A Fresher’s IVF Journey 6: New Family; Old Family!

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January 11th, 2011

Last night, I had my trigger shot… and then the countdown begins to 10am, Wednesday morning! The doctor said everything looks great, but he didn’t tell me how many, or what size, follicles I have. But I could see the screen, and there were quite a few!

I can hardly wait!! I can hardly even breathe from all the anxiety and excitement! Dear Jesus, take the wheel!

 

January 12th, 2011

So we had egg collection today!!! I hardly slept a wink last night, and apparently, neither did Patrick. By 5.30am, we finally decided to rise, and prayed together. From the way he prayed, I could tell that I wasn’t the only nervous one.

We listened to Donnie McClurkin on the drive to the hospital, and the song Great is Your mercy seeped deep into my soul.

Forever faithful towards me

Always providing for me

Great is Your mercy towards me

Great is Your grace

The more I sang along, the nervous I was. I knew that my God had my back!

Glory be to God, it all went well. I just got home, and am feeling surprisingly great! No nausea or anything, from the anesthesia, which is good.

And I just got the call!!! They got 17 eggs!!!! I can hardly believe it!!! They said that is above normal, and really good!

Tomorrow, I’ll know how many fertilized. I pray we get a good fertilization report!!!

 

January 13th, 2011

I just got the call from the hospital. They were able to use ICSI on 11…out of the 17…and out of those, 10 fertilized!! So, they will now watch them and hope they develop right.

It will most likely be a 5-day transfer, so we’re looking at Monday. Wow! I can’t believe it’s here!!!

 

January 16th, 2011

Today was Aira’s daughter’s dedication, so Toju and I got dressed in our finest, and set off for the Church. I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to make it (if I’d had day-3 transfer, the procedure would have been yesterday), but I praise God, I was able to be there with the rest of my family.

What a perfect way to prepare for the possible expansion of my own family…by bonding with the one I already have. My Dad was able to make it for the ceremony, and my older brother in Lagos, Reme, was also there with his own family. After the beautiful Church ceremony, we all returned to Aira’s house for a small get together. If anyone had told you that, only 2 years ago, my family had been at loggerheads, and my husband had been a persona non grata, you would never have believed. Instead, he and my father were on the same side of a political argument, as well as a football match analysis. Watching the friendly banter and camaraderie from the kitchen, my heart soared!

But as I was watching, I felt myself being watched. I looked to find my Mom looking at me closely, her eyes almost boring holes through me.

I laughed nervously “Mom, I hope nothing oh!”

She shook her head and laughed “You have always been so secretive!” she mumbled “But when you are ready, you will come and talk to me.”

I threw my sisters a dirty look, as they had all overheard our exchange, but they all looked as confused as I did. I almost ran after her to talk, but I realized that doing that would mean opening up, and telling her all about what I was doing…and I wasn’t prepared for that.

The rest of the evening, I caught her looking at me a few times, but afterwards she appeared to lose herself in the festivities and proceeded not to scrutinize me any further. But I wasn’t fooled. I knew that I was still very much the object of her attention.

At 7pm, Toju and I finally left. We knew we had to get home early enough to prepare for our big day tomorrow. On Friday, we had received a call from the hospital to let us know that all 10 of our eggs are showing division and development…and all look very great!

Jesus, take the wheel!

 

January 17th, 2011

Wow! I can’t believe I’m officially PUPO (Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise)!!!!!

I had 2 of the most gorgeous embryos transferred today! Perfect in every way! The procedure itself was almost painless, and went completely hitch free. It was so surreal how the panic and anxiety just melted off me the minute I was wheeled into the theater, and I was enveloped by this peace I can’t explain.

After about an hour in the recovery room, Toju led me gently to our car, and drove as smoothly as he could. I had to shoo him away when he made to carry me out of the car. This my husband sef!

I settled into bed, and didn’t shoo him away this time, as he propped my pillows, got me food to eat, and was at my every beck and call. Hmmm…I could get used to this oh 😉

And so…the wait begins!

 

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Catch up on Omon’s story here:

  1. A Fresher’s IVF Journey 1: How it all began
  2. A Fresher’s iVF Journey 2: Fear and Paranoia
  3. A Fresher’s IVF Journey 3: Holding on to HOPE
  4. A Fresher’s IVF Journey 4: Almost There
  5. A Fresher’s IVF Journey 5: Follicles

 

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