Anyone want a shot? How about a syringe? Okay, perhaps a fun syringe pen?

Sorry, we’re not talking tequila, folks.  Not even cheap vodka.  Today’s Doctor’s appointment was mostly about the shots, and not the “It’s girls night out, let’s order shots!” kind.  You get the point…or literally, I’ll be getting the point.

Let’s back up for a minute.  It wasn’t ALL about the shots.  I exaggerate.  First, we had our trial transfer where Dr. D practiced the exact placement of the embryos.  It wasn’t even as uncomfortable as a pap smear and was over within a few seconds.  Then, he checked out all of the plumbing on the ultrasound and he said it all looked good.  He actually said, “I am happy with what I’ve seen today.” Yes indeed, I have a nice uterus.  Jealous?  This was actually news that I was really glad to hear.  Who wants a haggard old, stretched out and disappointing uterus?  Not me.

After I got dressed and conferenced with Dr. D for a few minutes, Michael joined us.  THEN it was all about the shots.  We pretty much established that the Embryo Transfer will most likely happen right around May 27th. Wow!  Then, the doc left and his 2 nurses joined us for our little shot class (NOT glass, class).  My Lupron shots won’t be so bad.  The needle is very thin and on the smaller side.  It can go right under the skin and and I can do it myself.  I’ve actually done these before.  They’ll go right into my belly every morning for about two weeks.  No big deal.  Then, it’s time for the progesterone shots, well, let me help you understand.

The progesterone needle looks similar to the one on this syringe.

I swear, the one I am going to be getting in my junk was bigger, but again, you get the “point.”  The nurse actually looked at Michael and said, “Make sure that you push it ALL of the way in.” This one needs to go into the muscle.  They recommend that you ice the injection site for a few minutes before you inject the medication.  Then, I have heard ladies who have been through this recommend a little heat afterwards.  I’m going to take everyone’s advice.  Michael actually said to me as we were heading out of the hospital, “I feel bad.  I know that I’ll be able to do it, but I feel bad because I don’t want to hurt you.  That needle was big.” Yeah.  It was big.  Bigger ain’t always better, ladies.  I’m just saying.(By the way, how sweet was it for Michael to say that?)  I will be getting Big Daddy twice a day for three weeks leading up to the transfer, during the two weeks that I am waiting to confirm pregnancy (also known as the two week wait) and then throughout the first trimester of pregnancy.  You see, normally the ovaries take care of all of this but my ovaries are not doing  their job properly, so we’re going to help them out.

There was once a time when I thought syringes were fun.  That time was when I was in high school and my mom brought me home one of these really cool pens. They must have come from a doctor with whom she worked or a pharmaceutical rep.   She actually gave me two of them.  One for me and one for a friend of mine who was thinking about becoming a doctor.

Mine was yellow and when I whipped it out in class and clicked the point down to take notes, people noticed, and they all wanted one. In fact, I am pretty sure that everyone who is reading this wants one of them right now.  So, in the spirit of keeping a good sense of humor about all of this, I am going to host a syringe pen giveaway.  It’s not even a contest, I’m just going to give you one for being supportive of me throughout this process.  Just comment on this post and I’ll try my best to get one to you before I start my injections.  This way, you can say a little prayer for me every time you click it, that my hiney isn’t hurting too bad and that I am one step closer to having my baby (babies) in my arms.  You could also spread the word about embryo adoption every time someone asks you where you got the cool pen.  That would be just dandy of you.

Again, to receive your syringe pen as my way of thanking you for supporting me, just comment on this post.  If I don’t already have your address, comment on this post first and then e-mail your address to me at

*UPDATE:  This is an actual excerpt from Michael’s comment on this post.  “I should mention that Lacie’s depiction of the syringe doesn’t accurately portray the actual size of the medieval lance. I should mention that I am an Army trained Combat Medic and my first reaction to the needle that the nurse pulled out of her instructional kit was “Oh my God I’m going to kill her” this was in my head of course.”


About Funny Little Pollywogs

I live life. My passions fuel me. I am thankful each and every day for all of the love that surrounds me. My hobbies are photography, writing and I am currently building a dollhouse. I have been on the road to motherhood for 6 long years. I hope that I will have my children in my arms some day soon, thanks to the very special gift of embryo adoption.
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19 Responses to Anyone want a shot? How about a syringe? Okay, perhaps a fun syringe pen?

