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My Rump

10/20/2012

Belle

Ass. Butt. Caboose. Bum. Fanny. Duff. Booty. Badonakadonk. Tush. Coolie Buns*. Trunk. Pooper. Patootie. Money Maker.

Or my personal favorite: Rump.

I had a horrific revelation yesterday while walking from the parking lot to my office, wincing in pain as my rump wiggled with every step – if this pregnancy sticks around I will have 10 more weeks of progesterone injections.

Holy hell!

You guys (I’m trying to stop saying “y’all” after The Professor made a fuss about how bad it sounds), my little rump-shaker already hurts and features an array of bruises, all in varying hues of blue and yellow. I can’t imagine what it will feel like after 10 more weeks of this. Β Don’t get me wrong, I am more than happy to do the injections in return for my take-home baby but oh my lord it hurts!

The actual injection is not that bad. Uncomfortable but over in 30 seconds. The day after, though…

I have tried all kinds of things:

  • I warm the injection site with a heating pad before.
  • I warm the PIO before drawing it into the syringe.
  • I bite a pillow during the shot to keep from yelping and making the Professor jump while theΒ needle is in my butt.
  • I warm the injection site after the shot.
  • I move around after the shot.
  • I have taken the shot laying down and standing up. (Standing up I tense up too much. Last night my butt muscle tensed as soon as the needle went in and actually pushed it out some. It was disturbing feeling and, I have been told, disturbing looking.)
  • I have tried massaging the site 20 minutes after injection per my clinics instruction but it’s sort of hard to massage your own butt, you know? Any pointers on self-butt massage? (Oh boy my search terms are going to be exciting after this one.)
  • I wear compression shorts when I’m going to be moving around a lot which helps quite a bit but I can’t always wear them.

All the gripes aside, I still prefer the injections over the endometrium and the disaster it left in my panties. I also get a real kick out of only paying $150 for two weeks of medication vs. $500. One shot a day vs. suppositories three times a day is also better and the injections give the Professor a chance to have a real role in this process.

They still hurt like the dickens, though. How have the ladies who’ve made it to the other side done with the PIO shots? Please tell me that my ass will go numb in a few more days or that all the pain I currently feel in my rump will make labor seem like a breeze (hahahahaha, right Belle).

* The Professor insists that I am the only one who knows what “Coolie Buns” are. Please tell me other people are familiar with this term, or is my family just that strange?

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It is EARLY Saturday morning. I was in bed and asleep by 8 last night. This cold is kicking my ass. At 4 a.m. I was awake because my neck was killing me from sleeping on all the pillows for my nose. Blech. Rather than lay in bed and moan at the cat I got up and made breakfast and a cup of green tea.

I DID NOT PEE ON A STICK. One of my commentors yesterday left me this quote, “If you get caught up in the worst case scenario and it doesn’t happen, you’ve wasted your time. And if you are caught up in the worst case scenario and it does happen, you’ve lived it twice.” -Michael J. Fox

It really, really struck a chord. I’m only living the hell twice if the worst happens. So I am not peeing. I promise. I sure hope I can stick with this. Please let my baby stay.

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  1. October 20, 2012

    Try icing before hand instead of warming. It will numb the site so that u don’t feel it happen and don’t tense up. Then wait an hour or two before warming if u need to.
    Also, try arnica ointment. Not cream, u need the sticky, gunky ointment. It feels gross, but it drags all the bruising out super quick bypassing all the pain. Your bum will be black and blue but pain free πŸ™‚

  2. October 20, 2012

    LOVE the quote!!

    As for the PIO, no suggestions there, I’m anxious to hear what others say. This time around I have the added bonus of two HUGE welts on my hips from them. I seriously think they are making my pans tighter. Ridiculous.

  3. October 20, 2012

    I hate to say it but I only lasted about 2 weeks on PIO and then went to Endometrin suppositories. I got enormous, painful knots at my injection sites no matter what I did and I couldn’t take it any more. I still ended up with a healthy pregnancy. You might ask your clinic about it.

  4. October 20, 2012

    I always ice first, and I think it helps. I did the 13 weeks of PIO for Matthew and I do think it gets easier. But I did notice that I bruised and bled more as we went on.

    Is the Professor inserting the needle quickly? I thinks that’s the key.

    It does suck.

  5. Stacey #
    October 20, 2012

    As much as the PIO is a PITA (literally), I too preferred that over the vaginal suppositories. Those even gave me a yeast infection! But I do have a funny, warning story about icing before the shot. I iced a little too long… and froze a section of my butt cheek solid! Like knock on wood solid!!! I thought I was going to have to go to the ER with frostbite on my arse! I called my doctor dad, who just about keeled over from laughter. Anyway, it got better, but I learned my lesson.

