Thank you all for the good luck wishes…it seems to have helped!
On Friday, my husband and I awoke at 7am to get ready for the day. We were asked to arrive at the clinic in the city for 10:30, so due to morning traffic, we thought it would be best to leave by 7:50 to ensure we would not be stressed out by any traffic jams. We arrived in good time, getting to the clinic minutes after 10am. After checking in, we sat in the waiting room and spent time people watching.
My acupuncturist had hooked me up with another acupuncturist in the city so that I could have a treatment on the day of transfer and it turns out that they have a good working relationship with the clinic so they come in and do a pre and post transfer acupuncture session. Once she arrived, we introduced ourselves and she took control of everything from that point on. As this was our first ever transfer, she let them know that we were having acupuncture done and got us all set up in a recovery chair. The nurse gave my husband and I directions to put on the procedure gowns but explained it by saying – just do it like last time. I had to explain to her that although we’re doing a frozen embryo transfer, we have never done a (fresh) transfer before. She then stated, well – then it’s just the same as when you had the egg retrieval done. Again, I had the pleasure of explaining that we have never been through an egg retrieval as we had to use donor eggs right off the bat. She apologized and finally took the time to walk us through everything in the manner she should have in the first place.
Following the minor hiccup, the acupuncturist talked me through some deep breathing exercises and then proceeded to start the acupuncture treatment. I had needles from the top of my head to the top of my foot but I found it to be extremely relaxing.I had also finished the mandatory 1 liter of water that needed to be ingested 1 hour prior to the appointment…so I REALLY had to pee at this point. I said to my husband, who was waiting with me, that due to the acupuncture and the strong desire to pee myself – I really didn’t have any mental capacity left over to worry about what was about to happen. We were still feeling uncertain that my lining was even ready for the transfer so we had been just keeping our fingers crossed for the last few days.
After having the needles in for approx. 25 minutes, the acupuncturist removed them and left to wait in the waiting room until we were ready for our post treatment. Unfortunately, once the needles were out – I REALLY REALLY had to pee and couldn’t stop thinking about it. The nurse gave me permission to have a little pee – just one cup. I can’t tell you how tempted I was to just let it ALL out; however, I followed the strict orders. The relief lasted maybe five minutes before the immense pressure was back…
The clinic was running a little bit behind, something you never want to hear when you have to pee so badly but thankfully my Doctor was telling the nurse that he HAD to be out of the office by noon so they couldn’t delay much longer. I knew I loved this Doctor for a reason, haha!
They took us back to the procedure room after my husband and I had donned our trendy gowns, caps and booties (socks for me). It was funny watching my husband getting all squeamish as he does NOT do well with anything medical really… We sat chatting while the ultrasound nurse checked that my bladder was full, which it absolutely was and thankfully she agreed. Then we waited for the doctor to arrive. It was funny, they have this little fogged glass window in the room that leads directly to the embryo lab so they just open the window and request the embryo needed. The Doctor told me we had a grade 5 blastocyst which apparently is really good! He inserted the catheter and the speculum and before we knew it, they were handing us a printed out photo of the embryo in my uterus!
After a few minutes, they walked me back to the recovery area where I had to wait 5-10 minutes before I could go pee and gave me my medication instructions while I was waiting. I am to continue on will all of my meds as usual (prenatal vitamins, Vitamin B complex, Estrace tablets vaginally 3x/day, Edometrin Vaginal suppositories 2x/day, Estrogen patch 100mg every other day, Progesterone In Oil 50mg 1/day). I lasted about 6 minutes before running to the washroom and it was possibly the longest pee of my life. Once my bladder was empty, the acupuncturist proceeded to complete my post-procedure treatment and a half hour later I was free to go!
I have strict instructions to do as little as possible for the weekend and I’m considering taking an extra day off on Monday just in case. My husband has been taken great care of me and taking on all of the extra duties around the house for a few days. The hardest part of this is not cuddling with my puppy on the couch as she is a 140lb furnace when she cuddles and I’m to avoid any excess sources of heat as my body temperature tends to run a little high anyway. Other than that, we have instructions not to have sex for two weeks, no baths – only showers, and to return to the clinic on Oct 11th for the pregnancy test.
I am officially PUPO and I must say it’s a super weird feeling. While relaxing all weekend I have been over analyzing every twinge I feel. I’m not really excited right now but a little bit of hope is starting to blossom….