My Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) was today! I totally meant to post beforehand you guys, I just got really bad at blogging and also at adulting.
So if you haven’t been following along at home – we did a fresh cycle back in December, which was unsuccessful, and ended up with 1 embryo that was good enough to freeze, rated 4AA (which is really good! good job little guy!). I’ve been on a drug protocol since starting my period this month (on February 4th) of escalating Estrogen (via Estrace pills and eventually also a patch), Baby Aspirin, and have been doing Progesterone In Oil (PIO) shots since Thursday. You guys, I used to swallow pills 1 by 1, isn’t that hilarious? It would take me 10 minutes every morning and night if I did that now …
Nightly meds: Metformin, Estrace, and Baby Aspirin
Quick aside re: the PIO shots … Em has managed to totally avoid all interaction with needles throughout this process. That means she was not in the room for any of the 8 trigger shots during our medicated IUI cycles, or ANY of my 3 shots/day during stims in November/December. This didn’t really bother me because she is very supportive but just doesn’t like needles and doesn’t understand why I would “do that to myself” (even though she does, of course, understand why I was doing that to myself). Anyway, all of those shots were subcutaneous (for n00bs: that means they go in your belly with a tiny skinny needle because they just need to get into the fat to absorb). PIO is an intramuscular shot, so it needed to go into my ass with a huge giant long needle. And I can’t see my ass, so she had to do it. I have to give her credit but she pretty much cried after the first 2. By last night she seemed almost blasé about it. Although she does keep asking if I can just back up into it so she doesn’t have to jab me …
I was pretty nervous about the PIO because I kept reading about welts and burning and soreness and such. I’m actually kind of worried that it isn’t going in or something? Because I haven’t had any welts (the nurse wanted to check if we were doing it in the right spot today and was like “… I can’t see where you did it?”) or soreness. Maybe a little burning on the way in. I’ve been icing for like a minute or two before doing the shot, and massaging the injection site afterward with a paper towel. I get a tiny bit of bleeding each time. So I don’t know … hopefully we’re doing it right. They drew bloods for a progesterone level check today so I guess we’ll find out.
Okay back to business … so we had our FET of our only embryo today around noon. You have to have a full bladder for the transfer (which was the worst during the fresh cycle because everything down there was so sore … so even a partially full bladder was actually super painful), and I apparently am adequately hydrated so after drinking the recommended 2-3 cups of water (I didn’t even have the full 2) I was about to wet myself. I asked them to let me let a little bit out while waiting because you have to sit there and wait your turn for an hour, and they let me, but then I seemed to fill up again within 2 minutes. When I finally went back and they put the ultrasound on to check how full I was, the nurse was like, “Are you comfortable? You can go pee for like 15 seconds and still be fine …” which was obviously an angel speaking.
We got a little picture of our little embaby. This was a picture post-thaw and they said it looked perfect (they probably say that to all the girls). Here’s hoping that this is finally our turn and that all of the stars have aligned.
Mommies’ little blastocyst
I took the whole day off work and now I’m sitting at home under a blanket, watching the rain, and relaxing (well, trying my best to relax). I had thought about trying acupuncture again but ended up deciding against it. I think I ruled it out as something that would be helpful for me a year or so ago after I had been doing it for 3/4 of a year’s worth of IUIs without any noticeable change.
My test date is apparently 3/7, which is 12dp5dt. What the hell?! I’ve never heard of anyone waiting that long. I thought that 9dp5dt was pretty standard. I’m like 110% sure I’ll do a HPT before that but grr. Anyone else’s clinic wait that long to test after a 5dt? Oh, another important question: has anyone else been told to avoid orgasm until their pregnancy test?! That’s another one I wasn’t prepared for. I remember reading it after my retrieval and assuming it was because of the surgery business. And also it hurt too much to thinking about that anyway. I didn’t think I’d have to go another 12 days … would have had a different last couple of nights if I knew, that’s for sure … Sigh.
Anyway, now I have the hiccups and they won’t go away! I’m usually pretty good at vanquishing hiccups with breath holding or water or trying to remember what I wore yesterday. These are some stubborn-ass hiccups. It’s probably a sign, right?