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Monday, May 24, 2010

Bloodwork (Again) and Ordering Meds Soon!

We had our STD bloodwork redone last week (our previous bloodwork results expire in June) - the NEDC should hopefully have the results sometime between tomorrow and Thursday. Now, I'm just waiting to fill my prescriptions from Ascend Pharmacy. Most of these medicines are not easy to fill at a local drugstore, so the NEDC calls them into a specialty pharmacy who ships the meds directly to your home. The NEDC called the prescriptions in on the day of my mock transfer, but I haven't needed to fill them yet. Ascend is apparently a little eager for me to order them because they called both my cell phone and my work phone last Thursday asking when I planned to order them. I told them early June. Once I order them over the phone, they'll be sent to me overnight in a cooler (weird sounding, I know...). I am dreading the sight of those PIO (Progesterone in Oil) 1.5 inch needles!...But, I'll do what I've gotta do! :)

Sometimes this still seems so surreal to me...We are actually adopting embryos! When I first read about embryo adoption in 2006 and thought it sounded wonderful, I wouldn't have believed that Aaron and I would actually be pursuing it 4 years later! Thank you, Lord, for this amazing opportunity to rescue and love little lives!


Nikki said...

You are a brave girl :) YAY! I'm glad that things are still progressing!

Jess said...

It's getting close now!! And don't let the needles frighten you. They look scarier than they really are. Promise!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how close you are getting! Seeing the box of meds can be a little overwhelming, but it's a lot easier to handle than you'd think! The PIO is hard, but it will all be worth it! Are you doing Lupron injections, too?

Aaron and Jennifer said...

Yes, I'll be giving myself Lupron injections too, but since the needle isn't as large as the PIO, I'm not dreading the Lupron quite as much. Plus, I've heard that Lupron doesn't leave any soreness or rashes like the PIO does.

Room for More said...

Well, since I am several cars behind you on this train, I can't help in the area of drug advice, but I can be your cheerleader and pray for your heart to be peaceful. I cannot believe your big day is almost here. I am glad I 'met' you before your big day!

Jen said...

I was terrified of PIO too, but it's really, really easy. And I am a TOTAL weenie when it comes to needles!

The big FAT needle doesn't go into your skin--it's JUST used to draw the medication out of the bottle. You use two separate needles because the rubber dulls the needle, and you want as sharp a needle as possible--hurts the least.

This is what I've learned:

Plunge the syringe up and down several times to loosen it up. Rub the top of the bottle with an alcohol swab. Fill the syringe with air, then plunge it in to the bottle and depress the air out. Then draw up the medication, slightly over the amount you’re going to take. Trade heads on the needle. Flick out any air bubbles out of the needle and plunge some of the medication out if needed. Swab the area of the skin with an alcohol pad. Pinch the area around where you're going to inject, HARD. Relax the muscle by lying or sitting, or standing on the opposing leg.

Put the needle in straight, quickly, and all the way. Plunge the medication as quickly as it will let you, then withdraw the needle quickly. Massage the area hard, especially if you’re using an oil compound. You don’t want the oil to sit under your skin because you’ll get knots and bruises. I also recommend putting a heating pad on the area after you’re done to aid in the same purpose of dissipating the oil. Make sure you alternate sides so that you don’t develop any one area that’s too tender. Often times, it’s the knots and bruises that hurt, not the injections themselves, so make sure you take the time to work them out.

Alternate sides every time. I had my nurse friend draw circles with sharpie where we could safely inject. After DH shoots each night, he makes a mark there with the sharpie, and then the next time it's that side's turn, he goes as far away from that little mark there so that no one area gets too much.

You can do this! And it will be SO worth it!! :)

Christina said...

It is such an amazing process, isn't it? I have the lab orders for the STD bloodwork, but we still need to get that done too. I'm thinking that I'll call the pharmacy this week sometime to schedule the med delivery for next week--I know I won't have time next week to think about it so I better get it arranged now.

As for the PIO--it's really not so much the injection itself that hurts (unless you hit a nerve), it's the lumps and bruises afterwords. RUB, RUB, RUB!!! That's my best advice. Sometimes, if my rear is a little cold, I'll pre-warm the area with a heating pad. Some women ice it to numb the area, but that just makes the oil even thicker. And, I always pre-warm the oil--it's worth it. Since you'll be doing the PIO twice per day you'll want to dedicate one cheek for the AM shot and the other for the PM shot. I remember it by thinking righty-nighty. I got nothin' clever for lefty :).

Let's get this show on the road, eh?

Ashley said...

I'll filled all my meds as soon as I got home from the mock just so I'd know I had everything I needed and wouldn't have to worry about it. I put it in our spare bedroom so I wouldn't have to look at it everyday. I am really freaked out about the PIO injections. I actually watched some You tube videos of people giving them yesterday! Yikes! I say Bring it On though, it just means we're that much closer to meeting our babies!

twondra said...

It's an amazing feeling adopting embryos, isn't it?

The shots are overwhelming and not fun, but very worth it. :) I'd do them all over again in a heartbeat.

Thinking of you!!

Angela said...

I am so excited for you! It's getting so close!!! Yay! I think of you often!

Katie said...

I am excited for you. I hope that the shots will not be as painful as you are expecting.

It's getting so close now!