Sunday, June 28, 2009

Shots and Signs

I have been having a horrible time with my Bravelle shots. I don't generally curse but I've labeled this my Bravelle-hell. It's not taking the shots - they don't hurt. It's mixing the shots! I have to mix saline vials to reconstitute the Bravelle, change out the needle and then stick myself. The kicker is that on weekends I still have to get up to take the shot like I would on a week day. Monday-Friday I am normally up by 5 am and out the door at 6:30-6:45. So my plan was to wake up at 6:30 on the weekend to take my shot and head back to bed. The problem is I'm still groggy and totally sleep-stupid. Saturday I didn't get all of the mixed Bravelle out of the vial and had to go back with a second needle and restick myself - ouch! So I thought I'd come up with a plan - mix my shot and preload my 5 units of Lupron for Sunday morning so that I would just get up and only have to stick myself. Even that didn't go well. I ended up some how pulling out the Lupron needle before injecting the meds and had to stick myself twice to get it in there all while bleeding from the first injection site. Then when I went to do the Bravelle I somehow loosened up the needle so that it wasn't on tight. When I went to inject the meds it started seeping out through the reservoir instead of through the needle and into my tummy. I had to keep the needle in my stomach while I tightened it back on to the body of the needle to be able to inject the remaining med. I think I lost a LOT on the floor. Hopefully tomorrow will be better because I will be taking these shots after having already been up for an hour and a half. Sigh.

It's totally all worth it but I now have SO much more respect for my dad and cousins who have type I diabetes. I don't know how they do it.

The cool thing was that Hammer and I were driving back from church this morning and I was thinking about the next few days and all I had to do for IVF and getting to my appointments etc. We were passing an SUV and on the bumper was a sticker that said, "Expect Miracles" I have NEVER seen that bumper sticker before ever - what are the odds of that?

Current Meds: Lupron 5 units, Bravelle 1 vial AM + 2 vials PM
Side Effects: burning and redness at injection site (Lupron only), moderate agitation, hot flashes, FATIGUE
Days Post Transfer: 0
# Eggs Transferred: 0
# Eggs Frozen: 0


Hillary said...

You're such a trooper with all those injections! It sounds like you're doing great and I love the bumper sticker matching your blog...DO expect miracles :)

cady said...

i feel for you! i was lucky to take follistim, so i didn't have to mix anything. i used to have to mix my arthritis injections, which wasn't a lot of fun.

Meant to be a mom said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your having a hard time with those terrible shots. I'm proud of you for sticking with it (ha literally). Keep up the good work.
Also that bumper sticker you saw... How neat! Its a sign. Gods watching out for you. I just know it!

sassy said...

I didn't do Braverelle but had to mix my own 'cocktails' for the Menopur injections - it is tricky! Luckily my man saved the day and became my at home nurse... he does the mixing, and then I do the injecting.

I'm expecting a miracle for you as well. Thank you so much for all your support lately...

jav16 said...

Hi - I've been reading your blog for a bit, but never commented. I did bravelle for one of my IUI's and if I recall correctly I was told that I couldn't prefill the syringe (it needs to be injected soon after mixing). I might be wrong, but just the heads up! Good luck with everything!!!