Saturday, April 24, 2010

Self-Injecting was... Ok

It wasn't great. In fact, it was very angst-ridden.

Due to travel and unexpectedly not having my travel buddy, I had to self-inject for my IUI shot for the first time ever. Not fun. Halfway through I was really wishing I had looked up a nurse on craigs.list to help me or something!

For those of you who told me about ice - thank you!!!! I don't know why I hadn't thought of that even before. There's no way I could have done this without ice. Must have ice from now on.

So, I was sitting there in the hotel room with my husband on the phone trying to figure out the different needles and how to deal with the vials. It's much more complicated than I had thought. I have to say, much as I don't think I want to do this again on my own, I'm glad I know what actually goes on instead of looking away the whole time B is preparing these shots for me.

It felt like it an hour, maybe 1/2 hour, forever. Longer than expected. And there were 2 shots - yes, my dosage came in two. Ugh. And I had no idea how hard it is to actually push the syringe part down into you. Not the needle into you but once that's in, then pushing the stuff actually into you. That was the hardest, really.

When it was all said and done, I just kept crying. The stress of it all, plus the stinging. Even with ice.

It's done. I have some bruising. Sunday night, B can do this for me, only this time I'll actually know what he's doing.

Greater cause... greater cause. It's all for our little one who just hasn't shown themself yet!

So, thank you again, everyone for your support - that was awesome!!

Now, to enjoying the rest of my time in Chicago! Off to a bik.ram yoga class this morning and then will do some much needed shopping!


  1. Man you are so good. I could never ever inject myself. I can't even watch someone else being injected. You'd think after all these years of injections i'd unpunk myself, not happening. So good for you and happy iclw.

  2. So proud of you! I knew you could do it. When you were pushing the syringe down, to inject the medicine, did you do it nice and slow? I've found that if I do it fast, it stings a lot worse and it's a lot harder to do, but if it slow, it eases some of the stinging.

    Enjoy your time in Chicago!

  3. Hi, I'm over for ICLW. I'm (maybe) facing IVF and the bit I'm dreading most is the injecting so go you!

  4. So proud of you, good for you for overcoming your fear & the pain and pushing're such a strong woman! Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Chicago, I LOVE that city!

  5. Good for you! I've never had to do injectables, but I always feel like it would completely freak me out, even though I'm usually fine with others sticking needles in me. Have fun in Chicago!

  6. Kudos to you for doing it- that's one thing I'm SURE I couldn't do. Seriously, you deserve a prize.
    I managed all the stims and things myself (you know, the little needles)... But the Hubs had to do the big ones. I have a horrible fear of needles, so I hyperventilated and cried into a pillow during all the PIO shots (the fact that I had a reaction to them and was in more pain than was normal probably didn't help)...

  7. so glad you were able to do it! So proud of you as I haven't had to do it yet and would be so scared. Hope you enjoy your time in Chicago!

  8. You did it. that's great. yes it is a bit hard to inject yourself. have fun in chicago. thanks for visiting my neck of the woods.

  9. Well done you - it's the first one that's the worse. I started self-injecting and then made my husband do them when he was about, because that was better.

    Here from ICLW

  10. Here from ICLW.
    Good for you for injecting yourself!!

  11. shots... the whole damn process of trying to have a baby.... it's so hard... and sooo very emotional.... my heart goes out to you... I pray that in the very near future...the baby arrives and then yes it will be all worth it.... hugs to you... thinking and praying for you.... right now.... hugs girl:)

  12. Bravo ! You have done it ! Be proud of yourself. :)

  13. I'm glad you were able to get it done - I'm sorry you have to go through it though. I hope this cycle has a wonderful payoff!

    ICLW #119