For those of you who aren’t regular readers of the blog or who don’t follow me on Instagram then you probably don’t know that I’m about to start one of the biggest things I’ve been through in my life. IVF.
I’m at the stage of the process where it’s all about to start. My husband and I have had all the necessary tests, we’ve met with our consultant, practised administering injections and been given a time table of when it will all be happening. We also have a start date and a huge bag of goodies that includes needles, medication, and a sharps bin. Mark and I have decided that we aren’t going to tell anyone specific dates of when things are happening. We want to eradicate any pressure that telling people could bring. I do experience mild anxiety that I have to battle on a day to day basis. Keeping calm throughout the process is one of the main goals for me. For the past year I’ve been using the Yes Mum Fertility cards – I turn one over every morning and use it as the mantra for my day. They keep me feeling positive and happy.
Since finding out Mark and I were being referred for IVF I have made it a priority to read up on everything about it. Expanding my knowledge and knowing what I can do to try and help things a long in a process where everything is out of my hands and in the hands of the professionals has really helped me feel better about it. Call me crazy, but I am looking forward to getting started with it all. Dare I say it, I actually feel excited about the prospect. (Ask me again in 6 weeks and I may be totally feeling ashamed of myself for saying that!)
The IVF Implications Appointment and The Needles
At our clinic, we had to attend an ‘Implications Appointment’. It lasted a couple of hours and we got to go through what happens during the IVF process. At this appointment we also had to practise drawing the medication into the syringe and mixing meds. I also had to put the needle into my stomach. Something I was absolutely dreading. I have never been one for needles or blood and have always been very squeamish but I totally surprised myself at the appointment. I managed to put the needle in and out of my stomach without hesitation. The needle is so fine I actually didn’t feel anything at all. (Which I’m putting down to the extra fat around my middle from all the delicious food I ate over the weekend beforehand – thank you pizza). Mark and I had previously discussed if I would rather administer the injections myself or if he should be the one to do it. Right now I feel that I would feel more comfortable doing them myself with Mark helping with the process of putting the medication into the syringe. I may change my mind at the time of doing the first real one though!
I’m going to write as much as possible about my IVF experience as I’m going through it. If I feel I can. I would love to hear about any experience you’ve had and any tips you can recommend to get through it. Thousands of women have been through this process before, and thousands are going through it right now. I’m not the first person to go through it and I won’t be the last. I am going to just get on with it and focus on the main goal.
Send me good vibes everyone. Mark – LET’S DO THIS!