Thursday, April 4, 2013

Egg Retrieval and Fertilization Report

The retrieval went well. I think the IV was the worst part. And not even actually the IV - The anesthesiologist said I had small veins in my hands so he put the tourniquet on really really tight and then slapped the back of my hand several time to make the veins pops out. The needle actually going in didn't hurt at all compared to the slapping lol.

At 9:30 I went pee then walked into the OR. I remember sitting on the bed, getting warm blankets put on me, feeling pressure as anesthesia went into my IV, taking a few breaths of oxygen, and then I was out. I woke up ~25 minutes later and was pretty much ready to go (although I had to wait around for 30 minutes). The pain was fairly minimal. In fact, I was feeling a lot of pressure before retrieval, and  the pain afterwards was almost better than the pressure I had before. I went home and K and I watched Brave and Wreck-it-Ralph :) I feel so lucky that retrieval went so well. I took 2 tylenol 3's when i got home per my nurses intstuctions and a few hours later I was itchy all over. I also developed the hiccups. The hiccups were horrible, so I don't plan on taking any more tylenol 3.

I just got the fertilization report this afternoon. We had 11 eggs retrieved, all of which were mature. They were able to ICSI all 11, and as of today 7 fertilized successfully and are growing in the lab. They are doing well enough that we are tentatively scheduled for a 5 day transfer on Monday. I get to call on Saturday to find out what time on Monday, as they only schedule the OR 2 days ahead of time. Then my pregnancy test is scheduled for 4/18 - only 2 weeks from today!

I was hoping for more eggs (and more embryos) given my age, but I know the Dr.'s were conservative in stimming me so that I didn't get OHSS. (I only used half of the meds prescribed to me, so I have enough follistim and menopur to do IVF again without buying anymore meds!) I am trying to stay clam and have faith. I hope that the quality of the eggs and embryos is good.  If we are lucky we might have a few to freeze.

I really really hope that I will be pregnant in 2 weeks.

1 comment:

  1. I've been reading your blog for a while. This is all so exciting! We start our IVF journey soon and I am so ready. Good luck with everything!