- 15 days of BCP - done
- 5 days of nothing - done
- 300IU of Gonal-F started today for 4 days
- 10 units of Novarel Microdose (HCG) started today for the next four days
- Doxycycline (antibiotic) started today for 14 days
Friday morning I go in for more labs/ultrasound and will get further instructions from there. I've got far more drugs in my kitchen than I know what to do with.
Wouldn't you know I started bleeding this morning... AF I guess. She's early (only CD22) but I expect the starting of BCP and stopping it 15 days later messes with my cycle. Dr. T wasn't phased that AF was arriving so I guess all is okay.
I had 6 follicles on each ovary less than 8mm. I think 12 follies is a good starting point (before BCP I only had 7 total).
The First of the IVF Shots
After a bad day in the office today I got home around 6:30 and realized I didn't know how to take my HCG. It's not a prefilled syringe like every other self-injection I've done to date. I didn't know which type of syringe to use (because I have two different types of empty syringes and an extra set of big-ass needles). How do I get the medicine into the syringe? Was it supposed to be a muscle or fat injection?
When I googled how to inject the Novarel there was nothing on the microdose I was taking... all instructions were related to mixing a concentrated vial with saline (or something). I panicked.
I called my neighbor for guidance (an ER doctor) but couldn't get her on the phone. Finally I called the pharmacy that sent me the drugs and at that point I was choking back tears explaining my dilemma... immediately I was put on with a pharmacist who had me laughing and relaxed within 30 seconds. The microdose is already mixed, use the small insulin syringe, draw my dose, insert in fleshy abdomen. It's as simple as that. Crisis averted.
Telling the Boss
As for telling work about being out... we've got all kinds of resource issues that have just hit the fan and so I'm taking on yet even more - when I'm already well over capacity. I was IMing with my boss about the resource chaos late today and went ahead and slipped in "probably not the best time to bring this up... but I have to have outpatient surgery in early December - it will cost me 2 - 3 days". She said "we'll deal"... and that was that.