The first stab

Categories: to-be-categorised

Tags: explanations, tea, IVF, injections

Date: 09 October 2009 08:00:33

*Disclaimer - this post was not written this morning, I am deliberately posting these entries on different dates so that I can be fully open about this IVF stuff without people knowing exactly what is happening when. It's a self preservation thing, with all of the injected hormones I become a bit of an emotional wreck, and am saving myself the pressure of people curious to know outcomes before I'm ready to tell.

This morning I woke up, drank half a cup of tea in bed, then with the other half I took some half-strength asprin and a folic acid tablet. These are the easy meds. cheap and taken with tea (decaffeinated of course, caffeine's not good for fertility). This meant I was able to psych myself up to open up the first bottle of the hard stuff, the hormone inhibitor. Cap off, wipe with an antiseptic wipe, invert and then take a needle attached to a syringe and draw out the required amount. Easier said than done, bubbles get in so easily, easier to draw more than needed and squirt the excess back up into the bottle. Then stab it in, somewhere near the tummy button, but not the same place every day. Count to five, push the plunger down slowly, but not too slowly. Count to ten, needle out, into sharps box, all done 'till tomorrow.

As self injecting goes, these ones aren't bad. Not too many side effects (they play down my own hormones in preparation for the next round of meds that add new ones in), the needles are not very big, and the medication is already mixed for me. This is definitely the easy stretch.