Sunday, May 6, 2012

Friday May 4, 2012

  I forgot to mention on yesterday's post that we heard from Burcu about our embryos.  On Wednesday's post we mentioned that we had 15 eggs retrieved.  11 of those eggs were mature and Burcu told us that 9 had fertilized.   

  We waited patiently all day today but never received a call about how they were doing.  We knew that our transfer day had to be either Saturday or Monday since they don't work Sundays. We like to take walks around the grounds and through the hospital after breakfast and dinner and today we ran into Burcu while on our morning walk through the hospital.  She said that she had not heard anything so we took that as a good sign so far. 

   Instead of waiting for a call we went to Kipa today and got a few groceries and then had lunch in a cafe in the mall.  Food is so inexpensive at most places here and our meal was really good.  I had a veggie and cheese sandwich with fries and a salad for 7 TL.  That is roughly $ 3.70.  The sandwich was on really good bread, almost like ciabatta, and it was pretty big.  John had a steak sandwich with fries and a salad and his was only $14 TL or $7.70.  This cafe is one of several in the mall that serve traditional Turkish food  as well as beautiful pastries and desserts.  There are pans of Baklava, cheesecakes, tarts, and candies.

  We didn't want to be at the mall long so we took the second shuttle back at 1:30 (the times are posted in the hotel lobby).  We came home and chilled out for the rest of the afternoon and never did hear from Burcu or the hospital.  I guess that means the transfer will be Monday.  John picked up some food from the hospital cafeteria for dinner tonight and it was pretty good.  If I haven't mentioned it before, (for those of you coming to do IVF here) there are a couple of options if you don't want to eat in your hotel room some nights.  The hotel restaurant has a pretty big menu but it is expensive.  The cafeteria is decent at times and relatively cheap.  There is also the Columbus Cafe which has sandwiches, desserts, coffee etc.  It is good but can get a little pricey for dinner.

  More to come on our journey tomorrow....


  1. Hi Kelly,

    Wonderful that you had 15 eggs retrieved. As per this article, you hit the 'sweet spot' on retrieval:

    1. Thank you for the article are hoping for a little magic indeed!


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