So yes, sixteen eggs! Wow! I hope that one of those will develop into a healthy baby in the end and that a good number of them are healthy enough for freezing.
12 hours ago (9am) we arrived at the clinic and I swear that it felt like a movie – “Gattaca” to be precise. It was a very quick procedure and we left shortly before noon.
We arrived and then shortly after checking it they whisked us off to the other side. The nurse told me to change into a gown and then give a urine sample. For the love of god, why can’t hospital gowns be logical?! I tried the gown on 3 or 4 different times both ways (ties in the front and then ties in the back) But either way was either uncomfortable choking-like or easy to lose my dignity. I settled for ties in the front but the nurse quickly told me it was on backwards but as long as I was comfortable it was fine. I ended up changing it to ties in the back because there was a robe and slippers too.
So then the IV gets started and I got a little emotional. Mostly because IVs hurt but also because it was just weird going in to “get pregnant”. I know that the overwhelming feeling of wanting a child is the most natural thing in the world and that the method that it happens is second to that, but still…at that moment it was just weird.
The nurse went over after procedure care and said not to lift heavy things or vacuum etc. Quick wittedly I reply with, “Oh don’t worry, I don’t do any of that anyways!” You’ve got to always keep the humor in a stressful situation 🙂
Then we got transferred to a little waiting room. It seemed very spa-like and relaxing. A few doctors and an embryologist came in to confirm details and medications and then that was it – off I went to the OR!
Imagine huge room with a bed in the middle with dim lights and one big giant vag-jay-jay light. The stirrups were for my legs calves and knees to rest in (no more dignity anymore if you know what I mean). Two side arm rests for the arm with the IV and then for a blood pressure cuff to go on the other one. Oxygen tubes go in my nose (stinky plastic!) and heart rate stickers on my chest. The nurses were really awesome – all of them. The doctors too (of course) but the nurses were super attentive. I was surprised that I wasn’t fully knocked out because they said I would feel the poke of needle but that would be it. It was about it. Just a few needles, yeah it was uncomfortable but I was pretty out of it with the drugs and don’t remember much pain at all. I was more troubled with the anxiety of the procedure as I walked into the OR than the actual procedure.
I don’t remember much of being in recovery. Just waking up here and there – but I was in a deep dozing state for about an hour tops. They gave me water and cookies, took the IV out, I got changed and then we left. I wasn’t in a lot of pain at all. I was just mostlydozyand slept in the car on the way home and then crashed on the couch the minute we got home. Nick made me a sandwich and then I slept for a good 3-4 hours. I woke up feeling refreshed and a lot less bloated – empty I guess because they rescued the eggs that were taking up a lot of real estate in my abdomen 😉
I’m feeling a bit of cramping now, but it’s pretty minor. I got T3s from the doctor in case I needed them. I’m looking forward to a more comfortable sleep tonight, but first I should cut up the pineapple that’s on my counter.
Thanks so much for the words of encouragement from everyone 🙂 They helped me feel a bit more relaxed knowing that I have people rooting for me! We haven’t really made it public that we are going through the procedure. Our friends and family know that we are doing IVF but they don’t know that we have started.