Thursday, September 11, 2008


21. That's the number of eggs retrieved yesterday. I doubt they are all me (no expert), it seemed like we were looking at 11-12 that were mature, but who knows. I guess they wanted to get everything they could find. Hopefully we will have plenty to work with. Surprisingly, they decided to do 50% ICSI. Based on our last SA numbers, we were told we weren't candidates for ICSI which sort of left us uncomfortable b/c it felt like we were introducing one more variable into a situation already fraught with "what ifs." So while we were surprised that they were performing ICSI on half of them after all (and they hadn't yet even tested the sample that Husband had provided yesterday), I think we are relieved by their decision. Of course, if we're going to have pay the same amount for 50% ICSI as for 100% ICSI, I wish they'd just ICSI all of them!

I feel pretty good physically. It's nice not to feel as much pressure in my ovaries (although I am a little sore), and I'm reveling in being done with shots and appointments. Now I have to try to get back to "normal" while I wait for tomorrow's update from the lab. F, our surro, had a scare yesterday. She woke up to some light red bleeding. They had her stop lupron on preparation from transfer, and the consensus between her and the nurse is that her lining is likely really, really thick (she was already at 10mm on 9/3) and that stopping lupron might have caused the bleeding. Thankfully it stopped, but she says she still feels crampy. One more thing to worry about!

Thank you all for the good retrieval and birthday wishes! My birthday was good. My coworkers had a small celebration for me, and Husband and I celebrated with takeout, a little cake and about a 1/2 glass of wine. I think I was ready to go to sleep by 9:30 LOL. We plan to go out to eat to really celebrate it on Saturday. That will be fun. Maybe we'll have just had transfer that day and can truly breathe a sigh of relief that now all we have to do is wait 2 weeks! I hadn't intended to be as frank with friends and family about this cycle, but after it started so shakily, I just couldn't dissemble anymore. I've been likening it to some track and field event with hurdles. I didn't expect the stimulation part to be as high of a hurdle as it was, and now I feel drained as I face the next few hurdles of fertilization and embryo growth. I had always thought the highest hurdle would be the cycle working, but now, I'll be relieved if we just have good embryos transferred (not that I want to stumble on the last hurdle of course!).


Intending To Be Parents said...

Congrats on a great number of eggs retrieved! I hope you have wonderful fertilization and that everything goes smoothly from here on out! And happy belated birthday to you!

Sue said...

That's a great number of eggs! I look forward to hearing about the fert report and transfer. Good luck!

Samantha said...

21 eggs sounds great - I hope you continue to feel better! Just take it one hurdle at a time, you'll make it!

Angi said...

That is such AWESOME news! Can't wait to hear the full fert report. A good birthday after all, huh?

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for the egg #. I've checked 1000 times in the past day to see how everything turned out. Great news! Hugs, lea

In Search of Morning Sickness said...

That is a great number of eggs to start out with!!

You know, I know everyone has their own opinion about ICSI, but I am not always convinced that ICSI produces the best eggs. Sometimes I think letting the sperm choose is a good idea. We did half ICSI, but of course we paif half too. I guarantee we'd do that next time too. Our embryos had one more cell this time that the non-ICSI time, but we also switched protocols (I ovulated on ganirilex, grr, so lupron it was). What affected the change? No idea.

Wishing you the BEST!