The cycle went fairly smoothly – very little issues other than a very busy waiting room. Apparently the IVF lab closes for a month as a precaution, so they try to fit in as many people as they can before it closes. I would arrive at the office 5 minutes before it opened (and they open 15 minutes before the first patient is seen) and there would already be 5 people waiting. Crazy!
Before I started my FET meds, I was on BCP for 2-1/2 weeks. They were trying to time the transfer shortly after when I would free up (I didn’t want to do the transfer before the bean’s birthday so I made up a white lie about going away for a long weekend when we were planning on having his birthday party).
Once I went off BCP we started with the meds – 1 Estrace pill / 2x a day. Four days later, back in the office and they bumped it up to 2 Estrace pills / 2x a day. Four days later, back in the office. I stayed on the same dosage of Estrace. Four days later, back in the office. Still stayed on the same dosage of Estrace and then three days later I was to add the following: 1 pill / 2x a day of doxycycline for 7 days, 1 pill a day of medrol for 7 days and 1mL of the dreaded PIO. For the PIO, I would stuff the vial in my bra to warm it up and then after papaBeaner administered the shot, he would rub the injection site for a little and then I would warm the area with a heating pad. These hurt a lot less than last time – I think because papaBeaner was rubbing the crap out of my butt (pun not intended!) that it bruised the muscle. There’s still a little discomfort but I’m not flinching every time I try to sit in a car.
Once all the meds started I had a lot of things to do for the bean’s birthday to preoccupy my mind away from the FET. Next thing I knew, transfer time was here. I went in for 1 final check the day before my transfer and everything checked out fine and I was to administer a dosage of vandazole before bed. The next morning, the office called me. I opted to try laser acupuncture to increase the blood flow to my uterus, so they asked me to be at their main offices at 1:45pm. Eep! At 11:30am I was instructed to insert a progesterone suppository and then an hour later, we were on the road.
The laser acupuncture seemed a little hokey, but at worse it wasn’t going to do any harm. The first round took place before the transfer and involved directing a laser to various point on my body – tip of the head, ears, wrists, feet, calves, and abdomen. No pain involved, except for the point on my head became super heated because of my dark hair. It was over in less than 5 minutes.
Then came the eternal waiting. I tried to do some positive thinking and meditation but that only lasted so long before I became bored and asked for my phone. papaBeaner woefully complied but he wasn’t one to talk considering he brought his laptop in the hopes he could get some work done.
We waited probably 20 minutes before the nurse came in to check my bladder. I had only drank 2 cups but she said it was good enough and I didn’t want to overdo it because I would need to keep laying down at least 20 minutes after the transfer. Good point!
Shortly after that, the “crew” came in – a different nurse whose job was to hold the ultrasound wand, the embryologist with her beeping incubator and dr. oneOfThePartners. The doctor wasn’t at all up for chit chat or words of encouragement – he was all business. We went through the various checks to make sure the embryo was ours. The doctor then gave us what will hopefully be our first “baby” picture and mentioned that we still had 2 frozen, which meant that Huey was he first one up to bat. After I got all speculumed up and they found my uterus, we watched the embryologist carefully suck up little Huey into a pipette and hand it to the doctor. Through the ultrasound we saw him gently squeeze Huey out and watched him float up and then down until he reached a safe place to land. Those moments spent watching him moving around inside of me were unreal. When he finally landed I thought to myself, “find a good place to stick, little one.”
It didn’t take too long and in less than 10 minutes they were out of the room and getting the next embryo for the next patient. The acupuncturist came in 10 minutes later and applied the laser to a few more points on my body. And then everyone left us alone for a half hour. I was able o abstain from the phone and spent the time thinking “Grow, grow, grow! You can do it!”
The nurse came in and told me I could get dressed and empty my bladder. And like that, a little over 2 hours after we arrived, we were on our way back home. Oh yeah, and I was pregnant.
I’m still on the same dosage of Estrace and PIO and will be, hopefully, for a few more weeks. Even though the nurse said I could resume normal activities, I decided to take it easy for the rest of the day and avoided picking up the bean. The next morning I sent the bean to my mom’s and spent the morning in bed and then still tried not to carry the bean for too long. Today, I’ll most likely return to normal activity.
To avoid going to the main office on the weekend, I went to my local office the next day and my hormone levels checked out fine. My beta is suppose to be on July 4th, but we scheduled it to the next day so I could take the blood test again at my local office. Although, I will be POAS on the Fourth. No doubt.
Fingers crossed. Toes crossed. Everything crossed.