Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Egg Retrieval

Dr. Houserman retrieved 26 eggs today!

This is a LONG post about the events of our day.

I was so nervous and excited this morning.  I woke up before my alarm clock, got cleaned up, and gathered my things.  Dad showed up around 6:45am and we left the house at 7am.

We showed up to the office right on time.  It felt like it took me forever to get there because my ovaries felt like they were on fire.  It was painful to walk.  My body knew it was time to get those eggs out!  Dad stayed in the waiting room when they called us back.  I got to wear a lovely hospital gown with matching socks and a hair net.
Before
 We watched tv and played on the iPad while we waited our turn.  They had scheduled quite a few egg retrievals and a transfer scheduled for the day.  Yvonne, my nurse, was great.  She got my IV started and kept me company when it was time for Brandon to leave and do his part.
Before

They wheeled me into procedure room where it was freezing!  I got super nervous up until they started my medicine.  I couldn't stop shaking.  I prayed to God and said the Benediction.  I feel like I remember part of the procedure.  I remember being in pain.  It was bad.  I don't know if I dreamed it, or if I actually felt it.

When I woke up after the egg retrieval, Dad and Brandon were with me.  (Dad said that he went to get breakfast around 8:30-8:45am.  He said that it was good.)  Around 9:15am, Brandon came and got Dad out of the waiting room.  They went to another waiting room that was smaller.  Brandon asked if Dad could come back when I was awake.  Around 9:20am, Dr. Houserman came and told them they could come see me. 

They had me in the middle curtain "room."  Brandon woke me up.  I kept falling asleep for a while.  Brandon said that I was super concerned whether or not Dad had breakfast.  Apparently I asked this same question over and over.  Brandon was laughing and Dad said that he got emotional.  They gave me a sprite and some peanut butter crackers.  I was so hungry!  I think I kept falling asleep in between eating each cracker.
Those drugs made me tired.
With Dad.  He's done so much for us.
Trying to wake up more

After I finished my IV, Yvonne said that I could go and get dressed.  Once I got up, I felt horrible.  My abdomen was hurting and I could feel myself bleeding.  Brandon got me to the changing room/bathroom.  I was standing so he could get my hospital gown off and started feeling strange.  This part is blurry for me.  I know that I passed out twice while trying to get dressed.  I passed out once while sitting in the chair.  I passed out again but Brandon caught me.  Yvonne came in to check on us and found me feeling sick.  My face was white as a sheet and my lips were blue.  They said that I passed out from getting up after being "put under."  All I know is that was the worst I've ever felt in my life.

 After getting dressed, they me in a wheel chair.  Janet (IVF Coordinator) came back to check up on me and she gave me another sprite.  She and Dad talked to me for a while as Brandon went to get the car.  I kept dozing off until we got to the car.  We stopped at Panera on the way home to get some lunch.  Dad then dropped off my prescriptions WalMart.  They gave a script for Phenergan and Demerol.  I slept on and off the whole ride home.


Back at the house, Brandon helped me get dressed into comfortable clothes and gave me lunch in bed.  Dad and Brandon both took turns checking in on me as I ate.  I took one Demerol at 1pm.  I've slept on and off all afternoon.  I'm still tired.  My abdomen is extremely tender.  It still hurts to move, sit down, get up, etc.  The bleeding has subsided for the most part.  Brandon's been busy all day (he works from home).  Dad's been laying in bed with me for the past hour and a half.  (I hate being alone when I don't feel well).

Liz is stopping by with dinner tonight.  I can't wait!  There's no way that I could cook dinner tonight.  Plus, Brandon's been busy taking care of me and working all day, so I know he's tired.  I've got some great friends!  

I should get a call tomorrow letting us know how many eggs were viable, and how many fertilized.  Our embryo transfer is scheduled for Monday, June 25 at 10:15am.  Our beta is scheduled for Thursday, July 5 (since they are closed on July 4).

Thank you for reading.  Thank you for praying and sending your well wishes.  I cannot wait to see what the next few days hold for us.


16 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have two wonderful men taking care of you. Glad everything went well!

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  2. Congrats on making it this far... Praying for you as you continue this journey. (P.S. I also hate being alone when I don't feel well. So glad you have awesome caregivers to take care of you!)

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  3. *hugs* see you in a few! Hayden is finally awake!

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  4. Congratulations!!! What a successful retrieval! You look adorable!

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  5. Sounds like a long day! I hope you are feeling better! What is the "beta" that is scheduled in July? I am just learning about everything...

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  6. I've been anxiously checking my blogger homepage all day to see if there was an update from you! What a wonderful number of eggs! Although I'm so sorry for how awful you've felt. :( I'll be thinking about and praying for your eggs and embryos and for a successful procedure on Monday! I can't believe that July is right around the corner! Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for you. :)

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  7. I am so extremely happy for you both! You guys deserve to be parents and I know you will be great ones! I just want you to know you are in my prayers and we miss you both so much!!

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  8. Sending my thoughts and prayers your way!!

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  9. What a great retrieval! So glad you are past it...and hope you feel better asap!

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  10. What a wonderful number! Feel better soon!

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  11. Good work! So sweet that your dad was there too to support both of you.

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  12. Congrats on 26 eggs! I hope you feel better soon. Remember to take it very easy these next couple of days.

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  13. This is such wonderful news!!! I'm so sorry you didn't feel well. It's so sweet that your dad has been there through all of this. I'll be thinking about and praying for you.

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  14. WOW! 26 eggs...AMAZING! And what a supportive dad you have. How wonderful! I hope you start feeling better soon. What an exciting time for you guys!!!

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  15. WOW!! What a great report. You and your hubby look so cute. I really appreciate your detailed posts as my husband and I are getting ready for our first IVF next month. Look forward to hearing all about the transfer and weeks to come :)

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