Monday, July 12, 2010

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

This past weekend was the last before my transfer and as such, Chad and I thought a little fun was in order. So when we were invited to a party Friday night, it seemed like a great idea. And it was, we had a great time laughing with friends, playing cards and doing shots, just not the shots you typically would do at a party. No, while going through fertility treatments there are a whole different set of shots to worry about and party night was no exception.

After the cancellation scare Friday morning, my nurse called and instructed me to do my first hCG shot that night. Since we are supposed to time these pretty consistently it was quickly obvious that the injection schedule and the party would conflict. We discussed skipping it, after all our FET is the most important thing in the world right now and I would rather have quiet Fridays at home with my family anyway. But we also really did want to go, have some fun and enjoy the chance to just be us for the night. So I turned to to twitter. Do we go? And if so, do I inject 4 hours early or try to stealthily do the shot at the party?

I was so grateful for the response I got and after hearing a few great tales of secret injections in similar circumstances, (including one loving DH that sneaked into a bachelorette party, administered the injection and crept back out) we decided to pack up our supplies and go for it. Secretly mixing medication in the bathroom of a friend's house was definitley a unique and memorable experience. Unfortunately, being in this unique situation was not without flaws and our numbing efforts were unsuccessful, resulting in the most painful injection yet. It hurt for quite a while afterward and I had to avoid sitting for most of the night, but overall it worked. We did the shot, the meds made it back home safely and we had a good time.

I thought the shot excitement for this FET would end there but alas, before the weekend ended we had one more mishap. After all the concern and subsequent relief surrounding Friday night's hCG injection, we both completely forgot about Saturday night's estrogen injection. Sunday morning, almost exactly 12 hours after we should have done the shot, Chad realized that something was missing. We checked the schedule and sure enough, we had missed a shot. I admit I was slightly nervous but knowing that this injection was supplemental I felt mostly confident that if we did the injection immediately it would be fine, a call to my nurse confirmed it. So that's what we did, and while this one hurt less it cause the most bleeding of any injection yet. That coupled with the bruise I acquired Friday night did not make for a pretty sight, good thing this is an area of my body no one else has to look at.

All of this made for a funny and interesting shot filled weekend. These are definitley different than the shots we were doing together before we got married and while I would have never imagined being in this situation or having to go through so much to create our family, I have to honestly say I like these shots a little bit better. Yes, they are inconvenient, painful and expensive but the results of doing them are definitely much more desirable. I would choose a well prepared body, ready for a growing baby over a hangover any day. "Bottoms up!" suddenly has a totally different meaning!

13 comments:

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Brave IVF Girl said...

I'm thinking about you a lot and hoping everything goes well!

Tiffany said...

That story is priceless...oh the memories you will have! I'm so excited for your transfer this week. I hope all goes smoothly!

T said...

I LOVE the creativity. So glad everything worked out. You are in my prayers as your FET approaches.

Katie said...

You sneaky girl. :) I'm glad you figured out a way to do the shot at the party. Fingers crossed and prayers sent that your upcoming FET goes smoothly. You know I'm cheering for you down here in Florida!

Adge said...

Glad you got to go out and have fun and still get your "shots" done

rebecca said...

Hoping everything goes perfectly for your FET! We too had to take an injection to party during our IVF cycle & I couldn't agree more completely and totally worth it!!!

Rita said...

Loved your party injection story! Glad everything worked out. Lots of luck for your FET!

Miracle in the Making said...

LOL I love this!! I am so so sooooo excited for thursday!!! Yeah embies!!

Tillie said...

So excited!!!!!! Fingers are crossed for you! Come on sticky baby tomorrow!!

Andrea said...

It reminds me of the foibles I get into as a mom. So I guess you're just getting a bit of a crash course in chaos. God must be getting you ready for twins!

lowfatlady said...

So glad that giving the shot during the party worked. I was thinking about you ;)

ryansmom said...

So glad it all worked out. I remember one time my husband had to give me a shot in a parking lot just before going to the LA Kings hockey game. Mixing meds. in a car is not easy. No estrogen shots for me this time around. I have these cute Climara patches that I place on my belly or fatty part of hip/butt area. Yeah, for one less shot. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.