Today was retrieval day! The hub and I arrived at BFC at 8:30AM and we’re immediately greeting by one of the smiley nurses. She escorted us to a small office, took our “sample”(aka the swimmers) and led me to a small cot where I would undress and go over the protocol for my medication after the procedure. Emma, the nurse helping us through the instructions and answering all of my questions, really put my mind at ease. Dr. Corona took me to the room where the procedure would be done, and it was only a few minutes before she had an IV in my arm and I was drifting off in to a sweet dream. The last thing I remember was a small disagreement with Dr. Corona about the dangers of natural birth. I’m pretty sure she got the last word. I woke up way before the designated hour and a half that I was expected to sleep and when the nurse came in to check on me, I had managed to reach my phone on the table beside me and began texting my husband, family, and friends sending sleepy eyed selfies of me giving the thumbs up. I wasn’t really in pain, I know a lot of readers are hating me right now, but for the one person wondering if it is possible to feel almost completely normal after a retrieval, I’m living proof. The mild cramps I did have were nothing compared to my monthly menstrual cycle. I was discharged shortly after I woke up and spent a good part of the day sleeping, only because it was recommended that I rest. I think I could have gone about my day, otherwise. The best part is, Dr. Corona retrieved ten eggs! I will know sometime tomorrow how any were fertilized. I can’t hardly wait.
Here are a few things I did leading up to retrieval. Take what you want and leave the rest!
1. Walked at least 20 minutes a day on the treadmill, five days a week, for at least a month before retrieval.
2. Purchased and practiced the Circle and Bloom meditations religiously and will continue to do so until the end of this cycle.
3. Drank lots of gatorade instead of water for a week leading up to retrieval.
4. Had two massages in the two weeks leading up to retrieval.
5. Bathed in Epsom salts often.
6. Ate extra fiber for two weeks leading up to retrieval.
7. Took extra care of myself and did things to pamper myself and avoid stressful situations. I treated myself like I would treat someone I cared about if they were going through this life altering procedure.
…And I prayed without ceasing.
That’s all for tonight. I’m anxious about my eggs getting fertilized, but I’m gonna try my best to get some rest.
Note: This post was originally written on Nov. 29, as of now I am in Barbados! I am behind on updates, but more to come soon!
I can’t believe I’m on cycle day 6! I really thought I would have blogged more by now, but with the holidays in full swing, I didn’t end up having as much time as anticipated.
I was so excited to begin my injections (never thought I would say that).Prior to starting the injections I was on birth control for two months. Did I mention how much I despise birth control? Between quitting smoking, starting birth control, and three family thanksgiving events, I swear I have probably gained twenty pounds. I have done myself a big favor and decided to take a break from the scale. I closed my eyes when they weighed me at my last doctor visit, telling the nurse not to tell me my weight. I know that worrying about the size of my butt is not a priority right now and that I need to focus on being healthy. So I went to Target and bought a few things that fit me and my new “voluptous” figure comfortably and got back to focusing on the matter at hand, baby making!
About those injections, right now I’m on my 6th day of a Menopur/Clexane/Aspirin regime and, for the most part, it hasn’t been half bad. Unfortunately, I did get a massive migraine on Sunday (day four), which continued in to day five. Even writing about it makes me feel ill. I didn’t think I was supposed to take Advil, my drug of choice, so I was popping Tylenol like candy, to no avail. My husband called Barbados Fertility on Monday morning and they ended up telling him I could take Advil!! Phew… I’m not sure why this works, but taking two Tylenol and two Advil simultaneously can usually knock out my worst headache. I highly recommend it. By mid-afternoon I was pretty much migraine free. I relaxed all day to avoid a relapse.
One thing I have noticed since I started the process of planning and preparing for Barbados is that I haven’t had the mental clarity for anything that requires focus, which means I can’t really do my job well. I am an artist of sorts, a creative type, and my work requires me to be fully present in the moment and for my mind to be sharp. I feel like I have a blanket over my brain. I guess you could call it a “baby blanket.” I hope this feeling doesn’t continue in to pregnancy, should I be so lucky. On one hand I feel somewhat peaceful, almost blissful. On the other, I feel lazy, like I have no motivation beyond the will to find my next meal and something good to watch on TV. Speaking of which, I think it’s time for a nap!