Wednesday, November 29, 2006

OHSS

Things were going so well with us during this IVF cycle. I felt like everything that I wanted to happen (good fertilization, 5 day transfer, good quality embryos) actually happened. I noticed that I wasn't feeling well on Monday before the transfer, but I thought it was nerves combined with the side effects of the PIO shots. By Monday night, I couldn't keep anything down and my stomach started to swell like a balloon. We went to the emergency room where I was hooked up to an IV and given anti-nausea medication while we waited for a sonogram. My doctor is associated with the hospital and it was he that gave me the news - I was experiencing severe OHSS and he was admitting me to the hospital.

I can't even explain how suddenly this came on. I was still sore and a bit bloated after the retrieval, but it wasn't getting any worse. I thought the pain was lasting so long because of the number of follicles I had. Then came the nausea, pain, and vomiting. I weighed myself before all of this happened and when they weighed me last night at the hospital I had gained 10 pounds. I was up another 2 this morning. They watched me all day and gave me constant IV hydration while monitoring my output. I also had to take blood thinners because whatever numbers they were looking at were very off. I was happily released this evening and feel a lot better. I'm still incredibly bloated but most of the nausea is gone. My doctor wants to see me back on Friday.

I was so happy with my doctor. Even though he works for the hospital where I was staying, his office is in another building. He came to check on me multiple times even when the doctor on call had already seen me. He reassured me that this isn't going to cause my cycle to fail, but he did warn me that if I get pregnant I will likely experience this again. It was nice to see a familiar face and to hear from my own doctor who knew exactly what was going on.

So for now I have to rest and drink a lot of liquids. I hope to eat some solid food tonight. I'm pretty humbled by this whole experience, though - it reminded me not to take anything for granted. I'm hoping that the little embryos decide to stick it out despite the rough start.

6 comments:

Hopeful Mother said...

Oh, wow. You have been through a tough time on top of all of the usual stress of IVF...

Your doctor sounds great though.

I hope you are starting to feel better. Will keep praying for you and your embies!

Michelle said...

Oh, no - I assumed you weren't posting because you were relaxing in bed - NOT at the hospital!!! I'm glad that your doctor was so great and reassuring. And happy to hear that you're home and feeling better!

thetowncriers said...

Sending good thoughts your way. Hang in there. I hope you feel better soon.

Carol said...

oh jeez, that sucks. I hope you feel better soon.

M said...

Yikes! Hope you are feeling better today. Keep your mind on the end result. :)

aah0424 said...

Wow, I also thought you were just resting and that was why you hadn't posted much. I hope you are starting to feel better!