  1. Robin Gainer says:

    Ahhhhh BABY GIRL! U remember the sweetest things about growing up. I will help with those shots if U want me to. Glad UR appt. went well. I LOVE U and I say a PRAYER for U every single night.



  2. Okay, so I totally want one of those pens, BUT that’s not why I’m commenting.

    I just wanted to say, I think this whole process is incredible to me. With my needle phobia I can’t believe I’d ever be able to go through that many injections, but I’m so glad that there is technology that can makes babies possible for people. Good luck with everything!!!

  3. shannon jankovec says:

    Lacie, yes…ice that ass!! It is much better that way. I iced for about 5-7 mins before hand and I never did heat after but I bet it’s not a bad idea. You are goona do great!!!!!!! Love you!

  4. Rita Capp says:

    Lacie…first of all, I want a pen. Second of all, I know exactly what you are going thru since I went thru this 13 years ago. Yes…the shots are intimidating and they do hurt. But over time, the pain does lessen due to scar tissue build up. Isn’t that a nice thought? Anyways, what helped me get thru these shots was, as I was lying on my bed screaming into my pillow, I am going to have a baby! I am going to have a baby! And…that’s all that mattered. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!! My son Ian is now 12 years old.
    I hope you don’t mind, but Michael has been keeping me informed of your progress. It brings back so many memories…all good! Yes…even the shots, because without them, we wouldn’t have Ian.
    Kyle and I are praying for both of you!!

  5. I love all of you!
    You’re all totally getting pens. I’ve already ordered them. You deserve them!

    Mom- Do you remember the pens?! It was pretty much the coolest pen I’ve ever seen.

    Amandalynn- I love that you are fascinated by this process! That is exactly why I decided to make this blog public. Maybe one of these days someone you know might be struggling to have a baby and maybe what I am sharing can be of some help and give another person hope. I’m sure I’ll be okay with the shots. I’m a pretty tough cookie.

    Shannon- “Ice that ass!” LOL!

    Rita- Of course I don’t mind that Michael is updating you! A. You know us and are supportive of us. B. That’s GREAT that Michael has someone at work to be supportive of him. C. I have a public blog. Pretty much anyone can read about our progress! Scar tissue in the butt, huh? That sounds sexy.

  6. Michael Burk says:

    Normally I save my comments for when I get home in the evenings however as soon as I read that I can get one of those pens I felt obligated to comment. You see just because I happen to be married to the lovely woman who authors this blog I know that if I simply asked for one of these pens I would be told no way!, they are for the people who comment. Ok baby I’m commenting so where is my super cool pen?
    As for the shots, I should mention that Lacie’s depiction of the syringe doesn’t accurately portray the actual size of the medieval lance. I should mention that I am an Army trained Combat Medic and my first reaction to the needle that the nurse pulled out of her instructional kit was “Oh my God I’m going to kill her” this was in my head of course. The words that I actually spoke were “Don’t worry baby I’ll take care of you” and I promise that is what I will always do. I love you Lacie and I just want you to know that I realize how lucky I am to have you in my life and at any time during this process you feel like sticking me with that big needle, well you just go right ahead because there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you.

    Love Your Husband

  7. Heidi Ahnert says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I never realized you were such a talented writer. I admire you so much for making this public and encouraging other women. You are in my prayers. Heidi

  8. Sarah DeMaria says:

    You go girl! You are so brave to be doing all of this and I admire you. I will also be happy to provide you total entertainment while you are preggo : ) No need for a pen for me, just sending my support your way.

  9. Kim Ernst says:

    I am so excited for you! A generation ago, women did not talk about such matters. I am so glad to be in an age where we can be in discussion about this. I admire your courage and openness. All the best. I will click away and send many prayers on your behalf.

  10. Briana's Mom says:

    What is very scary is that I understood every single part of this post – LOL! From the Lupron to the Progesterone!

    My hubby almost passed out trying to give me the progesterone shot the first time. LOL! Then he became a pro. It is not the most fun thing I have done in my life, but it is not really that bad.

    I pray it works for you! Wishing you the best!

