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IVF#1 – Egg Retrieval Report

Hey, I’m back at our hotel room. The ER went smoothly and just like what the other ladies commented before me – the nurses (Liz, Lynn and Melody) and doctors were very efficient yet had excellent bedside manners!

They have 7 retrievals and 7 transfers today – now who says there is a recession? I was their first retrieval of the day. Dr xxxxmeister, the anesthesiologist, placed something on my IV. I immediately started getting sleepy and then they wheeled me in the OR. I woke up a few minutes later feeling sore in the lower abdomen. I felt warm though and I learned later that there was warm air being blown into some plastic sheath on top of my blanket. That was comfy and soothing!

Post IVF Egg Retrieval

I was watching them do their thing when I woke up and they were up and about all the time – no dead time! They were also on time for the next retrievals.

Dr Gustof did the ER. He did our 1-day work-up last Dec too since Dr Sch was not it that week. (I was told that for retrievals, Dr Surrey does Mon and Wed, Dr Gustof does Tue and Fri, and Dr Minjares does Thu.’) Today is Wed though but I still had Dr Gustof, which was good since we’ve met him already before.

Dr Sch sometimes does ER on weekends when he is the one on duty. So if you want a specific doctor to do your ER, you might want to time it with the above schedules. As if you could control it huh?

For Embryo Transfers though, each doctor tries to do their own patients as much as possible.) So I hope I will eventually meet Dr Sch :)

And so for the report…
Eggs retrieved (c/o Becky) = 28
Eggs mature (c/o John) = 21

The 7 eggs will be observed again tomorrow to see if they matured in vitro.

I’m just glad that the ER is done, that I’m back awake and blogging, and that we had plenty of eggs.

Of course, the number of eggs doesn’t really mean anything until we get the Microarray results and until we get to the embryo stage… but I will celebrate them anyway!

Thanks for all your prayers and support!

God is good!


1 Polly { 03.18.09 at 2:02 pm }

Wow, that is an amazing ER report! Yay, yay, yay! Praise God! I’m so happy for you.

2 Cathy { 03.18.09 at 2:47 pm }

Hi! I started following your blog just a short time ago (I think I was doing a search on SHER clinic related blogs, as I’m going to the one in STL) and just wanted to first say you do such a fantastic job of giving very thorough, helpful information on your site. Thank you for that! Secondly, congrats on your retrieval today! I’ll be praying that they follow the straight and narrow and grow into beautiful, healthy little embies for your transfer! Wishing you all the best ~ Cathy

3 Phoebe { 03.18.09 at 3:40 pm }

Wow, your ovaries rock!! Forty is the new 30, right? Dr. G rocks too, IMHO. Rest up, and we will see you when you come back, ok? May all your eggs be fertile!!

4 MamaSoon { 03.18.09 at 4:24 pm }

Awww, that picture is sooo cute. It was just a few days ago that we hung out. And here you are producing over 2 dozen eggs! AMAZING! Wishing you a speedy recovery today. Can’t wait to hear more!

5 Beautiful Mess { 03.19.09 at 9:33 am }

WOW, way to go! Sounds like you’ve been well taken care of! Crossing all things crossable for you!

6 OPJ { 03.19.09 at 10:54 am }

Yehey! Excited for the next step…

Who took the pic? Is this after ER?

7 T@sh!dA { 03.19.09 at 12:36 pm }

Here from LFCA: Congrats on such an awesome ER!

8 HeidiM { 03.19.09 at 7:19 pm }

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Congrats on a very successful egg retrieval! Very best of luck on awesome embryos!

9 Arpee { 03.20.09 at 12:30 am }

Thank you, ladies!

Manong, Al took the photo post-ER. Notice the glazed eyes – smile pa rin!

10 JM { 03.27.09 at 10:57 pm }

It turns my ER will be the morning of an evening wedding we are supposed to attend… in your experience, do you think it’s possible to do something like that the same evening?

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