Monday, I went in for the retrieval. Got there and they set me up with an IV in my wrist (first time for that spot!) for the anesthesia. Maybe 15 minutes later I was in the procedure room and was being told to let them know when I was feeling the good stuff, next thing I know I was being told it was over and to move over to a gurney. I was rolled into recovery and eventually met by my husband. I must have been falling in and out of sleep though because it felt like I was only in there 15 minutes before they said it was okay for me to leave but my husband says I was in there for over an hour. I got up from the bed and immediately felt nauseous and started sweating. Luckily, it didn't last long though and I didn't puke on the floor. We went home and I dozed in and out on the way.
My wrist IV
Once home, I settled in on the couch and fell back to sleep. I was in a lot of pain, but I was sure it would pass soon. I was wrong. I could not stand up without help, I could barely walk to the bathroom. It was awful. I barely slept at night. There was just no way to get comfortable and the Tylenol I was allowed to take for pain was not cutting it.
I planned to work from home Tuesday and get back to work Wednesday. That didn't happen. I couldn't work from home on Tuesday, balancing a laptop on my lap or bending forward to use it on a table was just not an option. I did work from home Wednesday and Thursday and started to finally feel a little better Thursday night. I'm not kidding when I say it felt like someone sliced every one of my stomach muscles and broke my ribs. And I've been through 2 kidney stones, 2 ruptured cysts, various leg and foot surgeries, this pain was serious!
Throughout the week, I got calls each day from the embryologist updating me on my 10 eggs. I started with 26 follicles, ended up with 10 eggs (some of the follicles were empty and some were actually cysts), 9 eggs fertilized. All 9 split twice and then 2 took the lead and the other 7 started to lag behind. I got the call Thursday saying my transfer would be the next day (yay, no waiting!). I drank my 18 oz. of water prior and went in ready to go. Only, I apparently didn't drink enough so they made me drink more water and said they 'd be back in 20 minutes. About an hour later they returned and I felt like I was going to burst! The transfer is not painful just uncomfortable because your bladder is so full and they are all up in there with a clamp and a syringe and the they're using the ultrasound thing on your full stomach. It was pretty cool watching them release the embryos (we transferred 2) on the monitor.
All my boys keeping me company on the couch (and the laundry)
Wiley peeking at me from behind my pillow
My friend's five year old daughter started talking to me about the baby in my belly on Monday, I was totally caught off guard. And then a few more times that evening she would say something about me being pregnant. They say kids know these things, so we'll see! The funny part was, when I asked her if I was having a boy or girl she responded with, "I don't know!" Like it was the craziest thing I ever asked her. Ha. I guess she doesn't know everything! But let's hope she's right about one thing!