Today started with a 7:48a wake-up call from Embryology verifying that they were to thaw my 1 embryo. I confirmed.
As we were leaving, Kerry got what’s hopefully the last photo of me NOT pg.
We arrived at CCRM at 10:30a. There was a huge truckload of liquid nitrogen in the parking lot. I thought this was pretty cool. This is where little Seven has been living since May.
I had my blood drawn to check my estrogen and progesterone and then headed upstairs to wait for them to call me back.
Soon they called us back and took us to our transfer room. The nurse took my temp and blood pressure. My BP was the highest I’ve ever seen it. My normal BP is 110/60 and today is was 130/75. It must of been nerves. She asked if I was ready for my Valium and I said; Oh yeah! She then left the room so I could get my gown on.
At 11:25a the embryologist came in to give us a report on our embryo. She said something like "when embryos thaw, the cells need to survive at least 75% and the cavity needs to re-expand to be considered viable and your embryo thawed beautifully at 100% and fully re-expanded". I can not even tell you how happy I was to hear that. I asked if it had started hatching out of its shell and she said it had not.
At 11:45a Dr Schoolcraft came in, asked for my name for verification purposes and then got straight to prepping me.
Here’s how you get knocked up in my world:
The embryologist arrived with the incubator and on the monitor was my little Seven. Seven was hatching!!!!! So in 20 mins, my little overachiever had gone from not hatching to almost 50% hatched! The embryologist said this embryo was beautiful and you couldn’t even tell it had been frozen, said it looked like a fresh embryo. I so wanted to do the happy dance, but not too feasible with the speculum in place.
Schoolie did a fantastic job on the transfer. He was very fast and I literally didn’t feel a thing. We watched the embryo go in on the monitor and then it was all done. He was a bit unsocial, but incredibly skilled and that’s what counts.
Kerry asked him when we should expect implantation to happen since the embryo is already hatching. He said over the next 24 hrs. I asked if I should expect implantation cramps and he got this alarmed look and said, no, we do not want cramps, we want you to feel nothing. I then had to lay flat for an hour before being discharged.
So without further ado, I introduce you to Seven...