getting ready ***updated***

So retrieval is this morning. We leave in about an hour. I’m having one of those absolutely irrational thoughts – I woke up not feeling my ovaries and am now wondering why?

I want to say thank you to so many of you – for your support, for continuing to check my (now) lousy blog, for wanting this for me almost as much as I want it for myself.

I also have to give a “shout-out” to my “other” girls for a minute. About 2 years ago now (a little longer) I joined a board on Babycenter. There was a group of about 20-25 women all trying to conceive around the same time. Eventually, the group moved to a private yahoo forum. I was a member there for a little over a year. They are wonderful women – one other woman from the group is pregnant after her IVF cycle, and another woman might try injects/IUIs this fall. There were a couple of other women who needed Clomid.

I unjoined the group after we knew the pregnancy wasn’t viable last cycle. It wasn’t about them – it was about the way I was getting upset everytime I logged on. Many of them are trying for their second, and quite a few are now pregnant with #2. And I have nothing to contribute about feeding or sleep scheduling or labor. So, for me, it was like watching a train wreck – I couldn’t look away, even though I wanted to.

But these girls (women, whatever) rallied for me. They got together and bought J and I gift certificates for movies and dinner at a nice restaurant. They were incredibly generous, despite my abandonment of them.

There are so many people out there – in bloggy land, discussion group land, and in real life that are praying for us, sending us positive thoughts, and wishing for us the same dream we have for ourselves.

The love and support are cherished and overwhelming.

Egg retrieval went fine. 21 eggs. I’ll find out how many were successfully ICSI’d tomorrow afternoon.

~ by Larisa on July 13, 2006.

18 Responses to “getting ready ***updated***”

  1. Good luck today! I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you, and will look forward to the details later on.

    To your second point about blogland/internet support, I wanted to thank you for writing this blog so honestly and openly. As you know, finding people online who are going through the same things that you are helps alleviate the isolation that IF can create.

  2. Good luck today, Mrs. Hope!

  3. 21!!! Good luck!

  4. I am so glad to hear that everything went well with the retrieval. I’m on pins and needles waiting to hear how the rest goes.

    I hope you enjoy your gift!

  5. So glad to hear about the 21 eggs! I’m sure ICSI will leave you with a great batch to work with. 21 is blackjack, after all – and I think you’ll hit the jackpot with this round.

  6. 21 eggs. That is terrific.


  7. Take it easy today – try to get some rest. We are all thinking about you!

  8. How can we do anything without the support we get from others? I’m so glad that you have many people rallying behind you.

    21 eggs is FABULOUS. I think it’s a great sign, Mrs. Hope.

    I’m with you every step of the way.

  9. What a wonderful story about blogland. We can meet some great people who really care. Glad things went well today and waiting anxiously to hear the fertilization report.

  10. Wow! Well done, Miss 21!

  11. That is AWESOME!

    Will it be a 3 or 5 day transfer? I guess it will depend on how many fertilize and how they are doing?

  12. Oh that is just wonderful! I’m so thrilled for you. What a great way to start over. Good luck and I hope you have a great fert report, smooth transfer, and easy wait till beta!!!

  13. What great numbers! Congratulations. Hope the fertilization report is just as good.

  14. 21 eggs is awesome. I hoping you get an awesome fertilization report tomorrow.

  15. Hoping and praying for you Mrs. Hope!

  16. 21 eggs . . . amazing! Hoping for a good fert report today! Good Luck!

  17. Twenty one is a great number. I hope the ICSI goes as it should.

  18. Mrs. Hope,

    Just wanted to let you know you are still in my thoughts and prayers. We never thought of you as having abandoned us. We miss you!! Good luck!!


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