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I think I'm going mental... update 24/12

hello ladies,

Am currently in the middle of IVF treatment and had my eggs harvested yesterday. Think I'm actually half hen because they managed to get 21. However, am now sat here at home waiting for the clinic to phone me to let me know if any have fertilised overnight ready for our implantation procedure which is scheduled for tomorrow.

Every time the phone rings I'm leaping off the sofa and hurdling the furniture to answer it which is no mean feat only 24 hours after surgery!

Anyway, this wait is absolutely killing me and i think if they don't ring soon I'm going to go completely potty. My lovely OH has twisted himself up into a complete knot about it and is convinced none will have fertilised whereas my mum is about ready to start knitting 21 babygrows!

Just wanted to let off a little steam on here whilst I wait.


[Modified by: usedtobeemmyw on 22 December 2009 11:18:27 ]

[Modified by: usedtobeemmyw on 24 December 2009 10:30:09 ]


  • MrsT04MrsT04 Posts: 214
    Wishing you the very best of luck. Keep us updated.

    H x
  • HI Emmy... Cross fingers for you and hope one of them takes!

    Keep us posted...
  • I have my fingers crossed for you x
  • Mim23ukMim23uk Posts: 1,163
    Ohhhh, good luck. I'm sure everything will be fine.Mxxx

    PS, Bless your mum, she can knit for me as well if she wants image
  • shellbob73shellbob73 Posts: 3,152
    Good luck Emmy.

    With 21 I would think that at least one or two will have taken!

  • I read the last blog yesterday - really pleased they managed to harvest so many.

    As Mrs Shellbob says, the fact they have so many means the odds will have gone up, doesn't it?

    Is there anything you can be doing at home to take your mind off while you wait?
  • Wooooohoooooo!!!!!

    Just got the call from the hospital. Apparently 20 of the 21 were mature enough to inject and 13 have fertilised. This means that on the other side of town, in a petri dish, I am technically a mum to an entire football team including subs!

    Got to go in at 10.30am tomorrow for my embryo transfer.

    Thanks for all the posts ladies. It really helped with the wait. Speaking of waits, after the implantation I'll have an agonising 2 week wait to see if it's worked.

  • shellbob73shellbob73 Posts: 3,152
    Thats fantastic news!

    Out of interest, how many will they implant into you?

    My boss's sister had 2 eggs implanted but one of them split so they ended up with triplets! image
  • EmlarEmlar Posts: 1,581
    omg!!! i read the blog this morning before work too!!!

    well done!!! fingers crossed everything goes as planned!!

    lets hope 2010 is going to be a fantastic yr for you!!!!!!!!!
  • Well they're putting one embryo back tomorrow and then it's fingers crossed (and legs) that it sticks!

    Have updated the blog with all the gory details!

    Thanks for all the support ladies; it means ever such a lot.

    XXXXXXXXx Emmy
  • katie40ukkatie40uk Posts: 1,264
    aww thats good news good luck, you are very brave xxxx
  • EmlarEmlar Posts: 1,581
    oooh, im off to the blog for a more in depth read!

    really really pleased for u emmy xx
  • HuniibumpHuniibump Posts: 3,913 New bride
    ooo good luck hun, so excited for ya! xx
  • Great news sweet. Will keep our fingers crossed for you.
  • EandBabyEandBaby Posts: 354
    Hi Emmy,

    Fingers crossed for you tomorrow. Where can I find your blog? Thanks

    Hope you have a happy Christmas. xx
  • Fingers crossed for you hun xx
  • ruthemilyruthemily Posts: 13,622
    Hi Emmy, hadn't realised you'd come back on here image Glad to see you, and to hear the good news! Haven't read your blog for a week or so, so it's been lovely reading this thread!

    Good luck!
  • Hi Emmy! I haven't been on in ages but began reading again recently because I was bored at work! I don't know of your new blog but I am so thrilled that you have found happiness & fingers x that it will stick.
  • Mim23ukMim23uk Posts: 1,163
    Hi Emmy, just had to say good luck for tomorrow Eeeeek
  • Oooh, good luck for tomorrow

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too.xx
  • good luck!! I'm sure there will be success!! come back and celebrate with us!! xx
  • Good luck, good luck, good luck. Being a Mummy is the best thing ever. My little girl is 14 weeks old on Christmas day and every smile and gurgle is a joy. Fingers and toes crossed for you x
  • Well, I know it's a bit long but i thought I'de update with the same entry as is on my blog. So apologies for the length of it!!!

    Come on number one!!!!!!!

    Oh my goodness me, I feel like I've been slung out of a revolving door at a million miles an hour.

    Am sitting here in my uggs, dressing gown and pjs trying not to move too much which is driving me insane. Without a case of it being "too much information" i feel like I've fallen knickers first into the cutlery drawer and then someone has tried to park a mini metro up there. I am not feeling my alluring best.

    Yesterday was another weird but rather wonderful day. We arrived at the hospital and I didn't have to wait very long before I was called into theatre. I could go in fully clothed but had to take my shoes off for obvious reasons. I had decided though, in a moment of festive fun, to wear novelty Christmas socks and undies which I then came to regret as my "amusing" socks were waggling above my face and in front of all the theatre staff for the next 30 minutes.

    The embryologist came to speak to me and told me that of the 13 embryos, 7 had gone on to continue developing but that the other 6 had stalled. This meant that they'd be implanting one and freezing six. The other six lazy little things would be monitored until teatime but it was unlikely they'd make any more progress. This meant we were down from a full football team to a five a side team plus subs.

    I had to strip to the waist but was allowed to keep my socks on which was good as the theatre was so unbelieveably freezing. They'd put the sheets on the radiator again but my legs shook the whole way through I was that cold and the theatre technician kept laughing at my goosebumps.

