After 5 days of taking all those medications, the day of the transfer arrived…September 10th.
My FET was scheduled for 10:30am. I had to be there a 1/2 hour before, so we weren’t in a rush. My husband & I leisurely woke up and got ready. I had been instructed to do take the Crinone gel in the morning and to have a full bladder. When we were ready, my husband gave me a blessing, and then we left.
Unfortunately, we locked ourselves out of the house. My husband didn’t take his keys. I left my keys in my church bag the day before and forgot to take it out. He closed the door before I could reach for my keys. Oops! Lol. I couldn’t believe it but it happened. There wasn’t much we could do, except worry about it later. I wasn’t going to be worried about that, we had an appointment. While my husband drove, I called my mom. She had keys to our place. So we arranged a time to meet afterwards. I estimated that we would be done around 11:30 – 12pm. The plan was for me to call my mom when we left, that way, we would get there around the same time.
We arrived 1/2 hr before and sat in the waiting area. A few minutes later we were called by my IVF coordinator. We followed her to her office where she reviewed instructions for the ET. I disregarded some of the instructions because they were related to pregnancy and would worry about that later. I didn’t want to assume, neither did I want to feel overwhelmed by possibility. The instructions were pretty straight forward and to me, quite obvious:
No swimming – for 1 week
Drink lots of fluids – In addition to water, juice and sports drinks
Use stool softener – as needed for constipation
Eat balanced meals
No strenuous activities
You got it, right? In addition to all the instructions, I still had to take medications…until my IVF coordinator instructed me to stop. I was taking the Crinone gel, Estrace, aspirin, & PNV.
The instructions also included 2 dates – Sept. 20th & 22nd. On these dates I was scheduled for blood work only – to see if I was pregnant or not.
After meeting with my IVF coordinator we again sat in the waiting area. I was called for my blood work and then we went to meet with Dr. F. He explained the risk for multiple births and we asked questions. We signed a couple of documents verifying our embryos. I wanted to cry. I had been so worried about the embryos. When as I signed the documents I realized that my prayers had been answered and I felt relieved. In a previous appointment, I asked Dr. F what the procedure is for thawing the embryos. He explained that they are taken out one at a time. If they are not growing, they are discarded and another embryo is taken out. Knowing that we have 7, I didn’t know how many would be used to get 2 strong embryos. I hope that makes sense. As I signed the document, I understood that only 2 of our 7 embryos were thawed for this procedure. I felt comforted and grateful.
Dr. F showed us 2 pictures of our 2 embryos. It was SO cool! The picture on the left were of the frozen embryos and the picture on the right was of the thawed embryos. It seemed like they were magnified like a million times larger. The images were huge, especially when you know they’re the size of an ink dot. I was so intrigued by the pictures. I thought it was amazing because it was personal. They were OUR embryos, not the ones you see in a text book. As I viewed the side-by-side pictures, they looked only slightly different to me. Dr. F explained that before transferring them they would look somewhere in between both pictures.
After our meeting was done, we followed my IVF coordinator to the OR area. It’s the same place I had my egg retrieval. I was in the exact same room too. We put our hair caps and booties on. I removed my clothing from the waist down, wrapped myself with the large sheet that was provided. I opened the curtain and we followed my IVF coordinator into the OR. My husband sat on a stool (with wheels) and I laid on the bed. I lifted my legs up to rest on these pole things and then scooted my bottom all the way to the edge of the table. The poles are like ob/gyn stirrups for back of the knee. I verified my name and birthday that were on the screen and then my IVF coordinator informed Dr. F that I was ready.
We waited for a while because there was something that Dr. F. needed to take care of. I think we waited about 15-20 minutes, that’s my guess. I wasn’t watching the clock. When he arrived, he talked us through the procedure while getting started. He put the speculum in and I think, a catheter. I’m not exactly sure about the catheter. He told the lady in the Lab that he was ready. We looked at the screen and saw the 2 embryos. Dr. F was right, the embryos looked somewhere in between the 2 pictures we saw, except this was LIVE. We saw them super close and then the view zoomed back until they were tiny. The catheter came in and sucked up the embryos. The lady in the Lab brought the catheter to the adjacent door and gave it to Dr. F. The door has a a little window that can be opened or closed. It’s quite convenient actually. Dr. F. took it and sat back down. It took him a few minutes to insert the catheter.
Once the catheter was in, Dr. F had us turn our eyes to the ultrasound. He told us that we would see a white line in the uterus and then the embryos would be released. The embryos were released deep into the uterus, much like where they would be if it were a natural conception. We saw the white line and that was it. The embryos were SO tiny, I knew we wouldn’t see them. That was it! The catheter and speculum were removed. Dr. F shook our hands and told us that there was nothing more we could do – let nature take its course.
I switched beds and got rolled to my room. I laid there for 30 minutes. Before we left, I emptied my bladder and put my clothes on. My mom met us at home and we were able to get in. Lol. She made chili for us so we ate and then rested for the rest of the day. It was so nice.
Now it was time to wait…
Next post: The Next 10 Days
(Not sure if I’m going to post the picture of the embryos. I have 1 of the 2 pictures we saw. Thinking about it.)