embracing the adventure... sort of, hello injection lesson

Well I have successfully given myself a very sore throat.  I started off the day with a lovely headache and it seemed to progress into an overall throbbing and now I have capped it off.  Oh the things I am capable of when stressed!  If only I could somehow use these powers for something more positive...

We watched the Puregon Pen video earlier tonight.  That was fun.  I definitely think the highlight was how easily she stabbed herself in the stomach with the pen.  Tomorrow we get the live demonstration... in person... at the clinic.  It is time to see if my Husband's precise engineering skills translate into flawless injection delivery.  I have faith.  Besides, during the video he kept saying... don't worry, we've got this... and I kind of think we do.  Shocked?  So am I.  I will re-evaluate this feeling tomorrow but right now I am feeling oddly optimistic.

The fertility psychologist told me that I must not fear the injections, rather, I must visualize how they will work with my body towards this greater goal.  I am supposed to picture the medicine flowing through my blood, helping my ovaries produce many wonderful follicles.  In theory this sounds great... assuming of course that I can ignore the alledged burning flow associated with these medicines.

So at present I feel decently equipped to set out on this injection receiving path in a semi positive manner.  I will try to look at it as more of an adventure... who does not appreciate a good adventure?

Daring Adventure by LoveWish via Etsy


  1. Something to keep in mind when you have your first injection: how much it does or does not hurt will mostly be down to how close it happens to be to a nerve, i.e. you can't control it and it will be different ever time. So if the first one is uncomfortable, try to remember that others will likely hurt less - I've even sometimes had some that I can't feel AT ALL! And this is coming from someone who hates injections but has given herself literally hundreds of them over my years of IVF. (My husband has never given me an injection; he tried helping me with one once and it was awful.)

    The mental pain of the injections is DEFINITELY the worse part.

  2. You can do this! I agree with the above noter - try different spots on your stomach. Some places do hurt less. Though I'm running out of spots with bruise marks starting all over my belly.

  3. Wow, video and live instructions! All I got was a sheet of paper. :/
    We'll see how that goes for me when the time comes.
    Good luck with this adventure!!!

  4. You will get the hang of it in no time. The fear of the injection was much worse than the injections themselves for me. I was shaking the first few times I had to do it, and then it got easy and normal. I like what the psychologist said about visualizing and also what you said about it being an adventure. It is! This may very well be the story of how you and your partner become parents.

    Let us know how the injections go.

  5. Good luck with your first injection! I am sure you will be great!

  6. I think you will be surprised at how easy it really is...I hope that it goes well!

  7. Thank you all for your words of encouragement! The first injection was really not that bad.


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