Wednesday, December 1

needles, drugs and nineteen eggs


I survived the egg retrieval!!  This is me..giving myself a huge pat on the back.  To be honest, it was not as bad as I had imagined... well that and the fact that I was somehow able to not get myself too worked up pre procedure.

We arrived at the clinic at seven thirty am.  A not so friendly nurse brought us into an until today unknown area of the clinic called the recovery room.  She swiftly instructed us to change into a gown for me and scrubs for Andrew.  She then tried her best to give Andrew the boot into the lab so he could um... take care of business.  He could tell that I was not loving this lady so he stuck around so she could stick me with a giant needle... that I failed to feel thanks to emla cream.  After that lovely needle I started to feel relaxed and Andrew left while I got the IV line.  My veins were awesome this morning and she got it on the first try.

Time seemed to fly by and the next thing I knew I was lying on the procedure table with Andrew by my side.  This morning I requested that Andrew ensure that I would be shown no medical equipment, be spared the step-by-step this is what we are doing to you rant, and that any video screens would be promptly turned away.  Control freak...maybe... but the lack of medical knowledge really worked for me.... well that and the drugs.  When it comes to an egg retrieval just say yes to drugs. 

I do remember the reproductive endocrinologist telling me about her daughter's flat tire.  I also remember dropping a couple of f-bombs in particularly unpleasant times.  Most of all though I remember Andrew whispering to me that I am awesome and that I was doing so well.  Well that and I remember hearing someone updating the doctor on the egg count periodically.

She retrieved nineteen eggs.  I may be exhausted but we are definitely thrilled. 

Now we are not out of the anxiety riddled state yet in this stage, as we still are awaiting the fertilization report which we will receive tomorrow.

Thank you all so much for your warm and encouraging comments yesterday!  I am definitely so thankful for your ongoing support.

14 comments:

  1. Awesome number! Get lots of rest! I'm glad everything went well for you today.

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  2. You are an egg making machine!!! Congrats on 19 that is fabulous. You will be able to freeze tons. How many embies are you guys planning to transfer. Glad to hear it wasn't too bad but I know I have no pain tolernce. I actually don't really want hubby in the room. I know that most people would enjoy the support but I just want to be able to scream and cry without worrying that he will think I am a wuss!
    Anyways,I am so happy for you guys and I hope you get tons of perfect little embryos!!!!

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  3. 19 is amazing!! Thinking embryo-growing thoughts in your direction.

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  4. Awesome job!!!! Yea for so many eggies!

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  5. Wow, Ashley, big congrats on surviving ER and of course on 19 beautiful eggs. Now, to those little ones - fertilize, divide, and grow, grow, grow!!!!

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  6. Incredible!!! Congratulations that is an amazing number!!! Hoping for a wonderful fertilization report!

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  7. I can't wait for the report tomorrow! Yay for 19 eggs!

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  8. You've made me feel much better about egg retrievals if I end up going that route also. I am so nervous about it and agree that not seeing/hearing anything medical is the way to go. Congrats on such wonderful numbers!!

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  9. It sounds very promising! Congratulations! I really had no clue about egg retrieval procedure until a friend of mine told me about one she had a month ago. She is pregnant now. I am crossing my finger for you.

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  10. WOW, awesome numbers! Hoping for an equally awesome fert report :)

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  11. What great news! I'm so glad that it went smoothly, and what can I say about the 19 eggs? 19 feels like a very lucky number to me (my b-day is on April 19), so I can only imagine wonderful outcomes out of your 19 eggs.
    Rest well, lovely.

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  12. Woohoooo! LOL @ dropping f-bombs!! You did great, momma-to-be!!

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