In Vitro, In Vegas
When I stop taking Viagra I get a terrible headache—I need to get some sleep but I had to be up at 11 p.m. for my shot. The timing is exact: you cannot be off by even a little. I went to bed at 7:30 p.m., exhausted from the medication and the reality of the coming week. I know Darren will be here on Saturday. I can't wait to see him and know he will calm me and support me and together we will do this—no matter what.
It is 7:15 a.m. My procedure is at 10:30.
We need to get there an hour early for pre-op—retrieve Darren's sperm and get my IV ready for anesthesia. I like this part of it.
Here is what I am feeling: We've been here before, and we always do well at this stage. We have gotten almost an egg out of every follicle and in 24 hours will know how many embryos have started to develop. We do this part well—it's the quality of embryos that we need to make sure is good.
I am ready. I am not as scared as I usually am. In fact, I am excited. I believe, for the first time, that today is a day I will know forever—it is the day we will conceive our baby.
My egg and Darren's sperm are joined—and possibility awaits us.
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