Holy SHOT!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012.  CD7.

Today has completely exhausted me.

And it’s not even close to being over yet.  Ugh.

That’s alright though, because today is Menopur: Day One!

It almost killed me, but I managed to get my paws on my meds today.  I got everything home, put my Ovidrel in the fridge, and unpacked the Menopur kit.

Holy. Hell.

It was an intimidating little pile of torture devices, but I’ve had some experience with subcutaneous injections.

I am proud to say that I managed to mix the meds and inject myself, all without fainting or hyperventilating!

…This is one thing I wish I didn’t have to get used to.  Bleh.

Either way, tonight marks the end of my Femara consumption for the cycle, and the beginning of The Five Days of Menopur.

That should really be a Christmas carol…

On the first day of Menopur, my hormones brought to me

Abdominal bloating and some serious fatigue.

Festive, eh?

Anyway, this week should be interesting.  One Menopur shot per day, and an ultrasound on Friday to check out how my follies are responding.

We postponed the husband’s follow-up semen analysis due to insurance issues, but I’m not upset about it.  I think it might actually be better to wait a week or so, that way I can’t freak out and get all pessimistic about this cycle if his numbers don’t come back spectacular.

Once the insurance folks stop jerking me around, we will have this test done and at least have some more information in that arena.

In the meantime, it’s shots and sex for me!

Woo!  Just like college!

…Okay, maybe not just like college.


12 comments on “Holy SHOT!

  1. Jen
    July 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    You injected the Menopur yourself? You’re my new hero! I thought I could handle it once when my husband was out of town but I ended up calling my BFF and having her come over to do it. Crossing my fingers that you respond well to the Menopur and that your appointment Friday brings good news and big juicy follies!


    • Tracy
      July 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      I did! 😀

      I find that if I don’t think about it too much, I can do the sub-q’s myself. I did an intramuscular trigger once… and almost died on the bathroom floor, LOL. After that, i got outside help.

      Sadly though, the husband cannot be convinced to stab me with needles. He also does not kill spiders, so I had to put on my big girl panties and take care of business! 😉


  2. Katie
    July 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Just like college! That was great….


    • Tracy
      July 24, 2012 at 9:41 am #


      Remember college? When you didn’t have a care in the world about your fertility, except in preventing pregnancy? Those were the days… LOL. 😉


  3. KelBel
    July 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    I am SO impressed that you did the shot yourself! I couldn’t do it on the last cycle and am sure I’ll be having my husband do it for me again this time. I love your idea of making Menopur Christmas carol!!


    • Tracy
      July 24, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      It has taken me a while to work up to this, so don’t give me TOO much credit. 😉

      The first trigger shot I did, I almost fainted. And that was a pre-loaded sub-q! When I started with IUIs and the Pregnyl triggers, I had a 2″ intramuscular that I had to mix myself… I pretty much went to my knees after I got the needle in the first time, and I got help after that.

      Now that I’m back to sub-q’s, it’s like a mosquito bite compared to those giant, nasty needles in the ass! 😉


  4. Arwen Rose
    July 24, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    Shots and Sex! Sounds amazing!! 😉 Hey from ICLW! I am hoping to embark on an IVF cycle eventually to transfer one day to a surro-mama! I am TERRIFIED of having to inject myself! Looking forward to following your journey.


  5. Tracy
    July 24, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    The sub-q’s really aren’t so bad! The needles are tiny and you don’t feel a thing. It’s just the mental aspect of inflicting harm upon yourself that you have to get around, lol.

    It’s sick, I know, but hey – you gotta do whatcha gotta do! 😉

    Thanks for stopping by!


  6. B
    July 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I love it – just like college. Sigh. If only. Would it be wrong to turn giving yourself a shot into a drinking game? A shot for a shot? Probably undermines the whole “suitable parent” thing, but would make it a little more enjoyable…


    • Tracy
      July 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm #


      I’m going to take that idea to my Happy Hour Baby Shower. Every shower attendee has to do as many shots as I had to give myself in order to get pregnant! The last one standing wins! 😉


      • B
        July 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

        Holy crick, that sounds like a dangerous game! 🙂


  7. A Morning Grouch
    August 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Amazing the things we will do to ourselves to get pregnant! I think you should totally write up a 12 days of christmas song too – great start.


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