By: Heather Somaini
Eggs. Eggs. Eggs. That’s what my life revolved around on July 15th. I knew I was going in the following morning for another ultrasound. I wanted to know what was in there. How successful was I? My entire personal value was wrapped up in “how many” and “how big”.
July 16th… Today they found one at 20mm, 18mm, 16mm, 12mm, two at 17mm and two at 14mm on the right and one at 21mm, 19mm, 18mm, 17mm, 15mm, 14mm, 12mm and 11mm. Sixteen in all!! Woohoo!
July 17th… It feels like every day now I’m at the doctor’s, oh yeah – I am! I’m getting blood drawn and having ultrasounds EVERY DAY! They found seventeen follicles today – one at 21mm, 20mm, 17mm, 14mm, two at 19mm and three at 18mm on the right side and then one at 23mm, 18mm, 15mm, 14mm, 12mm, 11mm and two at 22mm on the left. Wow!
July 18th… The nurses called me. I was cooked. It wasn’t going to get any better. Seventeen follicles – not bad at all. They told me to take the HCG shot at 8:00 that night. Tomorrow is the big day! We’re going to truly find out if I can produce or not. It’s do or die time. Put up or shut up!
July 19th… Egg retrieval day! We’re scheduled for 10:45am. We went to the doctor’s office – the Advanced Reproductive Technology (ART) office is on the same floor – and I couldn’t even get irritated by the parking guy. We completed all the paperwork and one person after another came to tell me what would happen.
Eventually I changed into one of those oh-so-chic hospital gowns and the anesthesiologist came in to drug me up. Boy, did he do a good job. As they wheeled me on the gurney in to the procedure room, I had a very in-depth discussion with my doctor on how boring the ceiling tiles were in the hallway and that they really should consider changing them so that patients had something interesting to look at on their journey down the hall. Scintillating, I know!
I wish I could tell you more but the next thing I remember was waking up in the post-op area. I felt fine – a little groggy – but fine. They brought Tere in and let me get dressed. They retrieved 13 eggs and fertilized 10 of them. We had 10 embryos that were on their way to dividing. That’s what embryos do – one cell becomes two and then four and so on. The key to a successful IVF procedure was getting them to around 5 or 6 days and blastocyst stage or 70-100 cells.
The key for us now was to wait and see how well our future children passed their first test. Would they actually be able to divide timely and with good form?!
[Photo Credit: Flickr member: Zitona]