This week started off with an ultrasound Monday morning (5/13). Ultrasounds and meetings are a given now. Everything went well. We met with our infertility coordinator to go over our numbers and review how to administer the Repronex and Follistim, the two drugs we add to our regiment this week. She said not to worry about taking it wrong as much as not taking it at all, which apparently she’s had patients do. This blew our minds, to think there are people out there who pay the high cost of IVF and then skip injections because they forgot or were too busy.
So Desiree is now on 3 hormone shots per day – one in the thigh (Lupron in the morning), one in the stomach (Follistim in the afternoon) and one in the rear (Repronex in the afternoon). She’s got a lot of tracks, a good amount of bruising and that tends to make it hard to choose a good spot.
The Repronex nees to be prepared which means I have to mix it together from two vials, one of water and one of powder (the drug). It’s a matter of using a big mixing needle and then switching to a smaller, 1.5 inch needle for injection. Our coordinator said sometimes people forget to change the needle which has got to hurt because that thing is big enough to take a chunk of skin with it! Watch this video for the full process.
The Follistim comes in a pen kit. It’s the most expensive drug we’re taking at $700 per cartridge. The cartridge is loaded into the pen once. Then every time we inject we put a new needle on, dial the dosage at the bottom of the pen which pushes the back of the pen outward like a button to press. When we inject it we press the button all the way down, this pushes the drug out, hold the needle in place for 5 full seconds and we’re done. We have to track the dosages in a diary otherwise it’s easy to lost count. Watch this video for the full process.
Update (5/20): I forgot to mention we both took a 1000mg antibiotic (four 250mg pills each) one night. It’s just to clear our systems out from anything along the way.
Desiree was very tired this week. At night after the drugs she feels twinges and tightness in her ovaries. This always makes me nervous, but I think she’ll be fine. She’s handled everything great. She’d say her mood has been swinging a bit, but I haven’t noticed. Overall I’d say she’s doing far better than we expected.
She was scheduled for another ultrasound on Friday (5/17) which went well too. That afternoon they called and said everything looked good to the doctor so we can continue with the same dosages we’d already been using. We have another ultrasound and meeting scheduled for Monday (5/20, week 4 day 1).
We’re back and forth to the clinic about twice a week now, but week 4 might be three or more times because we’re fast approaching her egg retrieval.