Friday, March 27, 2009

Fertilization and Butt-Shot Report

In case anyone out there is quivering in fear (as I was yesterday) about the prospect of a progesterone in oil (PIO) shot, I am here to report that last night's butt-shot was not that bad. I think more than the actual needle, I was nervous about someone else giving me a shot -- I'd come to terms over the last few weeks with shooting myself up, and the one time I'd let the Mr. give it a try was kind of disastrous. But he really pulled (pushed?) through -- just a little pinch. I've heard that the real pain of PIO shots is the cumulative soreness, which I can't speak to yet, but at least I won't be approaching tonight's needle encounter with abject terror.

(On a side note, I am really constantly amazed at the medical things that I've previously feared and have more or less overcome. Vag.inal ultrasound? Check. IV? Check. Injections? Check. Blood draws? Check. It's not that I really love any of these activities, but I feel sort of proud of myself that they're no big deal in a physical sense anymore. IVF makes grizzled medical veterans of us all!)

On the fertilization front, we got great news this morning -- 7 of our 8 fertilized!! The doctor us very optimistic that we'll make it to day 5, but in my excitement I forgot to ask what the basis was for this determination. I think it's too early for them to be grading the embies, right?

We won't hear anything else until Sunday -- either a report and time for Tuesday, or (if things aren't looking so hot) a time for a day 3 transfer that day. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with myself until then -- I don't think I've had to wait this long for any results yet -- but am just trying to think good thoughts for our little potential babes. I don't generally think of myself as an overly emotional person (the Mr. may disagree, especially after these last few weeks), but I pretty much love them already.

And now, to bring things back to my usual sarcastic and superficial level, I'm off to pee for the 10th time this morning. Thanks, Gatorade.


babyinterrupted said...

An echo of my own experience. I, too, dreaded the PIO shots, and found they weren't as bad as I thought. Lord, the size of that needle freaked me out.
Sending lots of positive vibes for your 7.

Flower said...

Yeap...I fear the PIO shots...Glad to hear it's not too bad....I guess I just had a bad experience with the water in the needle...LOL

Great Fert report!!

Emily said...

great report! pio not bad at all, especially if you do all the tricks - warm the syringe, inject sloooooowly, massage, and ice. the muscle soreness is sucky - I still feel a twinge now and then and I haven't shot up since Nov! wishing and hoping!

Carrie said...

Congrats on the great fert report! It sounds awesome!

I am in a study so have been exempted from PIO, and do the suppositories instead, but man, I am a baby about IM shots. You sounds like a total super hero about them!

Can't wait to hear more on the little embabies... grow, grow, grow!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the wonderful fert report! Hoping your embies grow and grow.

Thanks for posting about the PIO shots - I'm pretty nervous about them so it helps that your first one wasn't too bad.

Good luck!