Friday, August 7, 2009

Egg Retrieval Day: 15+? Try 43!!

No, that's not a typo, and no I'm not dyslexic.

They got 43 eggs!

I am totally blown away by that. Is there such thing as too many?!? (Being half serious about that.) This ovary is like the little engine that could. :)

I am super curious to see what tomorrow's mature count and fertilization report brings. Right now I can't even wrap my head around it. What if we have fertilization in the upper 20s even? Could we realistically expect to have embryos in the high teens? That would be insane. A blessing, but totally unbelievable!

As far as the procedure itself, it wasn't bad at all. We arrived right on time and I was immediately taken back to get dressed (gotta love those one-size-fits all gowns), the IV was started, then they gave us our new calendar and instructions for after the procedure (what to do, not to do, etc) and showed us how to do the PIO IM shots.

Then, when they were ready for me, they had me walk back to the procedure room, undo the back of my gown and put my legs in the holders (always a good time). At that time they administered the anesthesia through the existing IV... it wasn't but a couple minutes and the everything got blurry and after that I don't really remember anything until I was back in the recovery area. Actually, now that I think about it, I never even saw Dr. Ahlering. Funny stuff! I think the entire ER itself took maybe 20 minutes or so. I did remember feeling a slight bit of pain during the procedure, but it was bearable and I just went back to sleep. After that we spent about another 20 minutes in the recovery area before they wheeled me out to the car. That was it. Pretty darn simple.

Can I just say how much I love my husband. He's been so stinkin sweet to me! He stopped to get me a drink on the way home, dropped by the chocolate store to get some fresh hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, blueberries and rasberries :) (totally his idea!) and lunch from the Bread Co. And, about 10 minutes ago, two vases of fresh flowers arrived at the house. Yeah, he's a keeper ;-)

Side effect to speak of... An hour or so after the procedure (at home), after eating a little bread and drinking some water, I started feeling nauseous and threw up. Twice. That was fun. I'm also bleeding a decent amount, which they said could happen, and a bit of cramping/soreness. I've found that if I lie down it's much better, so I'll be couching it the rest of the day.

That is, until the dreaded PIO shots. Wish us luck with those. Pray even, because I am quite anxious about the whole thing. If all else fails, it'll be "no pain, no gain" that I'll be cheering over and over. :)

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'Murgdan' August 7, 2009 at 5:03 PM  

Wow! my husband just said..."Wow! She's a chicken!"

That is awesome...can't wait to hear more.

Anonymous August 7, 2009 at 7:42 PM  

I am so happy for you! Have a great weekend, relax and get ready for some babies! I'll be checking frequently for updates. (:

The Swann's August 7, 2009 at 8:40 PM  

I had to read the message multiple times and then I told Charles and he was like what did you just say???? HAHAHA! Absolutely amazing!!!! I cannot wait to hear the report for tomorrow!!!! :-) Good thing Jay gave two samples as I'm sure they'll be picking the best from both for that bunch of eggies! I wonder, what is the most eggs ever retreived??? :-)

Jay certainly went out of his way to show how much he appreciates you and that is just so sweet!!! I'd say a keeper for sure. :-)

Rest. Relax. Drink Gatorade. :-) Still praying!!!

Fran August 8, 2009 at 4:17 AM  

FORTYTWO!!! 42!! oh my God, how are you feeling? it's a great number but really high, please please please my friend rest as much as possible, drink and keep an eye on OHSS. Wishing you a fabulous fert report, do your clinic mature eggs in vitro also? that would be fantastic! What a crop, can't get my head around it!! thinking of you so much. Love, Fran

Maureen August 8, 2009 at 8:31 AM  

HOLY EGGS!! :o) Wow, that is just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! That's got to be some kind of record for only one ovary! Definitely take care of yourself and keep the reports coming...I can't wait for more good news for you too!

Jessica August 22, 2009 at 9:37 AM  

Wow!!! 43 on 1 ovary?? That is awesome!!! We are doing our first IVF cycle and my retrieval is tomorrow morning...I'm so nervous that something is going to go wrong! Trying to stay positive though. Your blog is a great inspiration:)

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