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The big embryo update - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
greyautumnrain
The big embryo update
We tranferred the two embryos on Friday. The procedure itself was no big deal. It was much like an IUI, only I needed a full bladder for it rather than an empty one. Staying on my back for fifteen minutes afterwards really needing to go was the worst part of it.

The best part more than made up for it. The best part was seeing my embryos. Our embryos. I know I shouldn't, for the sake of what is left of my sanity, get this way. I can't help myself though. Our embryos. There was a screen that was hooked up to the microscope in the next room, so we saw them live on the screen. Our embryos. We got a picture of them, and I have been referring to it as the 'baby picture' in spite of all I know about odds, etc. Our embryos. Then they brought them in and we got to watch the transfer on the ultrasound. Of course the ultrasound can't show the embryos themselves, but you could see the little air bubbles that surrounded them. So, the embryos have been inside me since Friday, and I'm really hoping that they are still doing OK.

Embryos come with ratings. Ours were a 7Bfair and a 5Cfair. For once I don't want to go into exactly what that means. I am totally on team embryo now. Remember what I said before about the goal being a healthy single pregnancy? Scratch that. I want them both to take. I am so completely on team embryo, and I absolutely must root for both of them making it. I am hoping that bribery will work with them. I am knitting a new baby sweater, and promising that it will be one of a pair if they would both stick around to full term. Please stick around.
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twe From: twe Date: December 11th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah, I guess IVF is a little different in that you *know* the embryos are in there from the start instead of just wondering until things are far enough along to register on a pregnancy test. I can see how you could et attached to them. I have my fingers crossed!
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: December 11th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you're feeling hopeful. We're all rooting for you.
(In fact, we spent all weekend thinking "I wonder if everything went ok?")
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 11th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go little embryos go!
enugent From: enugent Date: December 11th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stick, little embryos! I am so rooting for you, too - hanging on the edge of my seat waiting for news.

(How about bribery? If they stick, I promise to send Warren my magic cookie recipe for maintaining milk supply - and they taste good, too.)
mijven From: mijven Date: December 11th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sending you sticky vibes! Go team embryo!
countertorque From: countertorque Date: December 11th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was on Team Embryo after reading your last post.

Does someone medically confirm that they've attached? Or do you do that the old fashioned way?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 12th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get a blood test on the 20th. Sadly there is no other way of telling what is going on in there.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: December 13th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
The embryos are transferred while the cells are still undifferentiated and small in number. At that point they still need a few days to develop into a blastocyst, with cells around the outside that will develop into a placenta and a mass of cells inside that will develop into the fetus, before they can implant. Since they are microscopic, there's no good way of finding out whether they've implanted until they start exerting a hormonal change on Elizabeth.
enugent From: enugent Date: December 13th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess radiotagging would be a really bad idea, huh?
From: readsalot Date: December 12th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, please stay around, little embryos! I too spent the weekend wondering how you were doing.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: December 12th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I hereby sprinkle morula dust on you. Unless you're allergic, in which case I offer you blastula granulate or gastrula particulate.
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