All’s fine….sort of

Firstly the good news. We are back home with two embryos where they should be. They survived the thaw and were rated as two grade 1 hatching blastocysts. Interesting considering that the ‘left over’ embryos from our fresh cycle were a grade 1 expanding blastocyst and a grade 2 early blastocyst.

Now in my cynical mind it makes me think they gave them a once over with a magnifying glass and graded them as they were walking passed said magnifying glass in a rush to get the morning coffee.

Or maybe I am a Doubting Thomas and they really did progress in the half a day they were out of the freezer.

The doctor did double check we wanted both back so I saw that as a promising sign. Two is better than one is my thinking.

So all good on the FET front.

The trip was stressful though.

1) The flight was under threat due to the latest Icelandic volcano eruption. We didn’t know until the day whether we would have to drive across Europe to get there. Thankfully all was good to go in the air.

2) Having a 1 year old in tow did not make for a relaxing time. Not that I am complaining for one minute, but air travel is tough at the best of times and being there was an ‘on your feet constantly’ type of trip.

3) We arrived at the apartment we rented to find that ‘demolitions r us’ were in residence in the entrance area. Which meant the apartment was covered in dust. Not so much of a problem but it was really hard to breathe! We mopped, dusted and scrubbed but still the ash cloud continued to pervade our every pore. My hair felt like I’d had a day on the beach after a couple of hours of being there. Not good. On top of that, I’ve had a persistent cough for many weeks and the apartment ash cloud didn’t not help. One. Bit.

Cue us begging one of the clinic staff to rent us their apartment for 2 nights, which she kindly did (eventually) despite having a ‘no children’ rule. Tiger suits a straight jacket though.

4) My cough got worse and worse while we were there. My body feels like I’ve been kicked in the ribs from every angle. It hurts my chest to breathe. So I spent this morning at the hospital seeing a doctor. He has given me Am.oxicillin, a penicillin. Which pisses me off no end as the doctor I saw 2 weeks ago said my cough was nothing and despite me saying I wanted to be rid of it before my IVF, would not prescribe anything. A-hole.

So we are home but I’m not totally happy. I’m scared that all my coughing and I mean really bad coughing is scuppering my chances. Oh and the fact I’m having to take antibiotics, that might hinder things too.

I guess we will just have to wait and see.

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6 Responses to All’s fine….sort of

  1. thalia says:

    If you are worried about coughing dislodging the embryos, please don’t. It’s uncomfortable and annoying, but it can’t hurt them. The antibiotics should also have no effect, the embryos don’t have a placenta yet so there’s no way for the drugs to affect them. The only thing that could be a problem is if you get a very high temperature. Which the antibiotics should prevent.

    I know it’s hard, but try to not wind yourself up with this stuff. Hang in there.

  2. Silver says:

    Just to echo what Thalia says – I had a horrendous cough all through my 2nd tri – turns out it was a pregnancy thing – and my ob assured me that it was not a problem for the baby at all – it’s just not possible to cough them out ;-). If your temp is up, make sure you take paracetamol and keep it down as much as you can. Exciting stuff – crossing fingers for good news!

  3. samcy says:

    I’ll be stalking you to find out what the story is with those awesome embies 🙂


  4. Emily says:

    I don’t think coughing will affect the embryos, but I understand why you would worry. I would also worry, when going through IVF (or FET) your mind goes all sorts of places.

    I hope you feel better. So happy the embryos survived the thaw, and sounds like they were growing as they should!!!! Fingers crossed! xoxo

  5. Shannon says:

    I am thirding what Thalia has said. The body can be going through all kinds of crazy and still, the embryos bob along. I had a vicious horrible chest cold when our two were put back in (I remember hacking so hard in the Tube that people were staring at me). Antibiotics, coughing, all of it not-withstanding, the two are here. So think not of your cough (except, well, when you do cough) and avoid the hpts, lady!

    Curtains…picking out curtains…

  6. Emily says:

    Hi lovely – I’m just catching up here but wanted to say (a) I hear you on how different air travel is with a child. I just completed my 8th long haul flight with a (now toddler) baby & its not like the old days.

    And with regards to the coughing & anti-biotics – I had pneumonia when I got pregnant so know first hand how strong those embryos can be – just make sure you’re taking care of yourself as best you can!

    Fingers crossed!

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