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The dreaded injections
The next step in my journey is here, I honestly think it’s the one I dread the most, INJECTIONS! So why do surrogacy then, you may ask? “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world”. All it takes is a simple act of kindness to change the world, and that is what I try to teach my children.
Just the other day my 6 year old was watching me give myself a shot in my stomach (the Lupron injection) and she was so amazed at what I was doing because she knows mommy is helping the intended parents have a baby.
The Lupron needle is a small fine needle that is injected subcutaneously, in the fatty layer between the skin and muscle. You must inject the needle straight in at 90 degrees to the level of the abdomen and do not hesitate, like I did the first time. Otherwise you could experience redness, possibly some itching, a raised welt, and or bruising. Fortunately for me all of those symptoms went away within an hour, but I certainly learned my lesson about hesitation.
In addition to the Lupron, there are two other injections that I have yet to start taking that are injected intramuscular, located in the muscle on your back side. This would be Delestrogen (a form of estrogen) and Progesterone in oil (PIO). The most important thing to know about these two medications is to remember to change the needle before injecting yourself!!! These needles are very large and wide and this is to pull the oil based medication easily from the vile into the syringe. The needle that you would use for the injection is a bit thinner and if there is no hesitation and it’s injected at a slower pace, you should have no problems. I know many women who can and have done it themselves, more power to them, but nope not me! As funny as this may seem I have actually called a few of my friends and asked for their help with these injections. One of my friends has helped me before with these injections and the other has not. We shall see how entertaining this all becomes when it’s time for those shots!
One of the intended parents had told me, “Can’t believe you’re injecting yourself (I don’t know if I could). So brave and fearless! :)”. Well I can’t exactly say I’m brave and fearless, but I can say to one person I may be the world and that’s all that matters to me at this moment in my journey.