DE retriel happening tomorrow (Nov 19th)
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|Sat, 11-18-2006 - 8:36pm|
Egg retrieval is happening tomorrow morning (Sunday). We go in to the ART center to finish signing the consents and for DH to provide his specimen. We need to be at the center no later than 8:15am, very important not to be late so that we don't run into the Donor or other couple (we are sharing the donor). Feels strange, almost like sneaking around. I've seen one picture of the donor, I'll always remember her face. I wonder what I would feel if I saw her? I probably wouldn't be able to take my eyes off of her, I'd be watching her mannerisms, listen for her voice, etc. Most of the time I forget that we are doing this with someone else's eggs. This is all very exciting! I'm in a good place emotionally.
As of today I'm now taking 1 Estradiol tab 2x per day, Doxycycline 2x per day (for 4 days), Medrol 1x per day (for 4 days)s and tonight I start with the Progesterone gel (Crinone 8% inserted vaginally). Depending on the embryos the transfer will be on day three, November 22nd or day five, November 24th. After transfer I'll keep taking the Estradiol 2x per day and the Progesterone 3x per day. Pregnancy test will be December 2nd!
For those interested in the cost, we've spent approx. $8,150.00 so far. We saved some money because my insurance paid for the Follistim and most of my meds and of course because we split the donor fees (her payment and medical expenses) with another couple. I haven't kept track of every fee, just the big charges. If there are 'extra' embryos we'll pay another $500 to freeze them plus $250 for one year of storage. My doctor doesn't think we'll need Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection or assisted hatching, but if we do that'll be additional charges. We aren't going for any genetic testing either, the donor's eggs are young so it doesn't really seem to be worth the expense.
That's my update for now.