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    Default On my way to IVF

    Had my appt for bloodwork and U/S yesterday morning. It's first come, first serve at the clinic, so I got there 45 mins early (actually I really didn't know what time the clinic opens, I only knew U/S started at 7:45 am and that's what I based it on). Myself and two other ladies all got there at the same time...I was #2 in line. I didn't realize how long this line was....by the time we all got in at 7:45 am, the waiting room was completely full! I know there's a lot of people undergoing IVF, but didn't realize it was THIS many all doing it at the same time as me.

    I got called in right away since I was #2....they got my blood and then I went for U/S. The comments the fertility dr made (who is not my usual dr.) was a little surprising. I guess I have way more cysts than I thought, and also my endo must be way worse than I thought. The doctor needed to thread some catheter into my uterus and had problems due to the endo, but she managed in the end. The dr still thought I was good for IVF so whew!!

    I got in with everyone else at 7:45 am....I was out by 8 am. Fast! - but only b/c I was one of the first ones in line. They only have 2 U/S rooms.

    I went to work and got the call around 11 am my blood test results were back and all was good so I went there at lunch to learn how to stick all these needles in me!!! I hate needles, and now, not only do I have to learn, but I need to stick myself with these! I'm sure I can do it, but I think I will cry.

    So, I guess I'm on a "flare" protocol and they have me on injectibles: superfact, gonal-f and luveris. What are all these drugs? And what's a flare protocol anyways? Why would I need one? I think my dr may have explained but I'm confused!

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    Ice the injection site for 30-60 sec and you will not feel a thing. My understanding is that flare protocol gives your ovaries a little kick to produce more follies and even growth rate. Good luck with your cycle! We are here to help with any questions you may have

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    Good luck!! You will find that you can do a lot more than you think you can and you are a lot stronger than you think. Keep reminding yourself about why you are doing this. I'm glad that you are able to start the process sooner and that everything checked out. Feel free to ask any questions.

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    I'm glad you are getting things rolling to get started. Idk if I'd recommend ice on the injection site, esp. not with the PIO once you start that. I iced it the first time and the progesterone is so thick I think it hardened as soon as I injected it. I was so sore the days following. For the PIO what I found works best is warm it up in your hands before giving the injection. Use a hot pack over the injection site before and after and rub the site after.

    I think Mimi has it right on what the flare protocol does.

    That's crazy that your clinic is on a first come first serve basis. I'd definately be getting there early any time I could. I wonder how long the ladies that came later had to wait.

    Good luck!

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    Oh, sorry I should have mentioned not to ice with the PIO shots. You did not list it so I assumed you will be doing something else. I never did PIO shots but this is what my nurse told me if my RE changed his mind last minute: put the PIO vial in your bra for 10 min to warm it up, then prepare the injection, inject then walk around the house for 15 min with warm compress on for 20-30 min. She said that walking after helps it get absorbed. The only reason I remember this is I figured I would need 45 min for this shot and the bra thing was funny.
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    And with the PIO shot, make sure you change out the needle!!!! You use a thicker gauge needle to draw the meds and then use a smaller size to inject it. It took us 2 weeks to figure it out. A long and painful 2 weeks. Good luck with it all. It's confusing at first I know but pretty soon you will be able to do it with no problems.

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    I've never done any of the meds you've mentioned. The stims I did do and the lupron did not hurt one bit. I always made sure I rubbed the areas after and make sure to rotate injection sites. I always did mine on my belly. I did it once in my thigh and that hurt. Mimi made a good point of walking around. That always helps. Is there someone that can give the meds to you? I had my DH do them at first but as I got more used to them I was able to do them myself. The PIO I could never give to myself. I would drive 30 minutes to where my DH was working so he could give it.

    Jenni...I remember that with the needles.

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    Glad to hear things are moving along. I don't know about the protocol....I am doing antagonist again and never did Lupron, or PIO.

    You will get used to the injections. I've done them all myself and I haven't iced or heated, or really walked around and I've felt fine. Not that I wasn't glad to stop doing them, but they weren't too bad!
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    What I hate most right now are the blood tests every few days. I didn't think the needles were that big of a deal (though it has given me renewed respect for diabetics). I am doing a lupron flare protocol. I think my RE usually does that as he says my ovaries seem to be working well. I have done the injections in the car while my husband was driving. I personally can't wait to stop all this stuff. Mostly the blood draws and the constant appts that keep me from the rest of my life.

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    Default On my way to IVF (child ment)

    Quote Originally Posted by meggyrn View Post
    That's crazy that your clinic is on a first come first serve basis. I'd definately be getting there early any time I could. I wonder how long the ladies that came later had to wait.

    Good luck!
    Meg, I was surprised when they informed me. I guess it was lucky I had no idea when the clinic actually opened, I went to the clinic at 7 am b/c that's when I usually go for my routine bloodwork for my kidney transplant at the regular lab. I guess that's early enough...altho I might try a few mins earlier than that....you know, just so I could be the first one.

    Mimi, thanks for explaining that flare protocol. I guess that's the same as saying they are going to have me hyperovulate...? I never heard of "flare protocol" until that morning.

    Thanks everyone for encouragement. I am deathly afraid of needles, I can't even watch when someone pokes me for bloodwork and when I need injections of aranesp prior to my kidney transplant due to low red blood cell count, I had to get DH to inject for me. And I cried then. However, the problem here is that I can only inject some of the drugs/hormones between 1-5 pm. No way I can get DH to help me at work when he is 20 mins away by car, so I will have to learn to overcome my fear and just do it. We'll see what happens.

    I start suprefact in 2 days, on the 27th. The Gonal-f and Luveris will be later, determined by the U/S for 6 days. Then there is some antibiotic that both myself and DH have to take at that time too. It's a lot to keep track, plus keep track of work and of Evie's stuff too. Plus I am sure they will call me to come in at some point (or rather, various points) for bloodwork and U/S so then I get to line up and wait again.

    Talking about waiting, one of the ladies I talked to while waiting in line was further ahead of me in her cycle (egg retrieval for her later this week). She told me if you didn't come early enough, you basically waited HOURS. I cringed to hear that. So no way I'm gonna be late for this!!

    Thanks everyone, they have given us lots of info, but it's still difficult to process it all, or understand what it really means, until we are going though it. Even then, I'm still awfully fuzzy about it.

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