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August 8, 2010 / Magic Mama

Give Me an “E”!

I am so happy to report that we currently have 18 fertilized eggs! The embryologist called this morning to say that there were actually 24 eggs retrieved on Friday, 22 were mature, and 18 have fertilized and divided. It’s a really great number to start with—very exciting. Our friend (K), knowing hubby all too well, noted that that’s enough for two baseball teams.

The embryos will continue to grow in the laboratory until they each consist of about eight cells. Then tomorrow they will remove one or two cells (blastomeres) from each embryo, which looks something like this:

Back in March, Genesis Genetics collected DNA cheek swabs (by mail) from my mom, dad, hubby and me to help them build a road map for this part of the process. Now Dr. Hughes’ team will work round-the-clock to “diagnose” each embryo by the corresponding cell—testing for ALD.

Dr. Hughes (and other geneticists) have compared this process to searching for a character in a set of encyclopedias. Start with an entire set of encyclopedias, and pick one book from the bunch. Then open that book to one page. On that page, pick a paragraph. And in that paragraph, pick a sentence. And in that sentence, pick one letter. That is what it is like searching for the ALD gene in each microscopic cell.

On Tuesday, we will get another report on how the embryos are dividing and progressing. And then when we go in for the transfer on Wednesday, we will find out the results of the PGD—specifically how many embryos are unaffected by ALD. At that time, we will discuss whether to transfer one or two embryos. If the embryologist thinks we have a high quality, grade A embryo for transfer, we will go with one. But if they are grade B embryos, they may recommend that we transfer two. With our numbers, hubby and I are feeling like we have a good chance of ending up with at least one kick ass embryo. Knock on wood.

Time for a progesterone injection. Not looking forward to this one because I’ve heard it’s the worst of the bunch. But since they will only continue as long as a pregnancy is considered possible/viable, I guess we’ll be hoping for many, many more!



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  1. Rian / Aug 9 2010 1:27 am

    That is so exciting!! I’ll be thinking of you and Matt this week and hoping that those little embryos latch on!

  2. Alicia / Aug 9 2010 2:13 am

    What wonderful news… we can’t wait to hear more about that “kick ass” embryo!!! :-)

  3. K / Aug 9 2010 3:33 am

    Is it weird that the video sort of grossed me out?!? I am continuing to think thick! Let me know your cravings for dinner! : )

  4. Amy / Aug 9 2010 2:32 pm

    Yay! Thinking about you this week and hoping for the best!

  5. Magic Mama / Aug 9 2010 10:10 pm

    Thanks everyone!


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