Hi guys - I've been pretty shy about sharing my own journey, but here it is! Hoping for some good results for this DOR lady, got 5 eggs and wish all the best for them to develop into some good euploid embryos. Thank you for the well wishes :)
Im sitting here crying like a baby. 2 eggs retrieved and both fertilized normally. I can’t believe it. I know we have such a long way to go and we will find out this Sunday if the embryos grew normally to day 5/6 but right now, I’m just on top of the moon. This is the furthest we’ve made it in our long slow journey.
Our first attempt at egg retrieval was cancelled due to poor response. Our actual first retrieval yielded 1 egg which fertilized abnormally and didn’t even make it past 24 hours. Our next 2 cycles were cancelled due to cysts. And here we are now. With 2 eggs retrieved which have turned into 2 embryos. I’ve never been able to say I have embryos before. I am allowing myself to get excited. As much as I’ve been hurt, saddened, depressed during this journey, I deserve to be happy in this moment. Even if these two embryos don’t make it, this will give me the strength to do cycle 3 out of our 3 cycle package. Knowing that there is a glimmer of hope is holding me together.
I know a retrieval is not as exciting as a transfer but I’m so happy, it’s one step closer to our dream! My dr is very vague didn’t really tell me if I was going to be hurting afterwards! Will I? Tell me some experience and what made it better for you?
Thank you all!
(serious post please comment nicely)
Hi all, just moved out of a house where we have had a complete nut job of a property manager. He's erratic, nonsensical and intense. He's just really fucking awful to deal with. We have very good rapport with the landlord, though.
We broke our backs trying to clean a 2 story, old as fuck house on our own, whilst they made us have inspections while still living at the property (AND in between moving). My partner and I have parents that have been cleaners, so we know how to clean and clean well, we know that it is clean.
They have just messaged us saying we haven't cleaned the kitchen at all and needs redoing, that the carpets weren't done when we gave him a receipt for the cleaner he recommended, complained about the yard when we got that done also, and just some other dumb things 🙄 like, mould that exists because the house is so old it is literally rotted.
They want to use part of our bond to get in professional cleaners. We have asked them to tell us how much it would cost because I feel like a cleaner is not going to be able to do much because it's already clean, therefore it shouldn't cost a lot anyway. Any advice??? It's a pretty hefty bond and were desperate for money. :/
Anybody else ever wonder if maybe one of the reasons Shino was so ticked off at being left out of the Sasuke mission was because they were friends? Okay, maybe friends is a strong word, but…comrades, maybe?
I mean, take the Chuunin exams. When all hell breaks loose, Shino doesn’t go to his team or his father - he goes after Sasuke. He then pulls a “No, you go on ahead, I’ll hold him off” move, which, as anybody who’s ever watched shonen knows, is the warrior’s version of offering a friendship bracelet. Sasuke then smiles at him, and the two exchange witty quips about who will finish their fight first.
Think about that. The most serious, aloof people in the entire series are bantering with each other in the middle of an invasion. The only way that scene makes sense character-wise is if they like each other.
They were on good terms in the Academy (at least in filler). They’re often shown sitting/standing together during lessons. And when Naruto has his temper tantrum and physically attacks Sasuke, Shino is one of the first to defend him. (Not because he’s a lemming, mind you, but because Naruto unfortunately put himself in a situation where he came off as a bully. But that’s another rant for another time.)
After Sasuke leaves, Shino is poisoned. He KNOWS he’s been poisoned, and he knows Kankuro is content to wait until he either collapses or retreats. But Shino keeps fighting so that he can take Kankuro down with him and prevent Sasuke from being outnumbered.
During Gaara’s fight, Sasuke is shown to be thinking about Shino. Sasuke respects Shino enough to willingly rely on him, which is more than he does for his teammates half the time. This whole arc screams bromance for these two.
Obviously by the time Sasuke leaves Konoha, he no longer cares about Shino. But the reverse isn’t necessarily true. Shino could still consider Sasuke a friend.
If you cared enough about someone to die for them, wouldn’t you want to be a part of the mission to rescue them? According to the databooks, Shino regretted missing the mission so much that it haunts him years later. Yes, you could say that Shino regretted it because he realized how much he needed to work on teamwork (I don’t believe the theory that Shino was jealous - it seems like his and Shino’s talk in the manga was written to disprove that idea.). But I don’t see why Shino can’t be upset about the friendship thing and losing Sasuke.
Plus, there’s the fact that Shino later led another mission to retrieve Sasuk... keep reading on reddit ➡
29 with DOR. Mini- IVF #2.
