Saturday, January 22, 2011


I know I kind of fell off the face of the planet for a while with updating my blogs, but as this new year starts I just want to give everyone who reads this a quick update.

First of all, let me start by saying sorry, to all who wanted to know what was going on, but were too polite to ask.  Also, thank you for being patient.

Here is the story.  At the first blood test we found out that at least one of the embryos did implant and started to develop, but somewhere along the way the little guy did not make it and we ended up with what is called a chemical pregnancy.  A chemical pregnancy is just another term for a very early miscarriage or having a blood test pregnancy that never is able to make it to an ultrasound.   The doctors had me go on bed rest (again) for another week and then retest the blood to see what was happening with my pregnancy levels. 

At the second blood test, the pregnancy levels had decreased from their already very low state, and so they had me stop all the medications. 

A couple months later we were able to implant our frozen embryo, and that little guy never implanted. 

I know that someday Andy and I will be blessed with little angels of our own, but until that time comes we will enjoy each other, and continue to enjoy discovering more of this beautiful, amazing and diverse planet that was created for us.  At this point in our baby adventure, we will be taking a break.  Hormonally me and my body need a break, and emotionally it will be good for both of us.  Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. 

Until next time...

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Yesterday, I woke up with some wicked vertigo, (everything was spinning uncontrollably.)  I think it is probably just my medication, but somewhere deep inside, I hope it is an early pregnancy symptom I am having.  It seem to get better as the day went on, but still would have little episodes here and there.  I have had a couple little bouts of it today as well.  Sometimes, I just wish I knew!! ;)

(Trying to be) Patiently waiting...

Monday, June 28, 2010


Brian, the embryologist called us today with the news that only 1 of our little babies made it to the stage that they could freeze it.  But... at least we were able to freeze one!! Hopefully we won't need it any time soon, but it will be there when we do!!

Still waiting to the 7th.... It sure does seem like a long ways away!!
We'll get there...

Sunday, June 27, 2010


We scheduled the transfer for Sunday, 06/27/2010 at 10:00 am.   I was to arrive wearing no scented products, makeup, jewelry or with any personal belongings. I was also supposed to drink 32 oz of water starting 1 hr before arrival time.  We arrived at the office and they had me change, drink 16 oz more of water, and then Dr. Rychlik came in and talked to us about our embryos and which embryos he was going to transfer and why.

We had 2 embryos that were a little ahead of the rest in development and so he wanted to transfer those, but they were still a little developmentally behind, (about 12 hours.)  They said the embryos that we were going to transfer still could have no problem developing normally and growing into great healthy babies. We had 5 more that he was continuing to look at as possibilities to freeze.

After the transfer, we were able to talk to the embryologist a little more in depth about the embryos with did ease our mind a little more about them being developmentally behind.  We'll just have to wait and see how it plays out.

Right now, I just need to continue on the medication schedule that has been given to me, and we will schedule a pregnancy test for 7/7/2010.

  • Progesterone injection 50 mg 2 X Day
  • Prednisone  10 mg 2 X Day  (through tomorrow)
  • Aspirin 81 mg 1 X Day
  • Estrogen Patches (starting 7/1/2010)
  • Prenatal Vitamins

Please keep us in your prayers...

Friday, June 25, 2010


Dr. Rychlik schedules the embryo transfers on a 3 or 5 day schedule, and they will call you on day 3 after the egg capture and let you know if they are going to do it that day, or wait 2 more days.

On day 3, we waited and waited and waited to get the call, then finally we gave up and called in around 11 to see what was happening.  Rekha, the nurse practitioner, and Brian, the embryologist, were in with patients and they would call us back as soon as possible.  Rekha did call back a little bit later and informed us that the eggs were doing fine, but there was no actual update on the eggs and that we would schedule the embryo transfer for day 5 (June 27, 2010.)

So still waiting, 2 more days...I think we will head to the aquarium to take our mind off it!!
So long for now, we're off to see the fishies!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


The embryologist called today with the official egg count which was...

  • 32 eggs total
  • 24 mature eggs
  • 18 fertilized
We're off to a great start!! Much better than last time.

We'll have to wait and see how they grow...  Good Luck Little Guys!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


So as I said, they moved my egg capture appointment from Wednesday to Tuesday, and also had me come in on Monday for another blood draw.

Obviously the blood draw went alright, because I didn't hear anything different, so we went in for our egg capture this morning.

They had given me an instruction sheet for my egg capture, to give me directions on all the medications and then also reminding me that embryos are very sensitive to smells, so not to wear ANY scented products (including all lotions and deodorants) and also no jewelry, nail polish, make-up or personal belongings.  I made sure to follow ALL directions and we headed in early for our 7:00 am arrival time.

When I arrived, they led me to my recovery room, where I met with the anesthesiologist, and they started my IV. Soon after the medical assistant came and got me and led me to the procedure room where they positioned me, put on my EKG and started my "twilight sleep."  This time it only lasted for about 20 minutes, which ended up being about a quarter of the time it took last year.  When it was finished they woke me up, and wheeled me back to my recovery room.  I stayed for a little while and then they released me to go home.

Before they left Dr. Rychlik and Bryan the embryologist came in and said they captured 32 eggs.  They will call me tomorrow with a report of how they are doing and tell me how many were mature.  HOPEFULLY a few of them are mature, and will take fertilization.

We'll see tomorrow!! Until then, we're keeping our fingers crossed.

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