Macy

Macy

Monday, March 25, 2013

Macy Hematology Appt 3/25/13

Okay, so for some reason whenever I bring Macy to her HemOnc appointment I always act like a weirdo. I don't know why, maybe it's nerves from waiting to find out her counts so I say a bunch of stupid stuff that doesn't even make sense. I'm not sure. And it's one of those things where you can tell you're coming off as weird, so the more you try to not act weird---the more weird you are. I don't do this at any of her other appointments so I don't know what my problem is. Oh well. So her Dr. probably thinks I'm a kook...I guess that's fine.

Anyways, Macy had a rough visit. She wouldn't let them get a blood pressure or anything. The actual blood draw went well. They were able to get what they needed the first try. But she screamed bloody murder the whole time, and wouldn't even look them in the face. Her poke prize was a Minnie Mouse notepad and markers which she really liked, so that helped while we waited for the results. She was sure glad to get out of there! On a side note, there was a commercial on the other day for the children's hospital and Macy pointed at the TV, shook her head and said "No" and ran out of the room. So guess that's how she feels about it. Haha.

Macy's Stats
Hemoglobin
12.4

Platelets
176,000

White Blood Count
11,600

Absolute Neutrophil Count
1,770

So her numbers look good right now, so that's a relief.

Hopefully I will be pregnant before her next appointment! I will know by April 15!

Take care
Jenn

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

PGD and HLA results in...

So I just received the call and it is such good news!  We have 3 embryos that are healthy and an HLA (bone marrow) match for Macy!   So happy and excited!!!!

We would like to transfer 2 and save the 1 for if the first 2 do not take. I am not sure if my Doctor will let us transfer 2. I think he is pretty big on eSET's (elective single embryo transfer), but we will see! We've never had more than 1 before so this is so awesome!  

I don't know how many healthy non-matches we have yet, because she called me right after the results came in. She also said something about a couple maybe needing to be re-tested. I am not sure if that means we could end up with more than 3, or not. I will get more details later on what she meant, but I am just really happy we have the 3 now!

Whew!  One more step...

Take care
Jenn

Friday, March 8, 2013

Wowza embryos!

So today was the big day! The next big step towards having a healthy, FA-free baby ( or babies) and securing Macy's donor for her bone marrow transplant. We found out the best news ever! We had 25 embryos make it to the blastocyst stage that were biopsied and frozen....25!!!!!! That is so wonderful I can't even explain how great it is. We will find out in 1-2 weeks the PGD testing results. Statistically we should have 4 healthy matches from 25 embryos but I'm not getting that crazily optimistic. I'll shoot for 2!!!' That would be awesome. Anything more would be exceptional! I also received a surprise for me to start my Lupron tonight for our FET (frozen embryo transfer) which is scheduled for the beginning of April!!!! Eek!

Only good news allowed from here on out! Has to be...

Take care
Jenn

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fertilization Results-IVF #3

So we went to Chicago and had our egg retrieval yesterday morning. I was super nervous because they were running behind in the OR, so we didn't get in there until 1 hour after the scheduled retrieval. I was so anxious about ovulating on my own before the retrieval. Because that can happen. If that happens your cycle is scrapped and you have to start over. I don't know why I was so paranoid about it; but I was. Luckily, that didn't happen and everything went great! I got awesome drugs and was out like a light for the whole thing, and felt fine after I woke up.

Adam said as I was coming to the first thing I said in a very slurred voiced was "how many they get". Always have my eye on the prize. Hehehe. I was over the moon when he said "39". 39 eggs.....woweeee!! I was cautiously excited since usually there are some that are not mature, and not all will fertilize. I think the Dr. told Adam usually 50%-80% fertilize. (that would be 19.5-31.2 eggs in our case).

Last night I took my antibiotic before bed (to prevent infection) and woke up this morning itching like crazy. I looked in the mirror and I have a full body rash. I must have an allergic reaction to doxycycline. So I decided to wait until Mary (my IVF coordinator) called with the fertilization results and tell her then.

So she called and did call in a new antibiotic for me at the pharmacy. We got wonderful news today because out of the 39 eggs, 36 fertilized!!!' Yes, 36! That is better than I could have hoped for!!!!' Still being cautiously excited because out of what fertilize maybe 50% (if that) will make it to the blastocyst stage on day 5 or 6. Those are the only ones that will be biopsied and frozen. So we will get news again in about a week to find out how many were biopsied and frozen. I hope it's a lot, because if it is we could have a real chance this time!!! Maybe even have more than 1 that is a healthy match!!! Eek! A week after they are biopsied we will get the results. Please pray for us that we have a lot this time!!!! I feel like we are so close to making this happen!

Take care
Jenn