I’m at 8dp4dt, aka 12dpo, aka 8 days past my 4 day transfer of two embryos. I checked more than once to make sure I hadn’t accidentally grabbed the ovulation sticks instead of the pregnancy tests, I had not. So, that’s two POSITIVE pregnancy tests right there, both dipped in the same Cup O’ Pee. But let me back up a bit because I’ve been too anxious/superstitious/tired/lazy to blog my Two Week Wait.
Last Wednesday, June 1st, I got the call that my transfer would be the next day. I was a little upset because that would be a day 4 transfer and I really wanted a day 5 transfer because Dr. Google says that day 5 transfers have the best success rates. Also, there is like NO information on the internet about day 4 transfers, everyone does day 3 or 5. Alas, my doc says day 4 is just as good as day 5 and their results supported that so day 4 it was.
So on Thursday, June 2nd, we drove into Manhattan. The retrieval was EARLY in the morning on a Sunday of a holiday weekend so there was NO traffic at all then. A Thursday morning at 10am? Yup, tons of traffic. But we still got there about 15 minutes early because we’re anal about punctuality. The doctor though? Not so anal about punctuality. He was at least 30 minutes late because of traffic. But when he got there and got to work, everything went great! They said we had 3 of our 8 embryos that looked good. 1 was VERY good, and the other 2 were good.
They checked me out and said I had no signs of OHSS, so I could transfer 2 if I wanted, which I did! So we transferred the very good one and one of the good ones. Oh this was after they showed them to us on a monitor. They said they would email them to me, but it’s been over a week and no email yet. They did ask if I wanted the pictures right away or only after a positive test, I said right away but I’ll wait to bug them about it until after my beta in case they send them then. Then the doc inserted the catheter, which with my curved cervix is always pretty unpleasant, and shot those embryos right up there. He took it out and said it went as perfectly as it could have gone. They squirted the leftover fluid back into the petri dish to make sure the embryos weren’t in the catheter still, they weren’t, and then I just had to lay there for 30 minutes.
Oh and this was 30 minutes of having to pee SO BAD I was afraid to move on the table. They make you drink 2 glasses of water before you arrive, 2 more after you get there, then not pee until after your 30 minute wait. Well, add to that non-peeing time the amount of time the doctor was late PLUS him doing another woman’s transfer before mine, and OMG did I have to pee so bad! They offered me a bed pan, and they said they’d make my husband leave the room if I wanted to use it (he was allowed to scrub up and come in for the transfer), but I knew I could hold it because it wasn’t yet painful so I declined that indignity for now.
3o minutes later, the second best pee I’ve ever had. The first was after being stuck in traffic for HOURS after having a HUGE diet coke. That time, I was in pain, crying and afraid I would literally pee myself before I got to a gas station.
So, we went home and I did the bed rest thing for 2 days, then some more rest for a day (didn’t do much, saw the new XMen movie, which was awesome; watched some Game of Thrones). And then back to work on Monday. So all in all, through the whole IVF process, the only day of work I missed was transfer day! Pretty good. We’re lucky that the RE is about 20 minutes away and the IVF clinic (which is just the RE’s Manhattan office) is a 40 minute drive with out traffic or 60 with.
Days Past Transfer
I’ve had SO many symptoms but after my IUI experiences, I’ve been trying to convince myself that they were all symptoms of my period coming or the progesterone just as likely as they were pregnancy symptoms.
1dp4dt – 3 or 4dp4dt: I was still achy from the retrieval. Once that faded I felt pretty good. Boobs hurt SO BAD. This was from the hCG trigger shot I assume. And possible the Endometrin/progesterone.
4-6dp4dt: Crampy uterus. I guess this was implantation. I also had no real appetite and some constipation (from the Endometrin).
7dp4dt: Woke up with weird heartburn. It was weird because I had NOTHING to eat the night before that would remotely cause heartburn. I had some potatoes and some graham crackers for dinner. Around 2pm, I got so tired I knew if I laid down I could fall asleep immediately. And finally, we were supposed to have fish for dinner, but there was no way I could make myself eat fish. My stomach still feels icky, that’s never really gone away since the retrieval. I had an apple and some graham crackers for dinner.
And today, 8dp4dt: positive pregnancy test!! Internet cheapies, apparently early detection tests, line came up RIGHT away and it was definitely there. The picture is within 5 minutes I’d say.
I’m trying to rein in the excitement until a beta or two confirms everything, but this will make it much easier to stay positive over the weekend while I wait for beta on Tuesday. I have to run up to the RE’s office today to pick up more Endometrin samples, so while I’m there I’m going to tell them about the test and see what they say. I want them to say “Get the beta today then!” but we’ll see. They were pretty adamant about waiting til Tuesday. They didn’t even want me to switch to Monday (which I asked to do because I had enough Endometrin at home to get me to there so I could go get my beta Monday and grab more from them at the same time). Alas, that was a no go and I have to drive up to the office today just to pick it up. Which is fine as I don’t work on Fridays and have nothing else to do.
And that’s the end of this NOVEL. Yikes.