Mock Embryo Transfer


On Wednesday, December 29, 2010 I went into the doctor's to have the Mock Embryo Transfer done. My appointment was at 8:45 am and I was done by 9:15 am. The procedure was painless and I actually enjoyed looking at the sonogram. I became very excited and just started to wish that I had the embryos now to implant.

Which leads me to my biggest weakness...

PATIENCE

I have a very had time not getting upset or angry when something is taking a long time. I have felt like this has been a marathon on my emotions. I know that a beautiful baby is waiting at the end of this but I feel like it is taking forever (i.e. I am becoming impatient). Plus it doesn't help that it seems like everyone around me is either pregnant, has kids, or just had a baby. I try not to compare myself or get envious but deep down inside I want to be next. It is especially painful when someone is on their second child.

So, I started to look around the on the Internet for articles about patience. I found this one:

http://ezinearticles.com/?10-Ways-to-Learn-Patience-Now!&id=509437

My favorite ways from the 10 Ways to Learn Patience article are:



  • Determine the difference between the things you control, the things you can influence and the things over which you have no control or influence. Spend the bulk of your time and attention on the things which you control. This is where you can make the biggest difference. Spend your remaining time and attention on the things you can influence, knowing things may or may not go your way. Let go of the things over which you have no control or influence as any time or attention spent on these is ineffective and wasted.



  • Become your own best friend. You are the only person you will live with your entire life, so get to know yourself well and treat yourself as the valuable person you are.

5 Foods to Enhance Fertility

Here is an article that I found about 5 foods to enhance fertility:

http://www.pullingdownthemoon.com/forms/news-nutrition/5Foods-to-Enhance-Your-Fertility.pdf

The five foods are:

1. Yams

2. Nuts and seeds, including almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds, are a great source of fatty acids. Omega 3 and omega fatty acids are hormone regulators and vital to a woman’s fertility since a hormonal imbalance can interfere with ovulation.

3. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower

4. Oysters, which have the highest zinc content of any food. Zinc helps maintain a healthy menstrual cycle.

5. Berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, are exceptionally high in antioxidants, which can prevent cell damage and aging, as well as help protect eggs and sperm.

HSG

I am ready to explain the HSG exam. My HSG exam was on Monday, December 27th at 1:15 pm. I was nervous about this appointment and ended up forgetting the binder with the HSG script in it. I had to send my husband home to get it and come back. Since this is a painful procedure they asked for someone to drive you home. So, my husband was responsible for driving to and from the hospital. Before the exam, I was also required to take Doxycycline to fight off any potential infection from the tube going through my cervix.

This is by far the most uncomfortable and painful part of the process. I did this test in a hospital and I really enjoyed the staff. They were very nice and helped me through this. The pain at one point was so intense I felt like I could have fainted. I guess I got a glimpse of what child birth must be like. :o) I let you all know for sure once I have a baby.

Here is the low down. They lay you down on a table much like an OB/GYN appointment and then a speculum is placed in the vagina and an antiseptic solution is used to cleanse the vaginal canal. A narrow tube or catheter is then passed through the cervix into the uterus and an iodine-based dye is injected into the uterus and the tubes through the catheter. Then x-rays are taken of your reproductive organs. This whole test is to see if there is any blockage of the fallopian tubes. My exam looked good and the doctor didn't see any blockage. However, I am still waiting for the okay from my main doctor to proceed.

Tomorrow at 8:45 am I am going in for the mock embro transfer. I am still trying to figure out exactly what this test is. Once I figure it out I will let you all know.

Anger

So, I got very angry and upset because I have some time sensitive appointments coming up and due to the holidays I wasn't able to get an appointment at the facility that I wanted. Therefore, I will be having the HSG done at the hospital. I got really stressed out because I needed a pregnancy test done at the hospital before doing the HSG exam. The hospital needed the fertility center to send a script for an HCG blood test. I was told by a nurse that she would send the script. Well, on Thursday I called the hospital and they couldn't find the script. To make a long story short and many phone calls later I had my HCG blood test done on Sunday, December 26th at 10:30 am. My HSG appointment is scheduled for Monday, December 27th.

I was counting from day one of my period which started on December 20th. This HSG test needed to be done between 5 to 10 days from the beginning of my cycle. That is part of the reason I was stressed out because if I missed this appointment then I would need to wait another month to do the diagnostic test.

I will explain HSG in another post. I am too tried right now to explain.

12 is my lucky number!

I had my first ultrasound on Wednesday, December 22nd and I have 12 lovely eggs- 6 on each side. I am symmetrical. I love symmetry. This is very exciting because they want you to have greater than 10 eggs. I was very excited during this appointment. My hormone levels are good too. I had a blood draw before the ultra sound.

Let me tell you, by the end of the IVF process I will never be afraid to go to a GYN appointment again. So, many people will be down in that area by the time I have a baby that I will just not care anymore. No more feeling embarrassed. :o)

Bloodwork & Other tests

On Saturday, December 11th I had bloodwork done. I was very scared about the bloodwork but it ended up being okay. They took three vials of blood.

This morning I am preparing for my transvaginal ultrasound exam. The exam is performed for the viewing of the uterine and ovarian anatomy, including a count of small resting (antral) follicles also helps to evaluate reproduction.

I will then have another exam in a few days.

This is a beautiful present for Christmas. I am so very happy.

Merry Christmas my dear blog readers.
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