Can I just say how glad I am that the shots and egg retrieval are a thing from the past. On Saturday, July 25th at 7:07 am I was taken into the procedure room to retrieve the eggs that I have been cooking up in my lower belly. I am not a fan of needles... ironic I know, since IVF is all about needles. But sometimes you just have to make that sacrifice. But I put on my best "Yay, I'm excited" face although deep down inside i was freaking out. As you can see from the picture I look happy, we're even being goofy and the last picture...uhhhh not so happy. That's a "ugh why do i feel so crappy" face. It's never fun to be put under and then to wake up all groggy and in pain. My Anesthesiologist was wonderful and of course Dr. Evans is too. The entire staff is pleasant and make everything possible to make you feel comfortable. Robert was allowed to be there with me while the Anesthesiologist hooked me up. Once he was all done my vitals were taken and all looked good. Robert was escorted out and I got teary eye because I was afraid of the feeling and the outcome. They walked me into the room, had me lay down on the bed and put my legs up in the stirrup. Not my feet, my legs which is an extremely uncomfortable position. The Anesthesiologist asked my DOB and my weight and I don't remember the rest.
After 30 minutes, they woke me up and of course i was very groggy. I was kept there for a little over an hour and was told that Dr. Evans had retrieved 16 eggs. That was excellent news! My 1st IVF cycle they retrieved 12 and 1 cracked. I was really shocked too, this cycle my belly was much smaller and didn't feel so full but I am glad that 16 eggs were retrieved. Came home and slept all day and all night. Anesthesia sure does give you some good deep sleep.
So basically what happens is: They put me to sleep with IV sedation, have my legs up in a stir-up and they insert an ultrasound probe inside of my vagina with a needle attached to it. The probe goes in through the wall of the vagina towards the ovaries and into each ovarian follicle. The eggs are gently removed (sucked out) through the needle. After the egg retrieval the eggs go to the embryologist who puts them in an incubator and watches them for a few hours to let them mature. Once they mature the sperm sample is rinsed and then inseminated into the egg and they will be watched for the next 5 days right up to the egg transfer.
Yesterday, Sunday my doctor emailed me and told me she had good news. She said she had retrieved 16 eggs, 11 eggs matured and 9 fertilized. So I have 9 embryos that are growing in the lab. With a scheduled transfer date of Thursday. I am keeping my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that the 9 embryos are of good quality and that on Thursday I have 3 healthy looking ones to transfer. This time I will be transferring 3 embryos and we are hoping to god that one takes... or two... :-) I'm not trying to be selfish I would be happy if one took. I am trying to stay positive and optimistic and would be so heartbroken once again if one does not take. I put my body and mind through so much and nothing would make me happier then to have a successful IVF cycle. This cycle we passed on the genetic testing so I won't know the sex of the embryos on Thursday. I pray to God that all goes smoothly and that he can grant me the honor of being a mother. I know Robert would make an excellent father and I want to give him this honor. He hurts like I do. He questions "why us?" just like I do. Nothing would bring me greater joy then to give him some joy. He is a wonderful human being and an exceptional husband with so much love to give. I beg you lord that you please grant me this one request and I promise not to let you down.
So with that I leave you with...
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."