We had the egg retrieval yesterday. We arrived at the clinic at 8:30 to sign in and present our IDs. I went over to the other office while Steve gave his sample. When he got done, they took us back to the room and gave me the shot of dilaudid, the narcotic painkiller. It was an IM injection, so the nurse was able to review the procedure with Steve to perpare him for giving me the progesterone injections. I got halfway undressed and got up on the table. I think we were alone for about 20 minutes in order to allow the drug to take effect. It made me feel funny and kind of weird. Eventually the doc and nurse came back to set stuff up. He cleaned my cervix and gave me a few local numbing injections. I really didn't feel anything but some discomfort, like when you are getting a pap. He got the ultrasound hooked up and then started the actual retrieval. Steve was able to stay in the room and watch everything. The doc took a very large needle, (from what Steve said, I didn't look) and started injecting it into the follicles to draw off the fluid and egg. It was cool to see the follicles shrivel up on the ultrasound. It wasn't really painful, I just felt pressure when he stabbed the needle into each follicle. As he was getting the liquid, he was handing the vials through a little door in wall to the embyologist in the other room. That person was the one who was finding the eggs in the fluid. We got 7 eggs all together. Afterwards the nurse gave me some water and let me rest. My mouth was extremely dry. They eventually helped me sit up and get dressed. She gave me a sanitary pad, but I started to bleed right through it and my underwear the second I stood up. I went into the bathroom and passed a few huge clots. I think the nurse got a little freaked out because she had me get back on the table and called the doc back into the room. He checked everything and said I looked OK, it is normal to bleed and pass a few clots from the punctures in the vaginal wall. I went back into the bathroom to clean up a little more. The nurse gave me a baggie for my underwear and a chux pad for my pants. Luckly I just had to walk a short distance to the car and the trip home was about 20 minutes. I went straight to bed when I got home (after I changed my clothes). I was feeling very tired and nauseous, and I slept most of the day. I was able to eat a little bit for dinner and I felt better afterwards.
Today I am feeling OK, just sore. I am still spotting a little, but that is normal. The lab called. They said of the 7 eggs, 6 were good and 4 fertilized. We are all set to transfer on Tuesday. I hope my little guys keep on growing Now we have to decide how many to transfer...
We left out one that was still only 2 cells, it probably stopped developing. Who knows, maybe it will surprise us and it will be able to be frozen.
The transfer was so anticlimatic, like a pap smear. They set the timer and I laid there for 15 minutes afterwards. I am trying really hard to be on bed rest, but it is not easy with Carter around. My MIL is here to help, but it is hard for me to just stay on the couch all day, I feel guilty. Now I hope they are making themselves at home
This 2WW is really kicking my butt. I am thinking about being pregnant constantly. I've been surfing the internet for anything about people that have had IVF and then have gotten pg- how many embryos did they transfer, day 3 or 5, what was their protocol, did they have bedrest, did they eat pineapple?? Yes, I am eating pineapple I read that it helps implantation, so what the heck, I like it, so why not eat it. Steve hasn't called me on it yet, so I'll just keep that detail to myself. My Beta is so far away, I'm in agony!!! Well, here are my symptoms for what they are worth (most of them I think should be chalked up to the PIO injections- but maybe in a little more than a week we can call them early pregnancy symtoms)
1. Enormous and very sore BBs
2. Big bloated tummy- My jeans are so snug, I have to open them up when I sit on the couch
3. Voracious appetite
4. Constipation- I bought some prunes for this one- Carter likes them too, but I have to cut him off or we will have a very bad diaper situation
If I'm not pregnant, I'm surely on my way to obesity
I have a job interview next week too I really need to investigate some daycares for Carter. I only work a few days a week, so it shouldn't be too bad. Wouldn't they love me if I start working and then tell them I am pregnant- Oh well What would really suck is if it doesn't work this time, the next time I will have to go through the IVF while working too. Let's hope we don't have to go there.
I decided to not POAS ahead of time. I did that for all 4 IUIs, all BFN. This time I thought I would just wait, but I am going to need some restraint because I really really really want to know!!
I'm still in the 2WW and still going crazy. I am trying to keep busy. If I have time on my hands, I start to obsess. I am not trying to read too much into symptoms because I think that is driving me crazy too. Here they are, for what it is worth: 1. sore BBs 2. GAS 3. fatique
4. I have this feeling of pressure in my belly- it is probably nerves Monday is so far away!!!
I had a job interview yesterday. It went well. I have to go back to meet the staff. The director mentioned something about working on Saturdays, but I'm not too keen on that idea. I also toured a daycare for Carter. It is a really great situation because the wife of my husband's good friend from highschool is the director, so I don't really need to worry.
I feel like this 2WW has gone from bad to worse. I am sitting here in tears because I feel like AF is approaching. Steve asked me if I wanted to test early this weekend. I really don't want to. I will just scream if I see another BFN. I know that he wants to be with me when I get the news on Monday, but he will be at work. It will probably be better that he is not home because if it is bad news, I am just going to want to crawl in a hole and cry.
I must look pretty silly right now, I had a dentist appointment earlier today and half my face is numb right now from the novacane. Crying with a half numb face... really kind of pathetic.
I'm still feeling down and trying to prepare for a BFN. I really have no idea how I can be pregnant at this point. The spotting seems to be increasing and I feel a little crampy. I think the PIO is just delaying the inevitable. I'm trying really hard to keep it together. We have good friends coming over today, and I really don't want to fall apart.