Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blood draws

So everything went well today for u/s and b/w. Although the nurse said we will probably be using the Lupron trigger... Even though my E2 still seems quite low (437) but perhaps they are expecting it to rise more. My follicles are still little, most too small for measurements. However, the nurse seems to think that trigger will be coming soon. (Fingers crossed for that!)

However, I did have a very unsettling experience today. My u/s doc (who I'd not met before) was amazing... She was fast and I swear I barely even felt the wand! Crazy since I've already got that full bloaty feeling that accompanies stimming. Unfortunately, my regular b/w nurse wasn't in. (I love her.) Instead, I had this crazy lady. Now, most of our blood work folk are older, larger, black ladies from the Caribbean with full on thick accents that I love, but don't always understand. I don't know why this is, but it seems to be holding true with every new one I meet. This one was no exception. However, while I normally like the lab nurses, this one I didn't. First she took forever to get everything set, and I was stuck with that stupid rubber band constricting blood flow for like 3 minutes while she puttered around labeling stuff. (May not seem long, but it feels like FOREVER.) Then she poked around with her finger...HARD! I said 'ouch' because it hurt and she was like I didn't even use the needle yet. I told her that I knew that. Then I muttered to myself that I wish you'd hurry up with this and stop hurting me.

Now, I'm the first to admit... I'm a big wuss. I used to pass out whenever a needle appeared. However, since IF, I've gotten worlds better. Hey, I even give myself shots now!! I still get quite queasy though at the thought of someone sucking blood out of my arm, so I close my eyes well before and keep them closed the entire time. I don't think I'm in the minority here...

So, she starts in on 'oh, you gonna faint?' And basically makes me feel like an idiot for not liking needles. She's chuckling away about this when all of a sudden she's like 'no baby yet?' My mouth actually dropped open at this. She went on to tell me that pregnancy requires many blood draws. Really? No, shit Sherlock. However, having experienced both pregnancy AND treatment, I can tell you that treatment requires MANY MANY more blood draws. This ain't my first ride on the ferris wheel lady. I didn't answer, just stared coldly as I wished she would shut the hell up. I mean, did no one explain to her that in the morning she was covering INFERTILITY patients only??

The kicker of it all? She totally left a giant bruise. Gee, thanks a lot.


  1. Oh my gosh, I would have been PISSED. What a complete jerk!! I'm mad right now and it didn't even happen to me...

    I'm a big wuss too - I warn everyone before hand. I tell them I know I'm being stupid but I just can't help it. I'm so afraid of needles. I close my eyes the entire time.

    Ugh, I'm so sorry you had to go through that :(

  2. (Fellow needlephobe here)

    What a b**** that phlebotomist was! Ugh! "No baby yet?" ????
    I'm so sorry.

    But I commend you on somewhat conquering your fears throughout the course of your treatment! Wanna share some of that fear-conquering with me? I promise I won't use it all up. =)

  3. Wow. What a total biaotch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ick.