Beta results were negative
Beta results were negative
Thank you for the sweet message, I appreciate it more than you know! Wednesday is beta day and it cant get here soon enough, I am dying to test at home, but I know I have to wait it out. It is taking all of the self control I have.
My progesterone level this morning was 17.3 and I am taking PIO injections every night so to get my level above 20, my RE has now prescribed prometrium suppositories three times a day. I cannot even begin to explain how unexcited I am about this, but if it finally gives us the results we want, I wont complain. Beta is next Wednesday and we have vowed not to test beforehand. After watching the two lines get lighter and lighter last time we decided not to put ourselves through that again and just find out on beta day. I will post an update once we know something.
Since the call this morning to let me know that the two that had basically been written off had divided overnight, one of the three cells divided again and is now five cells. I already told John if it works this time, my prediction is that will be the one that takes.
So now we wait…my most favorite part of this whole process. I dont go back to work until January 7 which will be my first day of my new job.
Thats right, you read that correctly, THREE! Believe me when I say this, I know that the odds for the two are not good, but they divided overnight and are now 3 cells each. They must have my DNA because I am the ultimate procrastinator! The other embryo is completely normal and the embryologist said that if we are successful this time, it will likely be the one that leads to pregnancy. Transfer of all three embryos is at 2:30 today and I will then start my 24 hours of strict bedrest followed by 2 days of relaxing on the couch.
I cannot thank you all enough for the support you have provided this cycle! Thank you for the sweet messages and thoughts and prayers. Please keep them coming, we will need them over the next two weeks while we wait patiently.
As of this morning, we had one lone embryo that was growing. The embryologist explained that the other two could catch up but we wont know anything for certain until tomorrow morning. My fingers are crossed and my prayers are said that this embryo looks good in the morning and we will be able to transfer it tomorrow afternoon.
Yesterday there was confusion about how many we had because I was still a little loopy when they were telling me the numbers and John wasnt in the room to hear everything. I kept hearing the number 4 and the embryologist told John 4 also, but the doctor mentioned there were some others too. This morning it turns out 4 is correct, but those are what were mature. Apparently before they talked to us after the retrieval yesterday they took a quick peek and found that 4 were mature, but we still dont know how many they actually retrieved at this point.
I just got the call that 3 of the 4 fertilized, our best fertilization rate yet. With such high retrieval rates in the past, I was stunned to only have 4 yesterday and I was really worried that nothing would even fertilize. Because the embryologist picked up on that, she promised that she would call this morning. She will call us again tomorrow with an update and transfer date. I dont know what will happen tomorrow but for today we are grateful for the 3 that fertilized and are hopefully growing.
Happy New Years Eve Everyone!
Egg retrieval is done and there is a little confusion about the final numbers so I am going to wait to post until tomorrow after I hear from the embryologist. I am feeling ok at this point and Im glad this part is done. Hopefully we have something growing right now.
I have been waiting for this day since we started this cycle a couple of weeks ago…the day I would be miserable. I had Christmas day off from blood work and ultrasounds but have been back every day since.
12/26 E2 1659, Gonal-F 75 units, Menopur 75 units and Cetrotide 0.25mg
12/27 E2 1887, Ultrasound showed 5 follicles ready to go at 20mm and above and 5 more at 15mm and above and several others 12-15mm. Gonal-F increased to 150 units, Menopur 75 units and Cetrotide 0.25mg
Last night about two hours after I took the increased dose of Gonal-F I felt sharp pains on my right and left side and then this morning I finally felt miserable. I knew going in this morning if I wasnt ready today, it would definitely be tomorrow. Turns out, being miserable is definitely my tell that its time. My ultrasound showed 5 follicles on the right and 5 on the left that are 20mm or larger and several others that have the potential to catch up before retrieval.
12/28 E2 2321, Centrotide 0.25mg at 8pm, HCG 10,000 units at 10pm.
I go in for blood work tomorrow morning and retrieval will be on Sunday at 9am. So far I am happy with the way this cycle has gone, my E2 level increases and follicle growth have been much more steady and I am hoping that will give us better quality embryos.
Fingers crossed for Sunday morning!
So the last week of my life has basically been spent at the REs office either doing blood work or ultrasounds or a combination of the two. My E2 levels have been as follows:
12/17 - Baseline 51 - 75mg Gonal-F, 75mg Menopur
12/20 - E2 368 - Decreased to 37.5mg Gonal-F, 75mg Menopur
12/21 - E2 488 - 37.5mg Gonal-F, 75mg Menopur
12/22 - Ultrasound showed multiple measureable follicles, 12 largest measuring an average of 10cm - E2 646 - Increase to 75mg Gonal-F, 75mg Menopur, Add Cetrotide .25mg
12/23 - E2 813 - 75mg Gonal-F, 75mg Menopur, Cetrotide .25mg
12/24 - Ultrasound showed average follicle size of 15cm - E2 1156 - 75mg Gonal-F, 75mg Menopur, Cetrotide .25mg
I was able to coerce them to let me have a day off for Christmas and will be going back tomorrow morning for another ultrasound and blood work, which will determine if Im ready to trigger and have retrieval on Friday or Saturday of this week.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!