I'm a day early but I decided to put up October's design. In case you've forgotten what September's design looked like, here's a snapshot of it:
I plan to post the designs monthly so that I can keep track of this blog's design evolution over time. I really didn't change much on the previous blog -- mostly because it was a pain in the ass -- so it's kinda cool knowing that I can modify things at a whim.
The design change is a result of trying to get things done early in anticipation of the really busy couple of weeks ahead. My infertility treatment cycle is going to take over my life and if all goes well, I'll be undergoing a fertilized egg transplant by the end of next week.
Currently, I've got roughly seven days worth of hormone stimulation shots ahead -- today is day three of ten -- before they "harvest" my eggs and fertilize them. While I'm looking forward to the end results, I'm not enjoying this set of injections in the least bit.
I used too much of the mixing liquid (2ml instead of 1ml) with the first shot. I didn't have my instructions on hand and was running late. My injections are usually between 9:45 and 10 PM each night and I was rushing to get the shots done within that window. Had I read the the enclosed instructions, I would have read that extra fluid was provided and that the recommended amount was 1 ml. So as a result the first shot was REALLY painful because I was pushing twice as much liquid into my leg. While the shot initially felt fine, the injection site got very tender, red and a little inflamed throughout the course of the day yesterday.
Last night I used the right amount of the reconstituting / mixing liquid and while this shot was less painful, the end result appears to be the same. A day later this site is also getting tender as the day progresses. So now, it's difficult for me to walk around or perform my normal activities. I'm not even sure I'll be able to inject either leg today as they're both inflamed to varying degrees. This means I have to start rotating to my abdomen. I'm really not looking forward to that. At all.
I'm trying to be stoic about this all, but it's kinda hard when you're feeling a bit more emotional than usual. I'm currently pissed that I can't clean or go food shopping or do much else and I'm also feeling a bit moody and needy. I'd love to blame the hormones but I know that they're not to really blame all that much.
So on top of the injection hell that I'm going to put myself through, I have to go in for frequent monitoring starting Monday. This means early morning (7 AM!) visits to the fertility clinic every other day to check on my eggs' progress. I live about 50 minutes away by subway from the clinic so getting to the clinic by 7 entails my getting up at 4 am.
Can you say cranky, sleepy Liz?
Today Mark and I need to order our backup sperm so that it can get to the clinic in advance. We both hope we won't need it but we don't know how viable Mark's sperm are going to be once they "unmoor" them. Thinking of all the details makes my head spin a little.
So... being that I won't be able to do much on the household front today, I've decided to work on my knitting. I have enough things that I can work on to keep my mind off my discomfort.
Updated to add: $815 (gulp!) later, we have two vials of semen headed to the fertility clinic.