Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Oct. 25. 2009
I found this on line and thought it helpful in understanding what is taking place right with the babies:
Transfer (DPT) Embryo Development
One The embryo continues to grow and develop, turning from a 6-8 cell embryo into a morula
Two The cells of the morula continue to divide, developing into a blastocyst
Three The blastocyst begins to hatch out of its shell
Four The blastocyst continues to hatch out of its shell and begins to attach itself to the uterus
Five The blastocyst attaches deeper into the uterine lining, beginning implantation
Six Implantation continues
Seven Implantation is complete, cells that will eventually become the placenta and fetus have begun to develop
Eight Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) starts to enter the blood stream
Nine Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted
Ten Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted
Eleven Levels of hCG are now high enough to detect a pregnancy
Posted by Sarah Daugherty Photo at 1:12 AM
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Oct. 24 2009
John has been so funny the past few days. He keeps me in bed, makes me bfast, lunch, and dinner and chases me back to bed if he finds me up even to pee. He talks to the babies and has even prayed over my belly. Well I am being sent back to bed. But one last thing, our pregnancy test is for Nov. 3rd. If it looks good we’ll have an ultrasound two weeks later! GNight
Oct. 22. 2009
We spoke to the doc about the embryo transfer that was about to take place. He said that one of the three embryo’s stop growing, but that they had two, 8 cell embryos that were perfect. On a scale to measure the quality with their perfect number being 2.0 they graded our two embryo’s at 2.1. After he talked a bit more and answered some last minute questions, we went to the other room to get set up for the transfer. John was at my head and watching the flat screen TV of the procedure as we watched them lead the catheter up and find a nice place to put the babies. They used the ultrasound probe on my belly to help guide the whole thing. Once we were done they told me to lay there with my bum up to heaven as they tilted the bed backwards. Then they presented us with a photo of our 8 cel dixi babies and an ultra sound photo. Babies first two photosJ 15 min. later we were told we could go home and we hurried to the SUV where John made a bed for me to lay flat the 3 hour drive home.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Oct. 20 2009
We got the call from the nurse today. 2 of the 6 eggs were no good and a 3rd one didn’t make it. So today we have 3 one-cell embryos. It’s kind of crazy to think we’ve really created life, what ever the out come. The doc said do to the limit numbers of embryos that he’d like to do a 3-day transfer. So Thursday at 10:30 am they will be putting the babies inside me. They like to put 3 in on 3-day transfers as apposed to 2 on 5-day transfers. There is no guarantee that the 3 we have will make it and hold out two more days. We are trusting God and praying. I did not want to have 10 embryos and have to pick and choose who I’d keep and I believe God is in control!
Posted by Sarah Daugherty Photo at 4:04 AM
Oct. 19 2009
Today was egg retrieval day. John gave his seman sample and then I went in for surgery. They retrieved 6 eggs. I have cramping and spotting, but it should go away in about two days. They will call us tomorrow and tell us how our dixi babies are doing.
Posted by Sarah Daugherty Photo at 4:03 AM
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Oct. 17 2009
I did my final monitoring trip to VA with all the kids this a.m. We were really scared driving in the rain and hydroplaning the whole 3 hours. But we made it there and back safe and sound! Today I am measuring right on with most of the follicles at 22-24. I asked the doc how big that is, when not on the flat screen TV. He said about an inch. With me having about 10 large follicles and 6 other small ones. I have over 10 inches of follicles in my fallopian tubes and that is the reason for all the pain and pressure. BUT first thing on Monday morning I’ll be going in for surgery to retrieve the eggs. At this time John will be giving his sperm sample and then Microsort will separate them for the female. Then they will choose one sperm and inject it into the egg. The following day they will call us and tell us how our little bean is doing. I was happy to hear that I won’t have to drive to VA tomorrow a.m. So the kids and I are going to just relax and SLEEP! Tonight I have to give myself a new shot of HCG and NOT the other shots I’ve been taking. The HCG is to be given 36 hours before they are to retrieve the eggs. Anywhos we are at the finish line now! BTW I look like a pincushion! It took 3 different nurses and 5 sticks before they hit blood today.
