10/27/14

Boy, my butt hurts.

Progesterone in oil shots are the.worst.  I feel like someone sucker punched me in the butt!

It's not the actual shot that hurts so badly. It's the way my muscles progressively ball up in agony when it's over.

John gave me my first injection (in the "upper outer quadrant of the buttock") on Sunday morning. At first I was surprised by how much it didn't hurt. Sharp pinch and then pressure; nothing I can't handle! However my relief came to soon. As the day progressed the pain got worse and worse until I was lying in bed crying, wondering how I was going to continue these shots for the weeks to come.

Thankfully this morning after my second shot (opposite butt cheek) I spent a long time applying heat and rubbing the oil into the muscle. It seems to have helped. I'm still sore, but the pain is no where near what I'm experiencing at my first injection site. I'm also far less dizzy and nauseated than I was yesterday which is probably both my body adjusting to the meds and the result of many praying women who have so generously kept me before the throne.

(If you are approaching your first experience with progesterone in oil my advice to you is to take those nurses very seriously when they tell you to massage and apply heat. When you think you've massaged and warmed the site enough, give it five more minutes.)

So, I'm hobbling around today like an old lady, praying for strength to get through this and keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus who has brought us this far. I know he walks beside me… even as I creep along with much wincing.

Mostly because I didn't know how awful this would feel, I am thankful beyond description that my last pain free day was glorious: John, Arie, and I, along with John's mom, had a beautiful day trick-or-treating at our downtown shops and then visiting a local fall festival farm for play, pumpkins, and most scrumptious donuts!

My little lion was tickled with the trick or treating. He kept gasping and pointing to other kids, "Mom! Look! There's an Elmo! A tiger! A fire guy!"

The weather was beautiful which I'm sure contributed to the heavy crowds downtown. All you need for chaos to reign is to throw a couple hundred oblivious kids into a crowd! The parents spent most of their time apologizing for having to push past one another and catch up with a  little one. "I'm sorry! Oh pardon me, so sorry! I'm following that scarecrow over there…" Thankfully everyone seemed to remember their patient pants and the crowds didn't take away from the fun.

After trick or treating it was pumpkin time! We went to the same farm as last year: a place with lots of fun things for kids, a hayride to a pumpkin patch, and the best pumpkin donuts West Michigan has to offer! Seriously we stood in line for 20 minutes- with a four-year-old- to get our donuts and they were worth every second.

I definitely could not have enjoyed all the walking, wagon riding, and donut line standing with my sore butt. Super thankful.

My transfer is scheduled for 10:30am on Wednesday morning. Two embryos will be thawed tomorrow. I am deeply grateful for all those who are praying for us. Please pray for the survival of those embryos tomorrow and a successful transfer on Wednesday. Also… I'm not above asking for prayers for my butt… it really hurts you guys! At least prayers that I will have a good attitude despite the pain and keep my spirits up. :-)

I'm incredibly excited! Two more days!

xo

21 comments:

  1. I love you. Maybe get one of the donuts you sit on to go with the ones from the farm?
    And now I seriously want one of those BTW. Maybe pregnancy cravings and other sorts of soreness be on their way to you soon. I mean this in the best possible way, of course ;)

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    1. Oh I hope so!!

      Unfortunately those donut things wouldn't help b/c of where the injection site is.. closer to my hip than my tailbone. Sitting the on the edge of chairs seems to be the most bearable. And standing still. Very statuesque these days ;-)

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  2. I am praying! And very excited for you!

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  3. Melanie Turner10/27/2014

    how gorgeous is the 'behind Arie the lion' shot. So small but so brave at the same time!!

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    1. I know! It made me laugh every time he turned around. I love costumes!

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  4. Hang in there with the shots!! Praying the pain will subside. And praying for safe thawing of two healthy little embryos and a very smooth transfer!

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    1. Thank you so much Sara! Perfect prayers.

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  5. OH how we are praying!!! SO sorry about your bum!!! Praying for you to be able to endure....

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    1. Thank you for praying! endured shot number three this morning… one day at a time. I can do this with your prayers to sustain me!

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  6. Continuing to send good thoughts your way.

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    1. Thank you so much *S*! Means so much me.

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  7. I've done many of those progesterone oil shots and you're right. Of all the shots, those are the worst! By the end, my husband and I were progesterone pros and had quite the system. I would heat first to relax the toosh. Then since we did them for so long I had major knots built up, so he would numb the spot first. The. Quick with the shot. Then heat and lots of massaging. Then, I'd watch a whole show while laying the bum on heat because it felt good and darn it I deserved it :) also, while I was initially heating before the shot, I'd roll the vile around in my hands. It heats the oil up a bit and makes it easier/quicker to go in.

    I know you've probably done a ton of research, but feel free to email me if you have any questions at all. Will be praying for you. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you for this advice! I followed it this morning for my third shot. Hoping it helps. It is really great to get advice from those who know what this feels like!

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  8. Glad your bum is doing a bit better! And thank you for the tips. I'll be using them in just two short weeks myself :)

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    1. Good luck with them Becky! LOTS OF HEAT!! :-)

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  9. I've been reading your blog for awhile and I'm so excited for you guys! Your faith has been so inspiring to me!! Praying for you to have a successful transfer and all will be well with your wonderful little family!!

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    1. Thank you Courtney! It feels so strange to think my faith would inspire someone because it often feels weak to me. I guess this must be the truth of that scriptural passage that says God's strength is made perfect in our weakness. Thankful for that. And THANK YOU so much for praying for us!! Means the world to me!

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  10. Anonymous10/29/2014

    I have been reading your blog for a couple of years but never commented before. However, today as I sit in my kitchen at breakfast, I feel nervous for you, excited also. Your journey is one of extreme pain, bravery and faith and I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that today provides the outcome you both desire and deserve. Whilst we lead very different lifestyles, on different continents, this morning my stomach is in knots for you. Much love from Cambridge, England.

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  11. Anonymous10/29/2014

    Praying for you and your little snowflakes today!

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  12. Hoping and praying the transfer went smoothly today!

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