The retrieval went great yesterday. I had to be at the clinic at 6:45 in the morning (!) and was home by 9:00. My pre-op instructions told me to bring socks. So I went with these:
I was a little nervous about getting the IV put in. I have had a couple really bad experiences with nurses trying to get the IV in and not being able to find a good vein and having to poke and prod me until they finally figure it out. In the meantime, I nearly passed out while they were torturing my poor arm. Thankfully, I have had much better experiences at my RE's office. I had the same anesthesiologist for my first 2 IVF's and he is amazing. He had that IV in my arm before I even realized he had started. Quick and painless! Imagine my dismay when I found out he is out of town and I would have a new anesthesiologist this time. It wasn't quite as painless but it was still quick. Once I got through that it was just a nice medically induced slumber.
When I woke up, Dr. N told me he got 6 eggs. Yay. 2 excellent, 3 good and 1 poor quality. I assume they were all mature. Normally he just tells me how many mature eggs he got. I have never been told about egg quality before. Just embryo quality. (SH said he was told the egg quality in our previous cycles. I guess he never thought to mention it to me.) Overall, pretty good news. I've been a little sore but not so bad that I have had to take any pain medication.
This morning Dr. N called with our fertilization report. According to him, the eggs not only have to be mature but have to have a polar body that allows them to be fertilized. Without this polar body, no fertilization. Apparently, 3 of our eggs had the polar body yesterday and were ICSI'd. 2 fertilized. The other 3 eggs developed this polar body later and were ICSI'd today. I'll find out tomorrow how many of those actually fertilized. Dr. N said there is a lower fertilization rate for these eggs that are "late" so realistically he expects maybe 1 to fertilize. So, as of now I only have 2 fertilized with the possibility of up to 3 more, but probably only 1 more. Not such great news. With these numbers I will definitely be doing a 3 day transfer.
I have to admit, I was a little over confident about this part. During our last cycle we had 100% fertilization so I wasn't worried about it this time. I was more worried about the embryos continuing to grow and eventually implant. So, I was expecting a call saying 5 eggs had fertilized (I figured the poor quality egg wouldn't make it). Needless to say, I am pretty disappointed. I am trying not to get too discouraged, though. I have let go of any hope of having any to freeze, but I am still trying to have hope that I can (will?) get pregnant this cycle.
I am trying to stay relaxed before the transfer, so today I got a massage then SH and I got tacos at our current favorite taco place. It's a nice day out so we walked there with the dog and sat outside. It's helped to keep me from obsessing over my embryos. Or whether I should have stimmed an extra day. Or whether everything I have done over the last few months made any sort of difference. Or...you get the idea.