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The Egg Retrieval

Yesterday was finally the big day, our Egg Retrieval. We got there around 10:30 and I was take to the surgery wing around 11:15. Of course the wait felt like 3 hours just having to sit still and be nervous. I kissed Bry goodbye and the nurse walked me back to the surgery wing of the office. It was the first time I got to go through those double doors. They took me to a room where I dressed in a paper gown, booties and a little cap. When I opened the door to let the nurse know I was ready there was this huge board covered in pictures of all the babies that have been conceived behind those double doors. I thought I was going to cry, it was such a beautiful sight. I was blown away by how many sets of twins there were. It seemed like 70% of the pics were of twins.

The nurse came and took me to the "holding room." I spoke with the embryologist about how many embies we want to transfer. She asked me how many we wanted to transfer and I told her that we were deliberating between 2 and 3. She suggested that if they are high quality to transfer 2 and if only average quality to do 3.

They then brought me into the operating room. It was a small room with tons of equipment and machines. The anesthesiologist came in dressed in this NASA style white paper jumpsuit. She was a very quiet, kind woman that made me feel at ease. She quickly put in the IV and without saying a word put two meds into my line. As quickly as she said "you will start to feel that soon" I felt as high as a kite (in a good way of course). The doc came in and told me that because there were so many follies that I would have to take a painkiller for a couple of days after the procedure. As she explained it, she would have to drill a lot of holes because each follies needed at least one hole. The nice NASA doc said goodnight and put a big dose of white medicine in my line. I then fell into a nice deep sleep.

I woke up nice and cozy in the recovery room and felt sad that Bry wasn't there. I was astonished at how well I felt. No nausea, which is unusual for me. Only a little bit of shakiness and lots of sleepiness. The first question I asked was how many eggs they got. Not 'where is my husband' or 'did everything go ok.' The nurse told me that they got 14 eggs total. I was hoping for more b/c I was still afraid that only a few would fertilize. I was only awake a few minutes when the brought me for an ultrasound to make sure there was no fluid in my abdomen. About a half hour later I was dressed and waiting for Bry. He came back to get me, we waited for my prescription and off we went.

I went home and slept from like 2:00 until 6 or 7pm. When I woke up I was in a great deal of pain. I never imagined how bad it could hurt. I thought that the worst I would feel was a little cramping. Thank goodness the Tylenol with Codeine take the edge off. I spent the rest of the day in bed.

2 comments:

Mandy 7:52 PM  

I still get a kick out of you asking how many eggs instead of where Bry was. Definitely sounds like something that I'd do! I wish that it didn't hurt so much but glad to hear the tylenol w/ codeine is helping. Take care of yourself!

Anonymous 1:42 AM  

That's a great story. Waiting for more. » »

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