"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Shot in the Butt

In a couple of weeks I'll be starting weekly progesterone shots that last through 36 weeks or until the end of my pregnancy whichever comes first (of course I'm counting on an uncomfortable 41 week pregnancy this time around--as I have said and will continue saying until my uncomfortable 41 weeks is up). I was teetering on whether I should do this treatment for a while now, but I've decided to go ahead with it. It's a relatively common injection for women who have had a previous premature birth and are on their second pregnancy. One of the doctors in my group recommended it, and I discussed it with another one of my doctors on Monday and we decided, "why not?" I've read a lot of literature on it and pretty much all of the studies, and they all say the same thing: with no side effects, there is really no reason not to do it. Except that the shot is in the butt and it's described as a "painful shot" and I am a complete wimp. But that's really not a reason to not do it. It's just a reason to dislike doing it. But as long as I'm doing something in a situation I have very little control over anyway, I will have to view this shot in the butt as "empowering" and proactive. It's not entirely clear what the progesterone does, but its successes are pretty good, preventing prematurity in about 34% of at-risk women. That's good news.

But talking to all these people about taking the shots does very little to help me keep my positive "let's-go-41-weeks-attitude" at its maximum, peak level. I've gone between speaking to my doctors' office and my insurance company about a dozen times over the past few days and just talking to them makes the possibility of having another premature birth very real. My insurance company is working to find a home health aide who will come to my house and explain to my husband and I how to use the shots, and also someone who will come to my house weekly after week 22 and track my progress and talk about premature labor with me. I understood all of this, was briefly comforted by the fact that there is treatment and help coming right into my house, then I hung up and cried. On and off for most of the day. And I called my mom during one of those "I want my mommy moments" sobbing to her, "I don't want another premature labor..."

If it weren't for my already raging hormones, I probably would not have completely lost control of myself for the day. And worrying about having another preemie will really only increase the stress and the headaches, which isn't good for anyone. But everyone has to have their moments, right? For the most part, I keep that 41-week attitude and I will after today. I promise. Until I am hunched over with my pants down and my husband is jabbing me in the ass with a needle. Quite a visual, huh? For better or for worse!


ChupieandJ'smama said...

Prayers for a full term pregnancy! Oh and thanks for the visual.

Laura said...

14 years ago i did these shots while pg with #3 daughter....i had a couple 2nd trimester losses and had similar scares with her pg so the doc suggested this. it was being trialed and not fda approved for this use but early studies suggested it was worth a try. frankly as i was afraid of facing yet another loss i was willing to stand on my head for 7 months if need be.
any bad effects on her? can i count the moody teenaged eyeroll?
good luck. i hope to hear ou complaining in the 9th month.

Robin said...

isn't it crazy that those of us who have never gone through this have NO idea!?
Wow, had no concept that those even exist. Or how worrisome it must be to you to even go through this again!
But, you are chugging right along and soon, you will be able to say "I did it!"
All will be well
even with your ass hanging out!

Stine said...

Good luck to you!!!

About nofollow: http://feverishthoughts.com/do-follow-bloggers/ Tricia has a list of dofollow bloggers - I didn't think about that until I had done the tag, and never checked if any of my tagees were on the list...
The point of the dofollow plugin (wordpress) or removing the nofollow tag in your template is to have your blog link to anyone who comments. The links will be picked up by the googlebot, and linka will be distributed galore... I have a set of instructions somewhere, will find it and mail it to you. Have a great weekend, and remember: there are worse things than preemies, but if a shot a week can prevent it... All the best!

scribbit said...

Gosh, I'm sorry about the shots but I hope it does the trick and helps.

I too jumped on the do-follow bandwagon.