  11. Athena says:

    Hi Lacie ~ Wow – this is bringing back a lot of memories. I appreciate your sense of humor and your creative writing – amazing!
    I am so excited about the upcoming May 27th date – it is finally here and really happening. This is so unbelievable! This feels surreal – all good though.
    Oh my gosh……..lets just call this the wave. Every step brings a new one…….
    Lots of love to you and Michael Lacie.
    Everyone has a injection tip and here is mine. We were having dinner with some friends (Andy and Kitty), and Andy just happens to be my dentist. It was time for my shot (we did it every night at 7pm no matter where we were). Andy was going to do the honors that night. When Andy gave me the shot he injected the medication really slow, a little bit at a time. My shot took about 20 – 30 seconds to administer, but it was much more tolerable.
    The medicine is very thick, like syrup, and by pushing it in a little bit at time, it tended to not leak back out of the injection site and also not leave me with a lump in my backside. Thirdly, it did not hurt as much.
    Ice and heat made all the difference.

    The journey continues, thanks to you Lacie.

  12. Corey Franz-Eby says:

    Only you could find interactive humor in all of this. Some day you’ll have to tell Mikey or Lay-lay Jr. that you took it in the @#$%^&* twice a day to bring them into the world.

    Michael, all I can say is, don’t enjoy this too much!

    Much love, Corey

  13. Tammy says:

    Thanks so much for following my blog!! I’m so excited for your transfer!!! Soak up every minute, hun! It goes by soooo fast!

    Love your posts! You’re so funny!! 🙂

  14. Laura Best says:

    Here’s a tip for hubby – while yes, the needle needs to go all the way in, there is such a thing as too far in:) Ha! The first time Brad had to give me my shot, we did it at the doctor’s office, with the nurse’s help. He was SO nervous (we’re both accountants – and do NOT do needles). He was so worried about getting it in far enough that he actually pushed it in TOO far & his response was – oh no, was that too far and the nurse was like, um, yes – not so far next time. He felt TERRIBLE. It didn’t hurt me, but my butt was shaking b/c I couldn’t stop giggling at his reaction.

    Also, the nurse offered to draw a circle on each cheek with the “target” for where my shots would go – so I walked around for 12 weeks with BIG black circles on each cheek – Brad made sure to darken them every few days when they started to wash off. I was a little self conscious showering at the gym and wonder what people must have though about the big black circles on my hiney and the bruises in the circles.

    Ahhhh the memories!

    May 27th – wow, that’s coming up fast!! Best of luck!!

  15. Kim says:

    So happy for you and Michael, Lacie! (Loved his post to you, by the way!) You know I always like hearing the latest updates when you make it over to LMS as my neighbor:) Sending pregnancy vibes your way! Don’t forget, I have a lot of maternity clothes that you’re welcome to borrow!!

  16. Jen says:

    Lacie OMG !!!!! You writing is just amazing among your many other talents I am telling you some day you will be as popular as Augusten Burroughs 🙂 These pens oh my goodness I remember then too funny!! As you know I am always behind on my emails at home and at work so I am just getting to read this one I continue to pray for you and know all will work out for you just do one step at a time girl! Hope to see you soon! Love ya Jen

  17. Jonathan Olshan says:

    Yeah, so I’m loving your sense of humor in all of this. It’s quite admirable to “put yourself out there” for the whole world to see, but I guarantee that this blog is going to be a source of encouragement and hope for someone who is in a similar situation. Best of luck with everything…you have tons of support. Thanks again for the sweet syringe pen, and good luck with the ass-shots (my wife almost passed out when she saw the pictures).

  18. jensadoptionblessings says:

    I just loved this post and would LOVE a pen as well!!! Your husband is adorable!!! I definitely recommend the “targets” on your behind- bring a sharpie to your next appointment- yes, injecting the medicine slowly helps, too!!!

    We have been blessed with twins through Embryo Adoption. I am looking forward to re-opening my blog soon.

    I too was a teacher until our oldest came home from Russia in 1999-


  19. Corrine says:

    Ok one of my friends directed me to this site as we both feel that the pens you mentioned are awesome even though i have a horible fear of needles, and i was wondering where you got them as they would make an amazing birthday gift for my friends currently studying medicine at university. I just wanted to comment and say that i admire what you are doing soo much, I am curently studying social work and there are soo many cases of parents abusing and rejecting their children, so to hear a story like yours of someone who wants a child soo much that they are willing to inject themselves with needles on a daily basis, is a inspiring and joyfull reminder to me that there are thousands of incredible parents out there amongst those parents who should not have been parents at all. I looking forward to reading the rest of your blog and learning more about your story and I only wish the two of you the best of luck with it all…..

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