April 12, 2011

Interesting Week(s)

So, in order to proceed with IVF I had to have an up to date yearly exam. So, I made the appt and trudged off to the doctor. (I had been consciously putting this off--I think because I'd already had enough poking and prodding there). While there my doctor found lumps on both of my breasts. So, I've spent this last few weeks worried about the outcome. I'm happy to report that the lumps are nothing--just my normal tissue. I wasn't really worried at all, at first. I have no family history, I'm young, and I don't have any other risk factors. Could it happen, sure...but for some reason I was calm. That was, until the few family and friends I told did their best to assure me that it would be nothing. They all used the phrase "the odds, statistics, etc". It was after their reassurances that I started to be concerned. I've had really, really crappy odds this last few years. I found out I'm a genetic mutant in two ways (bt and a rare heart issue). I also am on the wrong side of miscarriage statistics. Finally, however, I seem to be on the right side. I'm hoping this is a turning point.

While the above was going on, I also had my phone appt with the genetics lab. Everything is looking great. We will be using cgh and will be looking at all the chromosomes (not just for my bt). I don't have to have a probe built so they are ready to go. It's amazing how much technology has improved in just a few short years. I also found out that they've found for bt carriers that about 20% of embryos are normal. So, now I just have to hope that my RE is able to get a lot of embryos out of me. I'm still working out all the financial details but I'm just crossing my fingers that everything is going to fall smoothly into place.

In the meantime, I'm busy planning our trip and trying to keep my mind off of words like ovulation, dpo, etc. If it happens, it happens. If not, we've got ivf to look forward to.