Damn Dem Veins!

And three dividing embryo’s is what we have so far with another possible four! We’ll see what tomorrow brings. I’m still a little confused as to why the lab chose to thaw all my embryo’s as they were frozen separatley for two FET attempts but I guess there’s nothing that can be done about that now. So as of 7am all 7 had survived the thaw and 3 had shown division…

As for the Intralpids, well that was not so much fun as usual, I seem to leave my veins behind each time, so the IV set up went something like this:

  • Blood pressure cuff on left arm – pump left hand – flick and slap left arm and left hand – push & rub down hard on left wrist – left hand turns purple and starts to cramp – release blood pressure cuff.
  • Put blood pressure cuff over right arm – pump right hand – flick & slap right arm and hand – push & rub down hard on right wrist – success – a vein in the bend of arm – prepare area – insert needle – husband gets pale and almost passes out – nurse says – Oh dear, the vein is going to blow – quickly remove needle – apply pressure – lift pressure – little blood spurt – apply more pressure – plaster.
  • Remove blood pressure cuff – move back to left arm – pump left hand – flick and slap left arm and left hand – pump & rub down hard on left wrist – find vein in top of hand – more flicking & pumping  and finally SUCCESS!

Of course by this stage I was feeling VERY sorry for myself, so I had great big crocodile tears rolling down them cheeks.. Within 10 minutes the drip had to be turned down because it was running so fast it was cause the bones in my arm to pain. Thankfully my blood pressure stayed well with in the low range the entire time and I was good to go after about 4 hours. For now, the only effects I’m feeling are the usual Intralipid headache and that achy bone sensation, nothing that a little rest can’t fix so I’m off to hop into bed for an afternoon nap.

So one major hurdle crossed, now if all those embryo’s can just keep going till tomorrow when they will be returned to the mother ship!


  • Dee

    September 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Sorry about the lack of veins, sounds extremely painful. I think they can re-freeze any embryos that you dont use but of course they probably isnt such a good idea ito stressing them too much. I hope your 3/4 remaining continue to divide as they should.xxx

  • Jenny

    September 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    youch. that sounds sore! I hope you will ask them why they thawed all the embies – maybe it’s a numbers game? Anyway S – it was nice to meet you today! Hoping and praying right along with you xx

  • Beth

    September 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Yr veins sound like mine – very painful, sorry you had to go through that.

    Will be thinking of those embies of yrs, sure you’re going to have lots of nice ones to transfer!

    Have you decided how many you will transfer if all divide well?


  • Hela

    September 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Been waiting for your update today. Good to hear you have 3 dividing, may they grow beautifully for tomorrow!

    Sorry to hear about your veins though, I remember your blue arm last time – hope you sleep well and feel better soon!

    Thinking of you and hoping with you for the best results!

  • Yvonne

    September 28, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve been thinking of you alllll day! So glad to hear there is some serious division going on!! I have all fingers and toes, plus prayers going your way for tomorrow.

    I reallyreallyreallyreally hope this is it!!


  • Lea White

    September 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I have been thinking of you all day long. The IV and finding veins sound so sore. I usually barely manage getting them to take a sample of blood and then I have to stop myself from pulling my arm away and pulling out the needle – it is a huge mental effort for me apart from always hugely painful. Know that you are in my prayers and thoughts!!!

  • Elana Kahn

    September 29, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Stupid veins. So glad the embies are looking good, but if it were me I would’ve screamed holy hell at them for unfreezing what was supposed to be saved for a “next shot”. How stupid can you be? I’d make them give you a free IVF (if you need a next one) because of their idiocy…

  • CeCe

    September 29, 2009 at 7:03 am

    I am praying… 1:01 US Eastern Time. I love you… and love the little one or ones you are going to let me spoil with packages from the US for the next 20 years. Head up, eyes on Heaven, Your angels are going to hand pick and personally walk the little miracles home… To YOU! I just know it.

    Head UP
    Eyes clear
    Expect this miracle
    And allow yourself to own a success.

    I love you


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