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Anesthesia Drunk (Egg Retrieval #2)

You’ve heard of love drunk, food drunk (which you have definitely heard about here!) and now we have anesthesia drunk, which I experienced during my second egg retrieval. What do I mean?

Let’s take a quick step back for those who don’t know the ins and outs of IVF. 

Ok, now that you are all caught up, let’s talk about yesterday, and this second cycle of egg retrieval in general.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve continued to handle the stimulation medications well, and this time around, we increased my dosage with the hopes of getting bigger better badasser follicles and eggs. Last time we only got 5. I stim’ed well, things progressed nicely, and I didn’t really even start to feel my ovaries (seriously, you can feel them) until Thursday of last week, a week and a half after starting stim meds. I continued with my walks, I had some drinks but never went overboard, and though my sleep suffered due to anxiety dreams, I rested as much as I could otherwise. Overall, a very good stim cycle!

I did my trigger shot Saturday night at 10 for a 10 AM egg retrieval on Monday, and after a delicious dinner at Green Street Smoked Meats and some dessert at home, I fasted until my procedure.

Egg Retrieval Day

Well, the whole “nothing by mouth” bit is annoying, but you can handle it, and this time, I wasn’t so hungry or even that thirsty, probably because of my huge dinner and extra calories after (knowing that I wouldn’t be able to eat the next morning). Last time, I was pretty hungry, so I nailed it this time.


I seriously think of You’ve Got Mail every time I think about the egg retrieval

Anyone that knows me knows I HAMMER liquids. This is part of the reason that Alex and I share drinks–it slows me down. I don’t really do “moderation.” In food or drink. Anyway. Apparently I was really dehydrated, an issue that will come into play shortly.

I left home and walked downtown in a bit of a wind tunnel to phototherapy (it takes all of 5 minutes) before picking up Alex at his office on my way over to the clinic, all of which are connected via building to building skyways. We headed up and arrived a few minutes early. Whatever, next time we are getting there freaking late because we are ALWAYS the first to arrive, the last to be called back. Alex had to go (“doctor things” or nonsense like that), so we checked with the necessary people before he bolted. I had a few more minutes of waiting but not bad. By the time I got back there, I had just under 2 hours to wait before my procedure was scheduled (apparently, anesthesia thinks that is necessary). 

I got undressed/redressed, got vitals, and then came the fun part. 

You've heard of love drunk, food drunk, and now we have anesthesia drunk, which I experienced during my second egg retrieval. @suzlyfe

Something else you should (or already do) know about me. I have amazing veins. Like, those suckers POP. Alex makes fun of me for it. I can count (before this, twice) the number of times that I have had to have multiple sticks other than situations where the tech sucked or my veins rolled, and even then, I can count on my hands the number of occasions for a restick.

This time… it took three people, five sticks, and 3 different needle sizes to finally get into a vein. Also, this took about 20-30 minutes. This baby is making me earn it!

After that, I read on my Kindle for a bit (laptop wasn’t happening after all that craziness) until the doctor and the anesthesiologist came back for consent etc. A little while later and we were go! 

I confirmed my name to the person behind the metal door (in the lab), we set me up on the table, and before I knew it…

I woke up in the room and it was 10:40! Apparently, I was ZONKED. Like, ZONKED. We probably started me at 10:05, and the procedure takes about 10 minutes. But a) I’m a lightweight and b) I’m a lightweight, and this time, the anesthesia literally made me feel like I’d had a cocktail. 

Not going to lie, it was a little weird, but not that bad, lol.

I hosed a bag of pretzels (yeah, right, only going to eat a few) and hammered water, and when Alex arrived, he looked at me kinda weird (he later told me I had a crazy look on my face), and then insisted that I go with him to his office, which I wanted to do anyway because I wanted a decaf coffee and candy. 

Irene's Biscotti in Vanilla Pistachio is the BEST! @suzlyfe

He told me to stay there for a bit, but I was high on power, pretzels, the news that we got TEN EGGS, and the fact that Whole Foods and my favorite biscotti were on the way to my lunch meeting, so I bolted (sshhhhhhh don’t tell him). I loaded up at Whole Foods, met my Team Challenge co leaders at Sweetgreen, and then took the bus home, where I ate the entire box of biscotti.

