IVF Update: Belly Shots
Today: I had my "trial transfer" at the RE's office (Reproductive Endocrinologist). It's basically a sonogram guided measuring task. To note, they looked at my ovaries today. I have 7 follicles on the left ovary and 9 on the right. None of them are mature and ready to roll or anything. I just started the shots of Lupron today, which keep your body from ovulating (if I'm understanding things correctly).
I also had my injection teaching. Ahhh....belly shots. Luckily, the birth control pills have given me a nice little cushion over the past three months. (yay....)
Self injecting: not as hard as I thought it would be, but there is a moment where you just have the needle tip at your skin, and....there's a pause....hesitation....a minute passes....two minutes pass....and then you just go for it. You POP through the outer layer of skin at the 45 degree angle, and then it just seems to gliiiiiide through the fat. (Yum, right?) Then you push the plunger in. You're done.
What else about today? I met with the Andrologist/Embryologist. We went over the grading of the embryos, and it's a number & two letter series. It's all really subjective.
...and I wrote a check for $19,000.00. That's the largest CHECK I've ever written in my life. Sure, we've gotten checks from the bank for say, our house down-payment....but I've never personally written a check for 19K. Some people may say that it's not PC to talk about the money aspect of this---but really, it's a very real part of the process. People who say that the cost doesn't matter have probably never written a check for a nineteen thousand dollar chance. Because that's exactly what this is: a chance. And finances are a very real limiting factor for most couples. How many times can we afford to lay down $19K for a chance? How many times can most people do that???
Anyway....today was a success. Minimal discomfort. I'm going to be shooting up daily now. Nightly ritual: handful of pills. Morning ritual: shots. Let the hot flashes begin.