John's TESE procedure, the Testicular Sperm Extraction (I try not to say it so much because I don't want to feel like I'm announcing John's business) was today and I am happy to report that it was a success. Without going into too much detail, our fantastic (and very renowned in the fertility world, I found out) urologist, Dr. Jacob Rajfer, got what he needed (and then some).
I decided to go home at 11 a.m., earlier than the 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. that I planned to leave, as John's appointment was at 1:30. I was over it, and I didn't want to expose myself to her any longer than I really had to. Thank goodness for understanding bosses. No explanation or sharing needed -- they just knew that it was an IVF day.
So we arrived at PRC and at first, we went upstairs with Debbie, the other clinical coordinator / nurse who I had dealt with in June's absence a month or so ago. She gave us our new calendar, this time for the Luteal Phase of IVF. Evidently, luteal phase means the time right before the follicles get released. Here it is:
This is one of the last calendars we will be receiving for this IVF cycle. It outlines the medication I will be taking in the next 2 1/2 weeks, including the estrogen and progesterone injections as well as the (*gulp*) vaginal suppositories of progesterone, which I will be taking throughout the entire first trimester of the pregnancy, should success occur.
Per the schedule, after the egg retrieval tomorrow morning, I will be having the embryo transfer on Sunday. At first, we anticipated doing so on Friday, but evidently, because we are choosing to do PGD for Gender Selection, they would do the transfer on Day 5 (Sunday) instead of Day 3 (Friday) after retrieval. This means that I will be on complete bed rest from Thanksgiving Monday through Wednesday, and then will be on moderate bed rest on Thanksgiving Day and yes, on Black Friday. That following Monday, the 29th, is the first pregnancy test, and it will be confirmed on December 1st. They will continue to closely monitor me, and will do the first ultrasound about 4 weeks after that day, so about the beginning of 2011.
Before all that, we just have tomorrow's procedure, the Egg Retrieval. We will be bringing some of our medication with us, so I will be preparing them tonight because we need to be at PRC at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. Thank goodness this procedure will be done in the Irvine office instead of the Torrance office (where I had had the hysteroscopies done in September and October).
Especially this week, we are asking you all to join us in collective prayer. This week is the critical week with all the big procedures and we need all the help that we can get!
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