Sunday, October 9, 2011

Grow, Baby, Grow!

Getting ready for the Harvest!

It's been a long 5 days!  It seems like forever since I posted.  Egg Retrieval was Thursday morning at 8:30 am.  Things couldn't have gone more smoothly.  I will say that I completely understand how someone could become addicted to Propofol- you are out in 5 seconds and you wake up alert as soon as it's turned off.  There's no drugged feeling when you come out of surgery, which was fabulous-  Paul has a tendency to make fun of me for hours when I'm given Valium, Versed or Fentanyl.   However, it obviously has it's downsides.  Hello, Michael Jackson- forgetting to breathe has very dire consequences!  I'm just glad that my drugs were administered under closely monitored circumstances by well-trained professionals (and in a hospital to boot!).  But I digress...

As I was saying,  the retrieval was a complete success.  Our official fertilization report was:

33 Eggs were retrieved
31 Eggs were mature
27 Eggs were successfully fertilized via ICSI

I cried when I got off of the phone with my nurse- these are awesome numbers!  I was shocked, given our slow start.  I like to think that it's due to the awesome Lucky Socks that my mom gave me.  They were perfect.  Fuzzy and super soft, with pink, blue and white stripes.  I wore them for every appointment.  I'm not kidding.  They looked ridiculous with my running shoes, but who cares, right?  The OR staff loved them.

Me and my Lucky Socks!

So what next?  We won't hear anything else until Tuesday, when the embryologist will check in on our little guys again to see which ones have continued to grow well.  God, please let those embryos grow!  The healthy ones will be biopsied and then frozen.  And we will wait again- this time for the CCS results that will tell us which ones are genetically normal, thus suitable for transfer.  Hopefully we'll slide in before the lab closes December 1st for yearly cleaning.  I could be pregnant for Christmas!  Or not, but it's good to stay positive.

The need for a frozen transfer has actually been wonderful, because I ended up with moderate OHSS and it's pretty miserable.  I've gained 13 lbs of fluid since Thursday, and am super short of breath.  Oh, the things we'll do for stuff we really, really want!


  1. What amazing numbers!!! Oh my gosh I am so so happy for you :) I'm sorry to hear about the OHSS - that sounds awful! I'm keeping everything crossed for you and your embies! Grow grow grow!!!

  2. Those ARE good numbers!! High hopes and prayers for you. :) Sorry about the OHSS, that sounds miserable.