Let's get this party started

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It is time to get this in vitro party started!  In a day or two we will officially be out of the gate and starting our in vitro protocol.  I am excited.  I am scared.  This is happening.  It could work.  God I hope it does.

At eight am this morning we were sitting in a conference room with five other fertility challenged couples and one instructor.  We were learning, step by (painful) step, how this will go down.  I had been warned that this would be boring.  It was not boring.  It was stressful.  I think the word fear best describes my feelings throughout the entire two hours.  Did they really need to include tiny needle pictures on so many slides or mention how they could give me horse tranquilizers during the egg retrieval to deal with my anxiety!  Funny enough the one thing that really stuck out in my mind was the fact that I cannot have any nail polish on the day of the retrieval.  How so very strange.

Sitting in the car leaving the clinic I did have a bit of a hysterical moment.  It was bound to happen.

All was not lost.  We headed to the glebe (trendy neighbourhood in Ottawa) for some breakfast and shopping.  In a very strange turn of events, I am now shopping again.. nothing crazy.. but I have been told to reward myself in these trying times.

Next up... trying to keep it together mentally and trying to physically relax.

Happy Saturday!


  1. I remember being in tears watching a Youtube video of how to do injections cos I was so stressed. But it was fine when I came to it. Hopefully you'll be okay too, it's just a lot to take on board at this stage.

  2. You can do it. *hugs*

    I hate needles, but have done my own injections for all our IVF cycles. It's oddly empowering. And apart from the momentary stress of actually jabbing yourself, it's easy to do.

    By the way, the no nail polish rule is so they can tell if your nails are going blue while under anesthesia.

    We're getting really close to starting stims for our IVF #3. Happy to answer any questions you have!

  3. Sushigirl - I can't imagine watching a Youtube video on doing the injections.. I think I would pass out!

    Bravingivf - I might take you up on that offer to send some questions your way! Oh and at our clinic they don't use an anesthesiologist for the egg retrival. Just good old fashioned pain meds!


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