January 8, 2010

FET update

Today I had a sonogram to measure the thickness of my uterine lining. The process of a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) is so much different than of a stimulation cycle, whether IUI or IVF. There hasn't been all that much I've had to do in the process leading up to it, which is completely different from all my other cycles with stimulation drugs, multiple sonograms to measure everything, and the timing of many drugs and appointments to all time out just right. This cycle, all I've had to do so far is use Estrace pills, gradually upping the dose to three a day. Today I'm on day 14 of my cycle, and my lining 'should' be 9mm or more today. My lining today was just 7.4mm. The nurse and my wonderful doctor said that measurement would be okay to proceed with, but he wants to see if we can get it just a little bit thicker before we move on to the next step. I go back for another sono to measure the lining next Wednesday, and then we'll proceed from there.

So I guess this news is good, because, hopefully, we are still pretty much on track for the transfer on the 19th. But, I couldn't help it...I just sat in my car and cried. I cried all the way up to the cemetery to visit Jonathan's grave, and most of the way back home. I wish it could just be easy, that all measurements/steps on track with the expected norm. I wish my lining had been on the right thickness, and we could have proceeded on today. I wish it could just all be easier. But, I have to have hope and faith, and remind myself that I'm still on track. That I'm lucky to be even able to be doing this cycle with good quality frozen embryos. I'm just so wanting it to be in the past and be enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Actually, I really want to be done with a pregnancy with a healthy baby or babies in my arms. Thanks for your prayers...your comments...your love. I'll keep you posted.

**If any of you TTC-ers have ever been through a FET, and have any information, tips, advice about the process, I would love for you to share! After almost 6 years, I thought I was pretty on top of any process that we could have, but this one just seems different to me! Thanks for anything you can share!

10 comments:

Suzette said...

Praying for you!!!!!!! And sending big hugs your way!

ddjones379 said...

Hey Sweetie, I'm praying for you and your family! I love you!

2Erica2 said...

The FET is much easier than a normal IVF cycle. Thank goodness. We had very successful thaws, so I wish that for you too!

Amy said...

Sorry I wasn't there today to give you a big hug! Remember, God doesn't need your lining to be at a 9. 7.4--or nothing--will all work the same for Him! I'm so glad this cycle is less demanding than the last one. Your poor little body deserves a break! Let me know if you need anything and we'll keep thinking "thick thoughts!"
Love you!

Lianna Knight said...

Praying for you Alyson!!! It WILL happen :) Keep the faith!!!

Stephanie said...

You have a strength beyond measures. I pray for you & sending you lots of hugs.

Brian and Dara said...

We are definitely praying for you guys! God's timing (and thickening skills!) are perfect! I love you Als!

Taryn said...

As a good friend told me as we were going through our FET's (we had two).....God is bigger than any number! I was so worried about my lining as well. And then worried about my HcG numbers. It is so scary, but God knows all your thoughts and feelings. It may seem like He is far away, but He is holding you close. Hang in there. I know it can be so hard. I often feel the same exact way as we are trying now to have a second child...on our own, God willing. Why can't it just be easy like most women in this world? Wasn't this what we were designed for as women? For me there is so much anxiety surrounding the thought of trying to get pregnant.

So as I encourage you, it is only because I am certain God is encouraging both of us, and He is reminding me of His power and Sovereignty. He IS in control. We just have to keep praying and relying on Him.

Sending you a hug tonight!

Audra said...

He is able to do Abundantly above anything we can hope or pray for! I'm praying that your faith (and lining) will be strengthened. That would make this a first, can't say I've prayed for anyone's lining before. :) I am amazed by you and Justin and will not stop praying.

Stuart and Sarah Creamer said...

On my previous FET, my lining wasn't think enough the day I came to have it checked. I had to stay on my estrogen and progesterone for 1 more week and then it got to where it was supposed to! I was like, geez another week to stay on this stuff, but our FET worked so I know it was all in God's hands!