Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Two Phone Calls on a Tuesday

Today marks the day of the end of Xmas Vaca for both my husband and I. We're both heading back to work after an extended time away. We were able to spend time with family, had a mini vaca to St Louis and got to spend some much needed relaxation time on the couch together.
I had two phone call conversations today that have me in high spirits despite the impending return to work.
First, I received a call from the Embryologist, Shan, in the a.m. We had a few questions re: the unfreezing of the embryos, so she was calling to answer those questions. She said the unfreezing will take place the morning of the transfer. She'll unfreeze two and let them expand in a petri dish, watching their progress. Since it only takes about 15 minutes to unfreeze, if one of them doesn't survive the thaw, it will be easy to select the next in line to thaw. We want to transfer two embryos so (hypothetically) we should have no problem making that happen. She went on to say we have a lot to choose from (we have 14 frozen) and expressed that we are lucky for all these options. Odd thing to have someone refer to me as lucky... It caught me off guard, but I'm thankful for the compliment! I went through A LOT to get those embryos... Anyway, Shan made it sound so simple. Let's hope it is. To think, this entire infertility journey could be over in 2 weeks is astonishing. I'm feeling much better about the entire transfer process after chatting with her.
Next, I received a call from a dear friend of mine, Sarah, up in Wisconsin. Sarah and another of my favorite Wisconsinite friends, Pauline, are coming to visit in Feb. I'm thrilled about the visit and cannot wait for the much needed girl time with two of my favorite ladies! It's very difficult living far away from all my best friends... We had a fabulous conversation and caught up on our lives. We both work in healthcare and work odd hours, so finding time to chat on the phone can be a difficult task. She's the type of person who can make anyone feel at ease. She fills your day with sunshine and she's incredibly kind and thoughtful. Our chat definitely brightened my day!!
I've placed a few phone calls to Dr. Doody's office asking to reschedule my ultrasound for an earlier time Thursday. So far, no luck. I'll call them tomorrow in hopes I can get an earlier time slot in order to get more sleep in between night shifts. Maybe they will be tired of my calls and just squeeze me in. Fingers crossed.
Starting to get some bruising on my abdomen from the shots. The Lupron shots are not all that bad. I have hot flashes (I ripped off my pants in the middle of the night last night in the midst of hot flash mania) and I'm a tad emotional, but the side effects are bearable. It's much easier then the high dose of Lupron Depot in between surgeries for Endometriosis I once was on. Compared to that, this is a piece of cake!!
Thanks again for all the comments. I read them all and love getting the feedback! If I write back will people check back and read them? I want to respond, but I'm not sure the best way to go about it. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to leave a message to brighten my day!


amiracle4us said...

So happy things are moving forward! 14 frosties is pretty darm amazing...are they day 3 or 5? Wishing you all the luck :)

Nichole said...

Glad you had such a great day after the tequila incident :) Sending good thoughts your way!!

Emily said...

Hi from Cyclesista! Good luck on your IVF!

stick said...

Off to another adventure in IVF. My thoughts are always with you. Off to a great start in 2012 down to 2 short weeks of waiting. I shall be on pins and needles myself. Such a long journey this has been.