On the day, I would have to wake early, prepare the sperm. I am not giving the details but the nurse at the clinic will provide a small sheet of paper telling the husbands what to do. It is not rocket science. Once the sample is collected, I rushed to the hospital. They have to reach the andrology lab within an hour. The lab opens at 8 AM. It was not specifically instructed but I figured that they don’t live under high temperature. So I always got them covered.
At the lab, the staff would ask you to write your wife’s and your name, NRIC and birthday on a piece of label, even though I already did. I handed over my IC for their verification. They are really diligent. One person check and one more verify. I guess no one can tolerate mistakes. I appreciated that. Mixing up the sample can be a nightmare.
PS: Please memorise your wife’s NRIC and birthday. Birthday is a given but NRIC number…
I did this a few times and noticed that the lab staff won’t touch the bottle. The staff instructed me to remove the bottle from the plastic bag, stick the label, they just won’t touch. And, they won’t share the pen. There are a few pens there, for patients I think. Come on, I washed my hands… Well, I get it. I am ok with it.
Then, my wife slowly made her way to the clinic. I was already there waiting. The lab needs 2 hours to prep the wash the sperm.
There is always a queue at the women’s clinic. So, do expect to wait a little while. After all, we are seeing Prof. I bet he has many patients. So, we waited patiently for our turn.
Before we went into the room, one of his nurses will carry a cooler box into the room. We knew what is inside. During our IUI times, every time we went grocery shopping and saw that brand of the cooler box, my wife and I would look at each other and that smile. 🙂
Back to Prof’s room. Husbands are allowed to stand beside wives when Prof perform the procedures. So it is up to you.
Don’t be surprised. When you enter the room as the nurse calls, you don’t see Prof there. The nurse will prep your wife while Prof is still in the other room. He has two rooms, two nurses and he runs between them.
The first thing the Prof would do is to praise the husband, by telling him how many swimmers he had collected that morning. I always feel proud! The moment of glory.
It only takes Prof a few minutes to do a scan then push the swimming army into the uterus using a catheter. He is so experienced. Later, we learnt from another doctor that the wife should maintain a full bladder before the procedure, as it is easier to push that thing in. But, Prof does not seem to have any problem doing it.
Prof did not impose any restriction on activities. I would recommend both of you to take the next morning off. Prof recommends intercourse the next day, as it increases the chance. 😀
No swimming. His covering doctor told us this.
One thing about Prof. He travels, a lot. So, there is a chance that he might be on leave when the day comes. You can check with the nurse on his schedule and plan around his off days.