I’ve completed 12 days of fertility shots which looking back weren’t that bad, although there were many days I just wanted it all to be over. I had a lot of anxiety when reviewing all of the side effects especially when I began feeling them. God and I had many conversations about this anxiety, and I began to learn that He meets me where I am at, giving me peace as I slowing gave up that control. Thank you Lord!
At our initial appointment, the doctor indicated that I would be a “good responder” to the medications. So, he put me on a low dose, and boy, was he ever right! “You have too many eggs. I can’t count them all,” he said this past Wednesday. He estimated 15-20 eggs on either ovary, and he anticipated being able to retrieve around 30-40. YIKES!!! Of course we won’t need 30-40, and prefer only one to really take hold, but as the process continues not all of the eggs will survive.
So far I’ve experienced a mild form of Ovarian Hyperstimulation syndrome, where the ovaries become very swollen and painful. At times I feel like I’m 9 months pregnant, where my stomach feels like it has shifted up into my chest, making it difficult to breath and constantly making me feel full. I also have to sleep on my back as my sides make me feel top heavy when lying on my sides.
This past Friday they said, “You’re ready!” My eggs were 18-20mm large and ready to be retrieved on Sunday (tomorrow). I told the doctor I felt like a stinkin’ salmon. So many precious eggs. Maybe I should swim up stream!! 🙂 Here is a picture of all of my salmon eggs (left and right ovaries)….
Tomorrow I will arrive at the fertility clinic at 6:30 am to be prepped; meet the md, embryologist, and anesthesiologist, start an iv, etc. The procedure is scheduled for 7:30am and will last 15-20 minutes given the number of eggs I have. I guess it is usually 10 minutes long normally. Yesterday, a phone call from the clinic informed me that my progesterone levels came back too high that morning and implanting the eggs during this month would not be wise as it would result in a failed pregnancy. I guess my body just happen to be just a day or so off and there is a big concern for desycronization of the embryos when implanted. So, they will retrieve the eggs tomorrow, inject them with Todd’s thawed out sperm, and the crycopreserve (freeze) them all on Monday. In February (date yet to be determined), they will implant them!
The thing about Mild Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome is it can get worse… once they retrieve my eggs, those follicles the large circles that “housed” all the eggs begin to fill back up with fluid from my body. If the ovaries continue to do this I will begin to retain all of the fluid around my abdomen leaving the rest of my body dehydrated. So, pray that my body will adjust well in the days to follow tomorrow’s procedure and that there is no worsening of these symptoms.
Todd came down with pneumonia this past week and has been down for the count. He’s been on strong antibiotics which have made him feel much better, though he continues to be easily fatigued (which quickly happens with our 3 year old munchkin!). Praise the Lord, my mother flew up to take care of me during these IVF events, and to watch Darby so Todd and I can recover. Thanks mom! You’re the best!! Pray for quick healing for all of us, and lots of patience and energy for my mom 🙂
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