Administering Shots

This will be my first IVF at my “new” fertility clinic, I say new, but I’ve been there for a year now, but its my first round of “proper” fertility treatment, in other words, trying to make a baby that doesn’t involve s.e.x. One of the big differences with this IVF as apposed to the ones that have gone before, aside from the fact that because we’ve finally had a diagnosis we have our first proper chance had getting a BFP, is that I will have to learn to administer my own injections. My “new” clinic is not on my way to work and to try and get there in peak traffic before work is a nightmare that will just land up stressing me out further. The problem with me administering my own injections is that I’ve never done it before and I’m a bit apprehensive of it. See, the thing is that when I first started with fertility treatment, I was terrified of needles. I mean sweaty palms, racing heart kind of scared. The only way that I could get around that fear was to never look when the needle was pushed into my skin. It worked well and I must say that over the years, I’ve really overcome my fear of Dr’s and needles and medical procedures, you sort of have to when you’re infertile. But I’ve still never managed to look when receiving an injection so as my IVF creeps closer and closer I’ve become more and more worried about how I’m going to get over this mental block and be able to successfully administer my own injection.

Now along this journey I’ve met some of the most incredible women, one of these is my soul sister, Elize, she’s seriously one brave chic and has also been through the wringer in the last few years but a better friend I could not possibley hope for. After a long discussion with her about my mental block of injecting myself she suggested that I administer her trigger injection for her IUI last night. At first I thought she was totally mad, I mean why would you let somebody with an obvious fear of needles do that to you. But she totally insisted as she thought it would help me.

Well, I’m really proud to say that I did it and after administering her injection I feel like I’m confident to now do my own. It was really not nearly as traumatic as I thought it would be, in fact, the hardest part was getting all the liquid into the syringe, the actual injecting was a piece of cake.

Thanks so much for doing that for me my friend, I’m feeling so much more confident about sticking myself now!!!


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  • Reply Sue

    You’ll do so well Sharon! DH did mine previously in the leg, this time I did my own in the tummy (very nervous!) and it was really easy. Once you’ve done the first one (on yourself) you’ll feel a lot happier. And well done to Elize for suggesting you do hers!

    February 9, 2009 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Now you’ll be ok Sharon, it’s good to see that it’s not quite as scary as you thought it was!! But I must admit, I don’t like needles either!!

    February 9, 2009 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Lea White

    What a great friend you have! I’m not a fan of needles, but I do believe you will get the hang of it. Just remember that when you do it yourself, you are in charge and in control and so will probably be easier than you think (although I’ve never had to inject myself so I might be wrong, but hope I’m not) :-).

    February 9, 2009 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Dee

    You are very brave! My DH does all mine and I am more than appreciative that he does it! Elize – What a nice gesture!

    February 9, 2009 at 10:10 am
  • Reply samcy

    Go Elize! That is such a great thing to do 🙂

    Now Shaz, you have no excuses – just remember 45 degree angle and if you need to you can close your eyes, I know I’ve done some of mine while still half asleep. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be shooting up like an old pro 😉

    February 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Adel

    Sjoe, Elize that was a great idea!!

    Shaz – the first one is the worst, after that you get used to it!! GOOD LUCK and thinking of you!

    February 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply 'Murgdan'

    Good job! You can do AnYtHiNg!!!

    February 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Elize

    It such a pleasure hon! I’m glad it helped you!

    February 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Maritza

    What a thoughtful thing to do Elize, well done. Shaz is very fortunate to have you in her life.

    At least Shaz is not a back stabber….he, he…ok, lame joke. I didn’t take my pills today…

    February 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Nicci

    As a fellow needle-phobic, I can so identify with you! I have done my own injections for my last 3 IVFs and although the first injection of a cycle takes a while (apprehension, etc.), one quickly becomes a pro. It does get tricky when there are more than 1 injection a day – Gonal F, Menopur & Cetrotide – but nothing that can’t be handled. I have also done some incredibly stupid things – like forgetting to mix the Menopur and the “water”, injecting the “water” and having to do it all over again – extra needle pricks – couldn’t blame anyone but myself. Despite the needle-phobia, I am a bit of a control freak and like to be the one who determines when the injections are administered, etc.

    February 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm
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