Saturday, February 9, 2008
Give us this day our daily gonadotropins
I started stims last night. We went out for dinner (ordered a rare dessert to stall) and then raced home to figure out what the heck we were supposed to do. The injection class covered it, sort of; all I really did there was follow step-by-step cues to open this, secure that, draw from the other, and jab a small peachy-pink patch of fake rump. I was a comfortable, confident, quick-study student. But last night at my home Injection Station (yes, I set one up!) — at which I felt I'd already mastered the art of self-administering Lupron — I was quite thumby.
The Menopur syringe is bigger, and you have to mix the medication with a diluent. So it's just more steps and a bulkier item in your hand. The stick itself stung, but I think that was from the medication (the diluent is a saline solution) and not the needle.
The Follistim pen is bigger yet and I think a little hard to manipulate with one hand, but it is convenient and better than using the older, bigger syringe-based method. I loaded two days' worth of doses into it and so now it's ready to go for tonight. I did feel that needle (small prick), but the main difficulty was pushing the medication into the skin. I'm sure it will go more smoothly tonight.
Side effects of last night's shots:
Teeny minute of wooziness directly afterward, followed by a brief shooting pain in the sciatic nerve and an ache in my groin (both on same side as injections); bruise at the Menopur site, bruise and lump at the Follistim site. I woke up pretty warm and had a stiff neck (not necessarily due to meds) this morning. Then I caused a big bleeder with my expert Lupron-injection technique. I just hit something, there was no pain whatsoever. I have felt totally fine during the day. No effects that I'm noticing.