Wednesday, April 30, 2008

IVF update! It's a long one!

Sorry to keep you in suspense, but I really wasn't up to blogging yesterday...I was pretty much only up to sleeping, eating & lying around in bed. Yesterday was the egg retrieval and things went pretty well. We started out by meeting with the anesthesiologist and signing some paperwork. Gregg and I were taken into our separate rooms (him to give his sample & me to be prepped for my retrieval). Everyone was very nice and soothing. I was very nervous for the IV & anesthesia going into the procedure. So much so, that the doctor had the nurse anesthetist put me down a couple of minutes earlier than they normally would have because I was so nervous that I was shaking...once they started that IV and gave me the oxygen, it was so nice and peaceful. I remember feeling tingly, going to sleep & then waking up with a slight pinch while the doctor was still in there looking for eggs...and I heard the dr. tell me that they retrieved 4 eggs. I tried to say "awesome" or something, but just gave her a thumbs-up instead!

After just a few minutes of "coming to," they brought Gregg in to see me. Because we were in what is known as a "clean room," he had to suit-up in full surgeon garb before entering the room. I have a picture that I took w/ his camera phone that I'll post. Gregg couldn't believe how quickly the whole thing went. He said that he was probably only in the waiting room for a total of a 1/2 hour after doing his part, before they came and got him to bring him to me. It was nice to have him there with me. I sat for maybe another half hour until I felt like I was ready to leave & then the nurse game in, gave me some tylenol & ginger ale & we were good to go! We were leaving the hospital around 10:15! On the way home, I had Gregg stop at Wendy's to buy me some healthy french fries and a chicken sandwich because I was starved, not having eaten since 6:30 the night before.

Gregg brought me home and I watched TV for a bit & then slept for about 2.5 hours! It was NICE! When I woke up, Gregg made sure I was feeling ok and then he left to go to his school to pick up the math tests that the kids had taken yesterday & also to see what notes his sub had left (this is the first day he has missed since 2005 - and that day was for me, also!). On his way home, he picked up some pizza for our dinner & also some beautiful flowers for me...He said they were my birthday flowers a day early because he thought I deserved them after all I had been through. Awww!

While he was gone, I got a call from the embryologist telling me that of the 4 eggs retrieved, 2 were mature, 1 was almost mature and 1 was premature. They used the ICSI procedure (sperm injection) on the 2 mature ones and then threw in a little of G's sample in with the other 2 just to give them a chance of fertilizing on their own.

About 30 minutes ago, I just got a phone call from the doctor telling me that the 2 mature eggs which were given the ICSI procedure fertilized!!!!!!!!!!! This is the best birthday present ever (aside from a BFP, of course!)! This means that we will have our ET (embryo transfer) on Friday to put our 2 little embies back in!! Yay!!

Keep praying! Thanks for all of your kind words & thoughts!
Here's Gregg in his doctor costume...

8 comments:

graspthelove said...

Oh my gosh Teri, I'm so excited for you. We are just praying so hard! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have an amazing day. Try not to worry (ya right :-)) about what tomorrow brings. Blessings!

Megan said...

What great news to get on your birthday! I'm so happy for you guys - I'll continue to pray for the rest of the process.

Erica said...

All sounds good so far! I'm wishing you even better luck for the road ahead.

Erin K. said...

Congratulations! And Happy Birthday!!

Saying a prayer for you that all will go well on Friday...

Tipp said...

Yeah for mature eggs!! So excited and I am praying all of the rest will go well!

fanfrickingtastic said...

congrats, teri! Hope it's the best bday present ever. Good luck on Friday! <3 Devon

Erin said...

i am so happy to hear everything went well. hope it continues to do so!!
Happy Birthday!

Ter said...

Happy Birthday!! :) May all your dreams come true, and I really mean that! ((HUGS))