    You mentioned about your cat acting weird on an earlier post. I had to mention my girl cat and girl dog both were totally weird and clingy my whole pregnancy! Always fighting to be near me. My boy dog and boy cat couldn’t have cared less. Go figure.

  6. faith #
    October 20, 2012

    Danielle is right…Arnica could be the cure all…Weleda makes an amazing arnica oil..you need to rub,rub,rub it deeply into the tissue of your “Coolie Buns”. A older wise woman I know uses it to treat everything from muscle soreness, bruises,cramps,colds and flus,chest congestion..she has five children over the age of 25 and barely ever gave them an over the counter med. They would have it at a Whole Foods or possibly other health food store or Amazon.
    P.S. I can so remember your mother saying “Coolie Buns!” haha Not from my side of the fam πŸ™‚
    xo

  7. Kendra #
    October 20, 2012

    Have you tried icing the area first? I put an ice pack on the spot for about 5 minutes before and it helps a lot. Also, my hubby massages the area for about 30 seconds after with a gauze pad. Some days I’m still really sore but most days it’s not too bad. Good luck!

  8. October 20, 2012

    I have no suggestions for the PIO (I’m dealing with the 3x a day suppositories myself) but I LOVE that quote!!!

  9. October 20, 2012

    I LOVE that quote. I will definitely carry it with me, along with another quote I really loved when I was trying to get through my anxiety ridden pregnancy: My life is full of horrible tragedies, most of which never happened. (Samuel Clemens–paraphrased). That really resonated with me. The MJF one does too. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. October 20, 2012

    I was so tired of the PIO by the end! So was DH. BUT – you’re right, it’s totally worth it. I don’t have any advice to help with the pain. By the end I had knots built up too and was getting really tender, and the shots never bothered me as much as they do a lot of other women. But, maybe this will be encouraging. You might get to stop taking it earlier – my REs office says you can stop once the OB can get a heartbeat on the Doppler, which for me was at my 10 week appointment. My OB said that most REs overshoot the need for PIO by a good month or so, though he gave me the option of staying on it if it made me feel better. We were so tired of doing the shots, and I was feeling so sick from having too many hormones in me that we stopped, and all was just fine and I felt so much better. Now I look at my bum and see the tiny scars from those shots and feel a strange sense of pride for the ‘battle wounds’ that I have.

  11. October 20, 2012

    I started Crinone @ 10 weeks, but I was glad to have made it so long w/ the shots. BUT I am pretty sure all that gunk has permanently settled in my outer leg/hip area and I am still having numbness. Oh well!

  12. October 20, 2012

    Your family is just that weird. Coolie buns? And ain’t nothin wrong with y’all! πŸ™‚

    The only advice I have is for him to jab you quickly, like throwing a dart. It sounds horrible, I know, but that’s how I learned to give my mom shots.

  13. October 20, 2012

    12 weeks of PIO injections are NOT fun. Worth it in the end, but not fun. I did ice before, heating pad afterwards. If you do them standing, try turning your feet inwards, it makes it hard to tense up. Also, I found that sometimes moving the injection site by an inch or so can make a huge difference re: soreness. And to take my mind off the unpleasantness of it, (after the first ultrasound), I’d read a page in a day-by-day pregnancy book during the shot to remind myself why I was going through such hell. Oh! And there was always a chocolate reward afterwards! πŸ˜‰

    I’m glad you are working at feeling more zen. Loss has such long-lasting mind-f*ck consequences, it’s hard to trust your body again. ((hugs))

  14. October 20, 2012

    Please don’t stop saying y’all! It adds to your character. And it always reminds me that I’m not the only southerner on here πŸ™‚

  15. October 20, 2012

    Thanks for the quote, I love it! As for the shot, I think that icing it first is a great idea!

  16. October 20, 2012

    I will be starting PIO shots soon. Once a week though till these babies are in my arms. I haven’t had one yet, but can’t imagine doing it every day. I have been told to ice first, then heat after to help it absorb.

  17. October 20, 2012

    Congratulations for no peeing on a stick yesterday! I remember with Pip, you had similar worries about the lightening and darkening of the lines. It doesn’t mean anything…Hcg levels in urine vary. Sounds like you’re doing much better already…it’s hard not to let the wounds from these experiences resurface sometimes. We all do our best, though, and that counts for a lot I think. Thankfully our embryos don’t know how nuts this all can get.

  18. October 20, 2012

    Great quote! I love it!

