Bright and early this morning was egg retrieval. After 8 days of stims, I had 18 follicles that were growing in various stages, and was feeling very much like an overstuffed turkey. The trigger shot went really well (J was a pro)and I was left to worry about the actual retrieval. I won’t lie, I was NERVOUS about the retrieval. I was concerned about the pain, concerned about the unknown, and just overall freaking out about it.
Well…it’s been about 10 hours since the retrieval, and I can honestly say it wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. The hardest part of it all was getting the IV in (unfortunately, nothing to eat/drink after midnight last evening, so I as dehydrated), and that took three tries and two blown veins. But, after that, it was such a smooth process!
I arrived an hour earlier than my retrieval time. During that point, I got checked in, got dressed in my uber sexy gown and surgical cap, got my IV put in, and spoke with the anesthesiologist and the biologist who would be doing the ICSI and biopsies for PGS. Then, I went to pee again (these people are SERIOUS about empty bladders), and strutted my stuff into the surgical room. I laid down on the bed, and was talking to my doctor while they strapped down my arms, and that is honestly the last thing I remember. Next thing I know, I’m back in the prep room with Jamie, and working to wake up (very groggy, I won’t lie).
Overall, out of 18 follicles, there were 11 mature eggs (which is more than I could have hoped for). I’ll get a fertilization report tomorrow morning on how many of those are showing signs of fertilization, which is the first major hurdle. After waking up, I was really pleased to realize I had ZERO nausea, and only very mild tenderness in my abdomen.
After I woke up enough to drag my sorry butt out of the clinic, J and I went to breakfast. I INHALED some serious breakfast…an omelet, salad, and toast from my favorite brunch place. Divine!
So…After all this, I can say we’re coming up on the end of Stage One: IVF. I have three more days of Ganirelix, to shut down my ovaries, and 10 days of Provera to induce my next cycle, but since we’ll be doing a freeze all cycle, it’s pretty easy and downhill from here.
I’ll be sure to update tomorrow on a fertilization report, but please keep your fingers crossed for good news!!