I finally dragged myself into work today. I had to knowing I’d miss another couple of days for the transfer. Plus, the shareholders are voting on whether I should be made partner! UGH. Update: Diarrhea still. That makes 5 days. It’s been HORRIBLE. The husband got sick Sunday night and was throwing up all night. We both stayed home Monday and slept (well, tried to sleep). He’s off at the pool swimming right now over lunch, and somehow, I’m still SICK. In a way, I was kind of glad that husband got sick– I think he was able to feel my pain. Just throw in swollen ovaries and a harvest.
Latest news. GREAT news. 8 eggs harvested. 6 mature. 5 fertilized (with ICSI). Transfer day is THURSDAY!!!!!! Let’s just hope all 5 keep on growing and looking good. Then transfer 3-4 and freeze the remaining (assuming all make it to day 5!). Last time we transferred 3 EXCELLENT ones, and only one implanted for a few weeks. I’m leaning towards transferring 4, but husband wants 3. I just don’t want to go through all of this again. The guidelines actually state 4-5 embryos for a 40 year old.
Since the reasons for this blog are two-fold (one, to voice my blabberings, two, to help others in the process), let me tell you what I’ve learned with this process:
1- Repronex (sp?) shots KILL. I ended up being allergic to the shots. Got huge welts every night when we did the shots. Best to do them at night so they can go away during the night.
2- We used Lupron the first round of IVF, and this round we did the antagonist (cetrotide). This round was about $2,000 MORE than the Lupron, Bravelle and Menopur, but the cycle seemed much shorter. Less eggs, less shots, but supposedly better quality. Lupron made my body ache.
3- Progesterone shots work best if you heat up your butt. We use a hot rag for about 5 minutes on my butt before the injections. After the shots, walk around to get the muscle going.
4- Use ICSI!!! We didn’t use it the first time, and only 3 eggs fertilized. It cost us almost $1,000 more this time, but we had 5 fertilize.
Fingers crossed for Thursday! Baby on board!