If you could hear my words then you would definitely notice how I am speaking with a very excited and enthusiastic tone. More so than I have been the past few weeks. I was a nervous wreck this morning waiting on the clinic to call with an update on our fertilized embryos. Nervous as in I procrastinated taking a shower because I didn't want to miss hearing my phone ring. Nervous as in my hands were shaking when lunchtime was approaching. Nervous as in I walked in circles around a pile of dirty clothes on my bedroom floor because why not? Too bad I didn't have my Fitbit on because I would have racked up 5,000 steps in my hallway alone.
Great news. Beyond great news. I'll explain it the simplest I know how. Ideally, each embryo will have 8 cells graded 1 to 4 with 4 being the best. Of our 8 embryos:
3 embryos with 8 cells grade 4
3 embryos with 8 cells grade 3
1 embryo with 7 cells grade 3
1 embryo with 4 cells grade 2
Confused? Here is a picture I drew that might explain it even better:
I'm trying to be as realistic as possible by saying the 4 cell-er more than likely will arrest and stop developing.
We are relieved but still have two more days for the embryologist to keep monitoring. On Sunday (day 5) the embryos will be assessed again and the developing ones will be frozen.
Holy moly. I am speechless.