A Fresher’s IVF Journey 7: The Wait

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January 19th, 2011

Today is the third day after the transfer, and I am officially the equivalent of 8DPO. I am not feeling too much, other than a little crampy. The cramps did shift a bit from my sides, to more to the front area. It almost feels like my period cramps, but its way to early for that! And, I’m not quite sure how to explain this but when I walk, I feel like a bubble is there or something…if that makes sense…

I want so much for this to work….it’s driving me absolutely crazy!

On another note, I have officially banned my sisters from calling me. I’m serious. In fact, if they persist, like Obehi and Isi have, I will switch my phone off altogether. They almost blew up my line with back-to-back calls the day I had the transfer. “How are you feeling?”, “Was it painful?”, “Are you pregnant now?”, “Are you lying down?”, “Are you allowed to have your bath…I read that you’re not”, “Can you eat this?”, “Should you eat that?”.

I know they mean well…but I absolutely don’t need that kind of stress abeg! Not at all!

 

January 20th, 2011

The cramping continued overnight, I am totally freaking out right now. I am almost convinced it’s my period coming. Even though my cycle is normally 29 days, I don’t know about this month because of the treatment. If I wasn’t cycling, my period would have been due tomorrow…but the birth control they put me on last month has made me have it earlier (I had it twice last month).

It’s driving me crazy! The cramping seems to be getting stronger as the day progresses, and now I just don’t know what to think.

Toju tried to console me this evening, but it only made me feel worse. I regret having told my sisters. If this cycle fails, their combined sadness is bound to make me feel even worse. My heart is literally broken now.

 

January 21st, 2011

Today is five days after the transfer (in IVF speak, 5dp5dt), and basically about 10DPO. And I feel soooo sick! I’ve been nauseous and light headed all day. My breasts hurt pretty bad, especially when I lift my arms. I have this excruciating lower back pain, and the thought of eating actual food is making me feel sick. Toju thought he was treating me by buying me a meal of jollof rice from our favorite Ghana High, but the smell made me want to barf!

Yes, they all seem like pregnancy symptoms…but I know too well how progesterone can actually mimic these symptoms. So, I know it could go either way.

The only thing that makes me nervous is that I’ve had some cramping again today, so I don’t know what’s going on. I’m trying really hard to stay positive but I’ve having a really hard time with it.

And I had to switch off both my phones today, as my sisters decided to transfer their stalking to text messages and WhatsApp. Toju had to get me another SIM card.

I don’t blame them. Na me wey open mouth!

 

January 22nd, 2011

I feel sooo sick, it’s making me feel disgusting…but I won’t lie, kinda in a good way…because I hope it’s for a good reason.

Last night, I was telling Toju about how I was feeling and he was literally giggling! My 6ft 4, 115kg husband was reduced to giggling like a little girl, over the possibility of me actually being pregnant! It was a joy to behold.

Yesterday, I had some swelling and itching in my hands. I even had to take my rings off, because it got so bad…I’ve never heard of that as a symptom!

Anyways, after being home all week, I was starting to feel stir crazy, so Toju and I went on a drive. The Christmas lights around town were still up, so we decided to drive down Ajose Adeogun, Ahmadu Bello Way, and even Falomo Roundabout, to get one last look at the lights before they came down. How wonderful it would be to repeat this drive next year, but this time as a family of 3!

Father Lord, it’s all in Your Hands!

 

January 23rd, 2011

Today is seven days post transfer (7dp5dt), and the equivalent of 12dpo. Here is an update of the symptoms I have had:

  • I have been constipated for the last 2 days
  • I have been extremely nauseous, and today it was so bad for a minute that I thought I was going to either faint or throw up, and I had to go sit down!
  • I have had a tightness around where my uterus is, and occasional sharp twinges…not painful but noticeable
  • Very bad Back pain
  • I think my breasts have gotten even larger. They had already slightly increased in size, from the IVF meds, but Toju made a comment today about how my shirts are now being lifted up above my waist, thanks to my bigger boobs. Not that he minds I’m sure. LOL! From the look of things, I might have moved from my comfortable C cup to D, or DD, territory!

Even though I couldn’t make it to Church today, it’s been easier for me to stay positive. Toju and I had a heart-to-heart chat this morning, and decided that it was best for us to manage our expectations. Yes, the symptoms make it appear that the cycle has worked, but we know only too well how disappointing these things can be!

In other news…we have 3 more days to test day!!! Scary…and exciting!

 

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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
  6. A Fresher’s iVF Journey 6: New Family; Old Family

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