ETA for the ET!

by Kathy on August 6, 2007 · 0 comments

in IVF #2 (second try), Sean

We are scheduled to arrive for the embryo transfer tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10:45 a.m. I wasn’t available to take the call and therefore didn’t get to talk with anyone directly. So I just got the information from a voicemail they left for us.

So based on the fact that for our 1st ET for IVF#1 we were told to arrive one hour early, I am guessing our ET this time will likely be around 11:45 a.m. On the message she did not comment on the status of our embryos, so we will have to wait until tomorrow to find out how many are still dividing, what stage(s) they are at and their quality.

She did say to eat a good breakfast, bring a bottle of water (to fill my bladder before the procedure) and to wear warm socks. I am glad that this time I get to bring the water bottle, as last time I was told to drink it on the way. That time they were running late for the procedure and it was so hard to hold out from going to the bathroom!

As an aside, I forgot to share a few funny/interesting stories from my ER experience this time around… When I entered the operating room, the anesthesiologist called my attention to the song playing on the radio. It was “Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice! The nurse, u/s tech, anesthesiologist and I all thought that it was pretty amusing and definitely the perfect tune to get one psyched up for a medical procedure!

Then when he went to put my IV in, to put me under, he had trouble getting it to work in my right hand, so he had to try again, and succeed (thankfully) on my left hand. Though it was painful and is probably my least favorite part of the ER, it lead to an interesting conversation with those in the room (our RE didn’t come in until after I was out).

I told them about how the morning after I had Sean (via c-section, after a long and unsuccessful labor), that my IV somehow came out and when the nurse went to put it back in, she had to try four times, twice on each hand before she got it to work! My point in telling the story was that after such an exhausting and uncomfortable labor experience (my epidural did not work well), my perspective on and threshold for pain had changed and getting stuck that many times for the IV, which in the past would have brought me to tears, was actually no big deal! I even forgot to tell Bob about it when he arrived at the hospital that day, which is unlike me.

From that story it led to me share my labor and delivery story with the operating crew! It was a win-win because they seemed genuinely interested and it helped to distract me while my IV was placed. At one point the u/s tech said something about hopefully my labor experience with this baby will be better! I was taken aback by her optimism, but appreciated it! I am not quite as confident about this cycle, but I sure would love for it to work!

Well, I should get back to my family, as Bob took the week off work and we are spending it at his parents’ and uncle’s summer home in Michigan. We will drive home for the ET tomorrow morning and return right after. I plan to do my 24 – 48 hours of R and R here. Sean is going to stay with Bob’s parents while we are gone (which we really appreciate).

I am typing this from Bob’s Blackberry and should wrap up. I will check in on our way back here tomorrow afternoon and let you know how the ET goes, the grade of the embryo they put in and how the remaining embryos, if any, are doing. Thank you so much for your comments, emails, phone calls, positive thoughts and prayers for our family and our little miracle embryos!!!

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