Just had my last scan today which showed 3 follicles: 20.3mm, 20.3mm, and 15.7mm. I know 3 isn’t much. But its 1 more than my last retrieval cycle so I’m so happy about that. My last egg retrieval only yielded 1 egg that fertilized abnormally. So I would be really happy if I get 2 eggs this time around. I’m still trying to keep realistic because I know the odds aren’t in our favor. But I’m trying to celebrate all the victories I can get, even if they’re little ones.
The question is in the title but I want to add some points to guide the conversation a bit:
Some of my observations on Google Lens:
- It seems to work on a local feature as well as global concept level. For instance, if I take a photo of a distinctive calculator, it will return a similar calculator, not just any calculator. If I take a photo of my hand, it will return any hand, probably because there's nothing distinctive about my hand, but what's more interesting is that it doesn't rely on the presence of distinctive features.
- It may be using text / logos to help with matching. I took a photo of a calculator and it showed me one of the same brand
- It seems to pick out objects and focus on them specifically. I took a photo of a bare kitchen counter-top with a tea kettle in the background. It returned a tea kettle!
I am 39 and they got 10 eggs! I’m pretty pleased with the result so far.
I don’t know what I’m nervous about! I’m super prepared. I think it’s just fear of the unknown.
In my very early 40s, single (not for lack of trying) and recently concluded that if I want to realize my dream of having a family/my own children, I had to start ASAP. When I turned 40, I made a promise to myself to not look back when I turn 50 and regret not having had a family for a multitude of reasons.
I had met with a fantastic surrogate agency 4-5 years ago, and they helped me understand the (very expensive) process. I attended seminars, spoke to other intended parents to educate myself, and I knew I had to save and save (and save), but didn't get serious about starting the journey until this past fall. I had semi-seriously reviewed dozens of egg donor profiles over the years, but I didn't feel a 'connection' with any of them, until I came across a profile of an amazing young women who had the intelligence, kindness, empathy and values that I was looking for in a donor (and who was also very beautiful as well, but for me, physical characteristics were a bonus and not the driving factor in my selection). Fast forward to the end of 2020, I and my donor both received our respective medical clearances, including comprehensive genetic carrier screen (we're both totally fine with no overlapping genetic conditions), legal is all finalized, and egg retrieval was very successful with above-average results - PGT testing came back very good and I'm extremely fortunate and happy to have the number of frozen fertilized embryos that I netted..
...so I'm more than a little confused as to why I'm currently so down. Perhaps I'm overthinking things, which I do anyway, but I just feel incredibly overwhelmed, even though everything went relatively smoothly with the first part of the journey - I was able to cover the costs of the first part (egg donation, fertilization cycle, testing, etc), on my own with a little help from my insurance, but now working with a surrogate agency and finding the right surrogate and paying for all of that just seems so daunting to me, it's causing a lot more stress than I anticipated.
The other part of the story is that I have told only a small handful of very close friends, but have not told family yet. Parents are supportive, but also concerned, mostly because they worry about how much I'll be taking on as a single parent. I just don't know when or how to bring it up with them, even though I know they would be ecstatic ultimately knowing that they'll have grandchildren (hopefully sooner than later).
I'm pretty settled, finan... keep reading on reddit ➡
This cycle was baaaad from the start and I can’t help feeling like my body wasn’t given a fair chance.
My nurses switched after my first follicle count on wed 2/10. The new nurse never told me to stop taking birth control. On Friday 2/12 she told me to start my meds Gonal-f and menopur. I did so and later realized I was still taking birth control up until that day! I freaked out called the nurse and was told it was fine and to continue with fertility meds.
Go in for next follicle count and only have 17 total, was sad because previously I had 21 in one ovary. Started thinking is was due to birth control suppression.
My house burns down on 2/16. Was having a window replaced. Embers from saws fell 2 stories down a wall and fire department came in and cut a hole in the house and sprayed their hoses. For the next 6 month my house is condemned while disaster recovery takes place.
I’m doing IVF myself. No help from anyone. I run my own business and had to scramble to rent a house.
Next ultrasounds start showing more follicles after doctors up my doses of gonal-f and menopur. I was starting to get my hopes up.
Next we add Cetrotide. The dosing is .25 for this. My calendar from the fertility clinic says to take .5 of Cetrotide, so I start double dosing on it following the introductions from my doctor.
It was because of Reddit and you beautiful souls that I realized my meds were not matching up with anyone else’s. Cue to a freak out at my clinic. Told once again that it’s totally fine.
