Egg retrieval is done! Yay! My clinic does it in the hospital next door (not sure if this is standard in Australia, or just this clinic). So the option of no anaesthetic does not exist.
It’s day surgery, and because it is quick, the egg retrievals are usually first up on the surgery roster with the doctor. I was the last scheduled, at about 10 ish. We went in at 9, talked to the nurses about some stuff then I headed to the hospital and G went to see the scientists and provide his “sample”. We both also had to have blood taken, another thing the clinic didn’t do (they could in a pinch, but aren’t in practice). Mine was done by the anaesthetist, G had to go to the pathologist in the hospital.
It was a pretty speedy process, not too much time in the waiting room, then a quick nurse practitioner, then a bit of waiting in the gown ( doctor running late) then on the bed, through to the cold waiting space and the anaesthetist chat then into the OR.
I vaguely think I talked to a dr going into the first recovery area, I know I had an alert chat with the nurses there, then on to the day surgery area. Very awake, and bored because it took a while to bring me my bag of stuff. Day surgery was very busy. Very. I think people sorting out things before the end of the year (both medicare and private health work on a calendar year basis) plus a new initiative from the state government to slash waiting lists means even private hospitals are busy.
Back to the clinic, more waiting, then good news. 19 eggs. That’s a lot for me. One of the other ladies got four
More waiting, for me to wee, and for G to get there.
Then home. Do people really go back to work after this?
Admittedly the most painful parts at the moment are the spot in my elbow where blood was taken, and the fact I am slightly constipated, but that is not entirely the procedure.