Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Retrieval Day!

Yesterday morning was a big day in our cycle. We had our egg retrieval. We arrived at FCI at 7:00 a.m. for our 8:00 egg retrieval. After given some next step instructions, and verifying my name and birthdate, I was pricked in the hand to begin my IV. Let me tell you, I have grown quite accustomed to be pricked for my blood everyday for the past week or so, but that is in the arm, getting pricked in the hand is a whole different playing field and it hurts so much more! I know you're probably thinking, good luck with childbirth, sweetie. Anyways, I digress. After having the IV in for about 20 minutes, they wheeled me into the procedure room. They prepped me for surgery and had me verify my name one last time, put the sleepy-time drugs (yes, I believe that is the medical term) in the IV, and I was out.

I awoke as I was being wheeled into the recovery room, where my darling hubby awaited me. I asked the nurse as she helped me into the bed, "Did I say anything weird?" I was assured I did not. After I was situated in bed, the doctor came in and told me that they had retrieved.... wait for it... 44 EGGS! I was blown out of the water! He said, they can't tell too much from just looking at them, but they appeared to be some good quality eggs to boot! We were both so excited! He did say that because of that many eggs, they will have to make sure I don't hyper stimulate, which is a condition in which the stimulated ovaries can cause fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity. The fluid comes from blood vessels that are found in the abdomen. This can be a serious condition, so they don't take it lightly. If this were to happen, they would need to freeze all embryos and make me wait about 2 months before transferring the embryos. We are praying and hoping this is not the case,as having an embryo transfer at the beginning of the school year would be less than ideal, and would probably mean me having to push it back even further. I am trying to just live in the moment and tell myself that this won't happen and just be happy with the results of our retrieval.

As far as how I am feeling, I am sore, I laid in bed all day yesterday and I plan to do the same again today. I am quite tender, but other than that no complaints. The nurse will call this afternoon and let me know how many embryos they were able to make and how they are doing in the petri dish. I will get another call the day following to let me know if and when the transfer might be. Please keep the prayers coming, and as always thanks so much for all the love and support!


  1. Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way!

  2. You were great honey! I'm glad I get to go through this journey with such a trooper, as you've been through quite a bit. I know things will work out, waiting is the hardest you babe!

  3. So excited for you both . Pray no hyper stimulation . Love your medical terms . So cute . Glad you are taking it easy