I had my doctors appointment on Friday morning for a blood test and an ultrasound to make sure we were on track to start the stimulation medication. As usual, I was worried about the results of the ultrasound, but as luck would have it everything was quiet on the uterine front. So I went home all excited and ready to begin the fun process of waking up my ovaries. They put my on 1 vial of Menupur and 150 shot of Follistim, divided 75 morning and 75 night, but the first night I had to take the full 150 to kick off the shot show! They reduced the Lupron to 10 iu's from 20 every morning.
The Follistim is really easy to take because its basically preloaded in a pen. All you have to do is dial it up and shoot. Just needs a needle tip change prior. The Menupor on the other hand is a bit harder. You have to take the correct amount of saline solution and inject into the vial of powder, roll the vial around to mix the solution, pull it back into the syringe, then change the needle tip to a smaller needle all before injecting. This is my 9 o' clock routine.
After adding these 2 new medications to the daily routine, I have learned just exactly how spoiled I was with my Lupron shots. The only unpleasantness is the initial pinch and then basically I don't feel anything while its being injected. These new shots are a whole nother story. The Follistim doesn't hurt while its being injected, but after its in there it hurts my belly for a few minutes. The Menopur, I guess because its a mixture of chemicals, hurts kinda bad going in (stings a little), but once its in its fine. The Menopur is the one that I really don't look forward too. Definitely my least favorite. According to my husband, it also makes me extra specially moody and bitchy. I've also had this crazy headache for like 2 weeks now.
On a more positive note, I'm starting to get excited about this whole process. You'd think that the last thing I'd be is excited after adding all these shots, but my retrieval is a little over a week away so I have that to look forward to and my husband has that entire week off to spend with me so I also have that to look forward to. I don't know if getting excited is the right thing to do because I don't want to get my hopes up too high, but I also know that if I go into this with a bad attitude, or I'm too stressed out, or I think to negatively that those could affect my chances of getting pregnant and every little bit of hope counts in a positive way.
For now we are still praying.