Our Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you once again for all of your love and prayers and support. We had our egg retrieval this week and I wanted to give you all an update.
Wednesday morning we went in and they retrieved 14 eggs from my eager and ready ovaries. Todd made his contribution and we have 11 healthy embryos as a result: this is the good news.
The bad news is that late Thursday night my ovaries went into hyper stimulation which means that they continued to enlarge (not make more eggs... just get bigger). We went back to the doctor early Friday morning and had ultrasounds and blood tests to confirm this. My ovaries were both over 10 centimeters wide at this point, and were crowding my organs up into my stomach and lungs (just like a real pregnancy!) This immediate shift was causing extreme pain including nausea and difficulty breathing. I was given pain medication which makes it possible for me to breathe, sit up, and walk around if I need to. Eating and drinking has been difficult, but I am finally able to eat today (Sunday). I have been instructed to drink Gatorade and measure how much goes in and how much goes out (haven't you always wanted to know that?). I have to weigh myself and measure my "girth". As of today, my right ovary is still getting bigger, but ly left ovary has plateaued. Hopefully, I will be getting better soon. I am still in a lot of pain and am battling the effects of pain meds (not all of them are pleasant) and a fever, but Todd is a great nurse, Mom and Amy (and Kacy) have been over to help keep the house clean and keep my spirits up. I really appreciate all the help and phone calls from family and friends.
We will go ahead and freeze the 11 embryos and try and get my body ready to implant them in 8 weeks or so (not all of them... I'm not going for a world's record!). They will thaw 4 embryos at a time and choose the best two to be implanted. We will make sure to let you all know when that will take place.
Although this has not turned out exactly the way we wanted it to this time, we still feel that the Lord has had His hand in this and that there are blessing to be had. We could not have done this with out you. We love you. We'll keep you posted.