Injection Routine

I’m back to the same injection routine I had last time and it’s funny how you can pick right back up like you never missed a beat. It does change your regular routine in that you have to allow for injection setup.

The morning isn’t as bad because I only have the Gonal-f. Alarm goes off, I turn on the news and I get out of bed. The dogs meet me at the backdoor to be let out. I had back in and use the bathroom. By this time the dogs are ready to come back in. I open the door and they now head into the kitchen running in circles waiting for me to pour food into both their bowls. While they eat, I head to the fridge to fetch the Gonal-f. I drop it off at the bathroom sink while I quickly duck into my bedroom to grab my bath towels. I take my shower, get partly dressed, put my makeup on, dry or do my hair, and finish getting dressed. I finish up with some perfume, earrings, grab my phone, turn the TV off and take a detour to the bathroom.

By this time the Gonal-f is room temperature. I put a sheet of paper towel on the counter. I remove the cap on the Gonal-f. I take the needle cap out of its package and screw the Gonal-f pen into the needle cap. I turn the dial until it reaches 300. This is the dose. I roll up my shirt and unbutton my pants. I tear open an alcohol pad and wipe off the injection site. I pinch the skin and push the needle in. I push the the top of the pen and it push the liquid in and then I release my skin. Sometime I bleed and I’ll put a little circle bandaid on it so it doesn’t mess up my clothes. I try to alternate sides. For example, this morning this was on my left side. Tomorrow morning this dose will be on my right.

Now lets fast forward to the night routine. I notice that the clock reads about an hour before I plan to head to bed. So most nights I try to be in bed around 9pm – I get on Facebook, write a blog, work on Etsy, and then read.

Around 8pm I remove the Gonal-f pen from the fridge and place it on the bathroom sink. Now I wait a bit. When it’s time to head to bed, I take the dogs out one last time. They head to the bedroom and I head to the bathroom. I use the bathroom and brush my teeth. I wash my hands and get my setup going. I place another sheet of paper towel on the counter. I remove the cap on the Gonal-f. I take the needle cap out of its package and screw the Gonal-f pen into the needle cap. I turn the dial until it reaches 150. This is the dose. The night does is lower than the morning does. Now it’s Menopur time. Not my favorite. So for this there are small vials of liquid and powder that you have to mix. My does is 150 so that’s two vials of the powder (they are 75 each). I remove the needle from the package and immediately unscrew that longass needle and place in the sharps box. Don’t need it. Then I take the mixing cap and screw that onto the needle’s body. The vials have lids on them so you have to pull them off. They can be a bit tough but once they are off, take an alcohol pad and wipe them off. I push the cap+needle onto the top of the liquid vial and push the 1cc of air into the vial. This will help pull the liquid out. Now I pull the 1cc of liquid into the needle. Pop it off of the vial. Now push it on the top of the powder vial and push the liquid in. Swirl around gently. Now pull out all of the liquid and do the same with the second vial. Now there should be two vials worth of powder in the 1cc of liquid in the needle. Whew! I roll up my shirt and push down my shorts. I tear open an alcohol pad and wipe off the injection site. I pinch the skin and push the Gonal-f needle in. I push the top of the cap until all the liquid is in. I start with the Gonal-f because it’s the easier one to do. I save the worse one for last. Now it’s time to inject the Menopur. I find another place in the same area. I push the needle in and push the plunger until it’s all in and then I release my skin. This injection requires much more force than all the other injections. I have to use my thumb to force the plunger down. It burns as the liquid enters your body. So be prepared for that. It’s nothing you can’t handle but it’s noticeable. Again, sometime I bleed and I’ll put a little circle bandaid on.

That’s a day! That’s my injection routine right now. Next week another injection will be added in so I might edit this blog later on.

Got questions? Ask me anything!

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Injection Routine

  1. Hey Tracy!   This is Carrie’s sister in law.  Thank you for allowing me to follow your site.  I haven’t had a chance to go back and read all the posts so I may ask questions that you previously posted answers to.  Sorry about that!  I am still waiting to be able to start my first IVF cycle.  I have high FSH every time which is cancelling the IVF every time.  The first month it was 24.8 on Day 2.  This month they had me start Ganirelix shots 5 days before my cycle.  When they tested my FSH on Day 2 it was 18.  They had me continue to take the Ganirelix in hopes that it would drop below 10.  Well I went today Day 5 and my FSH has shot back up to 24.  I am completely frustrated and researching online is only making me crazy.  Did you have an issue with your FSH level at all?    Thanks!   Lori

    • Hi Lori!!! I’m so glad you are following me and that you posted a comment. Carrie has mentioned that you were also doing IVF and I was hoping we could eventually connect. The funny thing is, I’ve never asked about my FSH. I emailed my nurse after I read your comment to ask her. They don’t test mine every time and the last it was tested was back in May 2013 and my FSH was 7.13 on Day 3. They like to see under 10 so maybe that’s why they don’t test me with each cycle. My AMH is 0.79 which they like to see over 1. I was diagnosed with Diminished Ovarian Reserve. Is that what you have or something else? Where are you going for IVF, if you don’t mind mentioning it?

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