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Witnessing the retrieval of our 22 eggs was a truly amazing experience. Mel was out of it, but every now and then she’d manage a slurred question like, “Can you tell if the shells of my eggs are penetrable?”
I held her hand and watched the ultrasound monitor while Dr G sucked out the insides of each follicle. Initially, the contents of each follicle was placed in a separate test tube. After we had 10 or so from one ovary, he just started sucking out as fast as he could to remove the liquid. The test tubes were passed into another room where their contents were examined. Shortly after a tube passed through the window, I’d hear somebody call out, “That’s one”, “That’s two”, “That’s 12, 13, and 14”.
Mel did a great job before, during, and after the procedure. She was annoyed that things started late, but she was too drugged to protest too much. Afterwards, she slept for about an hour before they let us leave. She pretty much slept the rest of the day and night.