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Lucky #13

July 3, 2014

Retrieval Day is done! Phew, I’m glad that over. It’s not the procedure itself that makes me nervous as much as being put out. Anytime, anesthesia is involved it’s kinda scary. But thankfully everything went well.

As I laid in the bed waiting for my turn in the OR, I tried to deep breathe and visualize my beautiful baby or babies! I even listened to a guided meditation to take my relaxation to a different level. By the time the anesthesia hit, I was calm and in a good place. (Btw, that quick minute before the “juice” hits is so nice. Ha! Not a damn care in the world)

I awoke after the procedure to find out we retrieved 20 follicles, but only 13 eggs. That was disappointing news for me. I was definitely hoping for more. The more eggs means the better chances to have a healthy embryo obviously. The Doc assured me that 13 is totally normal and even a great number, but I’m still a little bummed out. Gabe thinks I’m crazy for feeling down about this. Hopefully it won’t matter because all we need is 1. Our one little miracle baby. 

Post-surgery before I woke up. The Doctor said I did great.


The next big hurtle for us is the PGD testing, Preimplentation Genetic Diagnosis. This happens after fertilization and before we transfer the eggs and it basically gives us more information about why we’ve had such difficulty. The more eggs = the more information.We’ll find out how our little babes are doing in the coming days. Until then, I’ve got a white light around my loves in their petrie dishes. Ya know, 13 is supposed to be THE unluckiest number, but we’re betting on it. Soooo come on lucky number 13. 

Anyway, now I’m cuddled up with Lola watching So You Think You Can Dance (secretly believing I will one day make the show) and recovering. Giving my body the time it needs to rest and relax and of course prepare for the next step.

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  • Reply JVL July 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    13 is great! I had the same number and have a sassy five year old girl. Be careful what you wish for 😉

  • Reply marci prag July 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    My brother has been working with Dr. John Buster. His company is called Previo Genetics. They are working on genetic testing at the cellular level. I am not trying to market them but wanted to send this to see if this is something that could help you.

  • Reply Carolyn Harris July 4, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I too went through many years wanting a precious lil one of my own and last year God blessed me with a beautiful baby girl. I went through quite a few miscarriages and know the burden and pain that stays in ones heart. You are such a beautiful person inside and out I know God will bless you with a beautiful seed or seeds! I will be Praying for your strength and health through this process and the health and strength of your seed (s)!

  • Reply Anonymous July 6, 2014 at 10:39 am

    13 is an awesome # sweetie pie! It’s Kurt Warner’s #! You got this!!!! Sending the best wishes ever!!!

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