Saturday, July 16, 2011

Just WOW!

Of the two dozen they extracted on Thursday, 22 of them were mature eggs and 17 of those were fertilized via ICSI.  17!!  Just wow!

We are tentatively set up for a Day 3 Transfer on Sunday morning, but the embryologist will call me early that morning to let me know if there are any gold stars in the bunch or if there are just too many to tell at that point - in which case we go on to wait for a Day 5 Transfer on Tuesday.  

Courtesy of NCFMC
Though these miraculous embryos are growing outside of my body, I'm connected to them and anxious to know how they're doing.  Trying to wrap my head around the shear number of them is too difficult though.  I mean, there is still some random natural selection occurring as the embryologists look to see which ones have no cell fragmentation and they are very even, regular, and similarly sized.  The grading system exists for a reason, but that doesn't mean the others wouldn't form into perfectly normal, beautiful little babies as well, right?!  It's interesting to think about ... what if we picked this one and this one, but not that one. Are they all given the same chance?  Far too heavy a topic to think about after 12 hours of work at 8:30 in the morning.

Thus far I've had to give myself Progesterone shots.  It's not so bad, but I can only get to the right side.  That will not work in the long term and I'm really hoping Momma B will be ready tomorrow morning to help me even out the playing field.  This morning she wasn't feeling too well and I didn't want her getting even more nauseated while sticking me with a needle.  That would be bad news bears!  

It's hard to stop thinking about those little sticky beans at the clinic.  I can't wait for the transfer and I'm so hoping they stick*stick*stick!


  1. wow! 17 is amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about your BFP!

  2. Congratulations! That is an excellent fertilization report! Are you doing a 3 day or 5 day transfer?

  3. Argh...posted too quickly out of excitement. Saw the answer to my querie.

  4. 17!!!!! wowow. time for multiplying and dividing!

  5. That is awesome awesome awesome!!

  6. Wow! That's great! :) I can't wait to hear what happens with them. I worry about the ethics (and the this one instead of that one thing) sometimes, but I guess my theory is that there's as much chance in which ones turn into children in this situation as there is in any conception. Most of our eggs won't turn into children, and there's no real way of determining which ones will.


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