Day 6 of 14
Six days post 4 days transfer (in fertility lingo that would be 6pt4dt)… This means that the egg was fertilized and then grown, outside of my body in an incubator type thingy, for four days. After four days, they transferred the embryos. They’d been in there for six days. In this case, there was the cryogenically freezing part, the thawing part, but in the end, it all sort of equals the same.
Why does this matter at all? Because 6 days post transfer plus 4 days incubation meant the embryo should have implanted in my uterus by now and started emitting some HCG… the hormone that pregnancy tests test for.
Ten days was the magic number. When the above numbers add to ten is generally the earliest time that you will get a BFP (Big fat positive!) on a home pregnancy test. Infertiles know the dumbest factiods of information. But this one… this day 10 mark was big.
The pineapple cores had been eaten, I was still going to acupuncture ($87.00 bucks a pop), but ultimately, I just wanted to get to day 10.
Dan tried and tried to convince me to wait. Wait until the blood work he’d said because you can get false negatives on the HPT (home pregnancy tests). Why put yourself though this every morning? Just wait.
Easy to say, not easy to do. Do I? Or don’t I? Frankly, if he really wanted me to wait, he would have confiscated the neat row of HPTs, organized by expiry date, in our master bathroom. He didn’t. That meant he secretly wanted to me to do it, right?
Day ten. I woke up an hour before I needed to because I just couldn’t wait a second longer. I sat there awkwardly trying to rip the packaging open so not to wake Dan… didn’t want to be busted. I peed on the stick. I caved. Then I waited…
One line appeared… Please God, please. Just let me see a second line. Hadn’t we been through enough? …and waited.
And waited. No line appeared. It was most absolutely negative.
I actually chucked the recently peed on stick across my bathroom and burst out crying. Out of protest for the test that had just ruined my day, I wanted to leave it laying the on the ground, but my dogs were fairly interested in it thinking we were playing fetch, so I had to go back and retrieve it.
Dan had told me not to do it.
I crawled back in bed and cried as silently as I thought possible. However the crying breathing, the one where your chest pumps up and down, was shaking the bed. Busted. Dan tried to comfort me and made me realize that most pregnancy’s wouldn’t show up this early anyways on a HPT. In fact, we were still 4 days before I would even get my period. So let’s be optimistic, focus on the good, and say a little prayer that it was just too early.
I composed myself… and did what every infertile does when they get a negative on a HPT. Go onto every forum and read about how this person had a negative test but was really pregnant with twins! And that one didn’t test positive at all but the beta test showed it was positive. Ok, good thing I woke up an hour early, I needed the hour just to convince myself to make it another day.
I kept a smile on face for the rest of the day. Yes, it was too early to test and being negative wouldn’t help my little embryos grow any faster. When I got home that evening, I read the next page in my book about the embryo development for today.
I kept up the positive mantra for approximately another 24 hours. It was the morning again and the first pee was the best one to test with as it would have the highest concentration of HCG for the test. To test? Or not to test?
Day 7 of 14
This was honestly torture. I decided that I wasn’t going to test again until I went for my beta testing. The HPT tests was enough to make you miserable and frankly, they still could be wrong as it was so early. Dan was right, I was going to wait.
Day 8 of 14
Eight days post four day transfer…. I can’t wait another second. I NEED to pee on that stick to see the second line. Every penny in our savings account was gone form fertility. We had put everything, and I mean everything into this cycle. This was our last shot. We were not going to try again. It had to work this time. It was going to work this time.
I peed on the stick. Dan had already left for work so I didn’t even have to sneak around. So I waited…. I sat on the bench at the end of my bed with the test perfectly level waiting for the second line to appear. Now according to the “Countdown to Pregnancy” website (http://www.countdowntopregnancy.com/pregnancy-test/brand-chart.php?hptbrandid=41), 87% of people that are pregnant show a positive 12 days after ovulation. Well using my scientific dates, I decided that the day the egg was fertilized would be day one. 87%!!! I was one of them, right?
Wrong. One f’ing line. The test, again was negative.
My breathing started to get heavier, and before I realized it I was having a full blown panic attack. This could not be happening. I did everything. I even ate the stupid pineapple cores. Dan and I would make amazing parents- it’s all we want in the entire world! This just cannot be happening.
