So, 36 hours after my trigger shot Bill and I were sitting in the Syracuse office of CNY, signing all the paperwork and checks and preparing for retrieval. We both worked the 23rd, came home, saw the dogs and then got on the road. We ended up pulling into our hotel in Syracuse at around 1 am. All in all it was a pretty nice drive, despite being super uncomfortable for me.
We woke bright and early and got to CNY. We got there around 8:30 am, knowing we needed to fill out all of the paperwork still and do all of the financial stuff. The clinic itself is very, very nice. After waiting about 20 minutes, we signed everything, wrote the check, and then I got walked back to undress and prep for retrieval. The cool part about retrieval though was that after I was hooked up, Bill got to come in and sit next to me for the procedure. It was also amusing I guess, as when I am nervous/anxious I start to ramble alot, which I guess also translates to me fighting the anesthesia. Bill said I just kept talking past when he thought I should be out. When they started to bring me back out, 20 minutes later, he said I picked up, right where I had left off. The only thing I remember is talking about daydreams with the anesthetist and then waking up asking how many eggs they got.
They collected 17 eggs. Which was far more then I had thought they would get. After about 30-40 minutes of just hanging out, making sure I felt okay, I was cleared to get dressed and leave. From there, we got back on the road to head home. Downside to surgery though was that I hadn’t eaten, so we made a quick stop for lunch in downtown Syracuse at an amazing irish pub called Kitty Hoynes and we were back on the road.
The next day I got the call with my fertilization report. Out of 17 eggs, 10 were mature and 9 had been fertilized with ICSI. From there, the wait was on for day 5 when I would find out how many made it and for there transfer back.
Embryo’s I had left on day 5
Embryo’s I had left on day 5
The bottom bright spot is both embryo’s in my uterus.
The embryo’s we transferred.
For the transfer back we didn’t have the money for a hotel room so what we ended up doing was coming home on the 28th, we took a nap and woke up at 1 am and left to drive to Syracuse. We arrived back at CNY just in time for my 9 am transfer. Once I had been situated back in the transfer room, the Dr doing my transfer came in and gave me the piece of paper that showed how many embryo’s I still had that day. He said, well, there’s a problem, you have too many embryo’s! We looked over the sheet and all 9 were still hanging out. 2 or 3 obviously were not in great shape, but I looked to have at least 4-5 that would be okay.
After that he asked how many we wanted to transfer, 1 or 2, and without question we said 2. Bill and I had already discussed this at length and had decided that twins were a risk we were willing to take. The transfer itself while uncomfortable, wasn’t too bad. Once the 2 embryo’s were deposited back into my uterus I laid there for about 15 minutes and then we were back on the road. We both had to work the next day and were absolutely dead tired, so we hightailed it back home.
From there, all we could do is wait to find out the next day how many we had to freeze and for my test day, November 7th.