The nurses at my retrieval were incredibly sweet. One made small talk as she got me prepped for surgery. She was the first person at the clinic to ask me if my family had any idea where I was at the moment. I told her no, and explained our plan of faking a migraine as a way to explain our lateness. It would also get me out of drinking. She thought it was brilliant.
This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that the doctor known for being quick was preforming the retrievals. I'm also thankful that I'm pretty quick to come around from the anesthesia. As soon as I was aware of my surroundings, I made every effort to prove that I was alert and ready to go. I sat up straight in the recovery bed rather than lying down and relaxing. I tried to be a bit louder when I spoke to Elizabeth, so the nurses would hear that I was awake. My nurse came in a few minutes later to ask the standard questions- "how are you feeling?", "on a scale of 1-0, what is your pain level right now?", "can I get you anything to drink, we have...". The nurse only got to "how are you feeling?". I replied with a big smile, "I feel great, no pain at all, and I'd like a cranberry juice and some shortbread cookies please". She laughed at my eagerness to prove I was ready to go, and did her best to hurry things along. As I was leaving, she called out "I hope your migraine feels better!"
There was miraculously very little traffic as we sped off to my aunt's house. Although we didn't get there until 1:45, I sorta wasn't the last to arrive because one of my cousins was sleeping upstairs and didn't show her face until 2:30. My family bought the story, and seemed genuinely concerned that I was feeling okay. To top it all off, there was a big bowl of fresh cut pineapple sitting on the kitchen counter when we walked in. Maybe it's not a sign, but it sure made me happy.
So now I begin TWW #12. Half to occur outside my body, and (hopefully) half to occur inside my body. The total number of eggs retrieved was 26. Of the 26 eggs, 16 fertilized. They did ICSI this time, so I'm not sure if that means the egg quality was poor. Has anyone else out there gotten pregnant when ICSI was done? I hope I can produce quality and not just quantity!