An anti-anxiety pill and an hour later I was calm again. There was still 13% of persons who were actually pregnant that at day 12 still got a negative reading. PLUS, these were dollar store tests… who knew if they even worked anyways. Right. I’m pregnant. I know it.
My boobs were aching, I was emotional, no period yet, and my lower back was throbbing… I AM pregnant. With that, off to work I went. I called Dan and admitted the test and the meltdown. He listened and tried to encourage me that it wasn’t over until it was over- the blood test. Think positive.
And I did. Fake smile and all.
On my drive home I had to pick up some groceries and found myself in the pharmacy aisle looking at the First Response 6 Days Sooner tests. Study after study had shown that these were the most responsive tests and detected pregnancy the earliest… so maybe that’s all I needed. I ignored the price tag and figured our entire lives was dependent on this one test so we could afford it.
Day 9 of 14
9 days post transfer… and another 5 days until I am able to go and get my beta test. Armed with a new, better (!!), test and ignoring Dan’s protests I walked proudly into the washroom and peed on the stick. Dan came to observe as we stared at the test. We decided that watching it just made the time go painfully slow so we tried to make casual conversations about our scheduled days ahead…. the time was up and I raced to see.
One fucking line. One line. This just cannot be happening. This was supposed to work! How, after them literally putting live babies in my damn uterus, was this even possible?
Dan, the calm and ever optimist, reminded me that only the beta blood test would tell us the truth. We had to wait for the beta test. It was that exact second that I called the IVF nurse at my clinic and explained that there was no way I could wait another second. I was going crazy.
She knew what we had been through and knew all of the struggles (and the price tag!) of the rounds we had gone through. She also knew that this was our last shot and gave me some hope. She said that even though the clinic liked to wait until 14 days post transfer, if the test was positive, it would be positive tomorrow. She warned however, that the levels of HCG might not be enough to detect if it was a viable pregnancy yet, but it would for sure tell us if it was negative.
Done. I was now going for my beta test four days early. Tomorrow morning I was going to waiting at the clinic when it opened for my test. The sooner I got in, the sooner the results.
Trying not to think about if I was pregnant or not was impossible. I tried to work, but luckily had no meetings booked. I was being cautiously optimistic and trying to think positively, but I was going to be no use at work today. I called in and took a comp day and spent the rest of the day researching beta tests, HPTs results, effectiveness of each test, what a good HCG level was for 10 days post transfer… you get the point.
Day 10 of 10
Ten days post four day transfer. This was it. By noon, I was going to know. I drove to the clinic and got the blood test. I was a wreck. I was so nervous that I could barely speak (and those that know me know that that doesn’t come easily). The lab tech gave me a hug and wished me the best. She let me know that she had been praying for us and had a good feeling.
As I walked through the hall back towards the waiting room, the women who dispenses the drugs came out of the ‘pharmacy’ room and gave me a big hug. With tears in her eyes, she told me that Dan and I deserved to be parents, and she knew that everything would work out. This woman was also the one who apologized to me daily as she continued to charge my credit card for the latest conglomerate of medications I needed. She gave me one last hug and said she’d say a prayer for us.
The two receptionists stopped what they were doing with other patients and both said good luck with an encouraging smile. Everyone knew today was D-day. Today was the day that would change my life.
I’d gotten to know so many of the employees at the clinic now after spending more time then any other patient they had ever had with them. When my cycles went on and on for months, I needed to be there every day. I felt like I had developed this amazing secondary support group- and they were rooting for me.
I just couldn’t go to work. So instead, I drove to Pita Pit and laid on the couch in Dan’s office. I needed to be close to him. Dan continued with busy work and continued to come in and check on me. We knew that the call would take a couple hours to come. And so we waited… and waited.
At exactly 11:37am, I got the call. Dan was out front serving customers at the time and I was in the office alone. It only had to ring once before I picked it up.
I could tell the second the IVF nurse said hello what my fate had in store for me.
“Adele, I’m so so sorry. The test came back negative. You’re not pregnant.”
My first thought through my mind was that I actually felt bad for her. This poor nurse had to call me to tell me the most devastating news I’d ever get.
It then sunk in. I will never, ever, ever get pregnant. Ever. We were done. It was over.