Friday, August 01, 2008

The Ball is Rolling

Guess what I’m doing this afternoon? I’ll give you a hint it rhymes with schmuregon pen. I’m going to a med-teaching session this afternoon where I will be learning how to inject myself with a pu.regon pen. I am feeling a little freaked by the thought of injecting myself.

Earlier this week I emailed my clinic to say that we will be starting our first IUI cycle later on this month (BTW – can you believe it’s August already?!) and I wanted to know if there was anything that I should be doing to prepare for it. I also wanted to know how the process works.

A wonderful part-time nurse, let’s call her, Friendly, called me yesterday to give me the 411. First she asked if I’d been taking all of the supplements that Dr. Handsome had suggested (DHEA, CoQ10 etc). Then she said I would need to come in for a med-teaching session since I will be using the magical pen. Lo and behold, they had a cancellation for Friday afternoon – can I make it? So, I said yes.

In two hours I will be learning how to inject myself. I’m feeling a little apprehensive. Will I have to actually give myself an injection this afternoon? OMG I think I might be sick. I know thousands of people do this every day, and I know it’s not the end of the world – the needles are tiny etc etc. I just never thought that I would be one of them.

The rest of the call covered the IUI process. Call them on CD1, blood work on CD2 or CD3 to test my hormones (I’m already starting to worry that my FSH will be sky high), ultrasound to check out the ovaries for any old follies then the injections start, then monitoring to make sure the ovaries respond accordingly, then trigger and then the magical IUI. We won’t know until that time whether it will be a single or double IUI.

It’s good to know what to expect. I’m going to try not to worry too much about things until they actually happen.


Lost in Space said...

Congrats on getting things started. It sounds like you have a great plan!

You will be an old pro after a couple injections. I was terrified too at first, but they really aren't that bad. Good luck!!

Deborah said...

It is good to take one step at a time. Less chance of driving yourself crazy. Now IF I could only follow my one advice.

Hope the class went well!