Thursday, November 13, 2008

Egg Retrieval Update

I woke up this morning and thought, "What a wonderful day for my husband to inseminate the genetic material of a perfect stranger". And so it was.


They got 16 eggs. I do believe that is the sweet spot of egg retrieval.

Dr. also said to count on a 5 day transfer! I get a call on Friday to let me know how many fertilized and then a call on Sunday with an appointment time for the transfer and some cell counts.

Also, Dr. is leaning towards transferring a single. 40-50% chance of pregnancy (instead of 80%) but less risk of twins. We'll have to see how we feel when we get there given my goal is 2 children from this cycle.

I asked about the Donor and how she was doing. He said she's doing fine. She got our letter and was teary-eyed. YEA! I made her cry! That was certainly not my goal (You guys were right! It's really hard not to get overly sappy in those letters). I just wanted her to know who we are and how grateful we are. Since she cried I think I manged convey that rather effectively.

I may post it. On some levels it feel too personal but then again it might help others considering DE to know how far I have come. From, "Absolutely not for us" to completely embracing it and being so excited to create these lives THIS way. It's such a huge shift from just 6 months ago. Also, not many people actually know me in real life so who cares right? And the few who I do know IRL are people I adore and trust.


I thought I'd be a bit sad today being all left out of the festivities. But no, I seem to be fine. Happy, in fact. I do miss all the pampering though. The hot-air robe, the warn blanket, someone drawing circles on my ass and then a day of bed rest. Even though I have never needed to rest I did it anyway.


In less than 24 hours I'll get the next update. That should really give some idea about egg quality. Is it too much to hope for say......9 to fertilize? I think that sounds pretty realistic. And then we'd have say....5-6 blasts in an ideal scenario. OK enough speculation. Just breath and pray. I'm still not 100% comfortable that I am praying to a God who apparently disagrees with this method of reproduction. So maybe I'll pray in my Native way. I'm pretty sure "Indian" spirits care more about making more Indians rather than how they are made. Seriously people. We Indians have a lot of rebuilding to do demographically speaking.

Hopefully, with my Native donor, we are on our way.

16 comments:

Andrea said...

16 eggs is awesome! I know you are going to get a great fert report! Good luck!!

soapchick said...

Wonderful news!! Wow, this is all happening, it's so exciting!! I guess she was loaded after all! Best wishes on your transfer and deciding between 1 or 2.

Hopefully hubby and I catch up soon!

Chelle said...

WONDERFUL!!!! 16 is great!! I hope they ALL FERTILIZE!!! :D

Can't wait to hear the fertilization report! FINGERS CROSSED!

Teresa said...

Wow that is great news! Congrats! Heck I'm gonna pray to God for you, I believe He's not against this, He does say be fruitful and multiply dang it! And that's just what you are doing. :)

nancy said...

Woohoo! That's awesome. Wishing those eggs all the great fertilization vibes possible!

Ophelia said...

I'm so excited for you Hun!!! Good luck!!! I'll be waiting for an update!

edie & ella said...

16 .....WOW!!! Good luck...and keep in mind.......TWINS ROCK!!!
SAM

Jojobee said...

Oh my! 16! That's wonderful news! YAY! I'm so glad that it went smoothly and definitely a 5 day transfer with numbers like that! AMAZING! Can't wait to hear the fert report tomorrow! I hope you get an amazing number that will just knock you off your feet tomorrow! And I think you should transfer 2, it's a wonderful feeling being pregnant with twins!
Prayers...
Jojobee

Jojobee said...

Oh my! 16! That's wonderful news! YAY! I'm so glad that it went smoothly and definitely a 5 day transfer with numbers like that! AMAZING! Can't wait to hear the fert report tomorrow! I hope you get an amazing number that will just knock you off your feet tomorrow! And I think you should transfer 2, it's a wonderful feeling being pregnant with twins!
Prayers...
Jojobee

Sparkle said...

Well that's a whole rugby team right there!
Congrats. look forward to the fertility report!

andi said...

Great news my dear - and yeah I would go for two as well!!

Looking forward to more news.

Andi

luna said...

great news. I'm so glad you found a native donor.

musicmakermomma said...

Great news! I am so happy you are feeling good - I never did IVF myself so I didn't "know what I was missing" when we did DE, but it is such an exciting time. Hope you get a great response and lots for fertilized embies. And IMHO, God would be happy for you to use these miracles of science to get in the family way!

Brenda said...

Congratulations my DE twin, 16 is a wonderful number! With those numbers I would be banking on a 5 day transfer as well :) I can't wait to hear about the fert results. I am SURE that it is going to be fantastic!

Shelli said...

I am so excited for you!!

jodie38 said...

Yay, sweet spot!! Congrats! I have everything crossed for you....