Flashback 4 takes us with Emily as she experiences her first embryo transfer.
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Originally written on Sept 6, 2018
"I'm a surrogate. What's your superpower?"
Those were the words etched on the necklace given to me by my IPs on the morning of their EMBRYO TRANSFER (!!!) And let me tell you, I am feeling super hopeful right now that the excitement is palpable. (I can barely say the words "embryo transfer" without wanting to squeal inside.)
Let me tell you about this experience. I arrived at the fertility clinic about an hour before my appointment time. My sweet friend, Michelle, dropped me off and picked me up when it was all done (Jack, my husband, couldn't get off work that day because it was right after Labor Day weekend and a co-worker already requested off.) Moments after I arrived I took a prescribed Valium, which is said to help me relax and also help my uterus relax for the procedure.
Then, I was told to empty my bladder and begin chugging water. The full bladder makes it easier for them to see and reach the uterus during the transfer on the ultrasound. In total I consumed between 40-64 oz of water in an hour and wouldn't be allowed to empty until after it was all complete.
Moments before my IPs arrived the valium began to kick in and I felt really loopy. The nurse lead us back to the room and asked me questions. The whole time I felt so goofy and not like myself. I was pretty glad my IM and I had been together the past few appointments because I thought she would know I was acting differently than normal. The IF probably just assumed I was a fruit. lol. This loopy feeling lasted about 10 minutes and then things seemed to level out.
The doctor came in, calmly explained what would happen, and just a few moments later we were ready!
They rolled in an Isolette (tm) incubator just like one would see in the NICU for a premature infant or other infant in need of a controlled environment. The incubator held the thawed frozen embryo. If felt like a holy moment.
The IM got to look at the tiny little embryo under the microscope and was given a printed picture to keep
Then it was time! They loaded the embryo into a catheter with an air bubble before and after it so we could see it on the ultrasound and with a quick burst of air sent it into my uterus to live! I recall saying many silent prayers in that moment.
The medical team wished us luck and were out just as quickly as they came in. I had to hang out on the bed for a few moments before I was allowed to get up and empty my bladder. And then we all got our things together and left the office.
While waiting for my friend to pick me up my IPs and I took a few pictures together. This was one they took of me wearing a shirt they gave me for the big day (plus the next size up, too! Gotta love that thinking ahead!)
"I've got joy like a fountain."
So, now we wait. For what exactly? Well first I've been given the green light to take an at-home pregnancy test on Monday morning. But really, the next clinical step is for a blood test a week from today. And after that we wait for the hormone levels to double and keep doubling.
I came across this interesting video today about what's happening in the embryo development at this stage. Apparently it starts as a pancake like structure and then becomes more of a cannoli like structure. I mentioned above that it felt like a holy moment. But I didn't say a "holy cannoli" moment! *audience groans*
Until next time!
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