Finally an update on my recent cycle. Everything went great. Better then great. I stimmed for 9 days in total, compared to 11 for my previous cycle. Our drive to Syracuse was uneventful, outside of the fact that we had a co-pilot this time by the name of Riley, and Bill got a ticket about 20 minutes outside of Syracuse. By the time we got into Syracuse, and I woke up on retrieval day I felt like a balloon about ready to burst.
We got into the clinic around 8 am, checked in and waited. I had prepaid this time to remove any possibility of there being an issue processing the payment on my FSA card, so all we’d had to do was sign our IVF consent forms. I got my patient bracelet and I was walked back. It took me a bit longer then usual to come around from anesthesia, but overall everything seemed to go well.
Then all I had to do was wait for the Dr that did my retrieval. Our total egg count this time?
Yes, you read that correctly, they retrieved 38 eggs from me. I’d been expecting maybe 20. To say I was shocked would be an understatement. Luckily our drive home was uneventful, as the amount of pain I was in this time was pretty high.
The next day I got the maturity report, which was the next biggest hurdle given my previous results. Out of the 38, they were able to inject (we do ICSI by default) 33 eggs and they all fertilized. After that call it was on to a 5 day wait to see how many made it to freeze.
The following Tuesday I got the call. Well, at least my voicemail did. Bill and I currently have 29 embryo’s in the freezer.
This retrieval is so much better then I’d even hoped. I’d prepared myself to hopefully have 6 embryo’s to try this time. We’d planned on my possibly having to do at least one more retrieval. With 29 embryo’s, our previous plans are basically out the window. My mind is just completely blown. Hearing those results and really letting them sink in has lifted a weight off my shoulders I hadn’t even realized existed.
Now it’s the wait till June to give my first transfer a try. To say I’m having a hard time waiting patiently would be an understatement.