Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Am Sick. But Clomid Seems To Agree With Me.

So everyone in our house is currently battling with/recovering from some mutant variety of cold/cough/flu, with the exception of myself, as I feel merely run down and achy and tired, but am not wheezing and hacking and dripping mucus all over the place like some sort of Typhoid Mary NOT THAT I AM BOTHERED BY ALL THIS MUCUS EVERYWHERE NO SIREE.

I am slightly bothered by the fact that for the last three nights in a row, Eli has awakened at two in the morning sobbing inconsolably for "Coos! Coos coos!" No, not that healthy, more exotic variation of rice. This is his name for Blue's Clues, with which he has rapidly become obsessed. And turning it on is the only way to get him to settle back down in the wee hours of the night, when his fever has spiked and my ability to think rationally has done the opposite. So for upwards of two hours, I have sat on the couch holding him, staring at Joe and Steve and Blue and Green Puppy and Magenta, dozing off repeatedly only to be awakened with a start by Eli's sudden yelps of protest as the episode ends and the screen returns to menu. I fumble for the remote, hit "enter," then proceed to let my head fall backwards into the cushions again.

In better news, I feel, if anything, more balanced and normal since starting the Clomid. I even feel (somewhat!) patient and zen about things that generally really irritate me (such as having watched all three of our Blue's Clues DVD's at least ten times apiece in the past week.) In a weird way, I feel more like myself than I have felt in the last six months. So maybe that miscarriage really had me screwed up hormonally, and the drugs can, if nothing else, get me in a more healthy state. Not that I've been raging and wildly moody up until now, but I've noticed in the last few months that I can get a tad more worked up about things than I used to.

I would just like to say, though, that I am very tired of talking on the phone to various pharmacists and nurses about my freaking hcg injection. When you're on Clomid, you're supposed to go in for an ultrasound mid-cycle to make sure you've ovulated promptly. Since this has been a problem for me in the past, the doctor gave me a prescription for an injection that I'm supposed to take with me to my upcoming appointment. If the ultrasound reveals that I haven't yet ovulated, I get this shot to make sure I do so immediately. Apparently this injection is not something my pharmacy fills for very often, because the first pharmacist was all baffled by it. "You know this is a SHOT, right?" she asked. "And it's really EXPENSIVE?" Yes, I knew, I assured her. "Well, we're going to have to order it for you. We never carry this. It might take awhile to get in. And your insurance isn't going to cover this, you know. Are you sure you want us to go ahead?"

What the...? Why would I bother taking the Clomid at all if I weren't going to follow through with the full treatment? Did she think I had asked for the injection as a little something extra just for fun, and didn't technically need it? And who just gives random strangers medical advise based on the supposed expense of a drug FOR WHICH THEY HAVE A PRESCRIPTION? FROM A DOCTOR? I just looked at her as though she was crazy and said, "Um, yes please!"

But then it didn't come in, and didn't come in, and two different suppliers were out of stock, and I was calling the dang pharmacy every day inquiring as to the status of a tiny, sixty-dollar vial of hormone cocktail which I may or may not even need based on my ultrasound. Fun times.

But. It is now in my possession, all but two of the Clomid tablets are in my bloodstream, and all that's left to do is actually REMEMBER to bring the hcg with me to the doctor's office!

10 comments:

Mimi said...

I'm glad that you're feeling good! I think it's way funny that Blues Clues is what is nursing Eli back to health. What is it about that show that is so addicting to almost every single kid???

d e v a n said...

Good luck! I'm glad that the Clomid is not affecting you in a bad way!

Mommy Daisy said...

We've been passing the sickness around our house too. I hope that you're all feeling better soon.

Wow, that's crazy about the pharmacist questioning you like that. I wonder if they've have people NOT order something like that because of the cost. Who knows. Just a little nuts, if you ask me...the pharmacist, not you.

Bird said...

So weird. I had to buy a steroid for Charlie and the pharmacy screwed up our insurance info and I had to pay one hundred and fifty dollars out of pocket. Sixty dollars doesn't sound freakishly high to me. Sounds like the pharmacist is a bit of a loon.

Jess said...

Pharmacists are so WEIRD. I still have to find one here, but I can't imagine that whoever I find could be any worse than my pharmacy in DC.

Saly said...

Pharmacists are insane. Many years ago, when I was filling a birth control perscription, the pharmacist quizzed me right there in front of everyone about what to do if i missed a pill, back up methods and all this CRAP. Shut up and give me my drugs, you know?

I'm glad you are doing well, I am hoping for good news!

Kelsey said...

Oh Blue's Clues, my four year old still likes that when she's sick... and speaking of sick, I think the entire state has come down with it - we're ailing here too.

RachelAnn said...

Glad you're feeling back to your normal self. Miss you

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