On Wednesday, I had a final lining check and blood draw to confirm that I was ready to move forward with progesterone shots. The great news is that the lining of my Uterus was still thick but they wanted to check my blood to make sure the LH level had not risen as well as my progesterone levels. I don’t know if anyone is thinking it, but you may be wondering why they care if my progesterone levels are increasing given that I am just about to start shots to increase my progesterone levels. I was very confused about this, so when I asked the doctor, he said that if it happens before I start shots, then my body is out of sync with the cycle and it will throw off implantation. Ahhh, this makes so much more sense now. So with the rise in my LH, they were concerned that my progesterone would kick in early and we would have to cancel the cycle.
Later in the day, I got a call from Rachel and she said that my bloodwork looks great and I am ready to start shots, but they want to change it up a bit. Rather than a shot in the evening, they wanted me to do one Wednesday night as soon as I got home and then again in the mornings until they tell me not to take it any longer.
So I mentioned earlier there was good news, you may be wondering what the bad news is. Well, I can tell you without a doubt that the bad news is that my BUTT IS SORE and we are only two shots into the next few weeks. This time around, I thought about not icing first to see if the cold/hot approach last time lead to my sore hips just above my butt. So this time, I am just going for it and using a heating pad afterwards to let the medication move through my muscles. What I am finding is that there isn’t a best way, it is all the same in the end and it leads to sore muscles. The main difference is that I can feel the shots this time, when I ice, you really can’t feel the shot. Honestly, the pin prick isn’t that bad, so I think I will just not ice. I feel like icing last time may have given my skin a bit of frost bite. The skin in that area is very sensitive, more than my muscles. It doesn’t feel great when I scratch or rub that area, almost like it is irritated. I will see if the medication over time causes this or if it is in fact the icing.
Monday is only a few days away and I can’t wait for the transfer. Last time around there were two dots left in the Petri dish and Billy and I can’t help but wonder if the eggs did not actually make it in the injection syringe. This time around we are going to ask them to double check the dish to confirm as well as the syringe after they do the transfer. Monday, Monday, Monday!!!!