Sunday January 13, 2019
🥚🥚Off we go!!! Retrieval day is here!!! Anxious, nervous, excited even though we have been here before I don’t think you ever get “used” to this process. Of course, I had my IVF socks on!!!
We arrive at the Surgery Center, the first stop is HFI doctor office to do MORE bloodwork for the study! 6 vials later we are off to the surgery prep office, they take Matt back to collect his sample. As he’s doing that they called me back to get my IV and prep me for the retrieval. The nurse tries to do my IV in both hands and that’s not working. So we wait for the anesthesiologist to come in. She comes in and starts looking at the places the nurse tried, she asks which hand I write with, I say my right. she proceeds to look at my veins by this time Matt is in the room with me *THANK GOODNESS* She tried in my right arm about halfway up from my wrist, can’t get it, about this time I am thinking to HURRY up please, I just want this to be over with already. She then asks the nurse to grab the lidocaine and proceeds to tell me now this will burn and sting at first but it will numb the area so so I can get to your vein. I said NO I don’t want it I ‘m already in enough pain I don’t want it. So off to my wrist we go, while the anesthesiologist is digging around in my wrist to put the IV I have another nurse holding my hand talking to me to distract me, I’m looking at Matt and he has a face of * I’m so sorry, I know it hurts* At this point time is not on our side as my Lupron trigger shot is wearing off and we don’t have any more time to waste. I said enough please go to a previous blood draw site I’m tired. Another nurse walks in who we have had before during our procedures and askes “how are you feeling? are you sweaty, hot, dizzy?” I said no I’m good I just want this to be over with already. At that moment we get the IV finally after 4 attempts in my left arm. I have NEVER been a hard person to get an IV or to have blood drawn so I’m not sure what the problem was. They think it was that I had, had blood drawn 8 days in a row, been fasting and maybe a little dehydrated. Finally, off we go to the surgery room. I get on the table they cover me up, position my arms out, put my legs in the stirrups give me oxygen and medication to relax me and I’m out! Next thing I know I’m waking up in the recovery room with Matt by my side! Dr. Witz comes in and he said I did great 15 eggs retrieved!!!!! WAHOOOO I’m doing the happy dance! He also said he did find some endometriosis. Honestly is so good to hear considering I have NEVER been surgically diagnosed. If you have been following this blog for a while you know what I asked for as soon as I was able to talk…Animal crackers and sprite!! We head home, drop off my prescriptions and I head straight to bed. Levaquin, finish my Z-pack, Miralax, and continue taking my vitamins. They also gave me pain meds in case I needed them.
No lifting for 2 weeks
No baths for 2 weeks
No driving for 24 hrs
Take it easy
No sex for 2 weeks
and more restrictions that don’t apply to me anyways!
I stay home Monday from work to be sure I’m feeling good, don’t want to overdo it!
Received a call that out of our 15 eggs retrieved 6 fertilized successfully!!! We will get a call on Friday and Saturday to let us know how many made it to freeze! So excited 🙂
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
I’m at work today and feeling good. Still, have some bloating pressure but I know it’ll pass.
Next step is we wait for my period to come to begin estrogen and progesterone. The irony, in a time where you want nothing more than to NOT start your period for your not pregnant. IVF is surrounded by your period and when you start, it’s a new beginning each time and you cannot wait for it to come, because it means you can begin stims, or a new transfer cycle, or just begin the whole IVF process again!
So here’s to CANNOT wait to start my period so we can get our little baby embryo back where it belongs in Mama!!!
We want to thank everyone for the kind text’s and phone calls asking how I was doing, and just the love and support we have received from all of you. My next update will be when we beging meds for our transfer!