I'm back at home lounging in bed comfortably. Out of the 9 embies that were still growing on Monday (Day 3), 4 had arrested this morning and 2 were still growing, but poor quality. This left 3 remaining, 2 blasts and 1 early blast/morula. Dr. S recommended transferring all 3, so that is what we did. He said that transferring 3 is standard for FET's. Funny thing-he never mentioned that at our last FET and seemed fine with transferring 2. It is a little scary, but he said the triplet rate with FET's is only about 2%. We told him if we had triplets, he would have to put the third kid through college. Harvard, preferably.
The transfer itself went somewhat smoothly, except that one embryo got stuck in the tube and they had to reinsert the catheter and try again. Dr. S said that will be the kid that gets lost in Kmart. I have to say, even with all his strangeness, I like Dr. S the more I see him. He checked in on me frequently afterwards to make sure I was doing okay and we had a pretty in depth discussion about my lining issues and what he thinks the best plan of action would be if this FET doesn't work. He also assured me that there is no sign of poor egg quality just because 11 of the 14 that were thawed didn't make it through to blast. In fact, he says this is perfectly normal odds for 2pn frozen embryos and that the fact that we had 3 make it to blast (plus 2 not-so-good blasts) shows that we can make good embryos. No need to start worrying about that or thinking about donor eggs or donor embryos or anything like that. So that's a relief.
The one annoyance today was the acupuncturist, T. It was a different woman than last time and she was not as comforting or personable. The first thing she asked for was cash. Oh, and cash or check only, no credit cards. I told her we had paid with a credit card the last time and she said "no, we don't take credit cards." I said, "okay, except we DID pay with a credit card last time." Apparently the woman we had last time, C (which was the same person I went to for the electro-acupuncture sessions) accepts credit cards, but she's the only one. I said "huh, someone probably should have mentioned that to us before." She said that it says it in the brochure they hand out. Who reads those things in that much detail? And who carries around $225 in cash these days? Maybe we should carry a checkbook around with us, but we don't. So B had to go run to an ATM to get cash. Not the best way to start off the experience.
Then as T was getting me set up for the needles, she saw my navel ring and asked "have you ever been pregnant with that ring in? I hear you have to take them out eventually." Really? Jeez, maybe I don't want to be pregnant after all-heaven forbid I have to remove my JEWELRY! What a stupid thing to say to me.
I also had a slight argument with her about listening to my ipod with my earbuds. Yes, I know the needles go into the ears, but C was able to make it work. T said she didn't understand how that was possible, unless (here comes the big revelation), you just use ONE earbud! Uh, yeah, that works. I think she was offended that I preferred to listen to my pre-made relaxation playlist over her stock yoga music. Oh well.
All in all, I'm back home safe with my 3 embies inside me hopefully making themselves nice and comfortable.
Scotland, Part Two
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