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Home from the hospital

We are home from the hospital and I am resting in bed.  Things went smoothly and quickly, C said I was only gone about 20 minutes.  The waiting to be brought up to the OR was the longest part.  I am glad though that we were there so early, I was tired enough that I really didn’t think about being worried or nervous.  There were many others there for retrieval, as well, I think we were the fourth or fifth in line.  Finally it was my turn and up we went.  I have never had any kind of surgery before, except my wisdom teeth extracted, so i was just a little anxious.  They moved so quickly when we got up to the OR, Dr. D came into the hall to check in with me and see if I had any questions.  Then I was surrounded by nurses, anesthesiologists and whoever else is up there; they busily attached the monitors and oxygen hose.  Just before putting me under they realized it was my birthday, all wished me a happy birthday and told me that is good luck!  I said I sure hope so!   Next thing I knew I felt a little groggy, they started putting my legs in the stirrups and the last thing I remember is the end of the table dropping out from under my butt.

I came to briefly afterwards, long enough for Dr. D to tell me how many eggs they got, then I think I fell asleep again.  Next thing I knew, I was back downstairs and the person transporting me was asking the nurses what room I was supposed to be in – I held up three fingers because I had been in room three.  I got settled back in my room, the nurse got me some crackers and water right away, I asked if anyone had told C that I was back, then I glanced at my right hand.  Before the procedure Dr. D told me she would write the number of eggs on my hand, it said six just as she had told me upstairs.  I was just a tiny bit disappointed when she told me six.  While I was waiting for C to return, Dr. D called to talk to me now that I was more awake.  She told me the embryologist said all six eggs looks very good, she said she was thrilled and they would call tomorrow to let us know how many they fertilized.  I felt better after talking to her; I am going to remain positive and believe that they will fertilize all six.

Now that we have been home for a little more than an hour, I am pretty uncomfortable, actually in a little pain.  For about an hour or more afterwards it just felt like I had menstrual cramps, which was annoying but not really painful.  Now I am in some pain.  It is worse than just menstrual cramps.  I haven taken my steroid, my antibiotic, two Tylenol, had some water and ate some oatmeal.  Now I think I need to sleep and hope I feel better when I wake up.  Then to decide when to do the first PIO injection.  Oh boy.

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Peanut M&Ms

One of the reasons I love my husband is his sense of humor.  We decided to go to a movie this afternoon and walking from the theater to the car I was whining a little and holding my abdomen.  With each step I take there is a painful twinge; I said it feels like my ovaries are just jiggling around in there and it hurts!  C said it’s like my ovaries are filled with peanut M&Ms.  I burst out laughing because it is kind of true.  When you look at the ultrasound photo, they do look like peanut M&Ms.  The follicle is the chocolate and candy coating, and the oocyte is the peanut!  I love it, what a great visual.  It is good to keep your sense of humor through this IF journey.

While we were at the movie the clinic left a voice mail, they told me to ignore the previous instructions given and be at the hospital at 6:30 AM (instead of 8:30).  I am not a morning person!  But I will gladly go in earlier to get these little guys fertilized and on their way to being big healthy embryos.  So by 9:00 they should be extracting my little “peanuts”.  The thought crossed my mind that the reason they must have moved me up is they had to cancel someone’s procedure, that is very sad.  If that is the case I feel very bad for the person.

The hospital also called this afternoon, they still have me on the schedule for 10:30, but said I should follow the clinic’s instructions.  So now I am pre-registered, all that is left to do is a load of laundry, a late light dinner, get my things ready to take with me (a book, maxi pads…), take a shower and get a good night’s sleep!  I hope I am able to sleep, I don’t feel nervous or anxious yet, but that will come I am sure.  I’m not scared about the procedure, just get anxious about the results, as I am sure everyone in this position does.  I am keeping positive thoughts and know that the few family members who know are sending their positive thoughts, too.  Just can’t help but be a little nervous.

Sorry this is such a rambling post, I guess that shows my nervousness starting to surface.  Wish me luck!  I will post again tomorrow after a little recovery time.

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We are set

I got the call this afternoon from nurse A, we are good to go on Saturday.  I take my HCG injection tonight at 11:30 PM, I think I can stay up late for this one.  We are to arrive at the hospital at 8:30 AM on Saturday, with the procedure scheduled for 10:30.  I can’t believe we are finally here, it has been such a long journey.  It was 28 months ago we started trying, 22 months since we found out I am fertile and started semen analysis, 14 months since C’s varicocele surgery and 8 months since we were told IVF w/ICSI was our only option.  It was a journey I never expected to have to take, but now that we are here, I am very thankful the option is available to us and for all of the support from friends and family along the way.

It feels like a weight has been lifted, I know we still have a very important part of the journey left, but leading up to this part it feels like you are always waiting for that other shoe to drop.  In fact today, waiting for the nurse to go over the ultrasound results, I got a huge sense of dread!  I just felt like in the last 24 hours something bad came up and we are going to have to delay again.  I know it is senseless that something could go wrong so quickly, but I couldn’t chase that feeling away.  I was so excited when nurse A told me it was a great cycle, everything looks good and we are set.  She was even excited for us, and that was great to see, it made me feel good that she was invested in this, too.  While we have had a few issues with the clinic, lab and their processes, I have always liked the people and today reaffirmed that for me.

Tomorrow I get a break from injections and blood work and ultrasounds, C took the day off and we are going to enjoy ourselves.  We have a few things to take care of, such as a trip to the vet for both the cat and dog, and I do have to stop at the clinic because I don’t have any of the 18 gauge needles for the PIO so they are giving me a few, but otherwise the day is ours!  Maybe a movie, lunch at a restaurant we have been wanting to try and just enjoying a stress free day together.  I am looking forward to it!

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