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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

So, the retrieval:

We arrived at the surgery center at 9:00, and were admitted almost immediately. The worst part of the prep was the IV. It's amazing- I've been stuck with a needle in the stomach over 30 times in the last 20 days, I've had blood drawn from my arm almost the same number of days, plus many times randomly over the summer. But an IV? Yikes.

I found myself very emotional most of the day yesterday. This was a big step...a HUGE step in our baby process.

The surgery itself went well. They took out 10 eggs, which is good.

Waking up from surgery did not go so well. When I had polyps removed at the end of July, I woke up and felt great. Yesterday I woke up and felt like I was going to vomit, and like someone was kicking my stomach. Not good. I was given pain meds and a container in case if I threw up. When the pain meds weren't strong enough, I was given more. Then the nurse made me stand up and walk around, during which time I thought my uterus might actually fall out.

Somehow I got home and slept for a good part of the afternoon. When I woke up, I felt almost human. I made some chicken and rice because I was starving, and thought food might help. After dinner, I fell asleep on the couch from 8:00-9:00, then gave up and went to bed.

I slept until 6:00 today when Bruce got up for school, then fell back asleep until 8:30. It was blissful (other than the roofers banging around outside). I feel better today than yesterday. Not as much cramping, and I'm able to sit more comfortably.

Today I started Estrace pills and Progesterone inserts. The goal is to make my uterus lining thicker and more able to welcome the embryo.

I will also be getting a call today about how my babies are doing. They fertilized them yesterday when they were retrieved, and will be notifying us daily with their progress.

(Also, I like the sound of that- my babies. :) )
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