Well there you go, mini me/mini gardener guy is safely inside my uterus. So it will either be born holding a set of ghd hair straighteners or a capsicum plant. After all our worry we got a really good, perfect blastocyst transferred into my uterus at 10am this morning. Above is the picture we were given of it. I really believe this little bugger is strong enough to carry on, I have faith.
So Ill give you a run down of how this morning played out. Firstly when I woke this morning I was so nervous, what if there were no blastocysts to transfer? what if this dream was over?. I was instructed to empty my bladder at 8.45am then full it right back up again, so I started on the water. from last cycle I remember this being really awful, with my bladder full the last thing you really want is someone winching open your fanny and sticking a needle in your uterus while someone else pushes down on your stomach with cold goo, this is just a recipe for disaster, but I can tell you now there was no accidental urination.
So we arrive, bladder full and went down to the treatment waiting room. A few nurses walked while past we were sitting there and they all gave us a smile, now of course my mind was running wild and I was thinking 'why are you smiling at me like that?, it's because you all know our embryo's are all dead and you feel sorry for us', but obviously this was not the case, they always smile, they are nice, my mind was just working overtime. We finally got taken into what is called the "chat room" where we get the verdict on the embryos. In came the embryologist and she said ' we have good news' ahhh.......... I can breathe again! She told us we have 1 really great perfect blastocyst to transfer today and it is actually looking even better than she expected! I could see the look of relief on gardener guys face, then I started thinking ' your not shaving that damn horrific looking beard, I think it has super powers'. We were also told what was happening with the other 4 embryos, 1 has developed into an early stage blastocyst, and the other 2 are morula's, what the hell does that mean right? well the early stage blastocyst is just a little behind/weaker than the one they transferred today and the 2 morula's are a stage behind that, they need to go from being a morula to a blastocyst, she told us all of these have got the potential to be nice strong blastocysts that are capable of being frozen for later use. She will ring us tomorrow morning with the verdict for those. If they cannot be frozen they will be destroyed. As for the 5th embryo, well this was the lazy boy I told you about, now he still isn't doing much so he is a write off, oh well, guess he tried his best. So we are feeling very pleased, when we get the call tomorrow and if none are able to be frozen then that's ok, ill try my hardest to just let it go and move on but if they can be frozen I can tell you now we will pretty much be the happiest we have been in the last 2yrs.
After the news on the embryos I got changed into my gown and got taken through to surgery, the nurse was doing a scan on my stomach so the doctor could see where to guide to catheter. The doctor opened my fanny up with a speculum, the best way of describing this is basically he puts it in and cranks it open till my vagina is basically big enough for the doctor to jump inside and he then guides the speculum that has our embryo inside it through into my uterus. On the monitor we can see it go in, it looks like a little white flicker, and just like that it is safely in!
We left the clinic - the 3 of us......well 2 and a half of us and headed off to acupuncture. Having acupuncture straight after transfer is meant to be a really good time to strengthen everything and get sorted for implantation. I had a really relaxing session at my acupuncturist home clinic which is on the waterfront and even though it was pouring with rain it was nice and serene. God I sound like a weird hippy, look what all this treatment has turned me into, I may as well be signed up for a 6month retreat in a Buddhist monastery. I had a few new points done today to help with the embryo settling in, the weirdest being a needle in the top of my head, it didn't even hurt but I'm sure it looked really strange. I am continuing acupuncture till we get our results which by the way is June 14th! I am taking that day off work as from previous experience its far to hard to concentrate on anything expect getting the phone call and dear I say it, but if its negative there is no way in hell I can cope to work.
So what will the little embryo have planned to do for the next few days you may ask? well let me tell you its no holiday for it, tomorrow it should start hatching and then on Tuesday it will start attaching to my uterine wall and implantation begins as it starts to basically bury itself deeper in the lining, by Friday it would have completely implanted and will have placenta and fetal cells, by Saturday the placenta cells begin to secrete HCG, more HCG is produced as the fetus develops and then by Tuesday the 14th June there is enough HCG to be detected in the blood to give us our result! pretty amazing isn't it? Obviously this all might not happen, our embryo could just decide to shut up shop at any stage and then we lose it. But we are not thinking like that.
Before I forget, some other news that you really really don't need to know, but that's why I'm going to say it, just to creep you out. I'm on the vaginal pessaries again, for anyone unaware, these are little white tablets filled with progesterone oil that I shove up my fanny 3 times a day, a total of 6 a day, from last cycle these gave me a terribly stinging flaming fanny, but so far I'm ok, they also bring on terrible constipation, oh how glamorous all this IVF carry on is!! This blog certainly isn't going to make me a guy magnet is it? not that I'm after that, I already have one hairy faced man pinned down, that's enough thanks. Sorry gardener guy, your not escaping, your stuck with me, constipation and all.
Thanks for reading today's entry, I know it is a long one so I hope you all got through it without being too bored. For now I'm off to rest, get gardener guy to run around after me and let our little treasure find its bearings and hopefully settle in for the long haul. Well must dash, gardener guy is walking past the lounge, must get him to make me a milo, grab my book, rub my feet perhaps? I think he needs a sexy butler outfit and he needs to carry a silver platter with lots of goodies on it to offer me, I need a little bell to ring so I don't strain myself by yelling, hmmm somehow I don't think that's going to happen, oh well ill just settle for a hot roast dinner and a nice smile from him, that will do me just fine thanks.