Extraction Day

This post was written by my husband, as I am in recovery mode and making mostly gibberish and absolutely no sense. He’s quite the poet.

Extract Day: Eggs Galore and Pain in Store
After all of the drugs, extraction day is here,
If we make it through this day, then we’ll be in the clear.
Full of eggs and pain, we stumbled in there,
The clinic was busy, there was barely a chair.
Off to the extraction, with the hope of relief,
But all that we found was striving and grief.
With the extraction complete, the pain soon unfurled,
There wasn’t enough pain meds in all of the world.
Now, what was one day of pain has turned into two,
And just getting by is all we can do.
But the extraction is done and there’s good news in the mix,
We got not one egg or two, but we got twenty six.

One Comment

  • lindcey hawks

    The egg retrieval experience actually starts before you even get to the office – 36 hours before, to be exact. That’s when you’ll take your “trigger shot,” a medication that preps your body to release the eggs at just the right time for your retrieval. Like most surgeries, you’ll need to refrain from eating or drinking the night before, and you’ll want to come in comfortable clothing without makeup, perfume, or contact lenses; we’ll provide you with a locker for your clothing and belongings. Once you’ve changed, you’ll be briefed on what you should do after the retrieval. The doctor will gently insert a thin needle attached to a catheter through the vaginal wall and draw out the eggs, one by one, from the follicles using light suction. The eggs are collected in test tubes labeled with your name and unique identification number, which will then be handed off to the embryologist. After the eggs have been retrieved and the needle removed, the doctor will examine your vaginal wall and your ovaries and quell any bleeding with light pressure. That’s it! No stitches. No scars. The whole process takes 15–20 minutes.

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