Let the injections begin!

25 09 2009

So the start of human pin cushion begins…

I got all the paraphernalia ready last night. I set the syringe, 2 needles, vial of Buserelin and an alcohol swab on my bedside table last night so they were ready to go this morning. Not sure if that was a good idea though as everytime I woke up that was the first thing I saw.

I did think I’d have been more excited than I was but I kept putting the snooze button on my alarm, I was in no rush to get out of bed. I eventually got up at 8.00am and decided I’d take a shower before hand, to make sure I was fully awake!

DH was hanging around just in case I couldn’t do it and kept saying “have you done it yet?”. It took longer to get the syringe ready, I even had an attack of amnesia…I started questioning myself over how many mls I was to have in the syring. I talked myself down and knew it was only 0.5ml so that’s what I went with (I’m now sitting here thinking “did I read the measurements correct on the side of the syringe???”. Deary me, it’s gonna be a long 4 weeks! :o)

I took a photo of the syringe complete with the small needle used for the injection, as you can see, the overall length is 10cm but the needle is only about 1.25cm (I’ll double check tomorrow). I stuck the whole needle in, then got a bit of a fright and pulled it out again (it went in to my skin really easily) so I then had to stick it back in.

Buserelin syringe

Buserelin syringe

The sorest part was pushing the liquid in, it was just as tough as the test run I did with the pad at the clinic. I think it was the pressure of the actual syringe pushing against my skin that was the sorest thing. The needle is so fine you can’t even feel it going in.

I was left with a red mark but this was probably caused by me pinching my skin. I did the inection sitting on the side of my bed and now wonder if I’ve done it too low! If I’d have been standing it would have been further up my tummy, much closer to my belly button… oh well, you live and learn!! :o)

Injection site

Injection site

4 hours later and I  can’t even find the spot so it’s good to know the redness doesn’t last.

I’m hoping that I’ll start to get the hang of it and it’ll not take so long to do in the future.

And DH was a bit huffed that he didn’t get to “stab” me! But I’m glad I was able to do it myself :o)

I’ve been listening to my IVF Companion CD and I do think it has helped as I wasn’t stressed. I didn’t have to get myself into a calm state or anything and the CD suggests that the injection site will be more tingly than sore…I’ll keep this part in mind for 2moro.

If all goes to plan I’ve worked out that I’ll need 22 injections in total:

  • 7 days of Buserelin
  • 7 days of Buserelin + GONAL-f, then
  • 1 hCG shot!

So only 21 more to go!




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