Friday, December 12, 2008

Step 4


So I had my Egg Retrieval yesterday.  Like my funky Christmas socks?  
It turned out to be an emotional day.  The day started with the 40 minute drive to the headquarters of my RE clinic.  I usually go to one of the satellite offices that is about 10 minutes from my house.  Anyway, every bump and crack in the road was torture.  My ovaries were huge and oh so ready to be emptied.  Once we arrived at the RE clinic and I felt fine.  I was excited and happy to loose some of the bloat.  The nurses took K and I back to the surgery center.  It was so neat.  I was surprised to see a real surgery area hidden away in the back of the clinic.  I had always just thought that the door we went through was just another exam room.  Anyway, I changed into my gown, put on my hair net thingy, got my IV put in and as the meds started to flow the nurse reminded that my E2 was really high and that I had to watch out for hyperstimulation.  And I started to feel nauseous.  I never get nauseous.  I haven't thrown up in about 6 years.  Seriously.  Anyway I got scared and started to cry.  It was so pathetic.  I calmed down a bit and K got me to laugh about something or the other.  But then a new nurse came around to insert some antibiotics or something to the IV and started to mention the OHSS and I lost it.   I was just terrified.  My RE came over then and got me to calm down by telling me that she would be administering a special medicine to help with the fluid retention.  She always manages to calm me down. Have I mentioned how much I love my RE.

O.K. so anyway I kissed K goodbye and he went to do his part, I went to the surgery suite and asked my anesthesiologist where he got his degree and then I was out.  All I remember next is waking up in the other room and feeling o.k.  My RE came by my bed to tell me that we got 18 mature eggs, and 10 others.  So she was pleased.  And we were pleased.  They started to give me gatorade and saltines and made sure that I pee'd and then sent me on my way.

I slept the rest of the day until I was woken up by puppy Bailey.  He was so cute.  He came over to my side of the bed to check on me and decided it was crazy that I was in bed at dinner time.  So he started to bark at me like get up mom get up and play.  Of course I just stayed in bed.  So he jumped up on the bed and snuggled in next to me.  Bailey is not allowed on the bed!  He knows it and has never jumped up on the bed.  But I was so happy to have him there giving me doggie hugs that I just let him stay for a minute or two before scolding him and making him get down.  

The last part of my uber exciting day was the PIO shot.  I was as scared of this as I was scared of developing OHSS.  For reals.  I have control issues and letting K stab me with a needle just isn't my thing.  But he was awesome.  And it didn't hurt at all.  He praised me for taking it like a trooper and massaged the oil in.  I was proud of him.  

So that was that.  This morning my RE called me herself to inform me that 13 of my eggs fertilized.  13 embies.  13!  I'm thrilled with that number.  So now we wait to hear on Sunday whether we should come in for a 3 day transfer or whether things look good to wait for Tuesday 5 day transfer.  So today I feel happy.  More bloated.  But happy.  I am drinking only gatorade and just had a bunch of saltines.  I think I may have some miso soup for lunch.  That is salty right?

14 comments:

Clio said...

congratulations on so many eggs and so many embryos! that's great!
I too kissed my husband before he went to do his thing. ;)
The PIO doesn't really hurt right when it's done, for me it's the day after that kills me. my butt is so sore it's not even funny and I've tried the massage, the heat...
just a question... if you are afraid of retaining liquids, shouldn't you avoid as much salt as possible? since salt makes you retain it?

Michelle said...

It sounds like everything went well and you got a lot of eggs. YAY. Take care of yourself and I will keep you in my thoughts and praying everything goes well.

Andrea said...

Yay!! I love your socks! 13 embies is awesome!! Grow, embies, grow!

alicia said...

oh yay!!! 13 that is awesome :)

sorry about all the emotions, but it sounds like it was all worth it!

take it easy :)

Dora said...

Awesome!

I sent DD to get me salty food to bring home while I was having my retrieval. No danger of OHSS with my crusty old ovaries, but I enjoyed my corned beef sandwich and matzoh ball soup anyway. Also saved the poor guy from just sitting there in the waiting room alone, watching the women go in and out.

Virginia said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your funky xmas socks! Gotta go get some for myself. 13 embies. Can you handle it? You're a mom to a lot of potential babes right now. Wow.

Rest up buttercup.

MAK-now said...

Bets,

I am over the moon for you!! 13 embies?!? Fabulous!! I'm sending lots of hugs and as much baby dust as you can handle. Grow, embies!!!

militarywifealways said...

I am so excited for you, can't contain it :0) I am lovin the socks too. Can't wait to hear about your beta notice I skipped over ET I know you and those embies will rock it right out the ball park!

April said...

those numbers are great. so excited for you! ;)

Marcia Francois said...

Congrats on your ER.

Love the funky socks.

Let us know how it goes from here on in...

janessa said...

yay for 13 embies! And I'm totally jealous, I love your socks!

t.bird said...

13!!! yay!!! my fngers are super crossed for you!
xo

Clio said...

Echloe
thanks so much for adding your info to the research. The more participants, the better the study will be. I really need your birth time, though. Please check your birth certificate. Without the time, I can't do your chart... sorry...
enjoy your bedrest!

Katie said...

Congrats on so many eggs- good luck! I am so excited for you!