Let’s Make a Baby: Day 22- Egg retrieval day has arrived!

So lots has happened over the past few days & I am pretty sure I’ve experienced every possible emotion : anxiety, fear, happiness, surprise, dread, hope, confusion…you get the idea.

It started 2 days ago when I went for my day 20 scan and found out one of my larger follicles had ruptured (which explained the sharp pain I felt the night before) and that my lining had shed 1.5mm and my estrogen was still higher than the doctor wanted. I was told not to panic (yah right) that things are still looking very hopeful. I was told I have been overstimulated, which was to be expected with the high dose meds, and thats probably why the ruptured follicle.

Best way to fix overstimulation is to get those eggs out! I was triggered that night with a half dose of 5000units of Hcg 💉 & retrieval was scheduled for 0930am Friday (today)!! 😁👌 Here we go!!

Now to explain how they do an egg retrieval: they use a long needle that they poke through the vaginal wall into every follicle (I had 15) & suck out the eggs (remember not every follicle will have an egg). Let me tell you, this experience is not a pleasant one. Last time I did this it hurt so bad tears streamed down my face the entire time. I was beyond nervous about having this done again -one time should have been enough!! I asked for extra drugs this time and the Doctor happily complied & boy what a difference it made 👍😴. I still felt pain but not nearly to the extent of last time. He said its because of the position of my ovaries and my uterus being tilted and retrograde (tilted backwards)

Now for the good news, we were able to retrieve 9 eggs from the 15 follicles. YAY! Who would of imagined this was even possible. Even our Dr was pleasantly surprised. I was praying for 8 so 9 is just fantastic!! 😁🙌 I always knew I was a bit of an over-achiever haha. Mike and I are over the moon with joy and hope! Time to cook those eggs!🥚🍳

This pic was taken right after the eggs were retrieved & we got the good news!

Now the wait until tomorrow for the call- how many eggs were mature, fertilized & were actually growing (this was the issue last time as they would just stop maturing/growing. They call this “arresting”). We are nervous as last time we didn’t get good news…but I have a good feeling things are different this time. 🙏👫💛 I head back to Toronto on Monday for a special Matris ultrasound that checks quality & stickiness of the endometrial lining to ensure it is good for embryo transfer on Wednesday. You get scored from 1-10 and they like a 7 or above to go ahead.

Thanks to everyone for all your love, prayers & support. Xo

#ABabyfortheBaloghs 👶

Author: babyforthebaloghs

Married to my high school sweet heart- together 14 years, TTC x4 yrs, Have a kitty named Roxie, Oncology Nurse, Purple hair, outgoing & social, movie/Tv buff, girl gamer, alpaca lover.

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