Thursday, August 24, 2006


Tomorrow, Friday, I have my "pre-operative" appointment to see whether my uterine lining has developed appropriately. If it has, and if I'm free of cysts, then they'll thaw out five embryos (frozen at day one) and see if they (the embryos) can get themselves to the blastocyst stage in style. If not, they'll try to thaw my favorite child, the grade 4AA expanding blastocyst that was frozen in the last cycle. They didn't transfer that one the last time because they thought it was growing too fast at day three and would likely arrest. Au contraire, it said to them, and brandished an epee.

It is a bit discouraging, of course, that the one high-quality blast that I've produced out of 15 embryos cultured (so far) may never get transferred. Anyway, we requested to transfer two blasts if we have that many. Caution, I toss thee to the wind as if thou were a copy of Us that I had already read!

But I'm getting ahead of myself. I've had menstrual-like cramps the past two days, which makes me wonder what's going on in my uterus, other than a pervasive nihilism. Have any of you FET pioneers experienced the same?


TLB said...

If there's one thing I've learned about IVF, it's this: don't listen to your body. Your body's little tics and twinges will make you think all kinds of things are going on, bad and good. Just shut your ears and hum, "Nyah nyah nyah, I am not listening to you, nyah, nyah."

Hopeful Mother said...

I don't have any advice for you on the cramps...

It's interesting that you have one 4AA blast in the freezer - me too!

I hope you are free of cysts and your lining looks good. Keep us posted on the development of your Day-1-ers!

Hope548 said...

Hang in there and try not to drive yourself crazy with thoughts. I hope your uterus & ovaries behave so you can go forward with the transfer.

bihari said...

Oh my LORD you are funny. With the brandishing of epee's and all (and I can't make the little accent mark with this computer, but you know what I mean). I wish very good things for you, so you can be funny about actual fun stuff for a change, instead of having to deal with rue.

Rue, I am finding, is dreadfully pervasive in middle age, but I do not want it for you. I want double lines. So there, universe!

VanillaDreams said...

I've never done a blast transfer myself -- what exactly is a "4AA blast"? Just out of curiousity?

I hope there are no cysts and your lining is perfect so you can go ahead very soon!!

Since this current pregnancy seems to be going to hell...I am going to have a long conversation with my Embryologist, and REALLY push for a blast transfer next time. I am sick of throwing in 3 Day old embryos only to have various tragedies befall me!!

Keep me posted on your progress, and thanks again for thinking of me.


Emmie said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! The universe can't possibly have time to screw us all over tomorrow, can it? Surely you can slip aside unnoticed and move on to your transfer. Maybe if we throw a decoy out there... Survive and grow, embryos!