Yesterday, I posted that I wasn’t sure what our next step was in this process. Today, our awesome nurse A. contacted me with our IVF/ICSI protocol. Oh my goodness! It’s real! This is really starting to happen!
|Our IVF/ICSI protocol|
I started my birth control pills on 6 September and it looks like they will be my companion until 25 Sept. Things will really pick up on the 26th of September, but I still have a lot to keep me company until then.
According to the first page of the protocol (not pictured), I have a ton of appointments to make. I have to schedule my mock embryo transfer, make sure all of our consents are signed, all our online modules and injection classes taken, and all medications are ordered. Not to mention, the payment must be made and soon.
Oh my goodness! This really is becoming real. If all goes well, our egg retrieval will occur on 12 October. God willing and in His grace, we’ll have the egg transfer 5 days later on the 17th. I told S. this afternoon when he came home and he tried to act very calm about it, but I can tell it’s an exciting time for him as well. S. asked tons of questions, looked at calendars, asked about due dates. I hope this all works out well and that we finally have our BFP.
|Do your research|
Since receiving the protocol, I’ve done SO much research. I’ve researched the retrieval and the transfer. I’ve discovered the transfer can be very painful depending on the quantity of eggs retrieved. I have also learned that there are some tricks to the trade for some of these injections as well, especially that intramuscular trigger.
I’m looking forward to putting it all into practice and I promise to go into detail about it all soon. But for now, I just want to bask in the glow of having a protocol!
Have a great evening!