Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Subcutaneous gold

5 days of Lupron injections and so far giving myself the shots have been a piece of cake.  I haven't had a whole lot of side effects: I definitely had hot flashes the 2nd day but that was the only time.  I usually feel slightly dizzy or lightheaded afterwards, and also feel a little funny in my stomach, but I can't tell if that's actually from the Lupron or just leftover indigestion issues from the trip.  The first few days I only got a little redness and a small bump at the injection site, which went away within an hour.  So I was all happy thinking I would get another 2 weeks with an inconspicuous tummy, but then last night I bled a bit when I took the needle out and it left a bruise.  Pretty sure my abdomen will look like a battlefield before this is all over.

And once again, I am irked with my insurance.  At the appointment on Friday, DH and I were both asked to do an infectious diseases/STD screening that they need by the 10th.  The nurse recommended we go through our primary doctor since most insurances won't cover it if we go through their office.  DH had no problem with his student insurance and just went to the clinic on his campus. (We'll see if we get any nasty bills though...)  However, I call my assigned PCP (whom I have yet to even see), and they don't even have a single appointment available until the middle of August.  Scratch that.  Then I tried to find other doctors who are supposedly within my network and none of them will take my insurance.  This whole thing has got me thinking what is the point of insurance anyway? Ugh.  I'm thinking I just might as well go through the RE's office anyway.

Other than the irritation, DH and I are just trying to enjoy our summer at home.  Yesterday we went to the Harry Potter movie (cheeeeeeeeeeeesy!) and then went to our local farmer's market for the 1st time (never got a chance during the school year).  I think today I'll do some laundry to earn myself a chance to be lazy and lay out by the pool. :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

And the ride begins....

We just got back from Bangladesh yesterday morning (which will be a post for another day) aaaaaaaand we are ready to go:

Tomorrow morning I am going in for the baseline u/s and starting the Lupron.  I am excited and at the same time freaking out a little about the thought of giving myself injections.  Hopefully it's a lot easier than it sounds. And if I completely chicken out, I can always make DH do it (if he doesn't chicken out too). Teehee.

The egg retrieval & MESA will be Aug. 15th or 16th.  So I'm glad the timing worked out so that our urologist will be in town.  However, looking at when my potential betas would be, will most likely be the week I have to report back to work, so that might be a little tough depending how everything turns out.  I just keep trying to remind myself to leave it in God's hands.

Sidenote: It's hard to believe that it's already been about a year since we moved.  I never even updated my expectations, but I guess the "culture shock" from OK to Cali is nothing after going to Bangladesh. :)