On Friday, 8/15/14 I had my trigger shot. The one important intramuscular shot to take 36 hours before me egg retrieval. Robert and I were watching YouTube videos and we freaked ourselves out. But I have to give credit to Robert for staying calm and for doing an excellent job with my trigger shot. I leaned over the counter, crossed my feet and put weight on the side where he was not injecting. The shot went on my butt and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I recommend to not watch those videos. 15 minutes after the shot I began to cramp bad. We were one step closer and that was exciting for both of us.
I just can't believe how much goes into this whole IVF procedure. Saturday was a rest day... (meaning no shots) YAY!!! Now it was time to prep for the big day. The Egg Retrieval Day!
8/17/14 (Sunday) THE BIG DAY - Egg Retrieval Day.
As you can see from my selfie, I am smiling, but deep down inside I was nervous. Robert was not allowed to be with me at the beginning since there was another female in the prep room, so I was patiently and nervously waiting for the Anesthesiologist by myself. I saw the lady that went in before me being wheeled out of the procedure room and she was in a lot of pain and all groggy. That of course made me more nervous.
Well now it was my turn to be escorted into the procedure room. With my IV attached, Anesthesiologist and nurse with me I was ackwardly positioned on the bed with my legs completely over the stir-ups. They asked me a bunch of questions like my name, were I was, who I was with and the rest is history. I took a nice nap, woke up in the recovery room to Robert's voice and to some major pain.
Yup I had my photographer/husband there to snap pics of me waking up. It looks like I was crying but I was just hurting bad. Apparently my doctor had difficulty getting to my left ovary so she had to go through my cervix to get the eggs out. 12 eggs were retrieved, 1 cracked (I had no idea my eggs could crack) but that's exactly how the doctor worded it. So I had a total of 11 eggs retrieved.
I was given some pain meds and a heating pad during recovery. I was then wheeled out into the car. Came home to some excited dogs and rested all day. This has been very difficult for me since my cramps were stronger than what they would normally be due to difficulty of getting to my left ovary. I obviously took some time off from work and I am cramping more on my left side than the right side.
Monday, 8/18/14 I got a call that out of my 11 eggs only 8 fertilized. So they will be keeping an eye on those eggs (blastocyst) until Friday, which is when they will do the biopsy and genetically test each embryo. On Saturday, 8/23/14 I am scheduled for my embryo transfer. On that day I will find out which embryos are good and which ones are females or males. I am excited to find out the sex and love it that I have the option to choose. I just hope that I have more good eggs than bad eggs.
In the mean time it's just a waiting period for us. I am anxious for Friday and nervous for Saturday but I am hoping that all will go well and will go as planned.
On that note I leave you with this:
"Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do
Hi, I am Hereta (pronounced Eretha) and I am your typical dog loving - candle maker. Since dogs don't have a voice, I believe it's our job to speak on their behalf. "Don't shop or buy while the homeless die."