Thursday, September 3, 2009

My first retrieval

The morning of my first retrieval, I was nothing short of terrified. I sat in the waiting room at the clinic in cold sweat for a half hour before I was escorted into the surgical suite. 

From there, things improved. Once I was resting on the gurney in a fashionable surgical gown with matching socks and an IV drip on my arm, the nurse gave me a tranquilizer, which made me feel pleasantly fuzzy. I remember being walked into the surgical room and installed on the stir-ups. Then, suddenly, I was out in a sleep so deep and delicious that I was somewhat disappointed when the doctor woke me up to tell me they had retrieved 28 eggs. I was back in the post-op recovery room, with a hot bottle on my somewhat crampy belly and a blanket over my body. Next, the nurse gave me a glass of apple juice and animal crackers. I rested for another half hour, and then I was dismissed. 

A car service my agency had hired drove me home and I went straight to bed. Other than slight cramps, I did not feel a thing. "A piece of cake," I thought... 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post! I had a miscarriage 7 years ago. I still can’t hold back my tears when I remember that horrible period of my life. After my loss I couldn’t get back to life for a long time. I’m glad I have my husband. He gave me support I needed the most. Together we can do everything! We wanted to have kids for a really long time. We’ve gone through a lot, but believe me, if you want something badly, you’ll get it! Don't let anyone to destroy your goals! Some people simply don't understand our problem. It's our life and our decisions. We are the only one, who can make our future better. We were looking for clinic with lower prices and at the same time good service. We used Ukrainian clinic and paid €6 900. We had 2 attempts in general. We asked our doctor to find egg donor, who will have same features as I have. I consider my girls as my own. I’m their mother, I carried them and gave them birth. I don’t even think about the procedure or donor. We were met in the airport by taxi driver, who was carrying us across Kiev by his car. He was transporting us to the clinic and our apartment, which was also provided by the clinic. We had a manager and she translated everything for us. She spoke language fluently, so there were no misunderstandings. They even provided us with food supply! All these services were already included in our package. We didn't pay some extra fees not a single time. The only thing which we cared about was de ivf procedure. Our doctor knows her job very well! We have no complains. Thanks to her professionalism I have my precious daughters.