This morning I went to the hospital lab (because it is a Sunday and the office labs weren't open) and got my P4 drawn (progesterone). This was to make sure that I ovulated. SIDE NOTE: I begged the lab person to use a butterfly needle because I have bad veins...she refused because she was "so good". Guess what? She had to poke me in both arms before she got any blood...and did eventually use a butterfly needle. CCRM used butterfly needles as a standard practice..thank goodness. Anyway, the results were sent to CCRM within a couple of hours. I called the on-call nurse. She reviewed the lab results and gave me the go ahead to start the Lupron and Dexamethasone.
So tonight at 8PM I gave myself my first shot of Lupron...not painful at all, although the area around the shot got a little tender. CCRM has a link to videos (on the homepage of their website) that show you how to give the shots - very helpful. Also, I read somewhere that you should reward yourself after the shots so that they don't become a source of dread. I think this is a great idea and plan on coming up with a reward routine in the next couple of days. I just took my dexamethasone and now plan to head to bed. It feels good to finally get this process started and I am in great spirits.
Nothing other than the Lupron and Dexamethasone until my period starts (probably August 4th or 5th). Then I go in for an ultrasound and blood work here in Michigan. If these tests show that the Lupron has successfully shut down my ovaries, then the real fun begins...the stimulation drugs.
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