At least that is what I keep telling myself. Funny thing is, I really don’t mind going to GRS. Everyone is so funny and so positive, it kind of makes this whole thing a lot less tortuous. As I mentioned in my last post, my ultrasound showed a lot of follicles, they just needed to grow to 17 mm or more. So I went back today and had another ultrasound and blood draw, and I was right on the cusp…but not yet! So we will go back tomorrow and ultrasound and blood draw again, and probably trigger tomorrow night. So what is next?
If I trigger tomorrow, I will do egg retrieval on Wednesday and transfer on Saturday. Egg retrieval is no joke. I get put to sleep and they go in and retrieve all of the eggs that my follicles decide to produce via a needle. Next they take Jesse’s part and put it with the eggs and hope that those little pieces fertilize together and make embryos. Because of the trial, we have to do a 3 day transfer. That means the embryos cook for 3 days before they put them into my uterus. Apparently they also grade the embryos during that time as well. Nothing like giving the kid a complex at conception, right? I am TOTALLY going to get a onesie made that has the baby’s grade on it…and when it makes me mad, I am going to say “If only you were a 4 AA!” (Just a little IVF humor for you)
This whole thing is becoming more and more real. I really can’t ignore it, because for the first time in my life, I can feel my ovaries when I move and actually when I don’t move too. I am fairly sure they are the size of grapefruits right now and it is quite uncomfortable.
We just got some great news from some other family members that I can’t share just yet, but I am hoping that their good news spreads to us this week! Life is really exciting sometimes, and right now is no exception. I am still trying to be as supportive as I can be to friends and acquaintances who are going through infertility struggles. Not going to lie, it is hard to hear when people get pregnant and didn’t have to go through 1/10th of what I have, but I remind myself that this is my journey not theirs, and I can’t fault them for that. I am excited that they had an easier path and didn’t have to deal with the emotional and financial stresses of infertility.
Hopefully I will have a good update on Wednesday with a huge amount of eggs retrieved, and then on Thursday with a huge amount of embryos! Thanks, as always, for reading and the amazing support you have given us!