First off, I have lost 45 pounds this year. BAM! Party for me!
Second, we are on our way to frozen embryo transfer. Our donated embryo from Boston is days away from reaching it’s new cryo-tank home in California. It should be here within the week. That’s not exactly step one, there have been a LOT of steps to get to that point. But, it’s a big milestone in this process. I’ve been super relaxed and focused on other things, which is a great mental approach to this all. I am thoroughly invested, but I have a more healthy attachment to the process than in the past – less desperate, more hopeful.
But, last night I could tell some anxiety started creeping in. I dreamed that my friend sent me a picture of the embryo – the kind the clinic takes with their microscope. And that was cool. But then, the dream shifted and the clinic that currently has the embryo decided to thaw it to check on it before they shipped it. Their plan was to thaw it, check it’s viability for 24 hours, then re-vitrify it and ship it to my clinic. But they didn’t tell us this, they just did it. And so, out of the blue I got an email from my friends who are donating the embryo, and they said the clinic had just called and the embryo had regressed to the morula stage and was not likely to survive being re-frozen. And then she explained using a very long equation that looked somewhat like this: 2(x-y)= 46(z-y)/(x-z)*10<46x(y+zx) and on and on for like 7 full lines. I could not understand, and didn’t much care, about the math-iness of it. All I cared about was no more embryo because some dumb ass decided to thaw it when they shouldn’t have. My friend felt bad and wished the clinic had told her they were going to do it, too, so she could have stopped them. And then I woke up. So, yes, I suppose underneath my collected outer demeanor, I have a nervous streak building about this.
I’m already in the process of prepping my body for the transfer. I have had a batch of bloodwork, a saline contrast ultrasound to make sure my uterus looks pretty enough, and an endometrial scratching procedure. I wasn’t actually prepared to have that done even though I asked for it, because the most recent information I had was that the doctor doesn’t do that procedure because he doesn’t think there is enough science behind it. I knew my nurse was advocating for me though, and that she had done them before with another doctor in the practice, I just didn’t know it had been resolved. So, both were done – and the saline contrast ultrasound was just a little pinchy, but otherwise just fine. The scratching, however, that one hurt. I’ll take “Things I Don’t Want to Hear My RE say for $1,000, please” – “This catheter is thicker and more rigid than the ones we usually use for other procedures and it’s getting stuck on the ridges of your cervix when I try to push it in.” Yeah, I could feel all of that. I did need to go home and take a pain pill and sleep it off – it left me not feeling so great. But, it’s over and I’m fine. I’ve never done PIO shots, and I am going to do them this cycle – I’m guessing they are going to be WAY worse than the scratching was.
At the RE office there were many jokes by the nurses about the baby being born with a Boston accent and a Red Sox jersey… I’ve been through too much in the past to let myself actually think of this as actually being a baby at some point, so that was a little mentally jarring. I mean, I know that’s the desired outcome here, but we still have miles to go before we get there, and I haven’t been able to make it through all of those miles in the past and get one of these to actually turn into a baby, so I’m hesitant. And self protective. And I don’t count my chickens…errrr, frozen embryos…before they hatch. Or something like that.