    I showed them my monster hand and I once again became a medical mystery. For some reason, after the anaesthetic jab which absolutely killed on Monday, my hand has swollen up to twice its normal size from my fingers to halfway down my wrist. The whole back of it is bright blue and I can't put any weight on it or even open a door. The consultant had a good look and came to the conclusion that as they had had to dig around for so long to find a vein on Monday then there was a good chance they may have nicked a nerve. She also said that the medicine can weaken the walls of the veins which can lead to fluid leaking and swelling. This was not before 2 other medics had been sent for to marvel at my giant beast of a hand. I wouldn't mind but I've asked for some leather gloves for Christmas.

    So, I was now lying half naked in novelty socks whilst in stirrups with a giant monster hand. Was it any wonder T didn't want to come into theatre with me?

    He was busy causing domestics out in the waiting room. Apparently after we'd agreed T wouldn't come into theatre with me (he's unbelieveably squeamish) another couple were called for their theatre slot. The bloke said he wasn't going to go with his wife and when she had a bit of a grump about it, he pointed at T and said, "Well if he doesn't have to go in then I'm not either." Nice to know that the two of us spread a little festive dischord and chaos wherever we seem to go.

    I'm quite glad T didn't come in actually as there is nothing less alluring or feminine than stirrups.

    Oh, yes there is as i discovered....

    Normally, when you have the dreaded smear test, you go in the stirrups and the doctor/nurse attacks you from the side of the bed don't they?

    Not in this case.

    I felt like I was on some ride at Alton Towers as my legs were actually strapped into the stirrups to keep me completely still and then the bed was whipped out from under my bum! The bed was in two bits and, so that the doctor can get "up close and personal", the "feet end" of the bed is removed and they wheel themselves up on some wheely office type chair and get right in amongst the action. It was rather disconcerting to have the bed disappear from under your nethers and a doctor scoot up on a revolving chair and almost collide with your ladygarden. It does not rank in my top ten best experiences.

    I then had to have a scan which is the same sort as the one you have when you're actually preggers. This is to find the bit to put the embryo in. After all I've been through, I was glad they were locating the exact spot and weren't just going to glue it to a kidney or the side of my spleen.

    I was then shown a picture of our little embryo. Disappointingly it didn't have a santa hat on or was carrying a piece of festive mistletoe but it did resemble 4 silvery Christmas baubles. Apparently our little baublebaby was a grade one/2 which means that it's pretty much the best you can get as they're graded from the best (grade one) to grade four. Ours would've been a true grade one but there was a tiny bit of "fragmentation" in one of the cells. I am therefore incubating a Christmas "fraggle".

    It was inserted through long thin wire and all the theatre staff and embryologists all wished it good luck as it went in and then me good luck after it was implanted which was really sweet. Then it was 20 minutes lying still until I was wheeled back into a side room to get dressed and have a chat about what happens next.

    I've got to go back on 4th Jan to have a urine test to see if I've been lucky and a blood test which will either check my pregnany hormones or give a profile of how close my hormones are back to being normal if it's not worked. This is the morning of my first day in my new role as headteacher which is obviously perfect timing!!!!!

    I spent the rest of the day yesterday on various sofas being grumped at by T every time I tried to move (it was a little heated when he was actually considering taking me to the toilet and I just about exploded at him with frustration...) Mum went a little bit bonkers and photocopied our embryo picture and hung it on the sodding Christmas tree. Our little "fragglebaublebaby" is now pride of place near the angel in Mum's front room. The world's gone mad.

    Slept in the spare room last night as T was convinced he'd "bump me" in the night which has never happened before and it would've been very bad luck for him to suddenly become a human game of buckaroo and start assaulting me but it meant that I didn't have to hear any snoring so I didn't protest too much.

    I repaid all T's fussing and kindness beautifully this morning in the way only I can. He brought me jammy toast and tea in bed and whispered those lovely words every girl wants to hear in the morning, "Have you done that vaginal pessary thing yet love?" and then we began to watch some TV on his i phone. This is where I repaid him. I don't know how it bloomin happened but one minute the i phone was in my hand and the next minute it was in my cup of tea.

    Poor T's fuming with me and I just feel like a tw*t. The poor bloke runs around after me and I return this favour by dropping his prized possession into my breakfast and ruining it.

    He has currently gone out for a bit which I have read as, "I'm blinking furious with you but can't shout at you because of the IVF so I've had to get out this house..."

    Oh dear.

    Anyway, tonight's our Estonian Christmas and then tomorrow it's round to T's Mum's to do it all over again the English way.

    So, I'll say cheerio for now and wish everyone a very merry Christmas. If you get a chance, give a nice big festive yell of... "Come on number one!" for me and fingers crossed my fragglebaublebaby will stick
  • mrshelen74mrshelen74 Posts: 9,282
    Emmy ive got everthing crossed for you, hope you have a wonderful christmas and hears to a fab2010
  • Ah, that has moved me so much!

    I am certainly crossing everything for you and Fragglebaublebaby...!!!

    Merry Christmas and hoping it's a fantastic 2010!

  • Coco-25Coco-25 Posts: 1,105
    Good luck Emmy, Mr Emmy and Fragglebaublebaby! xxx
  • Big fingers crossed!!!!! Wishing you lots and lots of luck!!!! Be sticky number 1!!!!! xxxxx
  • HuniibumpHuniibump Posts: 3,913 New bride
    That had me giggling so hard, I love your sense of humour hun and the way you write! You are such a brave lady though to go through all that and still see humour in it, really hope your Christmas fragglebaublebaby holds on tight, have my fingers crossed for you xx
  • wow you are amazing sharing your story - best of luck to you x x x
  • ruthemilyruthemily Posts: 13,622
    Best if luck! I have my fingers firmly crossed for you!
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