Saturday, November 11, 2006

Not too bad...

Last night was my first night of stims. I was told to do the injections between 6-10 so I started preparing at 6. It was a bit more complicated than it looked when the nurse showed me what to do, but I managed to figure it out. I decided to start with the Re*pronex because I've read that it hurts the most. It was also a larger needle and a bigger injection. I'm all about getting things out of the way. The needle didn't really hurt, but the medicine burned and the area around the site ached. I also had some bleeding when I took the needle out. The Foll*istim was a breeze. The needle was even smaller than the one I use for Lu*pron and the injection didn't hurt at all. I think that I'll start with the Foll*istim from now on so I can do both injections on the same side. I couldn't pinch the skin after the first injection because it hurt too much.

Can you believe that it took me half an hour from start to finish? At least tonight I'll have the medication mixed and ready and won't have to sit in the bathroom for half an hour. I have this vision of a small bathroom and a long line of people wondering what exactly is taking me so long. I thought about doing it in the car (the ceremony and reception are in two separate areas) but we're bringing B's grandma to the reception.

I hope to post tomorrow about how it went and the results of my monitoring appointment. Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

KE - Congrats on starting stims! Good work!!! And you can do it tonight - it will only be easier the second time, now that you've practiced. If the Follistim pen is like the Gonal-f pen, yes - doesn't it just slide right in?

I also have a bit of bleeding sometimes after Repronex and an occasional red mark from the shot. I ice before the shot (which I realize may not be possible at a wedding reception!) and rub the area after - I've heard that helps the meds to absorb and prevents the redness. Oh, and I let the mixed shot sit for 10 min before injecting. Do you have the Q-caps for mixing? Those didn't come with my drugs, but I remembered the nurse using them at the clinic to demonstrate, and asked for some on my first monitoring check. They make mixing SO much easier.

Anyway, just wanted to tell you that you did a GREAT job! Have fun at the reception tonight. :) Can't wait to hear about your monitoring appointment!