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Freeze Frame

Posted by dakota on September 19, 2008

The Greek goddess of wisdom and war called to deliver the news to us today.
Well, one of the embryologist’ named after this goddess gave us a call, but, anyway I thought it apropos we get the news from her since this process seems to require preparation for elements of wisdom and varieties of war.
Corpuscular combat.
Doctor duking.
Insurance impalement.
Patience.
Love.

Both embryologists I spoke to were kind, very competent, and answered all my questions with just the right amount of humor and compassion.

I started writing this post earlier this afternoon but it felt very technical and jumbled.
So I got rid of it.  Here is the distillation:

We have four embryos.
I am elated that four have made it to today.
A little sad that they are now just frozen in time.
Today they feel like babies somewhere I can’t reach.

We are eleven days away from knowing if we have a pregnancy.
I really want a baby.
You know?

I looked up freeze frame and I found two descriptions:
* An optical printing effect in which a single frame image is repeated so as to appear stationary when projected.

* The image on the screen stops, freezes and becomes a still shot.

The two are related with a nuanced difference– one appears stationary but is actually moving (like a possible pregnancy in a tww) the other is a snapshot of a held moment  (like a cryopreserved embryo).

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Welcome To The Next Day

Posted by dakota on September 16, 2008

Seven eggs retrieved and, bonus, mulberry finally surged so we did an insemination today too!

Although they were extremely Monday morning busy, everyone from the phlebotomists to anesthesiologist to embryologist was very kind and encouraging of my procedure today. Dr. NoCharm had very little time to offend since the anesthesia was so effective I was out pretty quickly. Just as we had hoped. And the medical assistant said I didn’t snore. You have no idea what a gift that is for everyone. Unlike anything resembling hope, we had to charge a whopping $1200 on the credit card as the anesthesiologist was out of network and freezing embryos is apparently not covered by our insurance. Certainly hoping to recoup some of that.

Our original plan included me having egg retrieval followed by mulberry having embryos transferred to her. We had no idea how cycle sync up was going to happen successfully since we were two weeks off from each other. We were also concerned that she may have another anovulatory cycle this month since it was day twenty and our monitor was still reading low fertility for her yesterday. Ironically we sync’d naturally (even though many drugs were involved on my part) and she was ready to ovulate on the exact day of my retrieval. Our slightly new plan has a slightly new twist. We now have three days to finding out what kind of embryos we have and two weeks to discovering if we have a pregnancy.

Thank you all so much for the support and love. It is truly no small thing and I could feel it as we moved from room to room today. Even though I am sore and sleepy now, I have to say, I am also feeling pretty happy about what mulberry is calling our convergence. Two possible entryways to the family we so desire. Not a bad deal after all.

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