Sweetgreen Rad Thai salad with shrimp and all the veggies! @suzlyfe

COME ON YOSHI! Check out Suz's egg retrieval story.. and her surprising reaction #infertility #ivf Click To Tweet

Literally, I was like a drunk co-ed coming home in the morning after a frat party. By that time, I was back to normal ish, but all forms of self control were gone. Also, time was going really fast, lol. 

And that is my story. 

SO, what does all of this mean? Well, we have 10 eggs, which is 2x more than last time, so that is a positive. We will find out today how many fertilized, and we are hoping and praying for a 5 day transfer with embryos that can be frozen. After that, obviously, we hope for a successful implantation and a little Yoshi growing in my belly!

I’ll have more news later, so check social media (links to my pages are at the top!) to stay updated. 

And on that note, I’m going to go fall asleep on the couch after a nice large dessert πŸ˜€

Have you ever been drunk on something OTHER than alcohol?

Do you have good veins?

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  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Yayyyy!! 10 eggs! That’s amazing. I can’t wait to hear!
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    March 7, 2017 at 5:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You and me both…

      March 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    10 EGGS YAAAAAY!!!! So happy this round is looking so much better!

    March 7, 2017 at 6:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks lady! I am hoping for good news for all of us πŸ˜€

      March 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    Whoa, I can’t even imagine how you were feeling after that. Hoping for the best – 10 eggs sounds promising!!
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    March 7, 2017 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Jamie

    TEN TEN TEN TEN TEN Woohoo!!!! Yes on the post-op drunkenness. In my case it’s because they gave me two Valium to “relax”. I’m a Valium lightweight and I was giggly and weird the rest of the day. It was awesome.
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    March 7, 2017 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don;t know if I have ever had Valium. Or Xanax. I feel like either would be hilarious

      March 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Yay thats so great, Susie! Crossing my fingers for you <3 That drunkenness sounds crazy! I got really weird after my endoscopy and it took me forever to feel normal and I just kept eating snacks and drinking water and dozing hahaha
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    March 7, 2017 at 7:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you lovely! And I think that your aftermath sounds pretty lovely…

      March 8, 2017 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    10 eggssss!!!! YYYAAASSSS!!! Congrats!!!!
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    March 7, 2017 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Hooray for a good retrieval and good luck! 10 eggs is so promising!
    I was like drunk when I had my wisdom teeth removed, although I was young then and didn’t have anything to compare it to. After laughing my head off at seeing double everything, I put my shoes behind the sofa and insisted on watching Jurassic Park. Anesthesia does weird things to the mind!
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    March 7, 2017 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahaha I think we need to see what would happen to you now!

      March 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Wow congrats on the number of eggs. That’s great news!
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    March 7, 2017 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that I love eggs!

      March 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Hahaha. I want to see Drunky-Suz! Whether it be from alcohol and anesthesia or just plain celebration. As long as you got home safely, this is all A-okay with me! Box biscotti included!
    So many good feels for you Suz. Thinking of you today as you find out the next step <3 <3
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    March 7, 2017 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Come on Yoshi!!!!!!!:)
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    March 7, 2017 at 7:40 am
  • Reply jennifer

    Ohhh, I so praying for you on this! BTW, that #eggdrunk face πŸ™‚ . . .and yes, I have good veins
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    March 7, 2017 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha yolk porn in so many ways lol

      March 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply kat

    Twice the eggs? Dang you overachiever!! πŸ˜‰
    Praying for you guys!
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    March 7, 2017 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    Ten eggs is GREAT news! Woohoo!!! Come on, Yoshi!

    And yes, obviously, I have been anesthesia drunk. I love anesthesia, which is fortunate, given how unfortunate my body/organs are, haha!

    March 7, 2017 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahah. Your body is just an overachiever πŸ˜€

      March 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Kim Hatting

    My veins are pathetic. It took several years (and several incompetent “needle-sticker” people) to learn the availability of a butterfly needle. Most of my problems have been solved πŸ˜‰

    March 7, 2017 at 8:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Butterfly needs are my jam. Love me a baby needle

      March 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I have decent veins. TEN EGGS?!?!?! HELL YEAH!!!!! My grandparents had a chicken farm and when I was little I’d get to retrieve their eggs and to this day I still vividly remember the feeling of reaching my right hand underneath their warm bottoms and pulling out fresh eggs. Is this an inappropriate comment? Do I get spanks?
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    March 7, 2017 at 9:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love your inappropriate comments. I will spank you (i have practice slapping horses, so I’m good at it). I hope my bottom is warm…

      March 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie @ FlashFit Trainer

    TEN EGGS!!!! More precious than! So far, so promising!
    My veins suck! They’re awful. I don’t give blood because of it, even though I’m O-. My three-hour gestational diabetes test turned into four hours because no one at the clinic could get to my veins. That does not a happy pregnant, hormonal, starving momma make. Pregnancy also brought my first drunk-like feeling when they gave me some type of med during labor. Wheeeee! LOL.
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    March 7, 2017 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OH. MY. Goodness. Glad they were able to find your veins during labor!

