We went up to Shady Grove Fertility Center in Rockville today to have 2 of our embryos transfered. We arrived just before 12 and were escorted into the transfer room.
The doc came in and told us that we have 3 embryos that are at the blastocyst stage, and grade 1 (2 of these are now in me! and one is being frozen today).
We have 5 at the cavitating stage, 1 at the compacting stage and 1 did do nothing at all. I hope that they will freeze some of the others tomorrow and not just throw them away like they did last time.
We asked the doctor if we could have a photo, and they said yes - he even shouted through to the embryologist and they said we could have one, however after the transfer was done - the embryologist came thorough and said she had forgotten to do this.
I have to admit I was really upset about this as we have had a picture of every embryo so far, so she did a photo of the one they are going to freeze later - but to be honest this just wasn't going to make up for the fact that we didn't get a picture of the embies this time.
After we left I sat in the car and cried. I know my hormones are a bit crazy at the moment, and I cry easily - but I was so annoyed and really disappointed by the lack of photo.
I've been through a fresh cycle of IVF 7 times now (9 times in total with the 2 frozen embryo transfers) and it's tough - really tough emotionally and physically to do this - the one thing I look forward to is the picture - it makes it real, it gives me something to show for all the emotional drama that goes with this - even if the cycle doesn't work - it doesn't matter - I have the photo.
I don't think they realise how important this is - and nothing can change that now. I missed out because some woman didn't think about it. It might be just a job to her - but for me and Chris - this is our life - our potential babies and the culmination of a month of ups and downs and 7 years trying.
Thanks a lot lady.
Edited later: Chris just updated his blog too click here