Monday, 28 March 2011

What a Prick!

I am a knob.  And not for the reason you might first imagine (you know, being self-obsessed enough to write constantly about myself on a blog).

I forgot to tell you about the conversation with my nurse last week. (Again, that isn't the reason why I am a knob - you aren't privy to every conversation, I do try to edit occasionally).

No, I am a knob because in the course of the conversation we talked about the progesterone injections I had in the latter stages of my IVF.  The Doctor was less than convinced that they did much good so hasn't automatically prescribed them for the next round of IVF.

I remarked to the nurse that I wasn't altogether displeased by this because really the needles were massive and they hurt a hell of a lot. It was during this exchange that we realised that I (or more literally the husband) had been injecting me with the needle that was supposed just to be used for the drawing up of drugs. There were, apparently, smaller needles in the pack for the actual injecting.

Have you ever seen a nurse trying to look sympathetic and caring whilst stifling a giggle?

I have.



36 comments:

  1. I have that same expression on my face right now.

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  2. Oh, HONEY! Those needles are absolutely FUCKING MONSTROUS! We inject CATTLE with those size needles! They have the approximate bore of a hose pipe!

    Jesus H Christ, you poor, poor girl.

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  3. The cow usually gives a bit of a bellow, too, I might add.

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  4. Oh Liz! I can't believe the clinic or the pharmacy or somebody(!) didn't bother to mention to you that the big needle was for drawing the PIO up and the smaller needle was for injecting!! Ouch! My DH accidentally forgot to change out the needle first once and holy buckets does that bigger needle hurt! Not that the smaller one doesn't mind you, but that big one isn't fun! Sorry you weren't given a heads up!! At least you will know for next time...right? Maybe? :-).

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  5. Oh my word you poor woman!!! Oh that is just terrible. You're such a trooper for keeping up with such a horrific process. I think I would have run the other direction after the first injection!

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  6. Oh my, you used those? OUCH!!! I remember those needles and they were SCARY. You are braver than I, my friend.

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  7. Wincing with sympathy and not laughing at all - those needles are GINORMOUS! You poor woman.

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  8. Oh sweet Jesus, I remember when I was going on pregnyl injections and they showed me the drawing up needle. I nearly fell off my chair, but then she got out the injecting needle and I calmed down somewhat. Bloody hell, I don't know how you got through it with the big ones. Fair play to you!

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  9. This is me not laughing...not at all...and those tears streaming down my face (because I'm not laughing) are only because I'm imagining the pain.

    Try not to bang your head on the wall too many times over this one, at least you know for next time...should it still apply.

    Hopefully you save many others from this same fate by posting this. (I know it will apply to me someday)

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  10. oh no! It makes for a funny story, but I bet it also made for a VERY sore bum!!

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  11. Oh God. You poor brave woman. You've been HARPOONING yourself. How dare the nurse giggle. OW OW OW.

    *snort*

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  12. Being a knob as well, I've written several times about the amount of panic I've had around shots...this would be one of the reasons why. YEEOUCH.

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  13. well at least you can say you took 6 inches of the long hard stuff in your ass repeadetly for XX days straight, that must break some type of record right?! ;) What painful lessons we learn. :(

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  14. OH NO!! I've heard recently of someone else doing the exact same thing! OUCH!!!

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  15. You are not a knob...you are a TROOPER. And this post made my day, FYI.

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  17. I am that nurse....yes I'm doing my best to stifle a laugh out loud laugh...no giggles here....

    I was recently going through my collection of needles...my husband turned green at the sight of them....so if the mistake is made when I start my pio injections....I will only have myself to blame....thanks for suffering through this so those of us using your story as inspiration will be better prepared!!!


    How about an ice pack for your back side ;)

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  18. Ouch. You'd think that the nurse would have given you a warning about that. Your pain threshold must be extremely high to have put up with those injections with so little complaint.

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  19. Holy shit. I feel seriously bad for you yet I am stiffling a giggle as well. Hehe. It's somethign I would totally do. :)
    At least anything after those should be a piece of cake! :)

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  20. Oh you poor thing!!! At least 10 bravery points for you! They COULD make the instructions a bit easier to understand! I swear I had 5 different sized needles in my possession during treatments, and no identification telling me which to use for which drug!

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  21. Omg! The sight of that needle just makes my backside sore! In fact, I heat the oil and switch out to the smallest I can get by with because I'm such a chicken! Ugh, not laughing here... so sorry!!!

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  22. BWAHAHAHA!!!! Oh, that sucks! I'm so sorry! But that's just too funny!!! :)

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  23. Oh no! What and unfortunate mistake! At least now you know if you use the PIO for the next IVF.

    Only 1 joke, I promise: So after pleading with your dear, sweet husband to do you in the behind, you find out it was too big? ;p

    Ok, all done! Was this your fantastic dream nurse?

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  24. Ouch! Silently giggling while feeling your pain :)

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  25. Oh No! Those needles were huge and to think you didn't need to use them! OOOWWCCHH!!

    Well, at least you will be a pro for cycle number 2 :)

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  26. Oh no! Cow needles? That's terrible, poor you.
    Maybe I am a knob too, but it's not exactly intuitive, is it?

    OW.

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  27. Oh Liz.
    No fucking way...those are massive.
    X

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  28. Oh nooo! That sucks! Well, I guess the hubs really owes you now.

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  29. Oh, Liz! WE DID THE EXACT SAME THING!!! Seriously. http://plantingapumpkinpatch.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/all-about-my-ass/
    So you're not the only knob out there. Not that that makes your tush feel any better...

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  30. No!!! I can't believe that. And you survived it all, you are one brave girl who deserves all that you want in life! Will you tell your future kids about this? :)

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  31. Holy crap Liz, I can't believe you did that with so little complaint.

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  32. Oh Liz!!! That's a mofo of a needle - and isn't it almost completely blunt too?? How did your hubby even manage to get it through your skin? Poor you :(
    Glad they're leaving it off for the next cycle.

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  33. Oh hell, that needle is so huge...your poor butt. :(

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  34. Ouch. Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch. Liz, you are made of some stern stuff. Just the idea of those reconstitution needles makes every part of me clench.

    Look at it this way, if your doctor DOES end up prescribing the progesterone injections next time around, they're going to be a breeze.

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  35. I just saw this post now...shit I did the same

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