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Old 09-30-04, 03:22 PM
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Default I have 16 children in a petri dish right now!

I guess I feel like the little old lady who lived in a shoe right now!

My embryologist called this a.m. and we still have 16 embies chugging along. Here is the report:

Out of 19 eggs retrieved..........
We now have 16 embryos (one of the non-fertilized eggs did fertilize, but the 1 1PN didn't make it).

2 - 9 cells grade 2
3 - 8 cells grade 2
6 - 7 cells grade 2
2 - 6 cells grade 2
1 - 5 cells grade 2
1 - 4 cells grade 2
1 - 3 cells grade 2

The embryologist did say that the 3, 4, and 5 cells still have a chance but they "could" be slowing down. We shouldn't give up on those yet. I'm being totally realistic and know that not every single embie is gonna make it. Also, statistically she told me that 40% - 50% of 8 cell embryo's go to blast. Here's a cool tidbit of info.....After 8 cells form, differentiation starts to occur and it's no longer the female DNA (egg) that is doing all the dividing work. Basically, after 8 cells the embryo takes over and is doing all the work (I suppose the combined DNA from the egg and sperm). The other good news is that what they consider "ideal" is embryo's in the 6 to 9 cell stage on day 3.......we have 13 of those!!! So, I'm really happy with how things are looking right now.

She asked me if I wanted to do a 3 day transfer today and we have decided after talking it over with her and one of the RE's that we were going to let them try to make it to blast stage and do the 5 day transfer on Saturday. The embryologist said that if she HAD to pick right now, she would have a seriously hard time choosing which 3 to put back (by the way if I would have chosen to go with a 3 day transfer, they STRONGLY suggested that I only put back 3). She said that with so many nice looking embryo's she would hate to pick the wrong 3 to put back and waste a fresh cycle. I think I have to agree with them on this one. If I only had 1 8 cell at this stage I might opt for a 3 day, but I think my little embryo's look very strong and will do ok in the petri dish. I got pg on a 5 day transfer in March, so I think it can happen again. I just had some really bad luck back then, so I'm hoping with things looking so much better in this cycle my luck will change and at least 1 little blast will want to stick around for 8 months this time. I was worried that we would lose a lot of them by letting them go to blast and she said that my goal should not be to have a frozen cycle and that we should focus on a fresh cycle because the statistics are better. Any left to freeze is a bonus, but the fresh cycle is truly better. I honestly do agree with her on this. If we just get 2 very strong blasts, I will be a happy camper. I don't know if I have much faith in an FET cycle after putting back 2 perfectly thawed blasts last time that resulted in a BFN.

I'm going crazy!!!! They won't look at them again until Saturday and they said that I won't be having a transfer before 11am because they still won't be blasts by then, so I am thinking it's going to be a late transfer, like 2pm or 3pm PST on Saturday. They will call me today with my schedule. Oh, I also talked to my acupuncturist and we will be doing the German protocol on Saturday, as well. God...I'm flipping out. THIS HAS TO BE MY CYCLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I keep flipping out thinking about IUI's and how it is truly a miracle that we conceive like this!! In my case, out of 19 eggs (a year and a half supply!!!!), only 16 of them were viable and of those 16 I may only get a few in the end that make it to blast. When you think about how the sperm has to find the egg at the exact right time and all the other things that have to happen in an "uncoltrolled" environment, no wonder it takes us years to get pg!! Jeez.
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Old 09-30-04, 07:20 PM
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that you have some healthy strong embies to choose from on Saturday and that the rest freeze well.
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Old 09-30-04, 07:50 PM
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16 children.....think of the social security you could claim!!

grow embies grow

Good luck with the transfer Maddy
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Old 09-30-04, 07:55 PM
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Good Luck!!
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Old 09-30-04, 08:08 PM
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I am so hoping things work out for you this time Maddy!
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