Thursday, December 06, 2007

I'm moving......

I've been inspired (you know who you are!) to have a change of it's bye bye blogger hello wordpress.

I can't get the hyperlink to work, so here's the address:

Day 1 Fertilisation Report

First of all congrats to Tracey, Chicklet & Amy who also got through the egg collection stress yesterday.

Just got a call from the embryologist, of the 6 that were mature, 6 have fertilised with ICSI. That's 100% Other Half's dodgy love potion has stepped up to the plate yet again.

Now before you all get hyper, here's how things have gone previously:

IVF #1 - 2 eggs ICSI'd - 2 fertilised - 1 surviving embryo on Day 3
IVF #2 - 5 eggs ICSI'd - 5 fertilised - 2 surviving embryos on Day 3

So whilst I am thrilled all 6 have fertilised, and couldn't ask for more, I am realistic enough to know it doesn't mean we are going to be spoilt for choice, but miracles can happen...can't they?

'It must come true, sometime soon somehow'

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Christmas Songs

We started getting in the Christmas mood this week and put our Christmas CD's in the car stereo. When we arrived at the hospital this morning, one of my favourite songs was playing and I couldn't help but listen to the words. It's by Johnny Mathis and is called 'When a Child is Born'. The optimistic part of me thinks that it's a omen that it was playing just as we arrived at the hospital.

The lyrics are so appropriate:

A ray of hope flickers in the sky
A tiny star lights up way up high
All across the land, dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A silent wish sails the seven seas
The winds of change whisper in the trees
And the walls of doubt crumble, tossed and torn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A rosy hue settles all around
You've got the feel you're on solid ground
For a spell or two, no-one seems forlorn
This comes to pass when a child is born

And all of this happens because the world is waiting,
Waiting for one child
Black, white, yellow, no-one knows
But a child that will grow up and turn tears to laughter,
Hate to love, war to peace and everyone to everyone's neighbour
And misery and suffering will be words to be forgotten, forever

It's all a dream, an illusion now
It must come true, sometime soon somehow
All across the land, dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born


There's a part of the song that I can't get out of my's the line 'It must come true, sometime soon somehow'. Oh I hope so.....for all of us battling down this road.

So, here's the update I know you are waiting for....7 eggs, 6 have been injected, 1 was an empty zona. Fertilisation call tomorrow morning.

Thanks for all the well wishes.

'It must come true, sometime soon somehow'

Monday, December 03, 2007

Nothing else to do

Had my Day 11 scan on Saturday, in which they 'lost' 2 follicles but I just put it down to a different nurse doing the scan. Day 13 scan today in which the mystery 2 turned up, but I am feeling like my initial optimism is disappearing.

There was I after the Day 8 scan thinking I was heading for a bigger crop than the 6 eggs last time but today's measurements have me a little worried me that I might not even make 6 eggs. Here are the stats:

R - 23 x 18

R - 12 x 8
R - 10 X 9
L - 24 x 18
L - 22 x 16
L - 23 x 12
L - 19 x 15
L - 19 x 12
L - 15 x 15
L - 15 x 14
L - 14 x 8
L - 13 x 10
L - 10 x 10
L - 8

You probably know this but they take the average of the 2 figures to get the size, so I am concerned that there will be a batch of them that won't be big enough (I believe 18mm is mature).

Well, there's nothing I can do, I've done my trigger shot and I am in hospital on Wednesday, let's hope I have a nice surprise.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

As you were

Day 8 scan today, I was so nervous. My Other Half just couldn't juggle his work commitments to be there, so my fabulous friend J came along. She had her instructions to write down the measurements of the follicles when the nurse read them out. Well, I had to be optimistic that there would be follicles to measure.

Turns out, things were ok. In fact very similar to my Day 8 scan on #2. My lining was better, 6.5 this time (so 13 as they are measured in halves). The only strange thing was my right ovary is just not interested, only 2 follicles this time. Anyway here are the stats:

L - 14 x11
L - 12 x 12
L - 12 x 12
L - 12 x 11
L - 11 x 11
L - 11 x 10
L - 11 x 9
L - 10 x 8
L - 8 x 8
L - 7 x 4
R - 12 x 11
R - 5

In fact, I think I am being a bit cautious but I have a feeling that it's slightly better than last time, perhaps you can let me know what you think? I would be happy with 6 eggs, like last time...anything more I would be over the moon.

So back on Saturday for the next scan, and retrieval either next Tues or Weds.

Hurdle 1 over.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Get ahead

Decided to treat myself.....look what I got.......

In case you are not sure what it's a hat. What's so exciting about a hat you say? people buy them all the time.....but no not me. I seem to have been born with the biggest head in the world, when a hat says 'One Size Fits All' it's a breach of trading standards cause it never fits me. In fact, I am going to start a campaign for labels to be changed to say 'One Size Fits All (if you are normal and not called Becks). Every hat I try on, I huff and puff when it just perches on top and I sulk and put it back. But not today, I have a brown corduroy hat and I am so happy!! In fact I was so happy these lovely winter socks jumped in my basket too.

Oh and not even the eye ulcer which has made me look like elephant man can get me down, nor is the fact that I have to reapply for my job due to a restructure.....I've got my hat!!

P.S Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow to all of you from the other side of the pond.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Rested and ready to go

We're back....we've been to a sunny Spanish island for the last 2 weeks and arrived back to the snow early yesterday morning. In fact, we nearly had to divert as the airport was closed due to the bad weather, but it re-opened just in time for touch down.

We had a great time, I can honestly say we didn't do a lot. Read lots of books, had lots of rest and enjoyed a few vinos during the warm Spanish nights. I had some weird dreams though, I am putting it down to the down reg drugs. I had a really strange one about a lawyer that I work with who worked out that there was a pattern to everything that was growing (trees, plants etc), everything was growing in 3's therefore they knew from previous studies that this meant that the world was going to end. Strange. I accidentally sat at table 3 the next morning then the flight number home had 3's in it....needless to say all is fine and it was just my mind playing tricks on me. Oh, and had another about a horse called Janey that I kept in my house....not as scary but equally weird.

My Other Half's Mum Dad, Sister and Brother in Law joined us for the last 5 days and we had a lot of fun, in fact one night we were a bit tiddly and ended up swapping our tops for t-shirts we were the middle of a restaurant...the things you do when you are on holiday.

Wedding update - the invites went out before we went away and we have come back to a few replies.....exciting. Up to now, everyone has accepted, but we've still a way to go before we get all of them back.

Went to the hospital today for my baseline scan, all is well. There were more antral follicles than last time (6 and now 9), so I know they are not great numbers but we're continuing to go in the right direction. Stims start tomorrow night and retrieval is due on the 5th Dec....only 15 days away if all goes to plan.

Third time lucky? I hope so.