I accept this and move on.
Retrieval day was yesterday 2/26. I was stupidly excited to have 34 follicles! Yay! Then I wake up only to have 7 retrieved and they won’t even tell me if they were mature.
I’m devastated and so alone right now. It feels like my clinic has a “well you get what you get” attitude.
I have no insurance coverage. I paid for the most expensive program, my meds are all out of pocket. And looking at another 3.5-4K in meds for another cycle is too much for me to afford right now.
I truly feel like I wasn’t given a fair chance. I just have to vent to you lovely ladies and maybe get some helpful info. You all have helped me understand this process so much and I’m so grateful to have found this welcoming place.
Curious on if adderall helps encode and store memory or if it also helps retrieve it during conversation or trying to think of an answer without options
So my wife (31) and I (29) go in for our first egg retrieval on Monday. She’s been so amazing even though the meds are taking their toll.
Ladies - I’m wondering if there is anything you or your partner did that was extra helpful or meaningful the day of the retrieval (or for that matter the day of the transfer). Just wanting to make sure she’s in good spirits before and after
Thanks in advance to you all. It’s been really meaningful being here for the last few weeks reading your stories. Hang in there everyone.
I did my ultrasound today and the lady quickly counted the eggs (AF) fast and told me how many I have. What about if she counted one egg as two? Is this really the right way to “predict” egg retrieval results?
Has anyone had a high count of eggs from ultrasound but ended up not retrieving as many eggs as showed in the ultrasound?
EDIT: I guess my question is does the fertility drugs/hormones increase egg count or the drugs only help mature the eggs you already had before taking the drugs to mature?
Let me get some praise out of the way first: making scans more useful is good; making credits more useful is good; giving some agency to the player for picking new cards is good.
Having said that, adding not one, but two, new currencies, without it being entirely clear what all they're useful for until you've fiddled with it a bit, is mildly annoying. I also think the UI is inconsistent and the terminology frustrating.
Things I had to figure out on my own, basically:
As for the naming for this stuff, pretty much anybody geeky enough to play this game knows how overused (and misused) the word, "quantum," is. At least "interstellar medium" can be waved away as zero-point energy, basically. Don't know why I would tie my ship sensors to something like that, but whatever. I really dislike the terms, "constell... keep reading on reddit ➡
Did anyone else wake up on their egg retrieval and feel like their ovaries are about to explode??? I swear I didn’t feel anything until this AM. Feels like the urge to go to the bathroom (like your bladder is so full) but it’s another body part. Ugh! At least I’m not worrying about the anes or the pain - my poor little ovaries just need relief! 🤣
Edit: 14 Eggs! 🤯🤯❤️❤️
Does anyone else here have problems with this? Like I’ll be looking at an object like here’s an example from earlier, I was looking through my vacation homes closets and I saw a broom and dustpan but my mind didn’t initially recognize what they were, I just saw them and initially started cycling through words in my head that were similar until I was like oh yeah a broom and dustpan. Anyone else deal with this? I sometimes will forget stuff and have to give a vague description of a person or place or thing because I can’t remember it on the fly. Any advice?
After reading a bunch of people complaining that their match didn't pick up the Secret Santa gift that they've sent, or that the package is marked as delivered but no photos have yet been posted, I feel like I need to share what happened in my case:
I've sent a Secret Santa gift on December 12th; it arrived to the Postal Office where my match could retrieve it by December 19th, but they didn't mark it as delivered for the next (almost) 2 weeks. Around New Year's eve, I've sent them a message, asking what's up, and was told that they are away from home in Quarantine due to potential Covid-19 exposure. That quarantine ended on January 5th or so, and the next day, the match finally opened a package that their friend collected from the postal office and stored at home for them.
So, please, keep in mind that tens of millions of people are suffering from a global pandemic at the moment and that they may not be able to pick it up; some intended recipients may be fighting for their life in hospitals, or might have died in the meantime.
"I've put so much effort into my gift and they are so ungrateful!" is perhaps not the most appropriate phrasing you could come up with at the moment.
Thank you for reading.
Our little bebès are back!
Out of 35 eggs 29 mature 15 fertilized 1 expanded blast AA 2 expanded blasts AB 3 early blasts AA 2 early blasts AB
We have 8 chances! No pgt No ICSI No assisted hatching
Update: Today we have a total of 12 embryos!!! Those little nuggets caught up! We also found out we can go straight into a transfer! Our expected transfer is Aug 6th!