  19. October 20, 2012

    Funny tht you prefer shots to the suppositories… I haven’t had PIO shots but I did the suppositories and would definitely choose those, even with the mess! But I am scared of needles and hate hate hate injections.

    Also, I am glad you have stopped peeing on things!

  20. October 20, 2012

    Hats off to you…and everyone else brave enough to maneuver those PIO/PEO shots…. Argh! I REFUSE. LOL I will gladly take the Crinone 3x daily in exchange for a bit of a break from the injections. I was (still am) petrified of needles. To the point where I literally would break out in hives before giving my subQ shots.

    Hang in there chica…. πŸ™‚

    “Coolie buns?” That’s a new one to me, but love it anyhow πŸ˜‰

    Bree

  21. October 20, 2012

    Never heard coolie buns before. Cute!

    Put those suppositories in the rectum instead… they won’t drip, and the medicine makes it to the same anatomical structures, just as quickly. But keep up the PIO shots because those work better than the suppositories. (Though you could do both if you were really intent on “throwing the kitchen sink at it.”)

    Not looking forward to my own PIOs, thanks πŸ™‚

  22. Kenya's mom #
    October 21, 2012

    Ice afterwards. All the bruising and discoloration is an inflammatory process; heat is only exacerbating that. Ice to decrease capillary size therefore shrinking the space for blood to pool and shrinking the big bruise.

    Please let me know when I can send you more than a πŸ™‚

    Boat and I are praying.

    • October 21, 2012

      Thank you for the prayers, sweet friend. You and boat keep sending them. xoxo

    • Kenya's mom #
      October 21, 2012

      My also freeze a little block in a Dixie cup and peel the edges off to ice massage. PT trick.

      • October 21, 2012

        Sadly, ice after is a no-no when injecting sesame oil, which is what my progesterone is in thanks to my allergies. The ice will make it a hard lump! I iced before last night and got a hard lump, too. 😦 I think it might just be a rough 10 weeks but a rough ten weeks I will embrace with open arms. Bring on the lumpy butt if it means a take home baby πŸ™‚ (P.S. I really miss my PT friend. Self ass massage is not nearly as fun!

  23. Maria #
    October 21, 2012

    You are not the only one who’s family uses the term “coolie”! We say coolie, not coolie buns though lol. I’m not sure where the term came from, but thats what my mom has always said in reference to someone’s butt. I’m italian-american and grew up in upstate NY, not sure if its a regional thing or something!

  24. October 21, 2012

    My hubs changes the injection site every night. He also spreads the muscle with his fingers before injecting (think finger and thumb pushed down into the butt muscle together, and then opened up). The injection doesn’t hurt at all. After he’s done, he rubs the site for a few minutes. I have had some bruising, but very little soreness. Oh, and I lay face down on the couch with my toes pointed in, my butt totally relaxed. Hope this helps!

  25. October 22, 2012

    I don’t have any suggestions for your shots as I’ve never done PIOs. I always had the messy suppositories!

    I like the word Rump also. πŸ™‚
    I hope the cold is mostly gone now.

  26. karaleen #
    October 22, 2012

    Oh your poor bum!!! Butt (pun intended)…I have been through PIO 4 times…2 times for 12 weeks….and not once have I ever even felt the shot! Oh yeah…Not only is my hubby the master injector…I iced my ass every time. We did not warm up the oil, we did not do heat after and only a little bit of massage. I was sore…I got a few bruises…but that is all. I just put ice on for about 3-5 minutes before each shot and never even felt one. I serioulsy recommend (as have other commenters above me) that you give that a try. It reduces the bruising, doesn’t hurt going in and because you don’t feel it…you don’t tense up.
    Excited that it is beta day today (i am late reading)….Hugs.
    kd

  27. October 24, 2012

    Hiya! Found you via Stupid Stork! Just wanted to comment on this post and say hi. I am getting ready to start a cycle with PIO for the first time, and I am terrified! Eeeeek. Anyhow, it sounds like congrats are in order for you! I plan to continue to follow your journey. Also, you are quite adorable…loved your video!

  28. October 30, 2012

    Icing for about five minutes before the PIO numbs it completely….which helps a LOT! I lay down, and then the hubs rubs it out for a few mins afterwards. Problem is that Im traveling for work next week…ugh! Doc gave me Crinone for a few days, or the option to shoot the Progest directly into my thigh with a 25g 1″ needle, along with the encouraging words that Crinone should be the LAST option. FML!

  29. Kat #
    June 2, 2013

    I know about coolies. I thought my mom made it up, or it might be Italian.

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