Saturday, July 27, 2013

Progesterone Shots

This summer, for 56 days straight, I had to get progesterone shots. Every night at 8:30PM, my alarm would notify me that I had 30 minutes to get my butt up to Amy's house to get my shot. I hated when that alarm would go off, but it was only for 56 days and it was all for the love of having another baby.
For those that don't know, You need to take these shots when you are undergoing invitro fertilization. You take them right after they have transferred the embryo(s) and it's a thick 22 gauge needle that has to be stuck right into the muscle of your butt. For two weeks I was getting these shots not knowing if the IVF worked. Finally when I got the results that we were pregnant, it made every shot in the past and every shot that I would have to take in the future totally worth it.
Luke could not stomach the idea of giving me a shot with such a big fat needle. Luckily and thankfully my person, Amy was so willing to do it and when she was out of town, my other SIL, Taleesha stepped in. I have some pretty awesome sister in Laws.  
(Yes, I do realize I am showing my big swollen bum to the world and I do realize it is not my good side. I know, I know)
As we were getting closer to the last few shots, I asked Luke if he would be willing to try doing even just one shot. He said he would try, but he would make no promises.
So he wiped off my butt using the alcohol swab.
He even uncapped the needled and was getting ready to dart it in, but he just couldn't do it. Good thing Amy was close by. She really didn't have a problem doing this. 
I think she might have actually enjoyed it...

This was our last shot (July 24th 2013) and clearly we were both SO happy to be done.
 I had to take a picture with this one. Paige was always there to hold my hand and distract me from the pain. Her sisters would occasionally be there too, but Paige was just as consistent helping me as her mom.
All in all I must say that the shots weren't as bad as I thought. I was terrified to do this and there were some occasional days where I was bruised and it hurt to touch or lay on that side, but for the most part, it was bearable and like I said, totally worth it.
I am so thankful to Amy and Taleesha for dropping everything they were doing to help me (and Luke) out.


Andi said...

Kim! I haven't visted your blog for a very long time. Congrats on your exciting news!!! I hope all is going well. You guys are such a fun family! I hope you don't mind that I still keep up with you guys from afar! :)