Saturday, November 24, 2007

Getting poked in weird places

For those of you who read the title of this entry and thought dirty thing, shame on you! The poking to which I am referring is my awful progesterone shots. It's bad enough that Jason had to see my butt and give me two shots, but now, we have to do them wherever we are around 7 p.m., which is usually not home.

On Thanksgiving, we were at dinner at the Eklund's house (Zeigler family friends), and we had to excuse ourselves to go upstairs so that Billy could administer my shot. Worse than that, we were on our way to meet some friends at Taco Mac in Roswell last night, and we had to stop along the way, pull in behind a strip shopping center, and do my shot in the car. Billy said that if a cop came by, he would say, "Officer, I'm just poking my wife in the butt." I said I would then add, "That's how we get pregnant."

Tonight, I have to figure something else out because Billy just left for the Georgia/Georgia Tech game, and he won't be home in time. I may have to ask Kibby to do it. Then, 2 out of 3 of my brothers-in-law will have seen my butt.

Well, I think it's time for the news you all want to hear-embryo transfer! Okay, I got a call yesterday afternoon that we were scheduled for an 11 a.m. transfer. The nurse was not my regular nurse, and she didn't know what the heck was going on. She didn't know I was having PGD, she was confused about the day of transfer, etc. It's the usual b.s. from this process. Fortunately, I keep careful track of everything, and I was basically telling her what was up.

One hour before embryo transfer, you have to drink 32-40 ounces of water. Then, you arrive there 15 minutes before your appointment to get the report from the embryologist about your embryos. If there is bad news, however, they usually call you when you are on your way to the transfer to let you know not to even waste your time showing up. Alice called me about 10 minutes before we were leaving, and scared the shit out of me. I heard my phone ring, and my heart skipped a beat. I went to look at the phone and saw it was her, and the first words out of my mouth were, "Bitch, you know not to call me before this appointment and get me all worked up." She said, "Well, I'm just on pins and needles. Have you heard anything?" She was as nervous as me about it.

Back to the transfer itself...your bladder must be full because they insert the embryos through a catheter into your uterus using ultrasound as a guide, and they need to be able to see the contrast of your bladder. Ladies, imagine that you have to pee really badly while you are getting a pap smear, but the pap smear last 15 minutes, instead of a few seconds. Then, you have to stay on the table for 10-15 minutes after that. Not exactly pleasant.

Anyway, we found out that out of the 16 embryos, only 4 were genetically normal. The embryologist had 2 ready to go in, and we asked him to get a third one ready. He was totally cool with it, and they popped those embryos right in. I'll try to attach a picture of the three little ones to this post. The one that looks like 2 has already hatched, which they said is a good sign. The other two are just a step behind...those take after Liane - lazy. I guess Billy could be to blame also. Now, I just have to wait until December 4th to know if they take.

Because only 1/4 of the embryos had no genetic defects, this leads us to believe that there is some sort of genetic component to this infertility with me and my sisters. Liane plans to have a follow-up consult with the doctor next month to get more information. She would like to have more kids, and when I told her about the results, she turned to Jason and said, "We have to get pregnant next month!" The world needs more Coopers and Carleys!;)

As for now, I just keep up my estrace, progesterone, baby aspirin, and prenatal vitamins. I can't exercise, have caffeine, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or douche (who douches anyway?). That's about it.

Thank you all for your calls, thoughts, prayers, excitement, etc. I'll keep you up to date, but there won't be too much to tell until the big test!


Amanda said...

I'll be on pins and needles for 10 days. Please do not walk, run or even sit. Hand/head stands only -- even while sleeping. All kidding aside, my thoughts are with you and Billy as you wait for the good news!

kmehawkeye said...

Just the news we have been waiting for. We are sending our positive baby vibes to you and Billy and hoping we are all popping sparkling apple cider in 10 days.

Jamie said...

Thinking of you and sending lots of baby dust to you for the next week and a half...

lori said...

I am so happy they are in and safe in their new home! I am counting down the days with you. Rub your belly for us. Those three don't know how many people are routing for them! Fingers crossed...Love Y'all!