Day 1 of my period arrived. Injections start on day 2. So last night I had to take my injection to work (it needs to be given in the evening) and did my 1st injection in the staff bathroom. It felt very naughty! But I didn’t have time to think about it as I was so busy at work. No time to get nervous!
When I met the couple we exchanged contact details but in the few weeks that had passed we hadn’t contacted each other. I knew they would probably be waiting for me to make the first contact. So I took the opportunity on day 1 to email them. Not surprisingly I received a wonderful excited email back. They get updates from the clinic too about how things are going but its nice to share with them also. I have a mixture of excitement, anticipation and nervousness going on and its nice to share that with them.
I started injections one morning later. Now its injections twice a day. I’ve been getting a headache, felt nauseated the other night, and my skin looks awful. I also think I can feel my ovaries. But hopefully this means things are going the way they should be, and I should find out tomorrow morning!
A few days later I had my first scan and blood test to see how things are coming along. And apparently everything is going like it should. The doctor doing my scan missed the part about me being a donor, and asked me something about doing a fresh or frozen embryo transfer. I must have looked horrified. NOPE! I really really don’t want them back thanks! But we had a laugh about it and everything went well with the scan. I had to get a quick blood test done too and pick up some more injections. I’m now continuing with the same injections twice a day until my next scan and blood test on Saturday morning.
The final days: Today was my last scan and blood test. It turns out my ovaries are the size of oranges which explains the pressure and uncomfortable feeling I’ve got. But it means everything is going well. I then had to wait for a phone call to give me instructions about taking my trigger injections (to trigger ovulation 36 hours before harvesting). I got my call in the afternoon. Harvest day will be Monday morning at 10am. Which means an injection at 10pm Saturday night. I also got my instructions for Monday morning, what time to take Panadol and when to arrive. I already had dinner plans for a friend’s birthday Saturday night so knew I would have to inject myself while I was out! So for the first (and only) time in my life I drew up drugs and injected myself in the bathroom of a bar. I could have gone home earlier but my friends said I should stay! I’m kinda glad I did now because it makes for a great story!
The following morning, I had to have a blood test. 9am on a Sunday. It feels too early. But I’m sitting in a waiting room full of people (there’s been no one in the waiting room the other times I’ve been here) and I can’t help but wonder about the other couples stories. There’s a couple looking nervous, another couple with a young child, what looks like a mum and daughter. I wonder if they are thinking the same thing about me? It feels like a sad place. But one of hope also. It’s nice to see kids in a fertility clinic.
Tomorrow is the big day, I’m starting to get nervous. Or maybe the medication made me nauseated…..