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And then there were two - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
greyautumnrain
And then there were two
Just got the call. We have two embryos. Its not great news, but its not bad news either. They will call us back tomorrow to confirm that we still need to come in for transfer (because there is certainly a possibility that the embryos might not make it through the night). May the force be with you, little embryos.
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twe From: twe Date: December 7th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck!
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: December 8th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck!
enugent From: enugent Date: December 8th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Stay strong, little embryos!
merastra From: merastra Date: December 8th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck! I'm crossing fingers for you all.
sorceror From: sorceror Date: December 8th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck!
vorpalbunny From: vorpalbunny Date: December 8th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck!
mijven From: mijven Date: December 8th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Good luck!
countertorque From: countertorque Date: December 9th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you tempted to go sit with them? I think I would be. I'm sure you aren't allowed. It must be impossible to think about anything else now.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: December 9th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
We wished we could. They both got inserted today, though, so they're with us now.

I was wondering what happened to the other eggs, and the embryologist was kind enough to tell us without our even asking. One turned out to be a fragment rather than an egg - I'm not clear on whether the fragment might have been an insufficiently mature egg, or just a bit of random biological detritus.

Two did not fertilize. Two showed signs of 'delayed fertilization' - which I think really means delayed signs of fertilization. The embryologist said the spindle poles (I think she said spindle poles) formed by day 3 but cell division never actually occurred. The other two were inserted.

I kind of have the impression that this is a lower fertilization rate than usual, which I think is more likely the fault of the sperm than the eggs. Still, we got one embryo in the 'more likely to implant' category - 7 cells, 5-25% fragmentation, fair symmetry, which is within the 6-8 cells, 0-25% fragmentation, fair to good symmetry that's desired - and the other is at least worth trying, with 5 cells, 25-50% fragmentation, and fair symmetry.

We got to take a picture home with us, but haven't figured out how to scan it yet.

It's good to know that we can get fertilized embryos. Given the problem was endometriosis, we probably had them before, but they just weren't getting to the uterus. Hopefully that's the only problem that needed to be circumvented.
countertorque From: countertorque Date: December 9th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a really excellent level of feedback.

For what it's worth, I'm very excited that you made it this far.
remcat From: remcat Date: December 10th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the update -- I've been thinking of you both and waiting for news. Then it occurred to me there might be some in the comments area ... I'll be hoping for the best possible outcome of course!

When you feel up to it, I'd love to know the noxt milestone ... I assume they do lab tests on you well before any OTC tests are usefel?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 11th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I'll go in for a pregnacy test on the 20th. I don't do pee sticks anymore, I have access to better tech.
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