Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Embryo transfer a SUCCESS!!!

Before we left for Nashville this morning, we got a call from one of the guys at the lab to give us an update on out little embryos.  We were expecting to hear how many of the embryos survived the big thaw, but all the guy said on the message was that we WILL have our transfer at 11:00.  That was a huge relief because that meant that at least 1 of the 2 embryos survived.  So, we got in the car and made our trip back down to Nashville.  After getting checked in and signing the papers, I took my Valium and then layed in bed and waited for my turn to get wheeled back into the operating room.  After about 20 minutes, the embryologist came in to give us the news on the embryos, and we were ecstatic to hear that BOTH of the embryos survived.  When they were frozen, they were both a Grade B, but after they thawed them this morning, one of them got upgraded to a Grade A.  WOO HOO!!!  So we had one Grade A and one Grade B that were both getting transferred.  This was even better news than we could have hoped for!  :)   Now we move into the 10 day wait.  July 9th is the big day we find out the result.  The day can't come soon enough! Of course, we had to take pictures today.
                                                                              The Report Card

                                                                              Grade A on the left, Grade B on the right
                                                                                           Posing with our embryos...it looks like the Valium is starting to kick in here! :)

Sending out texts with the good news!

Monday, June 21, 2010

8 days away

My morning consisted of another trip to Nashville, and on the drive down, I realized how much I really do enjoy that drive.  It's very relaxing (when traffic is moving and I'm not going to be late) and time actually goes by pretty fast.  Now don't get me wrong...this isn't something I'd want to do everyday, but once a week isn't bad at all.  After more blood work and another ultrasound, the rest of our plan has been set into place.  I will continue to do the Estradiol Valerate injection every Tuesday and Saturday from now until the pregnancy test and probably for a few weeks after the test because I will be pregnant! (Stacey, the positive vibes are coming out in full force!)  :)  I also start the Progesterone injection everyday starting on Thursday, and this injection will go all the way up until the pregnancy test and several weeks after once I get that positive test. The ultrasound showed that the lining of my uterus was nice and thick and I got two compliments about it in about a 5 minute time span.  The ultrasound tech said it was very thick and looked great, and my IVF nurse actually said "the lining looks pretty."  haha Now I guess that's a good thing, but I wouldn't really consider pretty as being a good description of the lining of anyone's uterus.  I guess the medication is doing it's job and getting everything nice and ready for the little embryos.  Last week our IVF nurse told me that the transfer would probably be on Tuesday, June 29th, and today she just confirmed that.  We will go in at 10:00 next Tuesday, and then the transfer will be at 11:00.  That puts the pregnancy test 10 days later on July 9th!  It's going to be a VERY exciting next couple of weeks for us, and as much as I hate to wish my summer away, I can't wait until July 9th!

On another note, Brad and I went to Owensboro this past weekend to celebrate Father's Day.  We took Dad out to eat Saturday night and then made a trip to TJMaxx, Lowes, and Big Lots.  The shopping part was more for the rest of us, but I think he enjoyed it too! 
The 5 of us at Tumbleweed!

Friday, June 11, 2010

On the road again

Traffic and being late...two things that I majorly DISLIKE, and both things happened to me yesterday morning.  My suppression check was scheduled for 10:30 in Nashville, so I made sure to leave my house by 8:55.  I stopped at Dunkin Donuts to get a coffee, and when I pulled out of the parking lot, the GPS said that I would arrive at the clinic at 10:02.  On a side note, I think I've driven the route to Nashville a million times, and I'm pretty sure I could make the drive with my eyes closed, but I still like to take the GPS so I can know how many more miles I have left.  I like to watch the miles get smaller and smaller until I finally make it to wherever I need to be.  Anyway, I'm driving along just fine until I get right past the Springfield exit, and traffic comes to a complete stop.  To make a long story short, I think I went about 2 miles in about 30 minutes.  This was nothing like our trip home from Florida in April, but this traffic was going to make me late!  What makes it worse is that when I finally get to a certain spot on the interstate, traffic just starts going.  There is no wreck, no broken down car, no cop, nothing....people just started going.  By this point, the GPS says I will get to the clinic at 10:31 now, and I start to panic a little because I have never been late to an appointment.  I debated on whether or not to call and tell them I was going to be late because I figured traffic would get worse the closer I got to Nashville.  I decided to wait it out and see what would happen.  I pulled into the parking structure a little after 10:30, but by the time I signed in at the doctor's office it was 10:41....officially LATE!!!  It wasn't a big deal though, and they weren't busy at all, so I was able to walk right in.  I know a lot of you deal with this EVERYDAY, but this is the reason I do not ever want to live in a big city.  I don't handle traffic well...especially when it makes me late! :) 

As for my appointment, it sounds weird, but it was kind of nice to be back to see everyone again.  It's been about 2 months since I was in the clinic, and I didn't realize how comfortable I had become with everyone there. I did the usual blood work to check my estradiol level and then I had to do an ultrasound to make sure I didn't have any cysts. Everything turned out great.  My estradiol level was 18 which means I was very suppressed (right where I should be).  From now on, I'm able to decrease my dosage of Lupron to 5 units every morning.  I also started the estradiol valerate injection last night.  I've never had to take it before, but I think it's some kind of supplemental estrogen to develop the lining of my uterus.  I only have to take it twice a week in my back hip.  I go back for my next appointment on June 21st, and this should be the last time I have to go before my embryo transfer.  My IVF nurse told me yesterday that as of right now, my embryo transfer will probably be on Tuesday, June 29th.  That's only 2 1/2 weeks!!!!!!  We are so excited, and I'm so ready for that day to get here!  :)