Baby Talk: "Has anyone mentioned the irony of retrieving eggs so close to Easter?"
Let me start by saying the IVF process is very time consuming and towards the end it was physically uncomfortable. My heart goes out to women who endure this process multiple times. Even so, it's scary to know this will be our only chance to freeze embryos and the future of our family hinges on at least one (hopefully two) making it into the world.
In total, I had 46 follicles and 36 of those were large enough to be retrieved. By my egg retrieval day, it hurt to walk, it was difficult to stand up straight and it was even uncomfortable just sitting down.
Words cannot describe the feelings we had on our egg retrieval day. Hopeful. Anxious. Scared. But everything was incredibly peaceful and smooth.
We were up at about 4 a.m. to be at the fertility clinic by 6:30 a.m. We were there way to early and ended up sleeping in the parking lot for almost an hour.
We were the only procedure that day. So, most of the lights were still low and everything was really calm. The nurses were kind and nothing felt rushed. They took my information. I got changed into the gown and was given a sedative. Souers came back to give me a little pep talk and then, I was off to the operation room.
I remember soft music playing. I moved from the bed to the operation table and placed my feet in the stirrups. After having vaginal ultrasounds once a day for a week, you would think I'd be okay with being on display for medical professionals, but it was still really odd.
I closed my eyes and tried not to think about it.
In fact, I remember praying as I drifted off to sleep and when I woke up I remember being teary-eyed and thanking the staff. Thanking God really. We went through so much to get this procedure done. We've been through so much in such a short amount of time and this was a huge milestone for us.
Update ( 4/10/17): The cramping was pretty bad for the first 4 days and I was nauseous a lot. Little did I know, it was the pain medicine they prescribed that was making me sick. So, I stopped taking the hydrocodone and just took Tylenol when I needed it.
20 of the 36 retrieved eggs fertilized, but the biggest news is we were able to freeze 6 embryos! It may seem like a small number, but following the rule of halves, it turned out pretty well. Honestly, we really only need two eggs to work, but just as with natural conceptions, no pregnancy is guaranteed. So, it's good that we'll be able to try again if we need to.