Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Egg Retrieval - "12 is my new favorite number"
Okay, so first things first. How many eggs did they retrieve? 12. A perfect number for eggs as they typically come in a dozen! J was the one who told me how many eggs they retrieved and I guess I have seen so many large numbers from other girls that I thought 12 was low but the two Dr.'s who did the retrieval seemed genuinely excited with this number. When J told me they retrieved 12 I was just waking up and I apologized the number was so low but after J told me what he researched regarding ER numbers, I feel at peace with the number 12. 12 eggs on the 12th of May as J said. Perfect. I just hope they are healthy and mature.
Our morning started early. We were due at the Dr. at 6:45 AM but a huge storm came through St. Louis and woke us up at around 3:00. J and I got up and prepared for the day and talked a little bit about what was in store. He had ER questions so I showed him a couple of blogs and I think that helped. So we finally left for the Dr. and arrived right on time. We were there before the office opened so we had to ring a buzzer. We were greeted promptly by a nice lady from the OR and taken back to our room and I was told to get dressed in a gown, hat and booties. Another nice nurse came in and told us what to expect for today and the next few days and then Dr. C and Dr. K came in and shared more information. I felt at ease knowing I was in good hands. Anesthesia came in and drew blood for a study I am participating in and started an IV, a kiss good bye to Jamie and I was walked to the Operating room. I was in there two minutes tops and I remember feeling the effects of the drugs while my feet were placed in stirrups. I vaguely remember being told to scoot over to another bed after the retrieval was over and then I woke up in my room. The whole procedure was about an hour. I was back in my room at 8:40. A nurse came to check on me and told me she was going to get my husband. He came in a few minutes later and gave me a thumbs down sign...this wasn't in reference to the eggs but rather in reference to the "collection room". We had come up with a plan earlier that he would give me a thumbs up or thumbs down first thing indicating whether the room was nice or not. He did very well though and the nurse said his specimen looked good.
I had some apple juice and a Graham cracker and after an hour and a half in recovery we left. I took it easy on the sofa for most of the day and had a nap around noon. J was so nice as to get me lunch complete with flowers and a card. Love that guy. His mother, Nancy, came over later and brought a card and a beautiful bracelet too. The card read "12 is my new favorite number" on the inside and the bracelet said "dream". It was so nice and it turns out I have been dreaming today. I've been day-dreaming about my eggs and J's sperm in the petri dish. Hoping they are playing nice and even visualizing a sperm penetrating one of the eggs as I drifted off to sleep this afternoon. I hope that is what's happening. A perfect egg and a perfect sperm playing nice and making a perfect baby.
First fertilization report comes tomorrow. There will be either a three or five day transfer. So Saturday or Monday is what we can expect. I am sore and crampy today but I am headed back to work tomorrow to save my payed time off for next week when I will really want to be home and rest provided there is a transfer. I will close with a couple of pictures. Me after the surgery and J on a business call working from the hospital.
Posted by Amber C at Wednesday, May 12, 2010