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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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When Tomorrow Comes

Posted by dakota on September 15, 2008

This week had a number of themes which for various reasons have left me exhausted, headachy, happily surprised and horny.   I’m too tired to explore these tonight so for the moment I’ll just hit the headlines as it were.

Mulberry and I have successfully completed nine days of injections with the cherry on top trigger shot last night. The trigger was a bit nervous making — more for mulberry than for me since she was the one administering it.  One needle.  One shot.  One night only.  She did great.  And all in all, it all wasn’t so terrible giving myself the other shots. Having a cute cheerleader with blissfull furry friends always helps of course. Who knew?

Tonight I feel bloated and uncomfortable. For last several days, however, I have felt headachy and more aroused than a three-testicled tom cat. Even with so many things going on, I have not been able to keep my mind/hands off my lovely spouse who has been waiting for me to arrive home from work at one a.m., well past her bedtime, to help me with the injections. Is it just me or have others experienced this heightened state during this process as well? No Dakota, just you. Moving on.

Tomorrow the doctor I dislike and described in a recent post is the one who will do the retrieval. Monday is our REs day off and she will actually not be in town. In her sweet and humane manner she called me and expressed her regret that she couldn’t come in herself because she has a lecture to deliver to residents. We had been hoping for a Tuesday or Wednesday retrieval, but she fears it will be too late by then. She also noted that I will be under conscious sedation so I will basically out of it for the procedure anyway. Between my streams of tears, I heard her to mean you don’t have to deal with him anyway and he’s very good at this technical part so you are in good hands. I have decided to chant for him–for his skillful retrieval of my eggs and for both of us to tap into our highest selves tomorrow. Small steps for big dreams. I have done harder things I remind myself.

So tomorrow it’s seven follicles, two women, one doctor and twenty minutes with no commercial interruptions. I’m slightly nervous but eager to get this part over and hoping for good results. It is again one a.m (my bewitching hour) and poor mulberry is again up waiting because she fears if she goes to bed without me, I’ll just stay in the living room and be up half the night.  She’s right.   I’m signing off.

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