Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Baby Via Gestational Carrier Journey Update 8

January 7, 2013
Today Jessica and I both had an u/s. Everything went well for both of us and was informed to start my follistim the next morning.

January 8, 2013
I started my follistim today. I had to inject 150 units in the morning and then another 150 units 12 hours later for the next couple of days until my next u/s.
January 10, 2013
Today I got another u/s and also got my estradiol checked.

January 11, 2013
Got the results of my estradiol back and everything with that and the u/s looked good. I now needed to start taking the ganirelix in the morning with my follistim injection and then inject 150 units of the menopur in the evening. I hate the menopur. I had no issues injecting the others but this one hurt, drew a good amount of blood, and burned. I also managed to screw this drug up, and not just one night but two. This drug is a mixing drug and somehow I overlooked the fact that I needed to mix two vials of the powder and so I underdosed myself both of those first nights of taking it.

January 12, 2013
Early this morning Dereck and I hopped on a flight headed to MN. We were supposed to have an u/s at our RE's office the next morning, but it got switched to Monday instead.

January 14, 2013
The next u/s to check my follicles and blood draw to check my estrogen levels again was at 8:45am at our RE's office. At this appt. we learned that I had 3 large follicles that were already matured and then a few other little ones. Our RE reviewed those findings and one of the nurses called to tell us the news. Apparently since we had 3 follicles ready to go we had to make a decision. We were told that we need to either do the egg retrieval with 3 follicles on Wednesday or cancel the whole cycle and hope that next time we get more follicles. I started crying instantly hearing this news. I know that the quality of the eggs, and the embryos, is more important than the quantity, but 3, how can I only have 3 follicles? I have read so many blogs about this and so many seem to have 10-20 follicles. Ugh! My RE said he was surprised I reacted so quickly to the meds, but did say though that he feels we have a good chance since our reason for doing IVF is different than most. We also know that I could get pregnant and also could carry a healthy pregnancy. I hope he is right and everything goes well, otherwise we have to start over in another couple months.
So since we decided to still go ahead with everything, I needed to do my HCG injection this night at 10:30pm so that 36 hours later we could do the egg retrieval. I also no longer needed to do any of my other injections. That was kind of a waste of a lot of expensive meds I don't need anymore. Oh well.

January 15, 2013
Today Jessica had to get an u/s to check her lining. She wasn't supposed to get another one until Thursday, but since are we doing the egg retrieval 4-6 days sooner than planned, they needed to make sure she is ready for a transfer. She told me the u/s went well but would need to start taking 12 estrace tablets a day, versus the 2 she was presently taking, to make sure she is ready for an earlier transfer.
Today I also started taking my doxycycline to help prevent infection from my retrieval.

So it looks like tomorrow is now retrieval day versus the coming weekend. I should be sleeping but instead I am up late typing this. I think it going to be hard to sleep tonight anyway as tomorrow is such a huge day for us. Once morning comes I can have 16 ounces of water 3 hours prior to the retrieval and that's it. We have to be at the clinic by 9:30am and the retrieval will be at 10:30am.

Wish us luck! I'm scared!

30 comments:

  1. Oh my god that was quick!! good luck sweetie, I will be thinking of you. hoping for three perfect little eggs!!

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  2. Best of luck!!! You certainly deserve it!

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  3. Oh Becky!!!! Thinking of you and sending good vibes and prayers!! Love you! Please keep us posted!

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  4. All the best! Quality over quantity fx! I had 17 retrieved but only 1 embryo.

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  5. Good Luck, Good Luck, Good Luck!!!!!! This is kind of a weird side point, but with your glasses and hair tucked behind your ears in the picture - you look sooo young! lol.

    I did want to say I like how you are doing your updates - where you post several at once. It's nice (as a reader) to not have to read one and then feel like, 'Oh man! What happend next?!!!'

    But I am wishing you luck and hoping (very confidently) that everything will turn out good!

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  6. Wishing you as much luck as I possibly can. Fingers crossed. Hang in there Becky.

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  7. Oh, Sweetie, sending you hugs and lists of lucky dust. I totally understand the utter frustration and disappointment that come with cycles not producing what you've wanted/hoped for. My IVF cycle, even with all the bells and whistles and latest meds, resulted in only 3 eggs, and out of those, only one healthy embryo, with no e left to freeze...but it worked, and I'm now 16w1d with my miracle boy. Keeping my fingers crossed for a healthy pregnancy for your surrogate AND at least one to freeze!

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  8. Good luck!!!!! Crossing everything I have for you.

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  9. I know this is everything for you. I pray you get your eggs! You are so brave and I just have so much admiration for you. Hugs!

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  10. Luck, hopes, wishes, prayers... all for you today. I don't know if the retrieval has happened yet, but if not, it will soon and I've been thinking of you nonstop!

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  11. So exciting!!! Wishing you the best of luck that you get 3 healthy embryos and at LEAST one healthy bouncing baby out of all of this! Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for you!

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  12. I wish you all the luck in the world!!

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  13. Good luck! Don't get too down about the number of follicles. Remember the traumas your body went through, it may take a few cycles to get that big number. Praying hard for you!

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  14. Thinking of you, wishing you LOADS of good luck and just said a prayer. Keeping fingers crossed!!

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  15. Fingers crossed so much for you! As you know, we only had 3 eggs fertilize after our gestational cycle! And all three implanted! Since you are "proven" (haha) I am so hopeful for you!

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  16. good luck good luck good luck!! i have never seen someone manage to smile while sticking themselves with a needle - you are a tough lady. but we already knew that <3

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  17. Thinking of you and wishing you the BEST of luck.

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  18. Dearest Becky - this is Jessica's mom writing to let you know that you have her whole family praying for you and your future family! Just focus on the positive, keep looking up to God, and prepare for a miracle! You are a brave, strong woman and you have my admiration!

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  19. Ahhhhhhh I'm so nervous/anxious/excited/hopeful for you xxxxoooo

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  20. Soooo much luck your way. Think of you all the time.
    xo

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  21. You look so beautiful in the above pic that I had to look again and believe that you are actually pricking yourself with a needle. I hope everything goes well as you want it to be. Sending all the good luck your way.

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  22. I'm already all a emotional about this, and then I just read what Laurie write and that was the cherry on top! :)

    Thinking of you and hoping the transfer goes well!!!

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  23. Definitely praying for you guys!!!!

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  24. You all have my prayers. Exciting stuff!

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  25. Been reading for awhile. First comment. Wow! And wow! Fingers crossed, toes crossed. I don't know anyone who deserves a happy ending more than your little family. It only takes one. I used to work at an IVF clinic in Colorado and saw so many wonderful stories - I can't wait until yours joins them. It will, it just has to.

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