Saturday, June 16, 2012

1st shot

I gave myself the first shot today! 

Before Hilari arrived to film all the action, I got out my box of fertility meds and reviewed the instructions.  The last time I practiced was two months ago and I didn't want to look like a complete nincompoop on camera.    
Since I already laid everything out, once Hilari arrived, I sat on the couch and we started to roll.  The first shot. Gonal-F; dose 225.  As I took the cap off the syringe, my mouth went dry and I started to feel self conscious in front of the camera.  With my hands slightly shaking, I carefully drained the prescribed dosage from the small glass bottle.  I held my breath, wiped my stomach with a small alcohol swab and pushed the needle into my skin.  Pressing down the plunger, I counted to five and reminded myself to breathe.  One shot down, one to go.   

The second shot.  Menopur; dose 75.  This particular shot involves mixing sodium chloride with a powder and changing the needle to a smaller one, and then injecting it.  Let's just say it didn't go as smoothly as the first one and I went into a little bit of a panic mode.  I had to read and re-read the instructions.  I finally got it together and made the injection.  As I put pressure on the plunger, I felt a burning sensation under my skin.  Maybe I'm pushing the plunger too fast I thought to myself.  I eased up.  It still burned.  I took a deep breath, looked away from the needle and kept pushing until the syringe was empty.  Done.   

Whew!  I made it.  Honestly, it was not as bad as I thought.  The most difficult part was the split second before I poked myself with the needle.  My brain kept reminding me that it would cause pain.  All in all, the whole process turned out to be easier than I expected.  Day one, shot one (and two) are dunzo.

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