On Friday, Kevin and I made the 3 hour drive to the RE's clinic for my baseline ultrasound appointment. I still don't understand why I couldn't have this done at my monitoring clinic. I mean, the appointment lasted all of 2 minutes, but whatever! The Dr did the ultrasound and some measurements and said "everything looks good". That was literally it...oh, the best part of the appointment was seeing this...
"Sheathes" AKA unwrapped condoms filled with blue jelly...
Lol, I know I'm a dork, but I just thought seeing this was funny...and odd...
ANYWAY...so we were on our way out and the nurse stopped us to tell us that we needed to go to the lab to get blood drawn because our previous blood work was about to expire next month. Ugh.
If you've been following me long enough then you know how much I detest getting my blood drawn! It seems something always "happens"...and this time was no different.
Kevin and I got to the lab and when I was called back the lady (a big burly lady, yikes!) was clearly in a rush; I don't think she would have even addressed me had I not said "good afternoon" to her. Nonetheless I told her that I have small veins (which most other phlebotomists know means to use a smaller needle) and she still pulls out this 'big mama' needle! I should have said something to her again, but I just told myself "ok apparently she knows what she's doing"...ummm..apparently NOT! When I say it hurt, that's an understatement. She started moving the needle around inside my arm and it took all of me not to kick her! So of course the tears started and she said "do you want me to stop? I said yes because at that point my arm was literally burning! So she had to go to the other arm. Ugh. It wasn't bad on that side, but now I was already sobbing and was ready for it to be over! I felt like a loser , but dammit, that sh** hurt!!
After I was done being tortured by Paul Bunyan's sister, Kevin went in, but all went well with him of course.
We left there and headed back home and that's about it! :-) I'll start estradiol Monday and we'll be moving right along. Not much longer 'til Feb. 19th!!
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