Tuesday, October 6, 2009

One down...

Who knows how many to go!?!

I did it.

At 8:30, last night, M. and I prepared and successfully completed my first Lu.pron injection! It didn't hurt at all, of course, that could be from my extra padding around my belly ;)

I'm to continue the 10 units of Lu.pron daily, until I bleed. Then I'll call the RE, and we'll do a suppression check, and then we'll add in the stims.

Please, please let me be pretty side effect free...

I had a little uneasiness at the RE's office yesterday. My favorite nurse, Nurse Peppy, while drawing my blood, was going over the plan for the cycle. It was going fine, until I asked if I was to start Lu.pron, as long as the blood work showed ovulation. Then it took a strange turn...

Nurse: "You don't start Lu.pron tonight, you start the estrogen."
Photogrl: "Really? I thought I started it tonight."
Nurse: "No, you don't start it until I tell you to. This is a different protocol this time, remember?"
Photogrl: "Uhh...this is MY first IVF cycle!"

At this point, I realized that Nurse Peppy thinks that I am my sister. Crap. This is the last thing I need...I'm already super nervous about the fact that this might NOT work, I don't need to worry that they can't keep their patients straight! She laughed it off and apologized profusely but I still walked out of the office a little unnerved.

THIS is what I was worried about when little sis asked me for my RE's name.

When we're confused on the phone, I understand. We really do sound a lot alike. But to have my chart in front of you and ME sitting there, and you still can't keep us straight? I guess the good news is that my office does not do the retrieval or transfer. We have to travel to a larger "hub" in a bigger city for that.

You better believe I'm going to be questioning everything else from here out.


  1. Oh geez, that is crazy.

    I'm still on Lup.ron for a while. I decrease to 5 units on Friday and start my estrogen replacement for the FET. I haven't had as much side effects this time (or maybe the fact that I am sick is masking them).

    Good luck my dear!!

  2. Well good grief. Well, it's not like you don't WELCOME MORE STRESS and things to worry about, right? : )
    They should have something special in place to make sure that that doesn't happen.
    Well, I am so gald that you are here. Well, not 'here' but 'here.'
    I hope you know how very much I am rooting for you.

  3. Congratulations- you are on your way! I personally don't like the "lead up" to things- getting started and jumping in is where its at!!

    I hope you have smooth sailing! Fingers crossed no side effects... :)

  4. I'm so glad you challenged the nurse on what she was saying! No use messing up your system:-(

    All fingers and toes crossed here for you!!

  5. WOOHOO! Congrats on completing your first lupron injection! That's awesome! And yeah, it doesn't hurt at all, huh. So far, I've had maybe 3-5 injections over the course of this 28 days of shooting myself up that have hurt or stung in any way, and that was generally because the needle didn't go in at a 90 degree angle, or there was just a random sensitive spot. Just letting you know in case you have one random shot that hurts, it's probably normal. And ice helped me a lot, I think. I'm not positive, because there were those few that stung anyway. But menop.ur and are supposed to sting, too, and they never did. And neither did the HSG. (I'll let you know about the progesterone bitches once we get there!)

    And as for the nurse, yeah. She needs to keep that stuff straight. That's a little concerning. If you weren't vigilant about your own care, that could have caused a real problem for you.

  6. YAY for your first shot!!!! You will do GREAT.

    Maybe you need to make shirts for you and your sister? Just kidding, but seriously, that would completely freak me out! Just another thing to worry about. Glad you know what is what and you didn't start shooting up the thing they are trying to suppress! JEEZ!

    I am so happy this new beginning, this new hope has begun. This cycle has so much promise and we are all here to cheer you on!


  7. Congrats on the first shot: I hope that's the last time they confuse you and your sister...hopefully they can keep you straight, or at least pay better attention to your charts.


  8. Yay for a great start to your first cycle!!

  9. Congrats on starting!!! I hope all goes well with this cycle!

  10. Yay, you did it!! And cheers to starting the cycle!

  11. Can't believe they confused you with your sister...but then again my sister and I look extremely alike...I think it very wise to keep questioning things, thank god the transfer is at another location!
    take care :)

  12. Wow, that was a strange convo!