Sunday, March 29, 2009

We Have Good News and Bad News....

Our Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you once again for all of your love and prayers and support. We had our egg retrieval this week and I wanted to give you all an update.

Wednesday morning we went in and they retrieved 14 eggs from my eager and ready ovaries. Todd made his contribution and we have 11 healthy embryos as a result: this is the good news.

The bad news is that late Thursday night my ovaries went into hyper stimulation which means that they continued to enlarge (not make more eggs... just get bigger). We went back to the doctor early Friday morning and had ultrasounds and blood tests to confirm this. My ovaries were both over 10 centimeters wide at this point, and were crowding my organs up into my stomach and lungs (just like a real pregnancy!) This immediate shift was causing extreme pain including nausea and difficulty breathing. I was given pain medication which makes it possible for me to breathe, sit up, and walk around if I need to. Eating and drinking has been difficult, but I am finally able to eat today (Sunday). I have been instructed to drink Gatorade and measure how much goes in and how much goes out (haven't you always wanted to know that?). I have to weigh myself and measure my "girth". As of today, my right ovary is still getting bigger, but ly left ovary has plateaued. Hopefully, I will be getting better soon. I am still in a lot of pain and am battling the effects of pain meds (not all of them are pleasant) and a fever, but Todd is a great nurse, Mom and Amy (and Kacy) have been over to help keep the house clean and keep my spirits up. I really appreciate all the help and phone calls from family and friends.

We will go ahead and freeze the 11 embryos and try and get my body ready to implant them in 8 weeks or so (not all of them... I'm not going for a world's record!). They will thaw 4 embryos at a time and choose the best two to be implanted. We will make sure to let you all know when that will take place.

Although this has not turned out exactly the way we wanted it to this time, we still feel that the Lord has had His hand in this and that there are blessing to be had. We could not have done this with out you. We love you. We'll keep you posted.

8 comments:

Abby said...

Bless you both. We will continue our prayers! I have been sad but also feel very strongly that you have not been forgotten or abandoned. Love you.

Julie said...

Oh dear Carrie, you and Todd are in my prayers. I wish I was there to clean your house or watch a movie with you as you recover. Hang in there sweet girl!!

Lucky Mommy said...

The good news, and the bad news. I am glad you have so many embryos, but I am SO sorry you are in so much pain and have to wait to transfer them. You will continue to be in our prayers. I am so glad you have some family around for help and moral support!

Mrs JP Chaos said...

I'm thinking about you, Sweetie...hoping you feel better soon.

You are amazing...very, very amazing.

Mary said...

Wow! I didn't even know that could happen. You are still in our prayers! Wish I was there....we could hang out and watch chic flicks.

The Lane Family said...

I found your blog through Wendy Stubbs who used to be our neighbor in Pocatello. I went through exactly what you are going through when we did our fresh cycle about 4 years ago. It was tough and I remember being so bummed that my body had reacted they way it did. My IVF doctors went ahead and implanted 3 embryo's and because my body was not ready I ended up having to say goodbye to a set of twins. I know it is hard but the good news once you feel better then you know that you have those embryo's to place and hopefully the Lord will bless your home. Good Luck and best wishes!! Try to enjoy the Gatorade!!

m said...

I hope you are feeling better. I am wanting to know more about how I can help, I sent money via-paypal for the "quiet bags" but my things were never shipped to me and the money was returned. Again I would love to help but just dont know how.

Jen -n- Jase & kids said...

All righty, it is now September, and I know life carries on. Since it's been so long, did you get your body all healthy so things can work toward preparing to do some thawing?
Hope all is well. Take Care.