Tuesday, May 31, 2016

IVF: My Egg Retrieval Story!

I couldn't believe today was actually the day! I woke up multiple times in the early morning, checking the clock, worried I would over sleep. Even though that was pretty unlikely, since I wasn't due at the center until 9:15 AM. But still, I kept worrying I'd miss my appointment!

Once both my husband and I were awake, we spent awhile just laying in bed cuddling. It was such a relaxing, comforting morning. I felt surrounded by love! I had already laid out a comfortable outfit the night before. I chose a loose fitting long skirt and a t shirt. It was much too warm for sweat pants and none of my shorts would have felt comfortable on my belly. I didn't have too much to do to get ready. I took a shower and used some fragrance free soap. No makeup was allowed for egg retrieval or anything at all scented. So I simply straightened by hair and put on my glasses (no contacts allowed either), and I was all ready to go! No eating or drinking since midnight, so I couldn't have any breakfast. I was really thirsty!

We got to the center 10 minutes early and got checked in. I soon had to leave my husband in the waiting room as I went back to get changed and prepped. I was able to take my phone with me though, so I was texting him from my hospital bed! I found out that the doctor scheduled to do retrievals that day was on vacation, and it just so happened that my doctor was filling in! That made me incredibly happy because he is the most gentle doctor I've ever met.

After they brought me to my private room, I went over our plans with one of the IVF nurses, such as our plans for ICSI, how many to transfer, and our freezing preferences. We also went over everything I needed to know for the anesthesia. After I got changed and emptied my bladder and the nurse drew a circle on each butt cheek for my PIO shots. Then they wrapped me in a pre-warmed blanket. I waited for about 20 minutes for the current retrieval taking place to be over, so the anesthesiologist could come in and start my IV.

It's a bit funny actually. Even though I've had so much bloodwork and so many shots throughout this process, IVs really gross me out. Believe it or not, it was the only thing I was truly dreading. Which does seem silly, because I've had IVs in the past and I've never ever had a problem. Other than that they gross me out. The anesthesiologist was incredibly warm and friendly. First, he numbed my vein with an injection, which I didn't even feel. Right as he was about to start the IV, my RE came into the room and was able to distract me. Before I knew it, the IV was in!

Once it was all set, they gave me some antibiotics through the IV. The anesthesiologist observed me for a few minutes then left me to rest. That's when things went downhill a bit. I started to get nervous... about the IV of all things. Then started to feel "funny". Then dizzy. So I called them back into the room. It turned out I was having a vasovagal reaction, which apparently is a common thing. They immediately reclined the table to lower my head, started fanning me, put a cool pack behind my neck, and my doctor rushed in to hold my hand. In just a couple of minutes, I felt totally fine! Apparently I was white as a ghost, but then my cheeks started to pink back up again. Crisis averted!

After they were sure I was fine and my vitals were back to normal, they wheeled my bed into the procedure room! They normally have you walk, but after my near fainting spell, they wanted to be cautious. Before I knew it, I was set up in the procedure room for monitoring. The ceiling had a nice decal on it that said "breathe". Everyone was really nice and calming. I had an oxygen mask put on and the medication was given to me through the IV. The anesthesiologist distracted me by talking about my families lake house and boat. That's the last thing I remember. I was totally out after that!!

The next thing I remember, I was waking up back in my room and the nurse was asking me how I was feeling. I was wrapped up in a blanket, with a heating pad on my lower belly. They give everyone some mild pain relief through the IV after the procedure. I had absolutely zero pain thankfully and no cramping or even spotting. I know I asked the nurse at least twice how many eggs were retrieved. I felt groggy for the first 20 minutes or so, and I was apparently quite "chatty" with the nurses! I don't remember any of that of course. My husband was brought in shortly after I woke up, who got me my phone from my locker. I relaxed for about 20 more minutes, and then my IV was removed and I was allowed to get dressed. I was in my room for about 45 minutes total after the retrieval.

We ended up having 9 eggs retrieved!! Which is such a wonderful number to hear. For some reason, the number my husband and I really were hoping for was at least 6. So getting 9 is way more than we were hoping for! I'm not sure exactly how many of them are mature but I will find out when I get the fertilization report tomorrow.

They will use ICSI to fertilize our eggs. ICSI stands for intracytoplasmic sperm injection, which is basically a fancy way of saying a single sperm is injected directly into each egg. They will only perform ICSI on mature eggs (immature eggs cannot be fertilized anyway), so we aren't sure how many of the eggs were mature yet. We will find this out when we get the fertilization report!

Once I got home, I relaxed for the rest of the day. I did take a single tylenol just in case, but I don't believe I needed it. I had zero cramping, zero bleeding, zero bloating. Mainly I've just felt extra tired, mostly from all of the stress. I spent the day laying in bed, with our furbabies. My husband was so sweet.. he picked me a bouquet of flowers that you can see above!

Now we just wait! The rest of this process is really just waiting. Waiting to hear how many fertilized, waiting for the embryo transfer, waiting for the pregnancy test... lots of waiting! I will update when we hear from the center, hopefully with good news!

Poke Count
Arms: 9     Belly: 38     Ultrasounds: 5

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