I swear that the collection of meds (and especially the number of needles and syringes) looked even more impressive in person. S was literally shocked to see this pile! Personally, I like the fact that I have my very own sharps container. Just what I always wanted!! :)
My first doses of Menopur (75 IU this morning, along with Lupron 5 units) and Follistim (100 IU this evening) went fine. Menopur was a little tricky because they included a lot of instructions about using a needleless system for drawing up the saline and transferring into the vial with the powder. However, this seemed more confusing than just using a needle, so I did it the old-fashioned way. I was also confused about the fact that the saline vial contained 2 cc of normal saline, but it seems that you are only supposed to use 1 cc to dilute the Menopur powder, and you can presumably discard the rest. Not to mention that I was chatting on the phone (hi K!) and trying to get ready for work as I was doing this, so it was a little bit overwhelming. I took my time and gave my full concentration to using the Follistim pen this evening, so that one went smoothly. I have no symptoms of any kind yet, except for the fact that my period is coming to a rapid halt. I'm somehow afraid that I'm going to forget a dose of something at some point. Yikes!
Since I'm always complaining about the cost of IVF, I'll take this moment to complain about the cost of something else -- gas! I set a new record today: I have now paid over $40 to fill up the tank on my little Honda Civic!! It used to cost me about $13 for a fillup, but at this point it was 10+ gallons, and $3.82 per gallon for the cheapest available gas. Luckily, I get pretty good mileage and don't drive more than 10-15 miles per day, so it should last me for a couple of weeks. However, I fail to see how suspending the gasoline tax over the summer (McCain's proposal) will really help the economy. I don't think that saving a couple of cents or a dollar here and there will affect the budget of the majority of people, but decreasing gas taxes (which generally fund transportation projects, as far as I understand) may just make road maintenance and new road construction come to a halt.
OK, I'm starting to fall asleep sitting here (I guess I'm even boring myself by talking politics for a minute), so I'm probably better off going to bed now. Good night, everybody!