Monday, October 29, 2007

Embryo Transfer

Well, the day finally arrived, but unfortunately, it was surrounded with lots of saddness. My grandmother broke her her last week and she developed an infection and she was moved into ICU early Sunday morning. Of course, I spent the entire day at the hospital sneaking into her room when the green light was on. She was unaware of us for most of the day but she did wake up once, for me of course! :) My grandmother and I were very close. I just kept saying,"Gran, wake up, tomorrow is my big day!" She opened her eyes and said, Hey Jules, I love you! She raised her hand in excited about our embryo transfer today. She never woke back up again. I left the hospital at 8 because my stomach wasn't taking the stress of the day very well. End up, that i had a stomach virus and I threw up literally all night, 36 times to be exact. My mother called me around 5:30 am to tell me the news that my grandmother passed away. We called my doctor and she said that I still needed to come even though I was still getting sick at 5:30 this morning. It was a LONG day of feeling terrible but we had our embryo transfer finally happened this afternoon. We transfered one embryou. We planned on two but we only had three to freeze and if we used up two and we do not achieve pregnancy, we would have had to do the shots all over again because they will not thaw only one embryo. THis time is very bittersweet. I know that my grandmother would be so excited today and I know that she is with me. It will be hard for me though because she was so excited about the possibility of Chad and I having a baby. I appreciate the support and prayers. I am going to attempt work tomorrow but I am in pain and still sick to my stomach so we will see. Gran's service will be Wednesday. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Embryo update

Janet called and our 12 embryos are still doing great! We will go to Birmingham Monday for them to implant two embryos. We should be able to freeze the rest! Yea!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

12 little babies

Well, not really, but all 12 eggs fertilized last night! yea! They will update us each day on how they are progressing!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Egg Retrieval

Well, the day is finally over and I am so glad. Chad and I left for Birmingham around 7 this morning. They immediately take you to a hospital bed and Chad was able to stay back there with me for a little while. They started an IV which thankfully they had no trouble. My veins have built up scar tissue from getting stuck so often so I was worried it might take a while to get the IV started. THey give you medicine to "loosen" you up before they wheel you into the procedure room. Once inside the room, they give you a little more medicine. You have to stay awake and it was quite painful but it was fast, around 15 minutes. They are able to get 12 eggs!!! I had been hoping and praying for 7-8. THey will call us tomorrow and give us an update on how the fertilitzation is proceding. It was a wonderful day as far as fertility goes, but a sad day as well. My precious gran, my grandmother, has been in bad health for awhile. About 8 weeks ago, she fell and broke 4 ribs. Her heart has been failing and she is on oxygen. Unfortunately, she feel today on her kitchen floor and broke her hip. I am so upset because I have not been able to go to the hospital due to the pain. Please pray for her. My family has worried about this happening. Thank you for checking on us. Chad and I love you all and we are excited about the possiblity of starting our family.

Monday, October 22, 2007

It's finally here!

The appointment this morning went great. I have lots of follicles that are growing! Yea! The egg retreival will be Wednesday morning! We are so excited and nervous!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

YEA!

Our appointment was changed from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, so Chad and I got up at 5:15 this morning and drove down to Birmingham for a 7:30 appointment. It was the routine bloodwork and ultrasound. The ultrasound provided wonderful results, again! I have two eggs at 1.6 and one at 1.5 and two and 1.4. This is what we having been hoping and praying for. I will continue with my injections tonight and I will drive back to Huntsville in the morning. We hope that I will have at least two eggs at 1.8, which I should. They will confirm tomorrow the day for the egg retrieval, which should be Wednesday. We are just thrilled that it's finally here! I am pretty uncomfortable. My ovaries felt like golf balls yesterday and today they are more like softballs, but it's worth every minute! I'll let you know about the appointmen tomorrow!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Update

Ok, I had an ultrasound and bloodwork this morning. And I have wonderful news! My follicles have actually grown a little bit! Yea! I was thrilled. It was the first time that I've gone to the doctor's appointment and received good news. I have a couple of follicles that have grown to 1.1. We need at least two follicles to grow to 1.8. I have been injecting follistim for five nights. I will begin mixing medicine and I will mix my follistim and a medicine called menopur. I will have to be in Birmingham Saturday morning at 7:30 for an appointment and in Huntsville Monday morning. Nancy, my nurse, feels like the egg retrival will be Wednesday of next week! It is so exciting to finially have a time and day set. I actually hope that it is Thursday because my class is going to the PUmpkin Patch on Wednesday and I have never missed a field trip, but my principal is wonderful and she said whatever I need to do is fine! Please pray that my follicles would continue to grow. Another hurdle I have to cross is when my follicles do get big enough, Chad will have to give me the HCG shot. (trigger shot) It will cause my body to ovualate and then they will go in and get the eggs. I am at a high risk of hyper stimulating in my ovaries because I do have sooo many eggs. Hyper stimulation can be serious and it would halt our cycle so I pray that it does not happen. Thanks and I love you all!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Follistim Injections

I began my follistim injections last night. Follistim is an FSH injection. (folicle stimulating hormone) This is the highest dosage that I have taken so far. I can't lie, the injection was rough. The medicine stays in the fridge and it's very cold. My dear friend Katy gave some great advise about warming up the container before injecting it, and unfortunately, I forgot. I was overwhelmed but I wasn't sure if I was using the correct needle. It did not feel good. It was so cold I could feel it burning for 20 minutes after the shot. I also have to do the lupron shot every night but that one is easy. I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday and they will be looking to see if I have had any growth. I have been having some killer hot flashes. My hormones are so crazy. I have woken up the past two nights and I was socking wet with sweat. (It's a lovely feeling!) Thanks for checking in on us!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Back on Track

Ok, I started my injections two nights ago. It is just the loupron shot which is small needle, thank goodness. I have a doctor's appointment next week to get my baseline bloodwork. We also have to sign the IVF consent forms and pay the big bucks. I will begin the stimulation injections on the 14th. I have two different stimulation injections, so I will be giving myself three shots. We hope and pray that this will work on the first round!!!