Priming with Omnitrope (human growth hormone) and LDN officially began Wednesday night. I spent that afternoon engaging in some mild hand wringing, hoping that the snow “storm” in my area (aka, 1″ or less of snowfall) wouldn’t delay the delivery. After a small snafu with getting the Omnitrope mixed up since the pharmacy sent no instructions *whatsoever* I was able to do my first injection.
Sub Q injections are old hat for me. I had to do them daily for over 2 years when I took Copaxone to manage my MS. I’ve taken a couple of sub Q shots since starting TTC, Ovidrel and now Omnitrope and each time I reflect on how horrible the Copaxone shots were in comparison. I know for many people the fertility shots are very difficult and I do not mean to minimize very valid feelings about doing shots.
I know I’m on a tangent here but if you can imagine a shot that has a long needle, that is filled with at least 2cc’s of fluid and that literally burns going in, that’s what a Copaxone shot is like. Then, after the shot is done the site starts to swell and turn red. It feels like a bee sting. After that goes away (20 mins to a few hours), then comes the bruising. Imagine doing that every night for years. Considering that is my experience with sub Q shots I was almost giddy after taking the Omnitrope. And it also really validated how awful Copaxone is and how there is no way in hell I am doing those shots again. Even though it’s the only MS medication that is safe for pregnancy. Still not doing it.
Anywho, I am also taking LDN and I’m really hoping that this medication will help me get pregnant and also help manage the fatigue I have from MS. Lately it’s been substantial. I’ve had the mildest of colds you can imagine but any drain on my energy stores is enough to have a major impact on me. Getting out of bed is stupidly hard and I get so frustrated with myself. Ugh. LDN is sometimes used by MS patients to help with their symptoms so I’m hoping that I am going to get a two-fer with this one.
Which brings me to my TSH labs. My number was 3.8 which is technically still in range but high. For fertility they want it under a 2. Lower is better. So I am now also taking a thyroid medication for subclinical hypothyroidism. Also hoping that this will perk me up some and give me some energy as well as get me pregnant. Another two-fer, perhaps 🙂
Thanks for reading my stream of consciousness post. Mostly I’m just passing the time waiting for CD1 to show up so I can truly start the IVF cycle. I’m on CD 10 as of today, so I’ve got a little over 2 weeks to go. 😀 I’ve got an update about our known donor as well but this is long so I’ll save that for another time.
Stay warm in this weather, y’all. My city is basically shut down right now because a small bit of snow fell last night. Most places would scoff at our overreaction, but this is what happens when people drive in the snow in my city:
Be safe out there!