It’s day 3 of recovery and it’s not going well. My belly looks like this:
And I feel like this:
The doctor called me yesterday to tell me my red blood count is a bit low, and that I have a ‘mild’ case of ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome. Mild and ‘hyper’ don’t seem to go together – in fact, it sounds like an oxymoron, and it certainly doesn’t feel so mild at the moment. I’m achey, tired, my ovaries are bulging out of my belly, I feel nauseated, I have a headache, and I haven’t showered since Wednesday. Net net: I’m a wreck.
This is the part they don’t tell you about. I’m not sure why? Or did they tell us and I chose not to hear it because I was more worried about the lead-up – the shots, and how many eggs I would actually get.
Whatever the reason, I didn’t realize recovery would be such a pain and I’m so sick of being stuck in bed. I don’t make a very good patient, because I’m not very . . . well, patient. I thought I would be back on my feet 24 hours after the egg collection. In fact, I had grand plans to get back to running this weekend and being really productive. Ha!
I still have no regrets, but my advice if you’re thinking about egg freezing: consider the aftermath, not just the lead-up. Mentally prepare yourself for the potential of being out of commission for several days after the procedure. I think if I had mentally prepared for this as much as I did for the self-injections, I wouldn’t be taking it as hard.
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