Sunday, 29 November 2015
6 more days until the blood test.
Friday, 27 November 2015
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
While it doesn't look super promising, the fact that we made it to transfer is enough for me right now. The three that divided kept growing overnight, and I have to call back this afternoon to see if we will have any to freeze, but it is unlikely.
My blood test is Saturday December 5th. I'll try not to test beforehand, but it is my work Christmas party the day before so I probably will on the Friday so I can have a drink if I feel like it.
So that's it - our last egg collection and transfer. Good luck little embies.
Monday, 23 November 2015
We are going in for our transfer at 11.45 tomorrow and will have 2 x day 3 embryos transferred, as long as they are still dividing.
I'm upset but there isn't much I can do about it so trying not to dwell on it.
Sunday, 22 November 2015
We did get some not so great news though. After all of Murray's amazing sperm test results of late, his sample on the day was very poor. Only 0.01% motile sperm was available, which is pretty much non-existent. The embryologist was pretty shocked by the result considering how well he had been doing, but prepared us that we may not get great fertilisation results. We are using ICSI though so obviously that works in our favour.
I rang the clinic this afternoon for our fertilisation results and we had 14 eggs fertilised! 1 egg wasn't suitable for injection, so of the 16 injected, 14 came through which is such a good result.
I had a bit of a chat with the embryologist about options going forward, as the clinic doesn't seem to have all my records from my previous clinic when we used Murray's sperm. We have a history of embryo's arresting from day 3-5, whereby we can have lots still going at day 3 and then nothing by day 5. I'm thinking that a double embryo transfer at day 3 might be our best option, just in case there is nothing that makes it to blastocyst. I don't know, I'm happy to be guided by Dr Williams, and they do allow day 4 transfers which could be a good compromise. I just want to make sure that we get a transfer after all of this.
|Photo of me just before egg collection - trying to stay calm!|
Saturday, 21 November 2015
Friday, 20 November 2015
Thursday, 19 November 2015
My Egg Collection has been booked in for this Saturday at 11.20am. My blood test this morning showed my estrogen at 10510, LH at 3 and Progesterone at 3.4, so we are all good to go. I wish I had another ultrasound so I could see if they have grown anymore but I have to trust that they are all there waiting to be extracted.
So what happens next…
- Stop my Puregon/Orgalutran/Luveris injections – yay! My stomach is feeling very tender!
- Take 1 x Ranitadine tablet tonight – this is because I have had a gastric sleeve
- Take my antibiotics tablets 2 x Azithromycin (500mg)
- Tonight at 11.20pm take my Ovidrel trigger injections
- Nothing to eat or drink after 11.20pm. The extra long fasting time is because of the gastric sleeve. They need to make sure that my stomach is completely empty as food and water can regurgitate while under anesthetic which can then be inhaled into the wind pipe and lungs, so they are super careful.
- Another antacid at 5am with a teaspoon of water
- Check in to Concept at 10am
- Egg Collection!
- Hopefully be released mid-afternoon
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
As of this morning I have 25 follicles plus more antral follicles growing! I even managed to get a picture of my ultrasound so you can see the little eggs growing!
1 x 20mm
1 x 16mm
3 x 15mm
1 x 14mm
5 x 13mm
9 x 12mm
2 x 11mm
|Latest follicle count|
Monday, 16 November 2015
Sunday, 15 November 2015
Professional photos are in the works but I've posted some snapshots from the day.
We held a picnic in Queens Gardens next to the cricket ground, and even though it was hot (40 degrees!), it ended up being lovely and breezy in the shade. Nearly 100 people came along for our picnic lunch and ceremony.
It was really special for us, and something we have planned for a while. While we believe marriage is for life, we also believe in choosing to be together and actively commuting to our marriage. We'd like to renew our vows every ten years (next time I think a tropical island by ourselves sounds nice!) but we'll see what happens in 2025!
The last ten years have been hard, not on our relationship, but just some of the situations we have gone through. That we have come through so strongly- this ceremony was to reflect that as well as our growth and maturity in our relationship.
My Day 9 estrogen level was only 990 so I'm glad it has increased a bit. I'm only on 100iu pure hon which is quite low so very grateful my body is responding! I also started taking my orgaultran injection this morning- not the most pleasant of injections (I get so itchy afterwards!) but it's not too painful so that's good.
Off for another blood test and scan tomorrow morning.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Just got the call with my bloodwork results – My estrogen is 236, LH is 3 and Progesterone is 1.1. The specialist has said for me to stay on the same dose and said ‘let’s go gently’. I hate this part of the cycle – the second guessing of whether my body will cooperate, whether the drugs will work, whether I will even make it to egg collection.
I'm feeling really wiped out today. Fatigue has really gotten to me and I'm struggling to push through it.
Monday, 9 November 2015
My work has been super supportive of doing IVF. My boss knows what is going on and has encouraged me to take time off to relax during the process. I have this upcoming Thursday, Friday and Monday off, which is helpful to finish everything off for the vow renewal on Saturday. Then I also have two consecutive Wednesday's off which should be after embryo transfer. Hopefully everything goes smoothly and I can just take it easy on those days.
I'm probably not going to do acupuncture this cycle. It hasn't made much of a difference in the past for me, and the stress of trying to get to appointments really isn't worth it for me.
Sunday, 8 November 2015
I'm definitely more nervous about this cycle than I have been in the past, yet I also feel a great peace. I know my contentment comes from God, and that whatever He has planned for me will play out and be the right thing. I am praying that His will be done (and hoping above hope that His will involves me being a mother!)
Sunday, 1 November 2015
My constant prayer has been that whatever God wills, let it be done. If that means no children, then I know he has a plan for me, that I can't do with a child. Maybe I am destined to adopt? Maybe he wants to be available for some other great adventure. I don't know, but I have to trust in his infinite wisdom.