A week has passed since my last update; whew!
The big thing we were expecting today was to hear the results of the genetic testing on our blastocyst from the first IVF cycle, but there was no news. I would like to brush it off as "No news is good news!" but this is more of a "No news is...no news" situation.
I have read accounts of other IVF patients who fret and grow impatient throughout the various stages of waiting, but I have actually been pretty calm while we have waited on our results. I think this is mainly because it is out of our hands at this point. Of course, I want good news--one embryo waiting in the freezer is better than none--but waiting another day does not change the result. It doesn't hurt that life has kept me busy! With my girls' trip over Easter, catching up at work toward the end of last week, participating in AERA (an educational research conference) over the weekend, and doing my regular work and school stuff last week, I have stayed busy. Oh, and I passed my dissertation proposal on Friday, so now I'm starting to work on the next steps for my dissertation research. This week has been a bit calmer, but I've had several wonderful social outings this week too, including lunch with Diana on Tuesday (Elsie's Plate and Pie), Taco Tuesday with Elena and the Taco Tuesday Gang on Tuesday night, and a visit/sleepover with my friend Megan yesterday. No wonder I haven't had time to worry about what's happening with the genetic testing.
On top of all of that, I have been thinking about our second IVF cycle. Richard and I went to the RE's office on Tuesday for bloodwork and an ultrasound. The birth control helped take care of my innocuous cyst, and everything looked like it should at this point in the cycle. We also got our updated calendar (pictured below), and we're starting out pretty much the same as last cycle except that I have added a low-dose aspirin once daily. We go back for bloodwork and an ultrasound on Monday, which will be Day 4 of stims. So hopefully by Monday, there will be some activity (but not too much).
In other news, I went for a run today! I have been walking and biking but not running lately. It was only 1.67 miles, but I ran for 19:19 straight at an 11:34 pace, and I kept my heart rate in the green zone the whole time. I'm hoping to run a little longer and more consistently in the coming weeks. Ellen and I are run/walking the Mardi Gras Mambo this weekend, and I am looking forward to that.
Something that made today great: I baked a cake tonight!
Time I woke up: 7:30 am