Tuesday, October 30, 2007


The egg retrieval went good. We got there at 10 am and they took us to our own room. They started prepping me right away. The bad part was once the IV needle was in I became faint and they had to lower my bed which helped. Once I got in the procedure room things happened fast. The nurses, doctors and medical assistants were efficient, personable and very informative. They got me in the bed, gave me oxygen, put me in these crazy stir-ups (not your typical stir-ups) and then started the drugs. The good, sweet, wonderful drugs. I was conscious but sedated. The doctors came in and I started talking football to one of them and then I don't remember much. I felt two little pinches as he was puncturing the wall to get to the eggs. That is all I remember. I was back in my room with Jaime in no time. I was so drugged up, my blood pressure was as low as 87/43. They nurses checked on me every 5 minutes. Dr. Sherbahn came in to report they got 6 eggs; not bad, not great but good. The nurses had to give us our finally instructions and we were on our way home. I was a little nauseous on the way home but once I got on my couch I started feeling better, just some slight cramps.

Today was got the fertilization report. Of the 6 eggs, 5 were good and they were able to ICSI the five (inject sperm directly into the egg) and 4 fertilized. Tentative embryo transfer set is set for Thursday.

I'm happy and sad. I'm happy to know I have good eggs. I'm happy to know that my eggs and his sperm can fertilize. But I'm sad that we are doing a three day transfer vs. a five day transfer. Usually a five day transfer has higher success rates. I'm also sad that we only got 6 eggs. Some women can get 20 or 30! But it's all numbers and it can get very overwhelming. I have to just stop thinking about it and continue to do what I can do to make this work. I have to let go, and trust the doctors and God.

So my feelings today were:
  • Great! They fertilized 4 eggs.
  • Only 4?
  • Why can't I get pregnant, I'm healthy, I take care of my body, I want a baby. I'm sick of people around me getting pregnant that aren't even planning it!
  • OK, at least we know my eggs are good.
  • We do have two more chances if this doesn't work.
  • God is in control.
  • I can't believe I have to get a 1 1/2 inch needle shoved into my rear tonight.
  • Wow, right now down in Gurnee, IL our babies are being created in a dish. Our babies. A piece of me and Jaime.
  • Just pray hard for strong embryos.
I'll let you know tomorrow how bad that progesterone shot really is. Ugh.


Melanie & Joel said...

Sounds like everything went well. I really enjoy reading your blog. It is extremely helpful to know I am not alone.

Marcy "meg" said...

Hey... it only takes one embroyo to work right? Don't get too down... this is all going to work out for you!

Let me know how that shot is... I have to start my stims next week! I have had those before... but not that progesterone shot. I didn't have those with the IUI superovulation cycles.

Good luck to you!

Sarah said...

Oooh! I know there are some drawbacks, but this sounds very positive! I prayed for you last night and will continue to. Just remember, you may "only" have 4 embryos, but it just takes one good one to stick. Even if you had 30, it just takes one. Good luck!!

Erin Nevicosi said...

Wow. What a crazy process. I wish you all the best and I'll keep praying. I already can't wait for more updates!!!!

I think I'm dying. said...

Good luck tomorrow with everything! I'm still hoping for all the best!

Elizabeth said...

"God is in control." I'm so glad that you have a strong faith and I know that you totally believe that statement. That's all you need to beleive!

I'm praying for you and hubby and am looking forward to the day when you can tell us your EDD!