Tuesday, April 8, 2008

First Shot

I asked S to be with me for "moral support" during my first Lupron shot. While pulling (too hard) to remove the cap from the needle, it recoiled and I managed to stab myself in the palm. OWW! I swear, I think it is a miracle sometimes that I have only had one occupational needlestick, and that was a clean needle that I hadn't yet used during a bone marrow biopsy. Lucky lucky...knock on wood...fingers crossed.

Anyway, I finally managed to draw up the 10 units, cleaned and pinched an inch on the side of my belly, and then I just took a deep breath and stabbed myself with the needle. I have to admit, the shot itself actually hurt less than I expected. I think I'll be able to do this entire part without much problem, even when it increases to 3 shots per day next week. So now I'll just have to start worrying about the trigger shot and the PIO shots. I have to admit that those DO scare me. I've seen those needles. Yikes.

This reminds me... last week, when I was at the RE's office for my trial transfer, there was a woman there who was having an absolute fit while her blood was being drawn. I mean, both her husband and the nurse were literally holding her down to restrain her arm while she flailed her entire body and was screaming and moaning really loudly. Certainly all of her movement couldn't have made it any easier to find a vein. The whole situation was pretty unbelievable and it was hard not to stare at them. I'm assuming that she is an IVF patient and I really hope that she is almost finished with the daily blood draw part of the cycle.

7 comments:

alison said...

Good luck with this cycle! I can't believe that woman would need such force to restrain her! Yikes! :)

Katie said...

I stabbed myself in the finger with a lupron needle while trying to get out an air bubble. I was very dramatic about it. Good for you doing them yourself (I couldn't)! Don't worry PIO isn't too terribly bad. Much easier than you think. Good luck!

Jen said...

Good luck with all the shots. I'm shocked that woman would have such difficulty with a measly blood draw. It seems like nothing compared to everything else people go through with IF.

Hilary (The Trying Game) said...

Woo hoo! That first shot is a milestone indeed!

Sending you good vibes for this cycle :)

Jen said...

Good job on doing your first shot!!

The PIO is not bad at all, really. You can trust me because I am the biggest baby ever. It is sore the next day, but the shot itself is easy.

Jill said...

YEAH! So glad you are getting started. I hope you sail through this with no Lupron s/e. Yucky!! It's so nice to have someone start on the same day as me. I hope we are both very lucky!

Maria said...

YAY, Congrats on your first needle stab!! They're really not that bad! I do have to admit, even after doing them last cycle, I'm still afraid of the PIO shots.

WTF is up with that women, did she not think blood draws were part of the process. I hate them as much as the next person, but I would really just want to tell that woman to grow up.