I was definitely not prepared for all of the medical appointments I would have to go to. I had no idea that I would be at the doctor up to three times per week. I had no idea how many shots I would need during my treatments. I like to keep it real and am hoping that these 8 tips will be helpful to you. I wish I had these!
- At your appointments, write down what the doctor is saying to you. You won’t remember. This is a very emotional and overwhelming process with a lot of new medical words!
- Videotape the nurse giving you injection instructions. You will get home and not remember what to do. Plus, it’s really important that you are extremely accurate with administering the medications.
- If you cannot give yourself the shots (I could not), be sure to have the person who will give you your shots attend your doctor’s appointments with you or if he/she cannot attend, then the video you took will be that much more important.
- Call your RE (reproductive endocrinologist aka your fertility doctor) if you have ANY questions at all. We had the cell phone number of our RE and definitely called her a few times to make sure we were doing the shots right. If you do not have a way to reach your RE after hours, then you don’t have the right RE.
- 5 minutes before taking your shots, ice your lower stomach area. I sometimes put ice on right after the shots too for the ones that burned.
- Wear loose clothes during treatment. Your stomach area will be sensitive and bruised. I wore a lot of dresses and didn’t wear pants for a year.
- My dog sat next to me while my husband gave me my shots. She was my sweet, loving nurse. She definitely helped me!
- My husband had chocolate chip cookies or sweets ready for me after giving me my shots. (This is not a medical tip per se, but it helped me)!!
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