i’d been checking in with k all day to see how she was feeling. side note: let me just tell you that k is the most positive person ever. i don’t think i can remember a time throughout this process that i’ve ever heard her complain or be negative about anything.
about 4 hours after her retrieval, she felt bloated and had cramps. but she said it was worth it and made it seem like it wasn’t a big deal. by 7:45pm, she was getting concerned and thought she might need to go to the ER. she finally urinated for the first time since her egg retrieval and passed a lot of blood clots. when walking back to bed, she vomited everywhere. i was horribly worried and felt awful that she was so sick because of something she did for us. i started googling OHSS and her symptoms were listed under the severe category.
i encouraged her to call the nurse (which she had already done) and go to the ER. but she was still hoping to avoid going into the hospital. with her typical positive outlook, she said, “it’s just a small bump in the road and that she’d be fine”.
by 9pm, she was on her way to the hospital. of course, i was a wreck because i was worried sick about her health and wellbeing. she’s the kindest person on the planet and it broke my heart that she was in pain. of course, in true k fashion…she was apologizing to me for having to go into the ER and worrying me.
i don’t think i slept more than a few hours because i was constantly checking my phone for updates on k. Truth be told, i was also feeling angry at the doctor at SDFC for making k over stim. i was cursing my 33 eggs. who needs that many eggs anyways? i felt like all of this was my fault. hubby kept telling me, “it is not your fault. if it is anyone’s fault, it is the doctor’s for giving her too high a dose of meds.”
k’s husband had to drop her off at the hospital because he had their four kids with him. it was important to me that i kept in close email contact with k so she didn’t feel alone in the ER. the doctor did a vaginal check and saw a lot of blood clots. she had blood work, an ultrasound of her bladder and an x-ray performed. at 1:40AM, the ultrasound showed that she was hyper stimulating. her last email to me was at 3AM letting me know that she had been discharged from the ER…paperwork stating “hemorrhage from hyperstimulation”. she said she was feeling much better than at 5pm. again, k was apologizing that i didn’t get any sleep and that she had me worried. who is this girl? she is so incredibly sweet. it’s unreal.
at 11:51AM, k was resting at home and on a special diet to help with the bloating from OHSS. we had flowers delivered to her house with a get well card. i breathed a sigh of relief that she was feeling so much better and on the mend. and k…she was busy scolding me about getting some rest so that i will be ready for my up and coming transfer.
this felt like THE longest, most emotional 24 hours of my life. now that i know k is out of the woods, i can again focus on the wonderful news. the fact that 33 eggs were retrieved, 29 were mature and 23 fertilized. They were fertilized with ICSI and we will continue to pray that they all grow and divide properly. And also continue to pray for a full, speedy recovery for k.