Today was the big day! I woke up this morning feeling really nauseated and I still had a horrible headache from last night, so I decided to call out sick from work. The HCG shot really took a lot out of me, and I’ve been having early pregnancy symptoms and headaches since Saturday.
Ashley thought that she wouldn’t be able to make it to the appointment, but her boss ended up being very understanding and let her come with me! We arrived at about 9:45am for my 10am appointment, and unfortunately we had to wait over 2 hours to get in. They were slammed, very behind, and we were getting pretty upset sitting there waiting. They did make me happy when they gave us two huge boxes of prenatal vitamin samples. The good prescription kind!
I was really worried because the insemination was planned to be done at exactly 42 hours after the trigger shot, which would mean it would need to be done at 10:30am. When we got into the office, Gina (the RN program director of the practice) came in to do the procedure. We asked her if doing the insemination at 44 hours would be a problem, and she assured us that it would still be totally fine.
She had us verify the paperwork with the vial of sperm from our donor, and showed us the stats. The sperm sample in it’s raw state had 50% movement. After washing, all of the dead sperm were taken out, leaving us with a sample of .5cc fluid containing 14 million active sperm.
They used a long catheter threaded through the cervix to inject the sperm directly into my uterus. It was actually totally fine, other than a little cramping. No big deal! Gina was training a new nurse, and she was so excited because she got to thread the catheter into my uterus. I gave her a high-five later for doing an awesome job Once they had it in there, they handed it over to Ashley to let her push the plunger! If she got me pregnant, she’s one sharp shooter!
After the sperm was injected, I laid flat on my back for 20 minutes just to make sure nothing came back out. While I was laying there, Ashley, the nurse and I were all talking about conception and the procedure. Ashley asked the nurse what sperm smells like (lol!) and we had a long conversation comparing the smell of sperm to other things. I have no experience, the nurse was trying to explain it but couldn’t, so Ashley opened up the vial and started sniffing!!! All three of us were sitting there sniffing the sperm vial, while a little timer with a sperm on it ticked away my 20 minutes.
I don’t think it smelled like anything, but I had just gone to the bathroom so my hands smelled like soap. It smelled like soap and plastic. Ashley says it smelled like trees. Hmmm… I guess that is just one of the hazards of being a lesbian. You never really know what semen smells like.
After I laid there for 20 minutes, my timer went off, I got dressed, and we left! We are able to take a pregnancy test on the 10th of August. They want us to wait that long because of the HCG trigger shot that I took. HCG is the hormone that a pregnancy test detects in urine, so if I take one too soon I will get a false positive. One of the ladies in the waiting room said that she knows women who have bought a bunch of the 88 cent tests from Walmart and test almost daily so they can track the HCG leaving their urine. Once they start getting negatives, they wait a while and take another. If it’s positive, you can rest assured that it wasn’t because of the trigger shot! It’s a good idea, we will probably do it
I went to a special compounding pharmacy in Phoenix to get 60 days worth of progesterone lozenges. I am supposed to take them day and night, letting them dissolve under my tongue. This will keep the lining of my uterus from shedding and causing an early miscarriage. The pharmacist said that there is a good chance that they will make me very tired, so I’m hoping I will dodge that bullet. I’m already tired enough!
Well, hopefully this will be my last post for a while! From this point, we have a couple of things to look out for. One of these situations will be happening in the next few weeks:
1. I take a test on August 10th and it’s POSITIVE! – I go in to see Dr. Nemiro, he will check out the baby and he will be my OB until 12 weeks.
2. I take a test on August 10th and it’s negative – I wait to start my period again, and we start all over again, starting with taking Clomid.
3. I start my period before August 10th – I go in immediately to start all over again with the Clomid.
Here’s hoping it’s #1!!!