I finally heard from the Denver clinic at 7pm EST - and boy do they have timing.
By around 6:30pm, I had given up on them reaching me at the office, forwarded my phone to my cell, and left to attend my work-related cocktail party. The head of my department had just begun introducing the various faculty in my department to the new intern class. She gets to me, says my name and begins a short introduction about my clinical and research work and guess what - THIS EXACT MOMENT is when the Denver clinic finally decides to call. So I'm standing there with a group of like 50 people looking at me and my phone begins ringing. I don't want to walk away, but I'm not about to "reject" the call either....talk about awkward! I ended up turning beet red and walking out hastily to make sure I got to the phone in time.
So anyway...the news...
It's not great.
But it's not completely terrible either.
Out of 18 fertilized embryos,
we have 6 blasts to biopsy. And of those, we were told that one is of "poorer" quality (e.g., grade 3BC), so less likely to make a baby if it turns out to be normal.
The other five were graded as follows (using this blast grading system):
There was also one that was a 4CC that was such poor quality they didn't even biopsy it. Basically no inner cellular mass or trophectoderm.
All the remaining embryos are still in culture and they will check on them tomorrow and see what they can salvage of those. At this point, two are early stage blasts (so maybe by tomorrow they'll be ready to biopsy...), three are morulas (which is usually a day 4 embryo) , and two are grade one blasts of poor quality (so probably toast). Four more are still cleavage-stage embryos, which basically means they have arrested.
Phew, follow all that? I'm not sure I did.
More news to come on Friday. Here's hoping the cohort grows a bit, because we need every single chance we can get. Ugh. This is not for the fainthearted.
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