Monday, November 17, 2008

T minus 0 to P17

So, I had my first P17 shot on Sunday morning. Honestly, it wasn't that bad. I'm sharing what we did, in case that makes it easier on others who may read this and need to take them at some point in pregnancy. The pharmacist gave two recommendations to Peter: first, prep the area with an ice cube before the alcohol swab, since that will numb the area, and afterwards, apply heat. Second, warm the liquid. Since it is a thicker liquid, a lot of the pain comes from injecting the viscous fluid. Peter looked up the best location (upper outside quad of buttocks, to avoid sciatic nerve) and we got ready. I bolstered with pillows so that I could go into a supported child's pose (no tummy on the bed) which (I think) allows the fat over the butt to distribute, making the muscle more readily accessible. (It's an intramuscular shot.) He warmed the vial prior to pulling the syringe and then warmed the syringe as well. Honestly, I dont the ice helped one bit. The water dripped down my leg and near my hoohaa, leaving me feeling cold and like I'd peed on myself. We'll be skipping that step this coming Sunday. The injection itself wasn't that bad (of course, I've spent the last year being poked with needles so maybe NOW it isnt so bad); the needle is long but fairly thin. The injection starts with some burning (due to the liquid being thick). As soon as Peter was finished, I got up and walked around. A few seconds into it, it felt like a charlie horse in my bum. That wasnt so pleasant, but I kept walking around and less than a minute later, it felt like I had really worked myself out at the gym and was very sore. I got into the shower and let the warm water just flow over me. The pharmacist recommended a heating pad, which would probably work well on bedrest, especially if you couldnt walk around afterwards. We had decided to do it in the morning, before church, in case I couldnt sit down. Since I was serving, I could stand the entire time without looking out of place. But that didnt become an issue at all. My butt feels fine.

So, long story short, it wasn't nearly as bad as I'd thought based on reading people's posts, but even had it been, it would be well worth it.

In other news, we went to the Point of Grace concert on Friday night. Peter was totally surprised and enjoyed it (even though they are now 3 singers instead of 4...) . The music was nice. It was in a decent sized church, but I felt like I was in a school gym. It was stadium styled, but it just felt so... I don't know... empty. But, hey, to each their own!

Sunday afternoon, we went to see Quantum of Solace, the new Bond movie. It was okay. I love Bond movies and I even love Daniel Craig (I think he does well as the grittier version of a newly minted Bond). That being said... I thought the theme sucked. I was so disappointed. You Know My Name (from Casino Royale) was so much better. And, not that this will come as a surprise to anyone who has read the reviews, but it is not a stand alone movie (like others in the series). You have to watch Casino Royale in order to pick up QoS, which starts about an hour after CR ends. All in all, if you add it to CR and make it one large movie, it plays well. Without CR, it's like watching a British Jason Bourne. Not that that's an insult- I love the Bourne movies. It's just different... That's not who 007 is. I'm overthinking this, I know, but I grew up on Bond movies and truly enjoy them. One final note and then I'll stop. I think this movie will lead into Daniel Craig's 007 becoming more suave and smooth, as though he is learning to be more like the Sean Connery version (which is good; Bond should be an evolution, not a once and done).

I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, so I'd better eat (again) and get in a quick nap or I'll pass out at the office, LOL. I'm looking forward to seeing our little boy again!

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