Wednesday, October 1, 2014

IVF: Week 4

Disclaimer: I am blogging about my IVF experience in order to document everything that I've experienced during this process. I enjoy re-reading my previous blog posts, and since this is such a big step in our lives, I wanted to ensure that I wrote everything down for future reference. Feel free to read, or not.

September 17
Woo hoo, I don't have any shots to take today. However, the scary progesterone shots begin on Friday. Pray for me! Also, tomorrow is our egg retrieval! I couldn't be more excited and hopeful. To God be the glory!

Antibiotics (AM and PM)
No liquids or food after midnight

September 18
I woke up with a sore throat and a slight fever which made me really worried about the egg retrieval. I wasn't sure if they would still do everything. Thankfully, the anesthesiologist put my worries to bed when he said it would be fine. 

I got into the operating room, and I swear that Matthew Mcconaughey was in there with me. Okay - I'm exaggerating, but the doctor literally sounded just like him. He kept saying, "Alright, young lady... let's give you some happy juice." haha! I don't remember a split second after that.

When I woke up, my husband had a big smile on his face. I was definitely confused, but all I thought to ask was, "how many eggs did they get??" He explained that the doctor hadn't come in yet. Soon thereafter, my doctor (whom I adore!) came in. He kept saying, "guess how many eggs we got?" Every time we'd guess, he would say, "go higher!" It gave me chills. My doctor retrieved 26 eggs, but only 25 would be viable since the 26th was just way too immature. PRAISE GOD.

Before the egg retrieval, I had a huge fear of ovulating early. FYI, if you ovulate before the egg retrieval, nothing can be done. Zippo... Nada... Literally nothing. Everything from that point forward is out of the doctor's hands. Therefore, all those shots would've been for "nothing". Thank you, Jesus, that didn't happen to us and I pray that it doesn't happen to anyone else!

Anyways, despite my successful recovery from anesthesia in the past, I threw up on the car ride home from the hospital. And then once again that evening. I was so hungry and thirsty, but my body wouldn't hold anything down. I pretty much just slept all day.

Antibiotics (PM)

September 19
I threw up twice in the morning, which made me kind of concerned. Once my doctor found out, they had me stop the antibiotic all together. Thank goodness, because I'm pretty sure that was the culprit of my upset stomach. Each time I took it, I felt crappy even though I would drink a lot of water with it and eat a meal.

Around 11am, the embryologist called to give us updates about our babies! She explained that out of 25 eggs, 12 had fertilized. We were so happy! She seemed very pleased with the outcome too. I can't wait to see what the future holds.

In the evening, hubby and I started the intramuscular injections of progesterone. 

Antibiotics (AM) - ended in the afternoon, due to adverse reaction
Oral dex (0.5mg)
IM progesterone (50mg)

September 20
The embryologist just keeps making my day! She said that of the 12 eggs that had fertilized, 11 had grown exactly like they were supposed to, meaning they had 2-4 cells each. Praise God!

Oral dex (0.5mg)
IM progesterone (50mg)

September 21
We were at home watching church live on TV, and our embryologist called. Of the 11 eggs that had grown yesterday, she explained that they are all looking beautiful still, and continually growing, meaning that they have 4-8 cells! She did give us a forewarning though. She said that typically the next stage has less success rates, and to expect our number to cut in half. This is apparently because the sperm are 'freeloaders' with my egg. The egg had nutrients inside, and they feed off of them but if they don't end up meshing together like they're supposed to, everything stops growing. C'mon little eggies and sperm.

Oral dex (0.5mg)
IM progesterone (50mg)

September 22
It's hard not to feel a sense of disappointment when your numbers start to dwindle. We started out with 25 eggs retrieved, and now only 3 eggs have made it to the Morula stage. Don't get me wrong - I am sooo thankful that they have made it this far. However, I had assumed that we'd have like 10 eggs to freeze for future IVF cycles. Yep - you read that right: the hospital called and said that 3 eggs have reached the 'compacting' stage, and the 5 are still looking good, but they haven't caught up yet. Praying for good news tomorrow.

This evening I will be doing acupuncture!

Oral dex (0.5mg)
IM progesterone (50mg)

September 23
The Embryo Transfer went exactly as planned. We had two beautiful babies that were implanted inside me. Prior to the actual procedure, the doctors showed us all the pictures of our babies. It was such a beautiful sight. I was so teary eyed when I saw my babies. They were perfectly made.

We implanted one 4AA and one 3BA into my body, all the while, we were able to watch it all on a big screen TV in the room. It was sincerely amazing. I was grinning from ear-to-ear! After it was all over, my doctor had me lay there for 15-20 minutes with my legs propped up. He said, "now, Mrs. Skinner... you gonna have twins? Two boys? Boy and a girl?" hehe. It made me feel like a mom. My heart is extremely full!

Also, I started the pineapple trick today.

Oral dex (0.5mg)
IM progesterone (50mg)
First family photo :)

11 comments:

  1. Ahhh!! Congratulations! This is such wonderful news and I am so happy for y'all :)

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  2. So happy that the transfer went smoothly!!! Hope things are still going well!

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! SO EXCITING! CONGRATS! PRAYERS, PRAYERS, PRAYERS!

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  4. So happy for you! Congratulations girly.

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  5. I loved reading all this Allison, truly amazing. Praying for ALL of your babies :)

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  6. yeah yeah yeah!! i get teary reading this. remembering all those emotions! and first family photo! that's the sweetest. praying for those two babies of yours - grow babies grow!!

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  7. So excited for you girlfriend! You're always in our prayers!

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  8. I stumbled upon your blog a couple days ago and I am so very glad that I did! My husband and I are in our first week of IVF and I am nervous/anxious/Ridiculously excited so it is fun to read your story. I wish you both the best of luck!! I am crossing my fingers for you :)

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