Hey guys! Just had my egg retrieval about 4 hours ago. It went well! But I wanted to share my experience with anyone who is nervous or scared.
I am both those things. I work at my fertility clinic so it was really freaking nice to know almost everyone that was in our OR. When I first got in, the nurse greeted me and asked me specific covid questions and had me fill out some paperwork. She set me up with a gown, hair net, and booties. I wore a long shirt that covered a good part of my butt so I wasn’t hanging out in the back. She read me more stuff and asked about past surgeries and history. I knew to use the bathroom as much as possible even if I didn’t have to go, because nothing worse than making a doc put in a catheter because your bladder is too full to view your eggs in the ultrasound. Anyway, Out of the corner of my eye I realized there was a new anesthesiologist there that I have never met. I was told that today was the one dude I really liked. Turns out he called out because his kid was sick.
They called in another guy last min who was really shakey. I hate when someone is starting an IV line and it shaking as they put it in you. That’s when the nerves really kicked in. That’s when I kept thinking omg what if he’s too new, what if something wrong happens. And the other nurses and my co workers saw it and came to entertain me when I was getting nervous. So he got it all in and said asked his questions.
Then I had to poop. Nervous poops. So I did and I was so thankful I got it out before going into the OR. When I came back to my room, one of my other co workers came in to check in on me and I started crying. Like I was never going to see her again and that I was fucking scared. And she told me to stop crying cuz then she would cry. She handed me a bag of goodies all the nurses got me for recovery and said good luck. I was getting snotty. The doctor then came in and told me to breathe and I’m in good hands and all of that. He knew I was scared.
So after he went over everything, I had to walk to the OR and my favorite nurse walked me over and got me all set up. I had to scoot to the end of the table, and she put my feet where they go and the anesthesiologist tried to get me comfy. She tucked me in all nice, and covered me up. Then my doctor walked in and he saw me with my eyes closed so tightly, and knew again how nervous and scared I was. He kept saying breath deep in and out, and the girls were all talking about how I was born in Italy and ho... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have trouble remembering words a lot while I’m talking. It can be really frustrating because I just can’t recall the word that I want to say, and sometimes I have to describe the thing. Like today I was trying to come up with the word “generator”, and even though someone I was with said it like 3 minutes earlier, I just sat there saying “ugh, what is that WORD?” For like 10 seconds before I got it. And by then the conversation started to move on so I just randomly shouted out the word because I was so happy it finally came to me. This didn’t start intil my 20s though, and I’ve been trying to figure out why it happens and what made it start so suddenly about 15 years ago. Then something made me wonder if it could be related to autism, and it looks like it can be.
Does anyone else have this issue?
That leads me to another question- it seems like some of my autism traits didn’t show up until I was an adult. Is that possible or am I just noticing them more now?
Okay, so we know that when Crew Retrieval goes live, everyone will get a "Tutorial Pack" with these 1x each of these Trait Polestars -- Android, Brutal, Costumed, Crafty, Jury Rigger, Saboteur, Telepath -- plus 1x Uncommon Polestar, 1x Rare Polestar, and 2.5MM Credits. We will also each get a Welcome Pack that will contain 1x Legendary Polestar, 500 Interstellar Medium, a random Constellation, and another 2.5MM Credits.
We also know that the very first time we perform the Crew Retrieval function, but only the first time, it will cost nothing in terms of Credits and Quantum. EDIT TO ADD: in the comments, Big Book honcho and Timelines Talks cohost Automaton_2000 says we may be required to use the "freebie" plus two Polestars (Android and Crafty, from the Tutorial Pack) to Retrieve 1x Data Q. "Let the retriever beware"
And as we saw in the Crew Retrieval demo on Timelines Talks, a "normal" Crew Retrieval can cost up to 5MM credits (when the "search pool" is narrowed down to one Legendary crew) and up to 900 Quantum, out of a maximum of 1,000 that anyone can have on hand.
Even with the heaps of Credits that we're receiving from the Tutorial Pack, the Welcome Pack and from the upcoming Temporary Achievements (13 million Credits in all), it will behoove many players to make the most of that "freebie" first use of Crew Retrieval. Since that one costs 0 Quantum, and since normal Retrievals cost so much Quantum it will take several DAYS to recharge ... I think players would be well advised to use the freebie to Retrieve one of a few particular golden Crew.
So, using these resources that everyone will get, lemme see which combos yield "notable" Legendary Crew ... as in, generally ones that are Tier 5 or better in the Big Book of Behold Advice...