Oct. 16 2009
Did the 4:30 a.m. drive again to VA and will be doing this daily. Things are progressing well. We are still hoping to do the egg retrieval on Monday! I just cleaned and bleached my whole house from top to bottom in preparation of my being laid up in the near future. I feel like I’m nesting……it’s exciting!
Oct. 14 2009
Just got back from VA. Blood work and ultrasound were performed again. My eggs are growing fast. One measured 18.5 and the other nice sized ones are around 14. I am increasing my meds the Gonal @300 mixed with 2 vials of Menopur. I have to order more meds before tonight! We will see how Friday’s apt. goes and then set a date for egg retrieval. I’m so ready to do this!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Oct. 12 2009
We drove to VA this a.m. again. I had blood work done and am awaiting another phone call. My ultrasound was great and I am responding to the drugs well and quite fast. I had 6 follicles in my right fallopian tube and 4 on the left. With one large one on the left side. I have been giving myself shots of Gonal @225 for the past 4 nights. Tonight I will start the Ganirelic. I will also give myself the Gonal mixed with Menopur. So 3 drugs and 2 shots. The new ones are to keep me from ovulating on my own. The doctor said we may be harvesting my eggs sooner, like THIS WEEKJ
Posted by Sarah Daugherty Photo at 8:21 AM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Oct. 11 2009
Well i've been doing my IVF shots for 3 days now and boy do they hurt! NOt the shot, but the after effects. I can feel everything and it feels like my ovaries are being stabbed with a knife and i'll wake in the middle of the night with massive pain. I go back to VA on Monday and have another ultrasound and blood work. I am hopping i'm doing better than they expect so they can lower the dose. Since we started all of this, I’ve lost a LOT of weight and am about 138 pounds right now!
Posted by Sarah Daugherty Photo at 11:25 AM
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Oct. 8 2009
We woke up at 3:30 a.m. and left the house at 4 something. It was a peaceful 3 hour drive and I loved watching the sun come up. We arrived at the clinic and they drew my blood and did an ultrasound. They will do these two things every time I visit. The ultrasound was good, overaies looked good and my lining was thin which is right where it should be since I just ended my period. I am awaiting a phone call about my blood work. Then I spoke with a nurse and we practiced mixing meds and giving shots. I have such a large box of drugs that I was trying to write it all down. But for now I will only be giving myself one shot for the next four days at 8pm. Then on Monday I will go in for more blood work and an ultrasound and they will tell me what med to take next. We drove 3 hours back home and are very tired today. But the kids have a four day weekendJ
Posted by Sarah Daugherty Photo at 1:51 PM
Oct. 2 2009
Okay I’m a LOT over whelmed right now =0 I start my IVF cycle on October 8th when I have to be in VA at 8a.m. and it’s a 3 hour drive! Then I have to be back in VA on Oct. 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 26. John has to come on the 21st, retrieval day and on the 26th when they put the embryos back inJ Is it crazy that my biggest concern is my almost 5 year old and having to reschedule his bday? LOL Looks like I’m going to be spending 6 hours a day in my SUV.
Freedom pharmacy just called and my IVF meds will arrive on Tuesday. I am hopping that insurance will pick up some of the coast, because the grand total for this expense is $2,339.66!
Sep. 30 2009
I’m getting worried, because my period should have happened 2 and a half days ago. Yes I’m that regular! LOL But since they started me on a birth control I still have not started. I called the nurse today and she said normal women’s periods are 28 days apart, where as mine have always been 21 days apart and 7 days long. She said that I should start around Oct. 4th or 5th and that it’s okay. But if I don’t start then they’ll do some lab work and then some how make me start and then once I have my period we’ll start all the drugs and conceive two weeks later. I’m getting impatientL I know that stress and what not can factor into things…..so I’m just staying calm and waiting. Today I re painted my living room! LOL