      March 8, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    COME ON YOSHI! Lots of eggs, good news! Saying fertility prayers now. I so appreciate all your vulnerability friend. Supporting you 10000%
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    March 7, 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    10 eggs is awesome news!
    I have horrible reactions to sedation. I feel woozy and my BP usually drops to some scary levels. Yikes.
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    March 7, 2017 at 10:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh geez? General as well as local?

      March 8, 2017 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    I LOVE GETTING anaesthesia – lol! I absolutely love that drunk feeling… WITHOUT drinking πŸ˜‰
    Praying that this does the trick!!!!
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    March 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Lex

    Yay 10 eggs!! And yay to ‘drunk’ grocery shopping lol. My fingers are crossed for you!

    March 7, 2017 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    oh yeah that anesthesia will do it to you! I have huge veins too comes in handy sometimes like if you need to be an emergency blood donor?! Or maybe that blood doping thing Lance Armstrong does πŸ™‚ Hope things went well today
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    March 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm
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      March 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living MInt Green

    Hahahah I have awesome swole veins too! I grew a bicep vein recently from lifting shit.
    I was LIT out of my GD mind last month when I was at home nursing a tooth infection with Percocet. Fun times. That stuff makes me so itchy though!
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    March 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahahahah I wish you had documented your LITness πŸ˜€

      March 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Sounds exciting! Can’t wait to hear how it all plays out!! Go, Yoshi! Go!
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    March 7, 2017 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    Ten eggs!!! That is fantastic. Fingers crossed for you Suz! I get that whole vein thing and being a super lightweight. They tell me my veins are “valvey” What?!!!!? So usually it takes like 3-5 sticks to get an IV in, so crappy. Glad you made it through!!!
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    March 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Tht is so obnoxious! STUPID VEINS

      March 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Wow, what an experience! I’m so glad they were able to get so many eggs!!
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    March 7, 2017 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! Thank yoU!

      March 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Betsy

    Yay, that’s great! I don’t remember much about the day my eggs were retrieved for some reason. I do remember the day the embryo was transferred (yes, we only had one embryo that made it). When I woke up the nurse told me to think sticky thoughts. And that has always stuck (pun intended haha) with me. So I wish you sticky thoughts as you progress through your IVF cycle.
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    March 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! SUCH STICKY THOUGHTS (Better than stinky thoughts, right?)

      March 8, 2017 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Emily

    This is a dramatic saga; I love that you don’t hide any of the details; so we know how to pray for you and the ups and the downs you’re experiencing. Life is a wonder; it’s so amazing how it’s just not easy. LOVE YA SO MUCH susie.
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    March 7, 2017 at 11:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love you right back!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I have amazing veins according to ever lab tech ever. I have nurse friends that have commented on facebook pics about my veins. I’m considering a drug habit. KIDDING.

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    March 8, 2017 at 12:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! Especially right now–I basically have trackmarks

      March 8, 2017 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Allie

    YES!!!! 10 eggs? I can feel Yoshi on the horizon mama!!! Keep eating and drinking out of your stupor – you deserve it!
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    March 8, 2017 at 4:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s what I’m trying to do!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Lindsay

    10 eggs!!!! That’s wonderful! I’m soooo happy and excited for you!!!

    March 8, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Lindsay!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Sooo, like you, I have awesome veins – but every time I’ve gone in for an iron infusion I’ve had someone ridiculously stupid try to put the IV in and they have to redo it a bunch of times and this girl just passes out cold πŸ˜› They’re like “are you okay?” and I’m like “yeah, I’m fine it’s no big……. /dead”

    Sending huge excited hugs to you, sweet friend! <3
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    March 9, 2017 at 9:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooh boy. Well, I guess at least the rest of it passes quickly?

      March 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

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