Legendary + Android + Brutal never mind this one since you're forced to use an Android polestar for 1x Data Q in the tutorial
Legendary + Costumed + Jury Rigger + Telepath = Gangster Spock, guaranteed and a T5 to boot.
Legendary + Crafty + Jury Rigger never mind this one since you have to use the Crafty polestar too
BTW lemme mention here that since we start with Legendary + Crafty + Saboteur, many players may find Tier 1 badass and overall #1 Voyager Captain Braxton close within their grasp. If you can luck into a Temporal Agent polestar, that will do the trick; a Pilot polestar will give you a 50/50 between Braxton and Irina; a Federation, Human or Starfleet polestar will give you a 50
good day to everyone! first reddit post ever :]
im a female 16 y/o, (5.1’, 110 lbs) not necessarily the strongest and id just like some tips.
tips, exercises, or drills to improve water treading with legs only? i can do it for about a minute before my legs tire out. what should i do to strengthen my body/get better at treading for longer periods?
brick positioning when performing retrieval: did you have your brick straight above your head when you pushed off the bottom of the pool?
swimming on back with brick: i can swim well without the brick. sometimes, my head just goes under the water. any way to stop this from happening?
any exercises or drills to make brick retrieval easier..?
my pre-req (red cross) is in 1 week (29 march). i’ve been practicing daily for 2-3 hours at the pool and ive been making progress daily. if i need to clarify specific details about my problems please let me know! i’d sincerely appreciate any help.
Although they do not compare it with eInk tablets, some of you might find this recent research maybe useful:
Abstract: It remains to be determined how different inputs for memory-encoding, such as the use of paper notebooks or mobile devices, affect retrieval processes. We compared three groups of participants who read dialogues on personal schedules and wrote down the scheduled appointments on a calendar using a paper notebook (Note), an electronic tablet (Tablet), or a smartphone (Phone). After the retention period for an hour including an interference task, we tested recognition memory of those appointments with visually presented questions in a retrieval task, while scanned with functional magnetic resonance imaging. We obtained three major results. First, the duration of writing down schedules was significantly shorter for the Note group than the Tablet and Phone groups, and accuracy was much higher for the Note group in easier (i.e., more straightforward) questions. Because the input methods were equated as much as possible between the Note and Tablet groups, these results indicate that the cognitive processes for the Note group were deeper and more solid. Second, brain activations for all participants during the retrieval phase were localized in the bilateral hippocampus, precuneus, visual cortices, and language-related frontal regions, confirming the involvement of verbalized memory retrieval processes for appointments. Third, activations in these regions were significantly higher for the Note group than those for the Tablet and Phone groups. These enhanced activations for the Note group could not be explained by general cognitive loads or task difficulty, because overall task performances were similar among the groups. The significant superiority in both accuracy and activations for the Note group suggested that the use of a paper notebook promoted the acquisition of rich encoding information and/or spatial information of real papers and that this information could be utilized as effective retrieval clues, leading to higher activations in these specific regions.
I've searched for anyone else with this issue and have yet to find anything so I thought I'd post here and see if anyone has experienced the same bug.
During Outbreak retrieval objective, the first canister goes into the rocket just fine but the second canister can't be deposited. It seems to be random whether it triggers or not and the two times it's triggered for me, it's been in co-op on a reasonably high round. Then because you can't deposit the second canister, the objective eventually fails and you don't get the chance to exfil. Dropping and picking up the canister doesn't work, getting the other person to pick it up doesn't work either.
From memory the two times it's triggered, it's been the same person carrying both canisters so maybe that's got something to do with it. Has anyone else experienced something similar?
They got 3 eggs! I know that’s not a lot compared to what I see other people post, but for us, that’s huge. Our first round we had 3 follicles they only for 2 eggs, neither fertilized, second round 4 follicles, didn’t get any eggs. This round we switched up protocol and I had 6-7 follicles and they got 3. We’re doing ICSI so praying that they will all fertilize and then make it to blast, then all test PGT normal, then have no transfer or pregnancy issues, and I know that’s a lot of ifs but hey, we’re further along then we’ve been in the past and I have to look on the bright side!
So yeah, post over. Just really happy right now and hoping I stay this happy
ETA: I’m not religious but husband and I are accepting any and all prayers, positive thoughts, and good vibes anyone wants to throw our way 🙂
Edit 2: Thank you all for your well wishes and positivity! We just got the call from the clinic - we got 2 embryos fertilized!! I can't believe that there are 2 embryos actually here in the world that have the potential to grow into our children! This is the furthest we've been and I hope it keeps progressing!