, on your excellent thaw results, and on having good blasts to transfer.

    As I am doing for myself (my 11th transfer, this time with donated embryos, is Saturday), I am willing this to have a positive outcome.

    Please. Please. Please.

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  34. Best wishes for a great outcome!!!

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  35. Stick stick stick!

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  36. Oh, Mo, I am SOOOO praying these embies stick.

    hopefully this 9th is when everything aligns - you know without a shadow of doubt you have done everything!

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  37. Oh, it sounds like this transfer went beautifully! Here's hoping with everything I have in me that #9 is the one. Thinking of you both (or rather, all 5 of you) and feeling so very hopeful for this one!

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  38. i am so glad you transferred three, and they look fantastic. you really went the full distance with this one... only time will tell now, but believe me, i am hoping for some serious sparks to be happening right now!
    hope you enjoy your down time- take it easy, and let what will be, be. you've done all you can, and you did so well. in 9-10 days you will know what the next steps are, and until then, take deep breaths and try to be in 'the now'.

    thinking of you, and will! its his 9th transfer too, and i want this so much for him also!

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  39. I am thinking of you and your embryos. Thanks for the update--I've been wondering how you were doing. Sending many sticky, healthy embryo vibes your way.

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  40. I am hoping that 9 is your lucky number. Take care.

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  41. Yes indeed, please, please, please lucky number 9!

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  42. Also delurking...... Praying for great results. Please God please God please.....

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  43. Hoping that 9 is your lucky number. Wishing you the most positive outcome.

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  44. Continued prayers and baby dust coming your way. I have been following for a while now and sooooo want this to be IT for you. Enjoy your rest...stay Zen :)

    kd

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  45. Oh Mo, I am concentrating so hard on hoping for you, because I know how hard and scary it is to hope for yourself. Hoping, hoping, hoping.

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  46. De-lurking to say I am praying for you. I am so hopeful that this is the one!

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  47. Hi Mo, though i haven't commented much lately, i do check in regularly. I have everything crossed for you. Sending you all my positive vibes for successful implantation!! xxx

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  48. I'm praying that this *is* your time! I have tears for you knowing the pain you've felt. Once this works, that pain will almost be forgotten when you're holding your precious baby! This HAS to be it...the blasts look beautiful, you've selected a top clinic, and you've done everything you could do! Praying for you.

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  49. I sending you many thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks and months.

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  50. So many prayers for you all!!!!!

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  51. I thought of you all day yesterday when I was there - hoping y happy thoughts would find you at your hotel. Safe travels back today, and I will keep everything crossed for you. They look very nice, those blasts!

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