Monday, December 05, 2005

7dp5dt (still): Help!!

Internets, we have a problem. Or at least, a situation.

There’s been a death in J’s family, and he’d really like to go to the funeral, which is Wednesday. That’s not exactly the problem (neither the death, which we knew was coming, nor J’s ability to get to the funeral - assuming he can rearrange work obligations). I really liked this man*, but I don’t think I can make it to the funeral. The stress of the travel, my allergies, the tension of waiting for my beta, and the papers I desperately need to finish all make it seem like not the best idea right now. Although in some ways it would be the easiest option.

So here’s the problem: if J goes to the funeral, I will have to figure out another method of administering the PIO shots for several days. I see a few options, but none is ideal.

1. Do them myself. I know it’s been done, but I’m having trouble envisioning how I’d contort myself to do them, and it seems like it’ll hurt way more if I do them myself, and while I got over the self-stabbing with tiny needles, this just seems different.

2. Find someone we know to do them. If we lived closer to family, or if I had any really really close, medically-inclined friends, this might work. But right now, I can’t think of who I’d ask to do them.

3. Find a nurse to do them. I think that there are nurses at the after-hours clinic run by the Evil HMO. So, if I think they know what they’re doing, I could try to make appointments for each night J would be gone and then take my stuff over there. It seems on the surface like this would be the easiest option, but something about it isn’t sitting right with me. For one thing, I’d be around a lot of sick people (I mean, that’s who generally uses the after-hours urgent care clinic). For another thing, I don’t actually know if they know how to do these shots. I suppose that’s less of a hurdle, though, since J didn’t know how to do them either, and he’s been fine. And finally, where am I going to heat my little heating pad? And will I get to rest for a few minutes afterward? And will they be nice and use my Hello Kitty band-aids and sing to distract me while they do the shot? I suspect not.

Sniffle. Poor me. And, um, help?

* I didn't mean to be glib about the death part of this whole story. He was a dear, sweet, jokester of a man - J's great-uncle, or something. The sibling of a grandparent, I think. He was a jovial man - full of life. The last really nice memory I have of him is from Thanksgiving a year ago. He was playing with his new granddaughter (adopted from China, actually) and the look of joy on his face as he watched her was just fantastic. He was beaming. I’m sorry we didn’t get to see him while he was sick, but I’m glad the vision I have of him in my head is a healthy, happy one.


  1. I'm sorry about the death in your family. My husband went out of town during the 2ww of one of my cycles, so I, too, was left without a PIO administrator. I didn't have anyone I could think of that could do them for me, and I wasn't about to go to the trouble or pay the money to hire a nurse, so I did them myself.

    Did I want to? Nope, but I somehow managed, and you can, too. Some people doing them standing up with the weight off of the leg that's going to be getting the shot while looking back in a mirror. I chose to do them laying down on my side. I propped up my upper body with a pillow, twisted around, and injected. It's totally a mental thing. I did my first solo PIO shot one night while my husband was home so that if I freaked, I knew I'd still get the shot. Well, I managed to do it myself on the first attempt. I know it's so not something that you want to do, but you really can do it.

    With regards to your previous post, I recommend getting two different brands of HPTs. Last cycle I bought FRED and Equate (Wal-Mart brand) and used them both at the same time (this requires the dipping method, of course). It was reassuring seeing the same result on two different brands. Good luck!

  2. Well, I guess it wouldn't actually require the dipping method, but you'd have to be pretty talented otherwise. Please report back ASAP after the HPT experiment. I can't wait to find out.

  3. I had to do the PIO shots by myself as well. I actually did mine standing up in front of the hotel mirror. The key was to numb my ass with ice to just this side of frostbite, so I didn't feel the shot, but it was definately a surreal feeling. I didn't want to do the shots by myself, but I did, and it was doable.

  4. You could also do them in your thigh muscle if you don't want to contort. The problem with the after hours clinic is that most nurses aren't just going to inject you with something. You'd need to have a doctor's order, and even then, you should call them and make sure they will actually do it without a problem before relying on that as your only method. I'd probably try to find someone else to do them. If you were close I'd do them for you. I might even sing.