So injections are happening. They are really not so bad, the subcutaneous needles are wee little things. Pea has been hanging out with me in the bathroom for moral support. Initially this made me nervous, but he has gone from looking kinda grey during the injections and having needle dreams on the first night to chatting about various daily news items and making up rhymes about needles and/or my body parts. So I think that is good. He also did some practice on the orange, which I think I probably shouldn’t have watched, as by the end he was avidly jabbing away trying to yield some juice out of it. I have made it abundantly clear that I will not yield orange juice either.
So far so good. I went for blood work on Sunday, and as my estrogen was below 5, they had me double up on my menopur. So I started with 150 U of gonal-f and 75 IU of Menopur for two nights, and am now at 150 of each until Wednesday when I go back in for a scan and more blood work. I’m half of the time worried I won’t respond at all (what units are they measuring estrogen in? How could it be lower than 5? Did the birth control make me male?) and the other half of the time worried the weekend doctor bumping my dose up will cause mass overstimulation and unripe eggs leading to IVF failure (I can FEEEEL my ovaries! Oh wait, no, that’s hunger. Or maybe my ovaries exploding). Though, to be honest, I’m not really all that worried about it most of the time.
I’m not sure why I am as blasé as I am about this IVF shindig, but it’s a bit of a blessing. Maybe I can’t keep it up for the whole time, but for now, I take my injections, and I go about my day. Que sera sera – not my typical way of approaching life, but it is where I find myself, this week at least.
Oh, and for real and final, the insurance nonsense is sorted out. Neither the insurance care person with my clinic nor my primary care provider’s entire main office are my favorite people, but it is sorted out and I can spend less of my life on the phone from now on in. In sum, IVF will be $35 per appointment and probably about $600 in drugs ($390 so far but I’ll need more Menopur at this rate). It may well be less than $1000 all told. I am a lucky lucky bug, and I know it.