Checking in

I have my egg retrieval in 17 hours! I am SO nervous, I am a nervous wreck.

I did my trigger at 11:30pm last night. Thank God they told me to mix the meds up to 45 minutes in advance, because I had all sorts of issues. I had trigger shots before, with my IUIs but they were always pre-mixed/pre-loaded. This came in two vials – one with distilled water, the other with white powder. I had a syringe and three needles. I had to push air into the water vial, then suck 1mL of water into the syringe. Then I had to put the water into the powder and swirl until all the powder dissoved. Then I had to suck the medicine back into the syringe, change the needle and inject. Shouldn’t be that big a deal, right? However, no one mentioned that the powder would be in a vacuum too. So when I went to inject the water into the powder vial, the plunger automatically pushed the water in without me having to do anything! I literally blinked and the plunger was down. I thought I was losing my mind! Then when I tried to suck the medicine up, the same thing happened. I could not get any medicine into the syringe! I finally realized I needed to add air first. Once I did that, it went smoothly. But I am sure glad I didn’t wait until the last minute!

TW was supposed to “get rid of his junk” last night…I am not sure if he did or not. I offered to coax him over the phone (he is out of town) and he asked me if I was a phone sex operator. I thought it sounded like fun! I guess he wasn’t into it. I dropped it. The bottom line is that the clinic has a back-up in case the new sample isn’t optimal.

Here is the plan: I have an acupuncture appointment at 8:45am until 9:45am. TW will take PT to school, etc. When he returns, he has to dump some in a cup…he likes me to be scarce during the process. I was thinking of going to Starbucks but I can’t have anything to eat/drink until after the ER. So maybe I will just walk the puppy around or go to the dog park. TW can do his thing at home as long as we get the sample to the clinic within 30 minutes. I am so glad we live so close – about 5 miles. Even with horrible traffic it will only take 15-20 minutes to get there.

We haven’t had to use one yet, but I pictured the “private rooms” at the IVF clinic to have some amenities like a TV with videos, or at least magazines and a chair?? I went to the restroom at the clinic yesterday, and there was a sign on the inside of the door with instructions on how to collect a sample. This was just the restroom. You know, with a toilet and sink. That’s it. You would think they would use some of my $26K to design a state-of-the-art “Spank-It” Suite with pornos and high end magazines, and a HD TV….not so much.

OMG. I am SO nervous. So, So, So nervous. There are so many unknowns. I hate unknowns….they are so unknown! How many eggs? How many will fertilize? How many will last to day 3? How many will last to day 5? But the biggest question:


I know. I know. I know. This is a trial run, right?

But my friend Hope has made a guest appearance, and Dread has made herself scarce. I am going to take it, it feels pretty good.


13 Responses to “Checking in”

  1. Pam Says:

    Good luck. I’m sure everything will go well.

  2. Malky B. Says:

    Best of luck! Glad your having a better attitude. That’s about all we can try to control while going through this and even that’s quite hard. Hope that Hope gets to stick around for 9 more months.

  3. Kim Says:

    I wish I could have helped you last night… Menopur is mixed the same way (which I think you know), and I’ve learned to add a bit more air then called for to prevent the plunger from being sucked in!

    I’ll be thinking of you, I have a good feeling about this!

  4. Erin Says:

    Good luck tomorrow!! I’ll be thinking of you! I hope for lots of eggs and a great fert report!!

  5. Yodasmistress Says:

    Hope is what keeps us going. She IS our friend. (And she is a SHE!) Anyway, best of luck for you tomorrow. I will be checking in to find out how many eggs they get. (((HUGS)))

  6. Rebecca Says:

    Good luck! It’s amazing how non-IFers have no idea all the coordinating and planning that goes into this.

    I can’t wait to hear about it. I’m thinking positive thoughts for you!

  7. Cece Says:

    Oh sweetie! You are going to be JUST fine. It’s really not a scary thing at all (drugs are good) and can’t wait to see all the eggs the retrieve!

    BFP, here we come!

  8. Serenity Says:

    Good luck!!!!

    And yes, Cece’s right. The drugs are VERY good… 🙂

  9. kona Says:

    Good luck today!!!! 🙂

  10. missedconceptions Says:

    This is SO VERY, VERY, VERY exciting!!!!

    I can’t wait to hear the results of the retrieval!!

    I had the same problem with the HCG — I felt like a complete moron.

  11. Pamela Jeanne Says:

    Hang in there. I am thinking about you! Wishing you peace and lots of hopeful thoughts….

  12. Red Says:

    Good luck today!!!

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