Embryo Transfer Day in Czech – Day 1

Today was embryo transfer day and I could not have asked for a better!!    One more little embie expired, leaving me with 2 hatching blasts, 2 expanded blasts, and one blast that was lagging behind.    I requested transfer of only one, so they transferred the best looking hatching blast, and will be freezing the 3 other blasts that looked the best.   Frosties, in CZ, wow!!     What makes me a little sad though is that if this works, I am done, I do not intend to return for a sibling.    The embryologist said however that any leftover embies are destroyed, not donated to other couples.    Which is too bad, I would love for them to be available to help another couple.    But it is very reassuring to know they are there for me  should I need them….

The clinic is just lovely.   I’m a sucker for old buildings, my husband and I are remodelling a 1920s farmhouse ourselves.   I took a picture of the back porch of the clinic specifically so he can reproduce it at our house, sorry honey.   Petra said the building was once a bank, and the clinic newly remodelled it for their purposes.   Spotlessly clean, very modern, yet extremely comfortable and homey at the same time.   It does not feel overly sterile and impersonal, it feels like a place babies should be made.

The staff were delightful.   Petra picked me up from the hotel and drove us to the appointment.   We greeted with a hug as if we were old friends, and I have extended an invitation for her to stay with us should she ever want to visit the US.    The doctor, embryologist, even the financial manager, are all so kind and helpful.   They made sure I understood all the information and I was given lots of opportunities to ask questions.   They even provided a printout of the history of the embryo development, and a DVD of my particular embie…. another little perk to the camera monitoring!

The transfer itself was AMAZING!!!!!     All my previous transfers have been a little difficult and quite uncomfortable.    My mock transfer for this cycle, performed by my OB at home, was horrific.  It ended with me passing out, and she never did make it through my cervix.    This transfer though…. I was waiting for it to get started and then Petra told me it was all done!    What?    I didn’t feel a thing!    A half tablet of Valium I’m sure helped a bit.   However I credit the team’s preparation for a potentially difficult transfer, and the excellent skill of Dr. Vrana.  No cramps, no discomfort at all.    I wish I could import him to do my pap smears for the rest of my life…..

So now the wait begins.    And it is a full 2 week wait, beta on July 13.   Because they use Pregnyl shots as part of the protocol, and Pregnyl contains HCG, a false positive is possible if I test any earlier.   Hoping to bring you an update with happy news in a few weeks…….

 
 

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