We woke up late this morning--9AM. We go through the daily ritual of putting the meds together. I walk down to the ice machine with my bucket and get some ice. I proceed to get the lupron out of the mini fridge while hubby takes care of getting the 5 bravelle plus 1 menopur along with syringes, alcohol wipes, gauze, q-caps, etc. It's day 4...we're pros at this right?! I take off the tops as hubby puts together the q-cap and syringe...is it on tight enough??? He measures out the 1 mL of NaCl solution and injects it into the menopur. I sit back and wait...I hear, OH NO!! I ask, what happened?? I see that he has the NaCl solution on the syringe. That's not right!! What happened...oh no! You injected it back into the solution???!!! CRAP!! There goes another $55.00 down the drain!!!!
We start over. I put everything in order on the table...menopur first...5 bravelles all lined up. Hubby replaces the q-cap, gets another NaCl solution (throws out the first one with un-usable menopur) and we begin again. NaCl solution measured...I put it off to the side....Menopur reconstituted...ummm...it seems like it leaking a bit....unconcerned...1st bravelle reconstituted...loses a couple more drops...it's still over 1/2 mL..we're okay...2nd bravelle...better...3rd...leaks!!...4th bravelle...there is less than 1/2 mL there...cue kinda freaking out....5 bravelle...ummm...there's not enough liquid to reconstitute the powder! Cue breakdown!!! What are we going to do??? Another $400.00 of meds messed up!!!
Find the after hour number to the clinic in a hurry....leave message with message service lady...nurse calls us within 5 minutes....tells us to come in at 11AM...gather up meds...quickly do Lupron injection before we go (it's amazing we ever freaked out about this injection)...quickly take a shower, run over to the clinic. The nurse says, "I am going to be your fairy godmother today"...she was!! She gave me my injection for the menopur and gave me 5 amps of Gonal-F (Can you say Life-saver!!). Shows us again how to properly twist the q-cap onto the syringe and how easy it is to use...we laugh after everything was so tense just moments ago. Cue sigh of relief! All we need to get are 2-3 more vials of menopur--we may need more depending on how long I'm on it this week anyway. We already have an order out for more bravelle because they increased my dosage on the first day--we can handle this--everything will be okay! Whew!
Lessons learned--first--do not hurry with these injections. Second, have everything laid out so that we don't make mistakes and third--make sure the q-cap is screwed on tight!! It was a rough morning but hopefully we haven't messed up things too bad!! Ugh! So happy at least we're close and the nurse helped us.
We came home and practiced with the q-caps, a vial of NaCl solution (we have tons of extras) and with the long reconstitution needles...feeling more confident. The saga continues tomorrow! We're hoping for success!! *I share this because 1)this is my blog and what's currently going on over here, 2)to hopefully help someone from making this mistake if you are reading this and having to do the reconstitution thing as well and 3)hopefully share a laugh afterwards as we move through this crazy, nutty journey!!
Other than that...really nothing new to report. The bravelle seemed to give me the worst headaches but today's gonal-f doesn't seem to be bothering me at all. It will be interesting to see if the headache comes back tomorrow or if it was just a fluke. Boise is hot!! We've been staying inside mostly during the day and going out at night. So far I haven't felt too much from the meds just pinches every now and again and if I try to suck in my tummy. I can still comfortably wear my jeans but maybe only for a few more days. I think we're going to try and go to the park down the street tomorrow and watch the fireworks...it should be a nice evening to go out! Hope everyone has a Happy 4th of July!!