Sunday, May 03, 2009

Family Planning

The ability to mix injectable medications in syringes is a skill neither my husband nor I expected to cultivate. And honestly, I'm not sure we have: mixing and taking Repronex has been dicey, to put it mildly (using the Gonal-F pen is child's play in comparison). Sometimes I wonder how it is that they just let you loose with these medications with nothing but a homegrown video on the pharmacy website to guide you as you attempt to force them into your body with a sharp object. Shouldn't you need some sort of formal medical qualification for this?

The other morning, after a particularly challenging time with air bubbles and suction as we tried to draw back the medication, my husband looked at me. "Family planning," he said, as he sighed and shook his head. "It isn't what it used to be." Indeed.

Still, if this works, I know the details of mixing, sticking, wincing and injecting will dissolve into a distant blur. I will know in just under three weeks. I'm triggering tonight; egg retrieval will be Tuesday, with the transfer most likely Friday.

In the meantime, I must share this product recall, which I discovered via author Elizabeth McCracken's blog (If you do not know McCracken's writing, get to know it. Immediately.), and which made me laugh out loud. I'm sure that I do not need to point out the 1,000 ironies contained within this recall.


Amanda said...

Whoa! It's almost that time! My fingers are crossed that you got some fine eggs cooking in there. GOOD LUCK.

just me said...

abou the drug mixing and injecting...i think the same stuff, seriously, you just give me this and I am expected to do it right? of course i want to do it right...hopefully we have.

Anonymous said...

I only ever used a pen. I can imagine how intimidating it would be to have to mix things together.
Yay for triggering tonight! Good luck!

Ashley said...

Good LUck!!I found you through REs Cogitatae. I saw that your ER was Tuesday so I had to come see your blog because mine is Wednesday!! I hope you get your BFP. I'm going to add you to my blog list!!

Anonymous said...

Cycle buddies! :D Now if that isn't a good omen, I don't know what is!

I hope the trigger went smoothly. Any assvice on how to do it pain free?

So excited for you, Egg!

Anonymous said...

that is the funniest product recall ever! :D

i had the same thought when we were mixing menopur. those nights of menopur + gonal-f + lupron just seemed insane for a non-medical professional to be doing unsupervised!

Michelle said...

I have wondered about the drug mixing thing myself. It does not seem right that we are left to our own devices to do this right. It makes me paranoid. Good luck I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!