I first just have to say thank you to everyone for your sweet comments, advice, prayers and stories about your own experiences because they truly did calm my nerves and made the last couple of days better!
I have an egg retrieval story…
Egg retrieval was set for 2/14/2014 at 8:20 so Alex and I drove his stick shift car to the clinic. I was already feeling bigger and more uncomfortable than my last experience, and driving in Seoul is crazy and full of pot holes and speed bumps, and I was very nervous about not having any eggs and the retrieval being painful so every bump and pot hole I felt like my ovaries were going to burst, I felt so strange demanding my husband needs to drive more smooth and careful because of my huge ovaries!
We arrived early and I changed into the robe (this time I kept my socks on) and waited to get my IV put in. I had already made up my mind that I was going to ask them to try putting the IV in my arm instead of my hand, as last time they tried, unsuccessfully 5 times before they eventually put it in my arm, thankfully it worked the first time! After a couple of shots in the bum (I’m not exactly sure what it was for?) I was led into the Retrieval Room. I noticed 2 needles of medicine were put into the IV, my guess is one was for pain and one was for anti-anxiety, but they weren’t strong enough because I was as tense as a board and felt every move the Dr made! The Dr. did do a local anesthetic, and I had the sweet nurse by my side holding my hand the whole time, which was very nice. I went into this anticipating it was going to be as painful as some of my worst period cramps (I have fainted and vomited from the pain of menstrual cramps in the past, so I have intense pain when I get my period, some months worse than others, but its the worst pain I have to compare). On a scale from 1-10, I would give my worst cramps a 8-9, the womb scraping I would give a 7 and the egg retrieval I would give a 6. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t easy at all. Since I was completely awake, I got to watch the screen, and hear the suctioning of the eggs. It was pretty incredible, but again, I was in pain so I couldn’t enjoy it too much. One thing I was thankful for was a picture of the sweetest baby on the ceiling, reminding me of the whole reason we’re doing this, and when the nurse said about 5 minutes in, “We have seven eggs” I was so happy and let out a sigh of relief! We wont be repeating history!
All in all the retrieval took about 25-30 minutes and when we were through, the doctor told me we had a total of 35 eggs retrieved!! I couldn’t believe my ears, and I felt so much better afterwards than last time. I walked to the recovery bed and was ready to go home and get in comfies already! So now I’m home, drinking lots of gatorade with my feet up. I am so thankful. Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers!