Thursday, October 29, 2009

Amazed (and Scared)

We were tentatively scheduled for transfer yesterday, but the embryologist called us in the morning and said that he wants to do a blastocyst transfer on Saturday instead. ALL 10 EMBRYOS ARE STILL GROWING!! He likes seven of them really, really, really well, and the other three he likes too, but slightly less well. He thinks that we will have some good blasts to choose from on Saturday.

Part of me is impatient and wants to get this show on the road. On the other hand - I am slightly relieved, because honestly I feel like crap, and I'd like a few days to get myself together before it's time. I have worked so hard to avoid gluten and sugar for so long, and in the interests of staving off OHSS have been drinking Gatorade by the gallon this week. I've been forcing down some protein, too, but the nausea has been clamoring for some foods that are normally off-limits (french fries, cup o'noodles - yummy!!). So combined with the PIO shot side effects, let's just say I'm not on my normal "schedule" (if you catch my drift). I'd like to fix that before we throw the embies in the mix. Oh, and I'd like to be able to walk from one room to another without bending over from the agony. I look like Quasimodo these days. (Thankfully, though, the Gatorade is doing the trick - only mild OHSS symptoms and no daily weight gain. Praise the Lord for that!!)

I have really been having a difficult time with the PIO shots, hence the Quasimodo-ness. Not the injections themselves so much as the aftermath - I have started sleeping on the couch because it hurts too bad to get out of bed in the middle of the night to make my fifteen trips to the bathroom. My abdomen is still really sore, and my rear is so cramped and stiff that there is just no way to move without crying out and waking C (who really needs to get some sleep).

So - in an extremely exhausted and hormonally-driven emotional breakdown yesterday - I did something really stupid. I had seen Arnica Gel recommended on several message boards for PIO shot side effects, and I guess I thought it was something like aloe. I didn't really think of it as something that is absorbed into the skin and potentially could enter my system. I asked C to pick some up at our health food store and I rubbed it in liberally to the affected areas (which would be my entire rear-end). Immediate relief, it was so wonderful. Kind of a warm tingly sensation, followed by the realization that I had just put something on my skin that I know very little about, and that could potentially have any number of harmful effects on this process. I can't believe I did that, and I am just sick about it. I did scrub it off about ten minutes after I applied it, but I think it had already been absorbed. So, I am anxiously waiting for the IVF coordinator to return my phone call and tell me what an idiot I am. Hopefully I have not done anything too damaging...this is just proof that these hormones are really affecting me, I guess. (Does anyone know anything about Arnica Gel? Did I do a really bad thing??)

In the good news department, C bought a new laptop to replace the computer that died yet again. We decided this time not to resurrect, but to replace. It is *so* much nicer to blog from a real keyboard again, instead of my phone!!


The Patterson's said...

Woo hoo! Your embies are doing awesome!! Yay for a 5 day transfer!

Sorry to hear you are having so many side affects from the PIO. Would your RE consider letting you switch to suppositories? Or would that not matter? I can't say anything about the cream you used. If it isn't something you were supposed to do, I'm sure you'll be okay as long as you don't do it again. I took Robitussin DM before I realized I could only take plain...oops!

Can't wait to hear how your transfer goes!

Kate said...

Holy smokes! I can't believe all 10 are still going strong. You guys must have some amazing genetic material joined up for 7/10 to be stellar and the other 3/10 to be good. First I'd thought you'd had some attrition by day3 like I did, and then reread about 11 being frozen on day1.
Wow. You guys will be able to have your own sports team from the FETs from this cycle alone at this rate!
So a day6 blast transfer? Very exciting! Hope you're feeling better by then, and that the couple you transfer settle in for a good long stay. :)

Mad Hatter said...

That's very exciting news about your beautiful embies! So excited for you! As far as I know, the Arnica is all-natural and can be used on young children as well as pregnant women for bruises and such. It has anti-inflammatory effects. I'm not a doctor, but I've seen naturopaths and taken other homeopathic rememdies and I don't think it will have any negative impact on your body for IVF. Here is a site with info on it:
I get worried about these sorts of things, too, and it's normal for you to be concerned, but I think you're totally fine and I hope your IVF coordinator calls soon to confirm this so you can have peace of mind.

Hillary said...

So thrilled for you - congrats! I have no advice, but I hope the PIO can become more bearable.