(This post jumps around more than a Vonnegut novel...but it is really how it all felt.)
So on Wednesday we had the egg retrieval. I had been feeling pretty crappy the days before, but the day of I wasn't feeling bad at all. It's a quick wham, bam, thank you ma'am procedure, where you go in they knock you out, they stick a needle through your vaginal wall and into each ovary stealing the eggs. It takes 15-30 minutes. I handle the anesthesia well and hopped right up and was ready to go both times. This time though I was fine as I got home but then started to be in quite a bit of pain. Then it started hurting when I would breathe ...all the way to my collar bone. I couldn't lay down and I was miserable. It turns out I had some over stimulation, probably because they couldn't retrieve all of the eggs due to respiratory issues I was having. If I laid down I was in excruciating pain from my belly button to my right shoulder. And I was exhausted so all I wanted to do way lie down.
I was worried because they had only retrieved 6 eggs. Last time they retrieved 19 and only had 4 that were mature enough and only 2 that fertilized. So now I felt like the odds were really against us. I was scared that they were going to call and say we had no mature eggs. We were still at Shady Grove when the doctor told us this and I almost wanted to fight and say ..no let's go back in and try to get more. I didn't.
The next day, even though I couldn't breathe I was thrilled to hear that once again we had 4 mature eggs and that this time 3 had fertilized! I was so excited that I didn't even tell the doctor the pain I was in. (Later when it became unbearable I did call and tell the nurse.)
So now on day 2 post retrieval we still have 3 good embryos. (And though my abdomen still hurts, it stopped hurting when I breathe.) We have an appointment to put them back in tomorrow. Now we could still receive a call saying to wait until Monday, but we have to be ready for tomorrow. I am excited and nervous. It will take two weeks after the transfer to find out at the office if we are pregnant. I will cheat and pee on a stick before that. I am just not patient enough to wait.
This round of IVF has been much more rough on me than the last one. I am looking forward to the bed rest after the transfer because I could really use a nap.
(As a TMI side note I have to take pill in my vagina 3 times a day to keep my uterus fluffy.)