The Trust Exercise: You know the drill.. One person stands with arms crossed and blind-folded. A second person stands directly behind with arms outstretched ready to make the catch. Hubby and I did this exercise once. He’s a bit bigger than me so I thought I would immediately fall into his strong arms. On my first attempt, though, my instinct told me to take a step back. I didn’t even think about it – my feet just started stumbling as I fell. The second time around, I had to tell myself that he was there ready to catch me. Then I made the decision to fall. He caught me. Simple as that. Then we switched places. Same thing happened with him.. he stumbled on the first attempt, then on the second attempt he simply fell – it was a bit of a challenge for me but I caught him.
Today’s trust exercise was a bit different – with the same result. Today was my first intramuscular shot of Delestrogen. This new medicine will help my body get ready for my FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer). It will help in building a healthy lining to welcome the little embryo(s). All the fluff aside, the instructions called for my husband to inject what looks like a 2″ needle into the top of my hind quarters. There is nothing pretty about this needle. But for those of you who will be taking this injection, I will spare you the details and give you some tips later.
In preparation for this shot, we read the instructions together. We thought it was no big deal. At this point, we’ve done dozens of injections – having daily shots of Gonal F/Menopur & Lupron. We pulled out the necessary supplies. Then, when we found the needle that connects with the syringe, we both paused. This was supposed to go where??? My husband somehow hyped himself up to do it but I wasn’t ready. When I was ready he hesitated. We carried on for about 3 minutes then I finally grabbed a pillow and closed my eyes. He injected the delestrogen and it was over. It hurt… yes, it did. But we did it!
This was our trust exercise. I couldn’t… WOULDN’T go through this if I didn’t trust my husband. And he made this most frightening experience a little better because he was talking the fear out of me the whole time.
So, here are my tips… ice it! I didn’t ice the injection site because I break out in hives when my skin has contact with cold things. But Ice It for about 5 min before you inject, it will make your life so much easier. For me, I gave myself a pinch. I usually do this before getting blood taken to direct my attention to a different area of pain while I get injected. Lay on your side or flat on your face so your muscles are relaxed. Finally, don’t sit down for about 30 min. I did this after my shot and it hurt badly. Instead give yourself a bit of time to relax, watch TV or read a magazine to pass the time 🙂
Well, there you go. After a month of birth control & 2 weeks lupron, I’m finally on a new page in my IVF cycle. Just a step closer to transfer day!