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Oh, what the hell.

October 23, 2009

Disclaimer: This entry contains information regarding our adventures with trouble trying to conceive. Feel free to skip over if you wish to avoid too much information regarding my reproductive parts. I won’t blame you. I’d rather skip this stuff, too.

I’ve been sitting on this here entry since yesterday morning. Part of me didn’t want to tell the Internet about it because it’s damn personal. Part of me did want to tell the Internet about it because it’s damn exciting.

Excitement won over dignity.

I had my third visit of the week at our RE’s office yesterday morning for bloodwork (hormones) and an ultrasound (follicle size). My elbow pits are spotty and bruised. Someone would likely mistake me for a drug addict.

Need a quick female anatomy lesson regarding what happens when? Check out Dr. Spock.

My first visit of the week, Sunday, showed something like four potentially good follicles. Tuesday’s visit showed three, but none were mature enough to release an egg. Yesterday, I finally showed two fully mature follicles, both measuring 20mm, ready to rock.

Once they got the results from my bloodwork, the nurse called to let me know all systems were ready for launch. I was instructed to use the Ovidrel trigger shot last night (triggers the release of eggs following use of follicle stimulating medication). And I panicked.

Yes, I’ve been offering up my veins for prodding on a fairly regular basis lately. Yes, I’m trying to work toward birthing a human.

I still hate injections. In fact, I like what the English call them: jabs. “Shot” sounds a bit melodramatic, even for someone who’s afraid of them. A jab? Entirely accurate.

I digress.

I was able to laugh about the jab with girlfriends all day yesterday, but when the husband pulled the syringe out of the refrigerator last night (yes, a COLD jab!), I was thisclose to barricading myself in the closet.

Instead, I took the suggestion of my good friend, Laura, and stretched out on the bed, covered my face with a pillow and went to my happy place. With a jab.

I won’t lie. It did pinch. Just a little. But it was honestly no big deal. The pinched skin my husband held at the injection site was more painful.

Long story short, my nether regions have been prodded by various doctors this week, I’ve had blood drawn from three different veins and my husband stabbed me with a needle. It was all done with anticipation and excitement because, for the first time in who knows how long (several months? several years?), I’m ovulating!

Note: Use your noggin if you strike up a conversation with me. Unless you’ve discussed intimate matters with me in the past, bringing up something as personal as ovulation and the baby-making plans during this time is going to get you an equally personal question in return. Don’t ask if you aren’t willing to tell.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth Anne permalink
    October 24, 2009 9:31 am

    Harrison’s BFF or future wife!

  2. Alethea permalink
    October 24, 2009 12:23 pm

    Oooh, exciting. Did you take Clomid or Femara as well or are you producing follicles on your own, just not ovulating them? Is it crazy that I’m jealous of your Ovridrel shot? 36 hours after the shot is the best part. 🙂

  3. Jenny permalink*
    October 24, 2009 12:41 pm

    I took Femara at the beginning of this cycle and am also on Metformin.

  4. Jess permalink
    October 24, 2009 3:38 pm

    ::squee:: I’m still sooo excited for you! Let’s get KU together, mmkay? Hint hint, check out my “chart” 😀

  5. Emilee permalink
    October 24, 2009 6:13 pm

    OMG Jenny… I am so sorry I didn’t kow this stuff was going on…. I am a regular at getting jabbed myself…. now so even more (just upped my dose x3!!!!!)… I didn’t think I could love you more…. but now I am sure I do =) Good Luck!!!

  6. Laura permalink
    October 24, 2009 9:49 pm

    Beth Anne—Keira is Harrison’s future wife. ::eye glare::

    Jenny—SO excited for you!!! Glad the shot was not too bad. Fingers crossed!!

  7. mered19 permalink
    October 25, 2009 3:08 pm

    Oh Jenny – I had no idea you were going through this either! I am wishing and hoping and praying for you … you will be a fantabulous momma!!!

  8. October 25, 2009 7:18 pm

    Woot!!! Can’t wait for the wait to be over and to pee on sticks!!!

  9. October 26, 2009 3:58 pm

    I didn’t know you were going through any of this and I will certainly keep you in my thoughts and send as many good vibes as I can!

    I can really empathize with you when it comes to jabs. It’s a bit different, I suppose, but I’m TERRIFIED of getting my blood drawn. It scares me to the point where I feel like I will faint just by thinking about it. So I guess I’m crazy to try and have a baby lol.

    Anyways, you should be proud for being so brave and taking your shot like a WOman! It takes a lot to overcome fears. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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